By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
By Tom Donelson, BASN boxing writer
Updated: May 27, 2012
IOWA CITY, IOWA (BASN)-–Vincent Thompson put his undefeated record against Joell Godfrey as he stalked Godfrey through the first round. Godfrey had fought just two weeks ago but gained twelve pounds since then, so as ESPN Ted Atlas asked how good of shape was Godfrey truly in? As for Thompson, he was boxer who found himself playing the aggressor.
By the third round, it became of game of chess as both fighters stayed on the outside and both fighters seem contented to throw jabs and mostly boring the crowd as they looked for action. By the end of fifth round, Thompson was ahead because he threw a few more punches whereas Godfrey played it safe, preferring to simply survive than take a chance.
Going in to the last round, Thompson appeared ahead as he connected on more than double the punches while throwing more. Thompson threw some quick combinations but they were more for show than effect. Godfrey did what he did in the previous seventh round, survived and kept his distance. Thompson won an easy decision but hardly impressive; leaving one wondering who is the next great American Heavyweight.
If the first fight was a snore, the second promised to be exciting as the hard punching Ji-Hoon Kim versus the undefeated Alisher Rahimov. Both fighters seemed content to fight inside in the first round even though Kim occasionally step back while trying to time Rahimov as Rahimov move forward. Rahimov managed to slip a couple of rights on the inside but Kim countered back with solid right hands of his own as both fighters closed out the second round with some toe to toe fight.
In the fourth round, both fighters went toe to toe and Rahimov used his legs to maneuver to unleash his combinations and had some moments in which his combination forced Kim to occasionally move back. Kim continued to throw punches in bunches; attempting to use his offense as defense.
At the end of the sixth round saw both fighters had face swelling due to the tough nature of the fight. In the middle of the eighth round, Rahimov trapped Kim on the rope with solid combinations but over the last half, Kim came back with solid rights that sent Rahimov reeling to the rope. Kim continued to be aggressive as he did throughout the fight and in the ninth round, he threw a ton of punches as Rahimov retreated throughout the bout.
Kim started out fast in the final round but halfway through Rahimov took advantage of Kim suspect defense and landed combinations. In a round that reflected the whole fight as each fighter took charge every twenty seconds only to be put on the defensive twenty seconds later.
Kim threw twice as many punches but Rahimov was the more accurate puncher. Kim won the by unanimous decision but the scorecard scores of 98-92 and 97-93 in favor of Kim was wider than what had actually occurred in the ring. The fight could have been scored in either fighter favor but Kim work rate proved decisive as he ended Rahimov undefeated streak.