Berto outclasses Urango
Cintron upsets Angulo in semi-main
Ringside by Jason Kotar & Ryan Macalua
Photos by Javiel Centeno - FightWireImages.com
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) won a unanimous decision over a tough but outmanned Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The HBO-televised title fight, promoted by Dibella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, played out like most figured, with Berto showcasing his speed, power and elusiveness to thoroughly outbox Urango over 12 fast-paced rounds.
With the partisan crowd cheering him on, Berto opened the fight with the first of many vicious uppercuts to the head of the hard charging Urango. The Miami born Berto followed that up with a range-finding jab and some hard rights to the head.
There was not much success in the next two rounds for the southpaw Urango, outside of a nice right cross in round two. The strategy employed by the Berto was to utilize his quickness, land the aforementioned power shots, then either tie up his opponent or circle away, steering clear from any return fire.
Rounds four and five saw the best action of the fight with both fighters getting in their fair share of power shots. Urango took advantage of the constant clinching of Berto and landed some nice body shots and right hooks on the inside. When sensing his opponent was having too much success in close, Berto simply stepped away and went back to his game plan of sticking and moving.
The ensuing rounds saw Berto utilize his lighting quick combinations and power shots to the head and body, but Urango took the shots in stride, never once appearing stunned or hurt. Urango, oftentimes, had the look of resignation on his face at the end of each round, as if knowing he was not quite good enough on this night.
All three judges saw the fight in favor of the champion, the scores reading 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111. – Jason Kotar
Cintron upsets Angulo
In the co-main event, light middleweight Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) and Alfred Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) slugged it out in warrior fashion over twelve rounds.
In the beginning rounds, Cintron used a stiff right jab to keep Angulo away as he threw effective combinations then moving away from his ever-hounding opponent. Cintron, who seemed too fast for his opponent, started landing combinations to Angulo’s body.
Angulo was able to land some hard shots of his own early on but it seemed that the much quicker Cintron won most of the exchanges. Hard nosed and undefeated Angulo refused to back down as he stalked his opponent, only to be caught with swift overhand punches. He was left looking for Cintron once they landed.
Clearly outworked and outboxed according to Compubox stat numbers, Angulo was only able to land 277 of his 957 thrown punches to Cintron’s 316 lands in 1094 thrown punches.
During the middle rounds in which Cintron looked to have been taken off to reserve some energy, Angulo took full advantage as he unleashed some spirited bombs to Cintron’s body. Cintron appeared to slow down but came back with more overhand lefts as Angulo continued in aggressing motion taking all Cintron had to offer.
In the end, Cintron seemed to be too slick as he used great ring generalship and boxed circles around his opponent to win most of the rounds. Due to his relentless pressure Angulo had his fair share of action and was no way counted out in the battle. Cintron did appear to slow down mainly due to some stunning body work by Angulo definitely winning some rounds of his own. Unfortunately Angulo fell short as Cintron, who appeared in tremendous shape, put some extra gas in the tank and outboxed Angulo once more in the final round.
Official scores were 116-112 in a unanimously decision for Cintron.
The previously unbeaten Angulo did not disappoint though as he fought bravely and seemed to want to engage in an all-out slugfest. The hard-nosed Mexican fighter just seemed too slow for the clever Cintron as he slipped by most of Angulo’s attacks. Still a threat for anyone in the light middleweight division, Angulo can take this fight was as a great learning opportunity.
Cintron couldn’t disagree less with the outcome stating, “This was the best performance to date in my career. I give to my trainer Ronnie Shields and my team. I am the future and I showed that tonight.” – Ryan Maculua
Vazquez decisions Greeley
Heavyweight Wilmer Vazquez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) won a rather unimpressive majority decision over tough veteran Andrew Greeley (14-27-2, 8 KOs).The 2004 Venezuelan Olympian Vazquez fought at a very deliberate pace, landing good body shots when he let his hands go against the counterpunching Greeley. The scorecards read 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57. – Jason Kotar
Gonzalez TKOs Fleming
Light welterweight Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) scored an impressive TKO over Laquel Fleming (1-3-2). The 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Gonzalez hurt Fleming with a nice left hook, then followed up with power shots till the referee stopped the fight at 1:45 of round one. – Jason Kotar
Hamer finishes Brown
Hard-punching heavyweight Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) outworked and finished Samuel Brown (4-6) in just two rounds. Hamer knocked down Brown with left uppercut at the end of first round.
In round two, Hamer sent Brown down again with a right uppercut but just as Brown beat the count, Hamer used a double jab to put Brown down once more. Referee Tellis Assimenios mercifully stopped the bout at 1:10 in the second round and Hamer was awarded a TKO victory. – Ryan Maculua
Mack Outslicks Abron
In a ten-round light heavyweight attraction Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) defeated DeAndrey Abron (15-4, 10 KOs) in impressive fashion.
Mack quickly established that he was the more clever counter-puncher as he threw well-timed left hooks to Abrons dome in the first round. Mack continued using his slick boxing style, landing crushing combinations to Abron’s body. Mack continued to take advantage of his speed beating his opponent to the punch on almost all occasions.
In round four, Abron finally landed a sharp overhand left that only urged the aggressive Mack to unleash furious combinations, finally putting Abron on the canvas with and overhand right. Abron made the count but Mack refused to let him off the hook by following up with a stunning left hook. The fight was then stopped.
This leads to a fifth win strung together by Mack since his TKO loss to Librado Andrade in 2007. Mack, who seems to have very much improved since the loss, looked sharp in which seemed to be one of his most impressive performances to date. – Ryan Maculua