Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Gary Sarti
Hometown favorite Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (8-0-1, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title with a convincing seventh round knockout of gritty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-4-1, 3 KOs) before over 1,200 of his fans at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Saturday night.
The exciting seven bout card TKO Promotions appropriately titled “Fists of Thunder 2” also included the successful comeback of junior middleweight contender Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson who annihilated Luis Lopez, dropping him three times en-route to a convincing knockout at one minute and fifty three seconds of the opening round.
The main event was much anticipated in the Johnstown Pennsylvania area, since it was reported that Carr's corner had presented Taylor with a pillow at the press conference, inferring that he would put him to sleep in the ring. Taylor returned jabs at the press conference, stating that Carr’s mouth would not be doing the punching, but that he would be getting punched in the mouth.
The crowd rose to their feet as Taylor made a dramatic entrance, seated on the windshield of a Humvee with the his hood over his robe over his face, causing a menacing shadow. The twelve hundred fans in attendance screamed “Taylor Made! Taylor Made!” as he entered the ring.
After a feeling out round, Carr began to land a few leaping left hooks and then holding on in an effort to frustrate the champ. Taylor would not get frustrated as he continued to steadily push the attack with hard right hands that constantly caught Carr on the face as he lunged in. A Taylor right hand in round two temporarily buckled the knees of Carr, but he recovered quickly.
Carr appeared to gain confidence a bit in round three as two left hooks caught the hometown hero as he dropped his hands to unleash right hands. Taylor continued to pound Carr with single right hands behind stiff left jabs which kept him from capitalizing on his two shots. Taylor punctuated the round with a big right hand on the chin.
Taylor stepped up the pace early in round four and appeared to have put down a tiring Carr from a series of combinations, but referee Rick Steigerwald ruled it a slip. It wouldn’t matter though as just moments later, a right hand on the button from Taylor put Carr on his knees.
The constant clinches by Carr slowed as Taylor began to find spots for right uppercuts on the inside in rounds five and six. A powerful three-punch combination from Andres pushed Simon into the corner as the round closed.
The crowd went into a frenzy shouting “Taylor Made! Taylor Made!” as Andres stepped up the attack in round six, flooring Simon Carr with a left right combination. Carr rose to his feet at the count of nine, but appeared to be dead tired as the attack continued. Taylor knew the end was near as he landed a double right hand and then a right uppercut which caught Carr on the chin as he lunged to hold, sending him to the canvas for the second time. Carr appeared able to continue and was on one knee, but did not beat the ten count at 1:56 of the seventh round.
Carr who had entered the ring before the fight wearing a crown immediately put it on the head of Andres Taylor afterward and then grabbed the microphone and praised the fans of Johnstown for their hospitality and also congratulated Taylor, stating for the fans to stay behind the hometown heroe because he soon would go all the way to a world title.
Andres Taylor exemplifies what Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions has become known for in it’s “Hometown heroes to world champions” series.
Look for Andres to be showcased on ESPN2 early in the summer.
Thompson annihilates Lopez
In the co-feature of the evening, Philly junior middleweight contender Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson rebounded from a questionable loss to Ishmael Arvin by dropping Luis Lopez three times in en-route to quick, minute and fifty three second knockout victory.
Thompson immediately sent Lopez to the canvas in the opening round with a right on the button. Lopez of Pasco, Washington rose to his feet, but just moments later, he went back to the canvas from a left hand on the jaw. Lopez like a warrior tried to fight back once again, but he was pushed to the ropes from some nice hooks to the body. Thompson saw an opening and unleashed a picture perfect right uppercut that landed under the chin of Lopez and, dropped him to the canvas to the ten count.
“I really have deceptive power,” said Thompson. We always know I have the speed, but the power is beginning to show. I am really happy that I have signed with my new promoter of TKO Promotions.
“Talent has never been an issue. It has all been about my mindset. I lost my home to a fire and I turned down several fights. I had lost my love for boxing,” said Thompson. “I don’t care who you are, but at some time you have to do a soul search and I said to myself this is what I want to do. I have found my love for boxing again.”
Thompson raised his record 24-3, with 18 coming by way of knockout, while Luis Lopes slipped to 14-16-1 with 6 KOs.
Blair out-duels Irizarry
Terry “The Road Warrior Blair of Louisville, Kentucky overcame eighteen months of ring rust by pounding out a solid six round unanimous decision victory over hard punch junior welterweight Adelita Irizarry.
Blair who hadn’t fought since December of 2007 put constant pressure right from the opening bell that forced “Addie” Irizarry of Hartford, CT to cover and throw counters throughout the opening two rounds
By round four Blair’s punches had lost their snap which allowed her opponent to come out of her shell and land several good right hands. Irizarry used a tight defense to keep the early rounds close but just didn’t do enough to deter the iron willed Blair who continued to just throw an enormous amount of arm punches.
Blair appeared to gain her second wind in round five and once again put the pressure on Irizarry digging down on her punches to capture the final two rounds. All three judges had the bout in favor of Blair by scores of 59-55 x 2 and 60-54 for the unanimous decision victory.
Giuriceo outworks Anderson
Youngstown Ohio’s welterweight prospect Jake Giuriceo looked far more experienced then a fighter in just his second professional bout, scoring a one sided unanimous decision victory over Knoxville, Tennessee’s Aaron Anderson.
Giuriceo controlled the fight throughout, using his superior hand speed and heavy combinations that would have felled many other fighters. Anderson was resilient and returned fire when he could.
Anderson though far behind on the scorecards, entertained the audience with his unique boxing antics. In one instance, he touched his ankle with his glove and then threw a punch right from the ankle. He even backed out of a combination, acting like he was dribbling a basketball and putting it behind his back while in punching range. Jake would was not flustered by any of the antics as he continued to pound away with various combinations on his way to a one sided four round unanimous decision victory. All three judges gave Jake Giuriceo every round on the scorecards (40-36 x3)
Jake Giuriceo ups his record to 2-0, 1KO while Aaron Anderson falls to 0-6.
Lubash crushes Lopez in three
Pittsburgh Pa’s undefeated welterweight prospect Jesse Lubash (11-0, 7 KOs) scored a devastating third round knockout of veteran gate keeper Chad Greenleaf (11-12-1, 5 KOs) that had many people concerned for several moments afterward.
Lubash appeared to take control of the bout with heavy bodywork in round two that slowed which slowed Greenleaf to only single shots.
Greenleaf, who had fought many of the top fighters including Pawol Wolak, “Irish” James Moore and
Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow, was trying to return fire in the third as both had heated exchanges, but Lubash’s power was too much as he was again backed up by mid round from the output. Forced to trade, Greenleaf was caught with a picture perfect right hand on the jaw from Lubash which had him out cold before he hit the canvas with a resounding thud. Eventually, after several tense moments, Greenleaf was able to be lifted to a chair and then was able to walk out of the ring under his own recognizance.
“I saw him drop his hands when I went to his body, and I knew I would catch him. I just didn’t think I would catch him that well, ” said a confident Lubash afterward.
The time of the knockout occurred at 2:24 of the third round. It was Lubash fourth straight knockout and it appears that he has really begun to find his power as he steps up in competition.
Crawford pounds Delgado
In the opening bout of the evening, undefeated lightweight Terrance Crawford raised his record to 8-0, 5 KOs, with an eight round stoppage of Miguel Delgado, 3-12, 3 KOs. Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska showed immediately his superiority in round one as he put Delgado down with double left hands from the southpaw stance. Delgado rose to his feet and tried to fight him off, but Crawford’s hand speed was just too much as he was caught with several crisp combinations as the bell sounded to end the opening round.
Delgado came in round two on the attack, but Crawford’s hand speed was just too much. By mid-round, Crawford was again in complete control as he battered the body of Delgado with heavy hooks from the southpaw stance. Delgado’s punch output slowed significantly.
Crawford unloaded a big right hook early in round three that had Delgado stumbling back into the corner. Sensing his opponent was hurt, Crawford unleashed five unanswered punches, forcing Delgado’s corner to throw in the towel at 1:02 of round three of the scheduled four round affair.
It was just the second time that Miguel Delgado had been stopped in his fifteen bout career. Crawford at 8-0 with five knockouts, looks ready to advance to a higher level of competition and out of the four round bouts.
The matchmaker who put together the entertaining six-bout card was Chris Middendorf