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BASN’s Tuesday Ring Report
IOWA CITY (BASN) — Seth Mitchell was former a Michigan State star, but knee injuries derailed any chance of a career beyond college and he went into the sweet science.
His opponent on Friday, Johnnie White had only one lost but it was a first round knockout lost to Dominick Guinn. In the first round, Mitchell scored a knockdown in the opening minute with a left set up by combinations including body shots.
In the second round, Mitchell’s jab provided piston-like precision as each jab pushed White back.
White tried to counter, but he hit right nothing but air.
Mitchell continued his assault with his jab and forced White to the rope where a clubbing right hand sent him 180 degrees on rubbery leg.
He drifted to the other side of the rope as if he was floating and the referee looking into the glazed look of White, stopped the fight.
Mitchell continued his undefeated streak with only a draw a blemish on his record.
Yordanis Despaigne is one of those 5-0 fighters who is not a 5-0 fighter.
This is a fighter who had 300 amateur fights, so this 5-0 fighter is progressing quickly through the ranks.
He challenged Richard Hall, who has fought three times for the light heavyweight championship.
Despaigne was facing a tough competitor in Hall, who at the age of 38, still had plenty to teach the young Cuban fighter.
The first round saw Hall pursuing but little action as Despaigne moved and looked for openings.
At the conclusion of the second round, both fighters hit each other with some nice shots but throughout the round, neither fighter could establish their superiority.
In the third round, Despaigne’s pop and shot while threw solid rights that scored but ESPN’s Ted Atlas noted a Despaigne weakness, when he threw his right; his left stayed at his side and this made him vulnerable to a Hall counter.
In the fifth round, Despaigne revved up the pace as he pressured Hall over the last half of the round. His right hand penetrated Hall’s defenses and Hall found himself retreating under assault.
Going into the eighth round, Despaigne had won every round as he connected on triple the punches as Hall and his workman like ethics slowly worn down the veteran.
After the seventh round, Hall’s corner told their fighter, “You got to do something.”
In the eighth round, Despaigne continued his pace as he forced the pace and in the ninth round, he relaxed and box as he moved around the slower Hall.
In the 10th and final round, Despaigne continued to dominate the fight as Hall could not take advantage of Despaigne keeping his left low.
A tlas has always noted that too many young fighters with massive amateur experience often fought soft opposition, but Despainge fought a tough opponent who has fought the best of the division over past decade.
He won every round on the judges scorecard and in this case, this wasn’t controversial decision.
In another bout, Paul Williams fought Kermit Cintron in a key 154 pound division.
Williams is a tall super Welterweight who throws punches in bunches as he attacks, attacks and attacks some more. Cintron is a boxer puncher with a heavy right hand punch with only two losses to Antonio Margarito and a controversial draw to Sergio Martinez.
In the first round, Williams and Cintron fought tentative first round even though Williams connected on three solid punches including a upper cut at the end of the round while Cintron countered effective on a couple of occasion.
At the end of the third round, the boo birds sounded as both fighters continued their caution style which benefited Cintron as he slowed the Williams express. At the beginning of the fourth round, both fighters started to fight as Williams nailed Cintron with three straight lefts and Cintron countered with the right hand.
Both fighters got entangled with each other and Williams hit the ground while Cintron went flying out of the ring.
Cintron lay motionless on the ground.
Under California rule, the bout went to scorecard and Williams won on a split decision.
Not a pretty way for Williams to win but a win is a win.
AN OPINIONATED MAN
A tlas is one of boxing’s best observer and during the Despaigne fight he was asked the question — Was Shane Mosley’s performance against Floyd Mayweather due to the fact that he was forced to use no steroids.
Atlas noted that Mosley has admitted to past use of performance enhancing drugs and against Mayweather, there was no opportunity for Mosley using them due to the extensive testing.
Atlas added that when pressed, would he insist of testing for his heavyweight fighter? Atlas said yes and added that boxing, there is plenty of opportunity to cheat without systemic testing.
ONE TOUGH DUDE
Finally, John Ruiz retired. He was one of the top five heavyweights in the early part of the century but his style horrified many boxing fans and pundits. His hold and mug style allowed him to compete with more talented fighters along with his toughness.
No one ever wanted to view a Ruiz fight for it resembled a mugging more than a boxing match.
Ruiz’s goal was to hug and stay close to an opponent while unleashing his short right hand that often proved his more effective weapon.
Ruiz was a plugger but he made up with toughness and single minded purpose of winning a lack of quickness and the lack of one punch knock out power. He was never an artistic fighter, but he was a championship fighter.