Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Matthysse Makes a Statement
Showtime featured knockout artist Lucas Matthysse against Mike Dallas for Matthysse version of junior welterweight championship. As part of the undercard, Francisco Vargas showed why he might become a contender as he won an easy knockout victory over Ira Terry. Vargas started Terry demise with three body shots forcing Terry to wince before a Vargas right hand ended the fight. Terry, who once was a prospect himself, found himself a mere opponent after this fight. Another prospects Earl Spence scored a one round knockout against Nathan Butcher in just one minute and three seconds. Spence hook nearly twisted Butcher head off as Butcher head went 180 degree,
Jermell Charlo faced Harry Joe Yorgey in one of bouts leading up to the main events. Charlo twin brother had already won this evening and now it was Jermell job to continue the Charlo’s twin undefeated record. Charlo began the fight with a snapping jab that controlled the real estate throughout the first six minutes. The jabs opened up opportunity for Charlo to use his right hand and left hook which led to the first knockdown. A second right hand sent Yorgey down a second time so after two rounds, it was 20-16 with the second round a 10-7.
Charlo continued his domination in the third and fourth round as his piston like jab simple got through Yorgey’s defense and Charlo right hand landed at will, punishing Yorgey. Every right landed sent Yorgey back on his heel.
Throughout the fifth and sixth round, Charlo started to throw combinations but Showtime team noticed that Charlo has settled into a pattern that could be time by Yorgey. Yorgey moved forward but he was merely getting in the way of a jab shot out in machine gun fashion. In the eighth round, Charlo nailed Yorgey with a right that crumbled Yorgey legs and the fight was stopped.
Selcuk Aydin faced Jesus Soto Karass in a battle that promised to be a slugging event. The first round was fast paced and Karass managed to connect with three big left hooks to the body and may have taken the first round. Karass used his jab to set up body shots and as one Showtime announcer noted, there are fights that Aydin jab is missing and one needs a milk carton to find it. At the end of the second round, Aydin landed an overhand right but was countered by a Karass left.
Karass concentrated on using the left hook in the fourth round as he consistently forced Aydin on the rope. Aydin right hand often fell short as he couldn’t connect and he tried to box to avoid Karass sledgehammer shots. This trend continued in the fifth round.
As seventh round started, Karass had connected and landed more punches while fighting a more discipline. As the round concluded, Karass multiple left hooks punctuated the seventh as bell rang. Aydin threw his best combination at this point of the fight as he landed a jab followed by a right hand. Aydin found his range for his right as he managed to connect on multiple combinations ending with his right and he concluded the eighth round with a left hook.
This continued into the ninth round as Aydin right hand found its target as he unleashed combinations as Karass attempted to walk his opponent. Karass used his jab to set up combinations over the first minute whereas Aydin tried to maneuver to unleash his right . As both fighters went down the stretch, it was Karass left dominated the action as he walked Aydin down while connecting with left hooks to the body. Karass threw nearly doubled the number of punches while connecting on more punches but Aydin was slightly more accurate. Karass won a majority decision as he garner 97 to 93 on two judges’ scorecard and another judge had it a draw at 95-95. Karass left jab and left hook proved to be the decisive punches in the fight.
Lucas Matthysse needed a spectacular bout against Mike Dallas to gain a shot at a big money fight in the junior welterweight division. Dallas, whose father passed away at the end of 2012, was fighting on emotions. Dallas was not the original opponent but he now was given an opportunity to make a name for himself.
Dallas looked antsy in the first round as he pumped his jab but he missed his target whereas Matthysse attempted to time the faster Dallas. Dallas launched a jab that missed but Matthysee slipped a perfectly placed right hand that sent Dallas down face first. Matthysse made his statement and sending a message to the rest of the junior welterweight division that he maybe the best in the division. Two weeks from now, Zab Judah faces Danny Garcia and who knows, we might see Matthysee fighting the winner between Judah-Garcia. Much of the pundits talk of Matthysee-Garcia, assuming that Garcia would beat Judah but that should not be a given. Best line of the night described the fight by one of the Showtime announcer when he quipped the fight lasted as long as a Las Vegas marriage.