CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
A ‘new generation’ of good fighters
The opening stanza saw little activity other than Lane who nailed Dallas with a shot to the back of the head with an illegal punch. Dallas used his jab to control the real estate battle and this also allowed him to fight the tough Lane from the outside.
At the end of the fourth round, Dallas avoided four straight punches by slick movement and his hands down. Lane was the aggressor but his aggression was ineffectual.
In the seventh round, Lane’s aggressiveness took advantage of Dallas’ sloppy approach as he managed to nail Dallas with solid shots. Lane effectively jabbed throughout the round and this set up a desperate eighth round as Lane needed a knockout to win.
Dallas used his foot movement to frustrate Lane as he could not move effectively inside . Eventually, Dallas outboxed Lane for the victory in the final stanza.
The undefeated Shawn Porter fought the taller Ray Robinson, who lost his zero in his last fight. The opening round saw Porter attacked the body of his taller opponent as he attempted to turn the fight into a brawl.
For Robinson, his goal was to keep Porter at a distance and near the end of the round; he finally found the distance to get off punches. In the second round, Porter threw the more punches and the harder one but Robinson connected on the more accurate punches.
The round started where the first ended with Robinson attempting to his height to force Porter back. The third round proved to be an even affair as both fighters was able threw effective punches but Porter failed to jab his way in and this allowed Robinson to counter.
Showtime’s Steve Farhood asked the question — would Porter tire over the second half of the fight since he threw every punch with bad intention?
My own thought at this point was would Robinson wear out due to Porter’s pressure? Porter won the fourth round with his pursuit and Robinson showed boxing savvy when he nailed Porter with three punch combination.
In the sixth round, Porter power came through with a minute left as Porter unleashed power rights that sent Robinson to the canvas and Robinson used every aspect of his experience to survive the round.
Porter came out in the seventh round with the idea of ending the fight but Robinson moved to avoid the power of Porter’s punches. Robinson spent most of the seventh moving out of harms way with tired legs.
The power of Robinson punches had no steam but he managed to survive the round.
In the eighth round, Robinson returned the favor of the last two rounds as Robinson roughed up Porter except the last 30 seconds where he landed two big rights but Robinson may have managed to close the gap that developed over the last two rounds.
At the end of the ninth round, Porter wobbled Robinson with big right.
In the final round, Robinson threw the more punches and more accurate and may have captured the final round. Porter won the bout but the fight was closer than the scores as both fighters showed an wiliness to exchange while producing an exciting fight.
Undefeated Fernando Guerrero faced the wily veteran Ishe Smith, who has fought better fighters in his career. The first round was one of those rounds with both fighters felt each other, looking for weakness.
The chess match continued in the second round and Guerrero discovered that his punches were hitting nothing but gloves and the only punches he connected on body shots.
For the opening rounds, Smith managed to control the pace. Smith went to the body with ferocious intensity but in the third round, he was warned twice for low blows.
In the fourth round, Guerrero picked up pace as he out-punched the older Smith. Guerrero attacked the body and finally those body shots open up head shots as he took control of the round.
Smith lost a point for low blow in the sixth round after warnings in earlier rounds and Guerrero’s activity may have turned this into a 10-8 round. At the end of the seventh round, Smith woke up as he landed several shots as he took the momentum from Guerrero won the first two minutes of the round.
For the first time in several rounds, Guerrero retreated. In the eighth round, a shocking event happened as the bell was ready to sound when Smith slipped a right to Guerrero’s ear and this negated the point that he lost for a low blow in the sixth round. I
It also turned a close round into a 10-8 round for Smith.
This made the ninth and 10th rounds crucial for both fighters. During the ninth round, Smith looked the most effective but as Farhood observed, Smith should go for the knockout to ensure victory.
In the final stanza, both fighters exchanged blows in the trenches as they fought in a small portion of the ring but Smith may have had the more accurate punches in a close round to score as he took the undefeated Guerrero to the deepest water he seen in his career.
Smith may have won the last three rounds including a 10-8 round, but the drama remained. Guerrero won a close decision that could have easily gone the other way.
Smith provided Guerrero with a competitive fight and gave him a boxing lesson. As Farhood observed, “For Guerrero, this was his welcome to pro rank,” and Antonio Tarver added, Guerrero had “his baptism by fire.”
This was a card in which four undefeated fighters came in but only three stayed undefeated as Dallas removed Lane zero from his record. Both Porter and Guerrero participated in fights closer than on the scorecard learned some valuable lessons.