Boxing 2012 Begins With A Bang

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: January 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–The sport of boxing has started off 2012 wonderfully, as the fight season for ESPN Friday Night Fights kicked off on a positive note. Super middleweight prospect, Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision against Alfonso Lopez (22-2, 17 KOs) in the main event at Mallory Square in Key West, FL. The judges scored the bout 100-90 (twice) and 99-91, as Davis posted another big win since his unexpected decision against previously unbeaten Marcus Johnson last April.

Perhaps the most intriguing fight of the show was an interesting match between two junior middleweight prospects. Three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion Steven Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs) suffered the first loss of his career against “Mama’s Boy,” Dennis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs), another Golden Gloves national titlist. The victory was huge of Douglin, whose only loss was a third round TKO to a journeyman with a career record of 14-17-1 last February.

“I’m happy with the victory and Steven is a terrific fighter, but I’ve still got plenty of improvements to make,” stated Douglin, who improved to 14-1 with 8 KO’s. “I’ll be right back in the gym making the necessary adjustments that will get me to the next level.”

The fight was a close, but the difference was that Martinez did a poor job of hitting Douglin. His technique was poor and his punches had no authority. It was as though he was throwing pillows at Douglin, who was countering effectively and did a good job of countering Martinez off the ropes. It was a tough fight for both, but the win couldn’t have come at a better time for Douglin, who really needed do something significant to put his career back on track.

“I definitely showed everybody what kind of a fighter I am,” Douglin added. “I’ve fought tough opponents in back to back fights and Martinez is regarded as one of the top prospects on the east coast. This is just the beginning though and I’m going to continue my journey up the ranks until I become a world champion!”

Luis Ramos, Omar Figueroa victorious on ShoBox

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (21-0, 9 KOs) won a unanimous 10-round decision against Raymundo Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs), in the main event of SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” series from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.

The fight was a “crowd pleaser,” as both fighters engaged in an intense, action-packed slugfest. More than 900 punches (according to CompuBox) were thrown. Beltran landed 156 to Ramos’ 190 punches. Ramos, who was cut above his right eye as a result of repeated head clashes, was relaxed under fire and fought effectively throughout.

“He got me with a few head butts, but the blood didn’t really bother me,” Ramos said.

The judges scored the bout 96-94 and 97-93 (twice).

“I was a little nervous about the decision because I knew it was a tough fight,” Ramos added. “[Beltran] was a tough fighter with a great record but I proved that I could hang in there and take punches.”

Plus, Omar Figureoa, Jr. (14-0, 11 KOs) dominated Michael Perez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) after he told the referee he didn’t want to continue following the sixth round. Figureoa was on the attack from the opening bell and was unrelenting. He attacked Perez’ body hard and didn’t give his opponent room to breathe.

“I was a little disappointed,” Figureoa said. “I hit him with all my best shots but he didn’t go down,” said Figueroa. “But I was confident. I never thought I was going to lose. I’ve been asking for tough opponents. I wanted to fight the best and I proved I can deal with this and much more.”

Perez was outlanded 78 to 48 and simply couldn’t keep pace with Figureoa.

“It was my legs,” said Perez. “I had no power since round two. I’m disappointed.”

SHOWTIME Championship Boxing is off to a great start. The next edition of ShoBox will feature WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs) vs. former Cuban amateur star Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs).

Plus the rematch between former welterweight champions Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) and Victor Ortiz (29-3-1, 22 KOs) will commence on Saturday, February 11.

Chris Algieri heads home to Huntington

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect and college graduate, Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will headline a Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing fight card on Saturday, January 28, at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. His opponent is Curtis Smith (10-5, 5 KOs) of Atlanta, GA.

“It’s always terrific to fight at home, we had a packed house for my fight against Bayan Jargal at the Paramount and I’m truly looking forward to the continued support on January 28th,” said Algieri, an honors graduate from Stony Brook University with a master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

In November, Algieri, a future med-school student, out-pointed Bayan Jargal through ten rounds at the Paramount Theater. Promoter Joe DeGuardia calls Algieri “a world class fighter” and has high expectations of him in 2012.

Smith, fighting for the first time in New York, has won three of his last four bouts.