A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Seth_”Mayhem” Mitchell Wins
In the second round, Gonzalez switched to southpaw and while he looked comfortable, he didn’t seem to have the same power as oppose to fighting orthodox. For the first three rounds, Gonzalez easily won by simply out boxing Cisneros but in the fourth round, both fighters stayed in side. This gave Cisneros a chance to connect with some of his punches but Gonzalez still got the better of the exchanges; but it was the closet round of the fight. After a round of boxing inside in the fourth round, Gonzalez moved like he did for first three rounds instead of giving Cisneros opportunities to score in the fifth round.
At the end of the sixth round, Gonzalez unleashed several combinations to push Cisneros back toward the rope as he finally took command of the fight. In the seventh round, Gonzalez continued his assault as he trapped Cisneros on the rope with nasty body shots followed by a couple of solid rights that went through Cisneros guard. Cisneros stayed on the defense without a firing back as he was getting pummeled, forcing Cisneros’ corner to throw in the towel. Gonzalez won his thirteen straight fight by thirteen straight knockouts on Friday thirteen.
In the main event, Holt shook Diaz with a solid right over a lazy left jab in the first minute of the fight for the first big blow of the bout. Diaz problem was that he was the naturally smaller man and as ESPN Ted Atlas observed, the first four rounds would be Diaz most dangerous. In the third round, Atlas observation proved wise as Holt nailed Diaz in the body with a left hook before nailing Diaz with a perfect left hook to the face. Diaz went down and barely stumbled off the ground but as he staggered forward; the referee stopped the fight.
For Diaz, this knock out sent his career into a tailspin as he begins a process as being an opponent for young prospects on the way up. For Holt, it means that he is still in the hunt for a title among the junior welterweights.
On SHOBOX, Seth Mitchell, an undefeated heavyweight and former Michigan State football player, fought Evans Quinn and undefeated Sharif Bogere challenged one of Manny Pacquiao sparring partners, Ray Beltran.
Mitchell moved forward as Quinn retreated, and managed to land some solid shots as Quinn covered up. Mitchell twice nailed Quinn with solid rights that forced Quinn back to the rope and with thirty seconds left, Mitchell landed a big right after landing some body shots; sending Quinn down. Quinn stayed on the ground as the referee counted him out. Quinn shook his head as he heard the count reach ten.
Mitchell is a raw fighter but he showed some development as he used an arsenal of punches including solid jab and solid body shots that pressured Quinn. It was hard to come to conclusion about Mitchell’s progress as Quinn appeared to surrendered as after getting pummeled for two minutes.
In the second bout, Sharif Bogere found Beltran defensive skills mystifying in the early two minutes of the first round and while Bogere landed some solid punches, Beltran savvy kept the round close.
In the second round, Beltran was the aggressor as he attempted to impose his will on the smaller Bogere despite Bogere connecting on solid shots. A head butt in the third round opened up over Beltran’s left eye and this changed the texture of the round as Bogere attempted to punch over the eye. Another head butt in the fourth round open a cut over the left eye of Bogere, leaving both fighters with cuts as result of head butts in a rough and tumble fight.
In the fifth round, both men saw blood streaming down their eyes as they went for broke against each other as both fought in desperation; not knowing if the fight would be stopped and forced to the scorecard. The sixth round was similar as both fighters continued to assault each other; trying to get the upper hand.
Beltran managed to wobble Bogere with a solid right with a minute left in the seventh round for the best punch of the round followed by a left hook. Beltran again wobbled Bogere with a solid body shots followed by an uppercut in the eighth round, forcing Bogere to hold on and both men wrestled to the ground as Beltran attempted to escape Bogere’s grasp.
With one round left, Bogere found himself not knowing if his zero will stand as he realized that this round would determine if he stayed an undefeated fighter. Bogere boxed and move as he attempt to set up angles to launch solid combinations as Beltran continued to move forward as he gave Bogere everything he could handled. With thirty seconds, Beltran nailed Bogere with a solid left hook for the maybe the best punch of the round. Both men now knew in a fight that could have gone either way was now in the judges’ hand. The judges scored 96-94, 97-93, 96- 94 in favor of Bogere but it could have easily gone the other way.
Bogere won his toughest fight against a game but brutal Beltran, who used all his trick and guile to upset the young undefeated prospect. Bogere showed energy but he did not have enough punching power to discourage Beltran nor was he dominant. This fight showed a young fighter who still needed to mature. Both fighters did not allow streaming blood to change their tactics as they continued to fight hard from the opening bell to the closing bell and both fighters showed dogged determination. Which was all could you ask for.