Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Night of Olympians
By Tom Donelson
Updated: November 14, 2012
IOWA CITY, IOWA (BASN)—SHOBOX featured prospect Gary Russell but before the main event, SHOBOX featured 2012 Olympians at the beginning of their career. Raushee Warren began the evening against Luis Rivera with a workmanlike first round as he easily outclassed Rivera. Warren used his quick hands and superior boxing skills to dominate Rivera as Rivera failed to connect with any serious punches. In the third round, Raushee nailed Rivera with a nasty body shot that produced a grimace from Rivera. Warren used a series of punches to hurt Rivera in the early minute of the fourth round beginning with a body shots followed up by uppercut and straight left. Rivera managed to land a lucky right that produced a flash knockout and turn an easy Warren round into a possible 10-8 for Rivera. (Replays showed that Rivera punches actually missed and Warren actually slipped while throwing his own punch.) Warren won the bout with an unanimous decision.
Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale hoped to provide fireworks against Curtis Tate and fireworks did happen. Breazeale jabbed to control the real estate for the first minute and he unleashed a right after one of those jobs that sent Tate down. The referee almost stopped the fight but Tate convinced him he could continue but Breazeale next right sent Tate down a second time and that was that.
Codale Ford and Marcus Browne faced off in the third bout but Olympian Browne was hoping to make three for three for Olympic veterans. Browne used his jab to set up as he nailed Ford with combinations. In the third round, Browne went to the body and one right hook to the ribs sent Ford down. Even though Ford got up but ten seconds later, he was back down before the referee stopped the fight.
Fight number four for the night of Olympian featured Earl Spence, Jr. as he challenged Jonathan Garcia. The first minute was competitive as Garcia managed to connect on a few shots but as the first round continued, Spence took control of the round with solid combinations. With 45 seconds left in the third round, a Spence uppercut sent Garcia down and while Garcia got up; he was still wobbled from the previous combination that sent him down. One more solid combination by Spence forced Garcia to retreat and Spence nailed him with solid combinations that forced the referee to stop the fight.
Terrell Gausha became the fifth and final Olympian as he fought Dustin Caplinger. The first round saw Gausha simply dominate and a Gausha right hand sent Caplinger down for an eight count but Caplinger managed to survive the round. He didn’t survive the second round as Gausha knocked Caplinger down twice with right hands following vicious body shots.
With the Olympians winning five of five fights, Gary Russell squared off against Roberto Castaneda. Gary Russell started out fast as he used his hand speed to blunt any attempt of Castaneda to move forward. Russell started to hit the body in the second round as he simply had things his way. This continued into the third round as Russell just kept hitting Castaneda with combinations. Castaneda decided to pursue Russell and this provided for Castaneda demise as he walked right into a perfect Russell right hand hook. Castaneda hit the ground and his eyes rolled back in his head as the referee didn’t even bother with the count. As for Russell, it is time to take the next step up and fight some top ten if not at least top 20 competition.
As for the Olympian, they all succeeded in winning their bouts and beginning their quest for the title. The one thing that was impressive was the Olympians ability to hit the body before throwing combinations. These fights provided these Olympians with their first step on their way to stardom.