A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
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Perez continued to hit Meza at will in the second round and with minute left, he scored with a right that sent Meza reeling for a brief moment and then an uppercut sent Meza’s head spinning back. By the third round, the Perez thundering right bloodied Meza nose, who continued to march right into Perez wheel house. Meza finally connected on a big right on his own in the fourth and for first time, Perez staggered backward as Meza tried to add to the damage. Perez managed to comeback in the second half of the round as he jabbed Meza and occasionally held to get his wits back.
In fifth round, Perez started to get control back in the fight as he jabbed Meza and Meza’s face started to reddened. Perez nailed with Meza with another right hand that spin Meza head some 180 degrees. During the sixth round, Perez used body shots to weaken Meza and throughout the entire round, Meza retreated as he simply took one punch after another. As the round ended, Meza corner ended the fight as their fighter had taken enough punishment.
For the main event, Ajose Olusequn fought Ali Chebah in a big bout for both fighters, as the winner would find himself in a title shot. On top of that, both fighters were making their American debut. Olusequn started out aggressive by throwing body shots while occasionally throwing head shots. While Chebah alternated with Olusequn on being aggressive, Olusequn was the more accurate puncher.
In the second round, Olusequn started aggressively but Chebah changed some of the early momentum by being even more aggressive but the more effective punches were thrown by Olusegun. At the beginning of the third round, Chebah got careless and got caught with some solid shots. At the minute mark, Olusequn knocked Chebah down with a straight left and few seconds, Olusequn sent Chebah down a second time. At the thirty seconds, Chebah nailed Olusequn with a solid right for his best punch at that point of the fight.
At the beginning of the fourth round, Olusequn continued his assault with punches that sent Chebah head spinning in 180 degrees but halfway through the fourth round, Chebah nailed Olusequn with some solid rights that forced Oluesqun to retreat but Chebah may have won his first round of the bout. Chebah pursued Oluesqun around the ring and actually throwing the more accurate punches.
Going into the second half of the fight, Chebah won the previous three rounds as he started to land his own power shots and Chebha landed some solid rights in the seventh round and he may have reduced the margin build up by Oluesqun two knockdown round.
Chebah once again scored with a solid right that shook Oluesqun but one failure that showed up for Chebah was his lack of ability to cut off the ring. This allowed Oluesqun to escape and pop his own combination. What momentum lost by Oluesqun in the sixth round, he recaptured by the ninth. Throughout the tenth round, Oluesqun continuously nailed Chebah with quick combinations as he moved into position to strike effectively.
Chebah fought the eleventh round as he attempted to hurt Oluesqun, who landed some effective punches to counter the Chebah’s efforts. This action produced an exciting round. Olusequn started the twelfth round by throwing some solid combination while Chebah tried to set up Olusequn for one big shot. Oluesqun beat Chebah to the punch in the final round and he sealed Chebah fate. Olusequn won an easy decision and the key to Oluesqun victory was his ability to maneuvered Chebah into position for solid combinations. Chebah failure to cut off the ring allowed Oluesqun to escape damage and this provided Oluesqun opportunity to counter. This victory allowed the Nigerian Oluesqun to watch in line for the Erik Morales title.