Guzman Outlasts Soto!
Kurt Wolfheimer and
Joan “The Sycuan Warrior”
Guzman, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, successfully
defended his WBO Junior Lightweight title for the second time,
scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over WBC #2, WBO #3, and
WBA #4-ranked contender Humberto “Zorrito” Soto, of Los Mochis,
Mexico, last night at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in
Atlantic City, New Jersey.
the co-feature, Abner Mares, of Guadalajara, Mexico, defended
his NABO bantamweight title for the first time with a 12-round
unanimous decision over tough Damian Marchiano of San Nicholas,
The card was promoted by Sycuan
Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy, and Top Rank, and was televised
on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) came out
strong, showing no signs of an 11-month layoff due to a hand
injury. He came right at Soto (43-6-2, 27 KOs), firing from the
hip with “knockout” written on every punch. Soto, being the
taller fighter, moved forward behind a stiff jab. They traded
freely in a close opening round.
Soto pressed forward in round
two, as he would the entire fight. Both men landed big left
hooks, before Guzman unloaded his entire arsenal looking to end
matters early. Soto took Guzman’s best shots and came back to do
some nice body work of his own.
Guzman countered nicely in round
three, while slipping Soto’s shots. Guzman was warned for a head
butt early in the round, but buckled Soto with a counter right
hand shortly thereafter. Soto came back to stun Guzman with a
right, before catching a low blow from Guzman. Referee Harvey
Dock warned Guzman, and gave Soto a short reprieve, while Guzman
shook off the effects of Soto’s right. Soto finished the round
with a flurry along the ropes.
After three close rounds, Guzman
got even sharper in rounds four through six. With the crowd
behind him chanting “Guzman, Guzman”, Joan swept the next three
rounds. In the fifth, Guzman tested Soto’s chin with a series of
short counter rights, along with several left hook bombs thrown
from the floor. Soto’s chin passed the test, but he didn’t win
any of these rounds, although a swelling developed under
Guzman’s left eye in the fifth round.
Guzman and Soto traded bombs in
the center of the ring for most of round seven, with Soto having
the slight edge in the round. Round eight was another close
round, but Guzman won round nine big, punctuating it with a hard
overhand right-left hook combination at the bell.
Things changed in round ten.
Listening to trainer Floyd Mayweather’s advice, Guzman came out
moving more, protecting what proved to be a big lead. Soto
pressed the attack, looking to engage a suddenly reluctant
Guzman continued to showboat in
round eleven, taunting Soto with his hands at his waist. Soto
would rough Guzman up whenever he could pin him in a corner or
along the ropes. Guzman continued to run in round twelve, and
the crowd, which was cheering him earlier, turned on him and
Soto appeared to sweep the final
three rounds, but two judges gave all three rounds to Guzman,
and one judge gave Guzman two of the final three rounds. The
final scores were 117-111 (twice) and 118-110 for Guzman.
FightNews.com saw a closer fight, scoring for Guzman by a
“I figured that it would be a
rough fight,” said Guzman after the bout. “I knew Soto could
take a shot. I went 333 days without fighting. If I would have
been in action more, would have fought even better.”
Regard his taking the final
three rounds off, Guzman explained, “I listened to my corner and
took a few rounds off and boxed a little more.”
Guzman expressed interest in
facing Manny Pacquiao, but promoter Bob Arum expressed his
doubt. “He [Guzman] looked brilliant in the first six rounds,
but the crowd turned against him in the last four rounds. He
took himself out of the Pacquiao sweepstakes, because it is not
just winning the fight that makes you appealing,” he said. --
Mares Out-slugs Marchiano
Olympian and NABO champion, Abner Mares (15-0, 9 KOs) continued
his quest for a world championship with a hard fought, but
convincing 12-round unanimous decision over tough Argentinean,
The bout opened with
a feeling-out round for both fighters. It was clear a minute
into the second round why Mares compiled a 112-8 record in the
amateurs, as he threw crisp double and triple left jabs followed
by right hands that kept Marchiano off balance.
(14-3-1, 5 KOs) would not get frustrated though and connected
with a short uppercut on the inside that bloodied the nose of
Mares got on the
bicycle early in rounds three and four, which kept the
Argentinean at bay with sharp jabs that were followed with the
occasional right hand up top. Referee Sparkle Lee warned
Marchiano for the second time in fight for hitting behind the
The former Olympian
opened up his arsenal in round five, following up the left jabs
with left hooks and right uppercuts on the inside that
constantly snapped back the head of Marchiano. This would not
deter him, though, as he continued to land the single powerful
shots whenever he caught Mares on the ropes.
Mares went the body
in round six in an attempt to stop Marchiano from pushing
forward. A shot on the belt line sent Marchiano to the canvas,
but Referee Sparkle Lee said it was low and gave Marchiano time
to recover. The low blow appeared to energize Marchiano, who
went on the attack with a heavy four-punch combination on the
face of Mares in the corner.
Round seven was the
best round of the fight for Marchiano. From the opening bell, he
unleashed hard two- and three-punch combinations that
continually found their mark, as his trunks turned a bright pink
from the splatters of blood from Mares’ nose. The round was
closed out by a sweeping overhand right from Marchiano that came
close to changing the fight, but it just slid off the face of
The fight went back
on the inside in rounds eight and nine, as Mares attacked the
body while Marchiano returned heavy hooks on the inside up-top.
The blood continued to flow from the nose of the Mexican and it
seemed to help gain the confidence of Marchiano who attacked at
the opening seconds of the tenth round with a four-punch
combination, as his opponent was pinned in the corner. Mares
weathered the storm and returned fire with two- and three-punch
Round eleven was a
key one for Mares, who again banged the body of Marchiano
repeatedly. Marchiano showed he had abs of steel and countered
with hooks up-top that actually stole the round on one judge’s
Clearly ahead going
into the final round, Mares should have boxed but he showed the
heart of a future world champion with a huge left hook that had
Marchiano reeling backwards across the ring. Marchiano was able
to recover though, and clinched until the final bell sounded.
All three judges had
the bout in favor of Mares by scores of 118-109 x 2 and 117-111
“I knew he was going
to be a tough,” Mares said afterward. “He came along way for
this fight and was in great condition, but so was I and it
“He hurt me early,
with a right hand and bloodied my nose, but I still thought I
won all the rounds though,” continued Mares. “I really hurt
Marchiano a few times myself during the fight. That body shot
that sent him down was clean and I also had him going in the
final round just before the bell sounded,” said Mares afterward.
-- Kurt Wolfheimer
Hopkins Decisions Colin
Demetrius “The Gladiator”
Hopkins of Philadelphia remained unbeaten with a unanimous
decision over Enrique Colin, of Guasave, Mexico in a 10-round
junior welterweight bout.
was the story of this fight, and Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs), the
nephew of Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, had too much of it
for the tough Mexican. Hopkins made Colin (23-4-3, 19 KOs)
appear to be walking in cement, using deft movement that froze
him in nearly every round.
Hopkins landed an assortment of
power punches in round two, landing at the rate of about five to
one of Colin’s punches. Hopkins fought smart, and tied Colin up
whenever he got too close
In round four, Hopkins landed a
nice counter left hook, a big right-left combo to the head, and
a solid right to the chin, while Colin mustered several shots to
the body in an attempt to slow Hopkins down.
Hopkins hurt Colin in round six,
landing a big overhand right followed by a left hook that sent
Colin back. Colin appeared to be wilting in round seven, after
Hopkins landed a hard right, along with an eight punch
combination with Colin against the ropes.
Colin turned southpaw in rounds
eight and nine, only to be met with a diet of straight lead
right hands which pierced his guard. Hopkins was just too
shifty, as he closed the show with a dominating final round.
It was a one-sided bout, and the
judges’ cards showed it. Two scored it 100-90, while the third
judge had it 99-91, all for Demetrius Hopkins. -- Rick
Allen Outclasses Lopez
Rock Allen looked
sharp in the first eight-round bout of his career, nearly
pitching a shutout against the durable veteran Braulio Lopez in
a junior welterweight bout.
Fighting near his
hometown of Philadelphia for the first time in over a year,
Allen came in sharp. Once the opening bell sounded, he was cool
as a cucumber, letting fly with nice two- and three-punch
combinations while staying out of range of the wild exchanges
Rounds two through
six were almost identical, as Allen continually peppered Lopez,
who never looked hurt and had one or two good exchanges in each
Allen changed his
tactics in round seven and boxed his way to victory from the
outside with movement all the way to the final bell to end the
All three judges
gave every round on the scorecards to Rock Allen (80-72 x 3).
“I knew my key to
the fight was to stay calm,” Allen said. “Sometimes I am a
little anxious and I want to get that knockout because I am so
close to home and my family is out there in the crowd watching
me. I just stayed patient though and it worked as planned.”
Rock also explained
why he let off the gas and changed his tactics late in the
fight. “I started using my feet as the bout went on because my
right side went numb. I am just glad that I have those other
attributes that make me a complete fighter.”
Allen moves to a
perfect 12-0, 7 KOs, while Braulio Lopez evens out at 6-6-1, 2
KOs. -- Kurt Wolfheimer
Garcia Hammers Denby
Making his professional debut,
former amateur standout “Young, Swift” Danny Garcia, of
Philadelphia scored a first-round KO over Michael Denby, of
Salisbury, Maryland, in a scheduled four-round junior
Garcia, a 2008 Olympic
alternate, opened up by throwing bombs, but it was a short right
that sent Denby to the floor. Another right put Denby down again
in a neutral corner. Garcia moved in for the kill, and sent
Denby down for the third and final time with a right-left
After the third knockdown,
referee Alan Huggins waved the bout over midway through his
count after he realized Denby wasn’t getting up.
The time of the stoppage was
1:08 of the opening round. Garcia is now 1-0, with 1 KO, while
Denby falls to 0-1-1. -- Rick Scharmberg
Legrand Wears Down Denson
middleweight “Haitian” Diferson Legrand opened the card with an
impressive four-round unanimous decision victory over James
Denson of Akron, Ohio.
The fight began to
steer in Legrand’s favor in round two, as he pinned Denson to
the ropes several times, where he banged the body with two- and
By round three, it
appeared the body-work was taking its toll on Denson, whose
punch count slipped to only a few counters.
Legrand continued to
bang Denson, who continued to lie on the ropes in the fourth and
final round. Denson was tough though, and actually tried to
press the action in the final seconds of the fight, but couldn’t
land anything to back up Legrand.
All three judges
scored the bout 39-37 for Legrand of New York, New York, who
raised his record to 3-0, with 2 KOs. Denson loses for the first
time in his career, falling to 2-1, with 1 KO. -- Kurt
Madison Outworks Thompson
David” Darrel Madison made the trip down from West Islip, New
York, and put on quite a show, consistently out-boxing Ryan
Thompson over four one- sided rounds.
Madison, a southpaw,
used strong right jabs and movement to keep Thompson off balance
in the opening stanza. Thompson continually tried to land
something big in round two, but Madison would slip under and
bang a couple of hard shots to the body.
the ring in the final two rounds, doubling up on his jabs and
using quick left hands to keep Thompson off balance and as the
fight stayed in the center of the ring. Thompson, who won all
his previous fights by KO, just couldn’t plant enough to connect
with anything heavy in any round to slow down the movement and
combinations of Thompson.
All three judges
gave every round to Madison (40-36 x 3).
“I am in great
condition,” Madison stated. “I am a heavyweight who spars with a
lot of fighters who are lighter than me, which helps in my hand
speed. I am the first to get in the gym and almost the last to
Madison improves to 7-1, with 3 KOs. Thompson, of Cleveland,
Ohio, drops to 3-2, with 3 KOs. -- Kurt Wolfheimer