Saturday Night fights on NBC sports

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 22, 2012

IOWA CITY, IOWA (BASN)-–NBC Sports channel, the Peacock station answer to ESPN, presented their version of ESPN Friday night fights when they featured a card of young prospect from Philadelphia. Originally, the card was to feature former heavyweight title contender Eddie Chambers but Chambers suffered rib fractures during training for his fight against Former WBO heavyweight titlist Sergei Liakovich. The slick boxing Chambers out, the night belonged to younger fighters looking for their chance.

The main event featured two undefeated heavyweight prospects, southpaw Maurice Byam and Bryant Jennings. Byam was the bigger fighter but the sculptured Jennings managed to push Byam around throughout the fight. Jennings consistently shot his right hand and connected through Byam guard. Throughout the bout, Jennings controlled the pace of the bout as he boxed on occasion, shooting out his jab which allowed him to set up his right hand.

As for Byam, he had his moments as he used body shots in an attempt to slow Jennings but in the later part of the bout, Byam’s pace slackened as Jennings nailed him with solid combinations. What was most impressive in this bout was how Jennings was able to push Byam into the rope where he unleashed his combinations, often ending those combinations with solid straight rights. In the beginning of the bout, one of the key goals listed by trainer extraordinaire Freddie Roach for Jennings was to stay off the rope. He not only did not languish on the rope, he often trapped Byam on the rope. This allowed him to win a unanimous decision.

In the second bout of the night, undefeated Damar Singleton took on the undefeated Sullivan Barrera but this was a night that Singleton got schooled by Barrera. Barrera foundation as a fighter was built on his amateur career in Cuba and this showed up in the bout. Barrera did not fight like many of his countrymen who reside in America since he is not a boxer or even a boxer-puncher but instead he moves forward as a pressure fighter. He kept the pressure on Singleton and Singleton fought a tentative fight as he allowed Barrera to set the pace of the fight while Barrera won round after round by being the busier fighter. Singleton showed that he still has much to learn whereas Barrera showed that his amateur career has prepared him to fight as a higher level and he is closer to fighting contenders than Singleton.

In the first fight, Gabriel Rosado pounded the veteran Jesus Soto Karass from the opening bout in a battle of junior Middleweight. Karass came into this bout losing four of his last five fights with the other being a no-contest but Karass showed to be a tough fighter as his last two losses were close unanimous decision to Mike Jones. Rosado came into the bout with a four fight win string and he opened up a cut over Karass’ left eye, forcing Karass to fight defensive. Throughout the bout, Rosardo often trapped his opponent on the rope and he concluded with a five punch combination that saw no return from Karass.

Rosado ended the bout as the referee stopped the fight as Karass was not responding to Rosardo attack, and this allowed Rosardo to call out others as he hopes to move up the junior Middleweight division whereas Karrass lost his fifth of last six fights. Rosado won his fifth fight in a row and he is now looking to move up the 154 pound ladder. This was a battle between one fighter who has a future and another fighter whose career is going backwards into opponent status.

This was a night of prospect but Rosado showed that he was not a prospect but a possible future contender for the junior Middleweight division.