The Week That Was (February 18-24, 2013)

By Teron Briggs on February 25, 2013
The Week That Was (February 18-24, 2013)
Friday night in DC, Lamont Peterson capitulated himself back to the big stage of the sport.

Holt’s facial and body expressions were that of man who wanted to be anywhere but in the ring. Peterson granted his wish in the eighth round…

DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Peterson stops Holt in a thriller

Making the first defense of his IBF light welterweight title since capturing it over a year ago, Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a hard-fought eighth round stoppage victory over former titlist Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

“I know I could put it together and get him out of there,” said Peterson after the fact, but it certainly didn’t appear that way in the first three rounds of the fight. It wasn’t that Holt came out like gangbusters, but he certainly was sharper than the gun-shy Peterson who seemed unable to pull the trigger. Holt used a subtle jab and higher activity rate to bank the rounds, as his confidence level grew from his early success. Things changed dramatically in the fourth round when the action reached a near pitched battle. Both fighters had gotten into their rhythms and begun flashing more fluid combinations as each tried to gain control of the fight. By the end of the round, Holt was now standing straight up with his chin dangling in the air and providing Peterson with a very enticing target. The champion took advantage of Holt’s flaws and landed a game changing right hand that dropped and hurt the challenger. The fifth, sixth and seventh rounds were more of the same for Holt, as Peterson started to resemble the relentless beast that captured Amir Khan’s WBA and IBF titles in December of 2011. Holt was now noticeably backing up, even when he initiated exchanges, as Peterson continued to come forward like a raging bull. After sustaining another knockdown in the sixth round, this time from a sweeping left hook, Holt’s facial and body expressions were that of man who wanted to be anywhere but in the ring. Peterson granted his wish in the eighth round as he literally rocked Holt’s head back and forth like a bobblehead doll. With 1:42 left in the round, veteran referee Tony Weeks threw his body between the two to shield Holt from further damage and give Peterson the win.

Holt talked a great game before the fight. He spoke about his renewed dedication to the sport and belief that he could compete at a higher level following recent long overdue shoulder surgery. Unfortunately for him, those changes weren’t enough to put him over the top and at 31 with a lot of wear and tear on his body one must wonder if he will ever get another title chance. Peterson has capitulated himself back to the big stage of the sport as he now eyes potential fights with one of the many name light welterweights who fight under the same promotional banner, Golden Boy.

A wicked left hook to the body opens the show

Roman Morales (15-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated as he recorded a fifth round knockout victory over the limited Jesus Hernandez (10-0-3, 2 KOs) in the opening bout of a terrific Friday Night Fight card.

Both fighters entered the contest with unblemished records, but Morales was clearly the class of the two as he dominated the fight. He dropped Hernandez in the fourth round with a straight right hand, and then punctuated his victory with a perfectly placed left hook to the body that forced Hernandez to his knees in obvious pain. He was counted out at the 2:59 mark of the round as Morales captured his second victory of the year.

Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA

K-9, Smith and Showtime put fight fans in the doghouse

Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) won his first world title as he was awarded a split decision victory on scores of 116-111 twice and 113-114 over Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) in the latter’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Bundrage lost on this night, but so did the fans in attendance and the millions around the world who tuned in on Showtime. If you were able to sit through 12 rounds of this awkward, crude and downright aesthetically disgusting fight you deserve the boxing gold medal for endurance. Watching the judge in South Africa decide on bail for fallen Olympic hero Oscar Pistorious was less agonizing then viewing these two wrestle in the ring in something that was anything but the Sweet Science. When Showtime put together this championship main event most observers believed it had the elements for a potential stinker written all over it. Both Bundrage and Smith have participated in their fair share of bore-fests, but this fight actually failed to even live up to low expectations. Smith was only slightly better than Bundrage, who if you hadn’t seen him fight before you would think it was his first time in the ring.

Bundrage barely threw punches, preferring to do some kind of side-to-side two-step, but when he did, he missed terribly. Less than two minutes into the fight, the fans were starting to boo. By the midway point they were getting downright agitated and began to voice their displeasure in a very demonstrative manner. In the latter half of the fight they were quiet, probably because most had fallen asleep or stopped watching. I’ll spare you from attempting to recap the “action” other than to say that the Smith landed the few punches of consequence.

Bundrage’s promoter is going to need a lot more than luck to get him a televised fight of any kind because his style is horrific to watch and without a title belt, there’s little incentive for the networks to give him dates. Smith is lucky that he now has a major world title and his promoter is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, meaning he can at least count on Money to showcase him on his cards.

Nice step up victory as Love returns to Motown

J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) earned the best win of his career in this entertaining bout as he beat fringe contender Derek Findley (20-9, 13 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91 twice and 100-90.

Fighting in front of a partisan hometown crowd Love displayed some flashes of the talent that many believe will eventually lead him to become a world champion. With his promoter Money acting as his trainer—his current trainer Roger Mayweather is suffering from poor health—he effectively boxed and punched his way to victory over the hard-nosed veteran. It certainly wasn’t without difficulty as Findely, who had physical disadvantages in height and reach, tried to make up for it with dogged determination. At 5-foot-6 the four inches shorter Findley was at times able to get inside and rough up Love with body punches and looping shots. When Findley worked behind his jab, which he did infrequently, he was able to out muscle the 25-year-old, as-yet-untested pro. But as the fight went on, Love seemed to better understanding of the distance he needed to keep between him and his opponent in order to utilize his physical gifts. The fourth round was probably Love’s biggest of the night as he landed at will and appeared to hurt Findley with a right hand that landed squarely on the shorter man’s jaw. Mayweather helped Love navigate through the final few rounds. Both participants seemed to be exhausted, as Findley’s offense was reduced to him throwing one shot at a time.

Findley is a quintessential gatekeeper. He’s been able put forth competitive efforts against some of the better fighters in the middleweight division and he possesses a chin as hard as a cast iron skillet. Love took a nice step up in competition after previously devouring questionable opponents and he seems to be rounding into a promising fighter. With a fairly fan-friendly style and the sport’s biggest active fighter promoting him, his progress as a boxer will certainly continue to make headlines.

Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

The Tiger maims David Price in shocking fashion

Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (37-3, 25 KOs) landed a seemingly innocuous right hand that shook up the British boxing world by handing the man tagged as a future superstar in the sport, David Price (15-0, 13 KOs), his first professional loss.

Forty-one-year-old Thompson stunned a crowd of 8,000 fans in Liverpool when he scored the biggest victory of his career by overconing odds as long as David Price’s 6-foot-8-inch frame. The last time Thompson was in the squared circle he was beaten down by universally recognized champion Wladimir Klitschko over six lopsided rounds. When Price’s promoter, Frank Maloney, signed The Tiger as an opponent it was to serve as mincemeat for his young hungry charge. Price appeared on his way to scoring his 14th career knockout as he opened the second round by attacking the bubbly midsection of the middle-aged boxing. And just when it seemed that Price was ready to knock out Thompson, something crazy happened.  Both fighters threw and missed uppercuts—when an off-balancedThompson followed up with a crisp right hand that landed behind the ear of the Price and dropped him like a house of cards. The game Price attempted to get back to his feet but was on legs as rubbery as a drunken bloke stumbling out of a tavern. The referee rightfully waved off the contest at 2:17 of the second round.

It was a devastating loss for Price who has aspirations of one day being the best heavyweight in the world. He’s certainly further from that lofty goal then he was before Saturday night, but his physical tools and popularity will undoubtedly propel him to other opportunities. Tony Thompson earned himself another good payday and it will be interesting to see what high profile fight he lines up following this unexpected win.

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA

When best friends become best enemies
This evenly matched ShoBox card featured a main event battle between good friends Alejandro Perez (17-3-1, 11 KOs) and Art Hovhannisyan (15-1-2, 8 KOs). Perez was awarded a close decision, which appeared to be justified, by scores of 96-93 twice and 95-94.

Both fighters train out of California and had reportedly sparred something like 80 rounds together. The action was so intense and high-spirited that by the final round the entire crowd was on their feet to cheer on the two warriors. Perez deserved the decision because he simply landed more punches and controlled the action for the majority of the bout. Perez put in some good early bodywork that probably caused the previously undefeated Armenian fighter to lower his punch output as the fight progressed.

Hovhanisyan, who was considered to be the better contender of the two, needs to be more aggressive if he’s going to compete with top tier talent. With the victory Perez should see a rise in his stock in the super featherweight division.

Johnson remains undefeated but is unable to stop Fortune

2008 Olympian Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) kept his undefeated record alive as he threw the kitchen sink, oven, and a dinette set at the Detroit native Willie Fortune (15-1, 7 KOs) but was unable to stop him.

Johnson, who fought in the Olympics for his native country of the Bahamas, despite training in Cuba, displayed his full offensive arsenal as he did everything in his power to get his 11th win by knockout. The tough but defensively limited Fortune apparently believed that he could hurt Johnson by hitting his hands with Fortune’s head. For eight rounds Johnson landed every power punch you can name, leaving Fortune bloodied and battered but somehow still standing upright.

Fortune’s cousin is the aforementioned Cornelius Bundrage, who also lost over the weekend, so maybe the two of them can go to the gym and work on their technique together. With his power and deep amateur background Johnson could pose a problem for the top fighters at middleweight.

Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA

Dulorme returns with easy a knockout win

Former highly rated prospect Thomas Dulorme (17-1, 13 KOs) briefly returned to action with a first round knockout of Eddie Brooks (9-4, 3 KOs). It marked the first time that Dulorme has fought since he was stopped in seven rounds by Luis Abregu on HBO in October of last year. He finished Brooks with a textbook left hook/right hand combination that knocked his inferior opponent down and out. 

Dulorme fought at 143 lbs. and looked physically stronger than he had when campaigning as a welterweight. If Dulorme can get his body down to 143 for such an insignificant bout, it would probably serve his best interests to fight in the talent rich junior welterweight division where his size and power could have more impact. The biggest surprise in this fight was the lack of support for Dulorme, a native of Puerto Rico, in a city where fighters from that boxing mad Caribbean island generally receive strong support.

Brooklyn in the house for prospect Peterkin’s seventh victory

Travis Peterkin (7-0, 4 KOs), a 6’2” southpaw light heavyweight prospect from Brownsville, Brooklyn, turned in one of the better performances of the night as he recorded a third round technical knockout over Thomas Turner (3-3, 2 KOs).

Peterkin, a 22-year-old former NY Golden Gloves Champion, wailed away at the limited Tuner on the ropes in the third round before eventually forcing the referee to stop the action. If Peterkin’s chiseled physique is any indication about his dedication to the sport he might have a bright future ahead of him. Fighting just a short train ride from his humble beginnings across the East River, he by far had the strongest show of support from the crowd. But he’s going to need to use his jab more to set up his power shots as he gradually takes on tougher competition.

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  1. the thresher 10:57am, 02/26/2013

    Holt had his Mojo working in the first 3 rounds, but as soon as LP got into the comfort zone of being inside, it was all over.

    LP’s mild demeabor hides a brutal ring monster and makes him compelling.

  2. Bk Don 06:47am, 02/26/2013

    Thanks a ton guys. I def appreciate it. I was ringside for the Roseland show but others I watched on the comfort of my couch. Irish, well, based on what The Tiger did to him he can’t take a punch either.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 06:35am, 02/26/2013

    Teron Briggs-Great reporting….bet you a dollar to a dog turd that David Price can’t dunk !

  4. the thresher 08:46pm, 02/25/2013

    Teron, you really did 5 or 6 neat blogs in this article, and each one was compelling and thorough—almost as if you were at ringside. Great job.

  5. the thresher 07:53pm, 02/25/2013

    Thanks for the great info, TB

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