A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
A Night of Draws, Wrongly Decided!
Kermit Cintron returned to the welterweight division a division that he had his biggest success including a world title. The question that ESPN Ted Atlas asked, did Cintron have the fire to be a title contender as he faced Adrian Granado? The first round saw neither fighter showing much but Granados landed a solid right over a Cintron lazy left at the beginning of the second round. Granados showed to be the aggressor as he managed to slip Cintron punches and nailed him with some big shots.
Cintron managed to nail Granados with some solid shots in the fourth and fifth round as he started to connect while Granados managed to land some solid shots in the fifth round. Granados attacked in the sixth round with ferocity missing in the previous two rounds as he stunned Cintron with a right hand over the first minute. He continued to connect on solid shots throughout the round while Cintron missed with some wild shots.
Throughout the seventh round, Cintron missed some big shots as they whizzed past Granados and for the opening of the eighth round, Cintron held more than punch even when he had Grandados on the rope. Granados managed to connect on solid shots if Cintron was not holding him. Granados had a cut over the left eye going into the ninth round, but he still managed to slip Cintron’s punches as he jumped into to land power shots.
Granados used his unorthodox style to land shots from different angles as he shook Cintron up over the last minute of the final round. Granados won the fight within the ring but the judges had it even. The question that Grandados was asking himself after the fight, what did I have to do to win a fight? He hit Cintron with the cleaner punches and it was Cintron who was holding him.
David George faced Don George in a crossroad fight for both fighters. This was a fight of two different style, as George attacked his opponent whereas Lopez had the better technical skills. George nailed Lopez with two big rights as time was running out in the opening round. At the halfway mark of the second round, George landed two big rights but Lopez managed to counter successfully over the last minute of the round.
George continued his assault throughout the third and fourth but at the end of the fifth round, Lopez nailed George with a straight left. Throughout most of the sixth round, Lopez actually backed up George most of the round. George forced Lopez to retreat throughout the seventh round but a he won the first two minutes of the eighth round but Lopez rallied at the closing minute of the eighth round as threw some sharp combinations. George was the aggressor over the final two rounds as he managed to score some solid rights and outworked Lopez. Just as in the previous fight, the judges robbed George of a clean victory as they rewarded both fighters with a draw. Too bad the judges missed the fights as they gave away solid victories for Granados and George. It was bad enough that the judges scored one fight wrong but two fights on a nationalized televised fight?