Guerrero crushes Norman
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Undefeated local hero Fernando Guerrero (14-0, 11 KOs) sent the raucous crowd at Salisbury, Maryland’s Wicomico Youth and Civic Center home happy on Friday night by dropping Decatur Georgia super middleweight Brian “The Assassin” Norman(17-9, 5 KOs) two times en-route to a convincing second round TKO victory in the scheduled eight round main event.
With the victory, Guerrero is ready to set his sights on a possible top 20 ranking in the very foreseeable future.
In the co-feature of the evening, super middleweight Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (11-0, 5 KOs) went the eight round distance for the first time in his career, capturing an eight round unanimous decision victory and handing Bobby Jordan (6-1-1, 2 KOs) of Norfolk, Virginia the first loss of his career.
The exciting five-bout card appropriately titled “Boxing’s Future Champions” was promoted by Prize Fight Promotions and had a little bit of everything, including exciting stoppages and close decisions which left the crowd satisfied throughout from the overall action.
The ever-popular Fernando Guerrero entered the ring as the sound of the pro Guerrero crowd chanting his name, reverberated throughout the spacious Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. Norman knew he had to take the crowd out of it early and tried with several two punch combinations to the body. Fernando, the heavy punching southpaw, connected with a heavy counter right on Norman’s chin as the Bell sounded to close round one.
The tide turned in round two as Guerrero uncorked an uppercut on the button, followed by a three-punch combination which sent Norman to his hands and knees. Norman rose to his feet, but Guerrero was like a tiger pouncing on his prey as he continued to bang away with heavy shots. The crowd was on their feet, as a right hook to the body, followed up with a several left hands from Guerrero had his opponent hurt and on the retreat. Guerrero dug a left hook to the body that staggered Norman. In desperate need to reverse the tide, he tried to press forwards with a right hand while on unsteady legs. The attack left Norman wide open and Guerrero finished the job, sending him to the canvas for the final time with a picture perfect straight left on the button. Norman rose to his feet, but was on unsteady legs as Referee Kenny Chevalier waved the bout off at 2:35 of round two.
“I knew he was going to be aggressive early, so I listened to my corner and went to the body and followed up with the hooks and I knew I would get him eventually,” said a satisfied Guerrero afterwards.
Ennis defeats Jordan
In the co-feature of the evening, Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis captured a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision victory over a very game Bobby Jordan of Norfolk Virginia in the battle of unbeaten super middleweights.
Ennis of Philadelphia, controlled the early rounds behind the stiff left jab which set up some nice right hands and slowed the advances of Jordan.
Jordan began to switch in and out of the orthodox stance in and found some openings, making rounds two through four close. Ennis had a several inch reach advantage and kept him at bay with stinging left jabs followed by the occasional right hands.
Ennis appeared to tire in rounds five and six, spending more time with his back against the ropes Jordan saw his opportunity and unloaded several nice combinations, but never truly had Ennis in trouble.
Ennis went back on the retreat in round seven, but stood his ground when needed, behind the stinging left jabs and overhand rights. Jordan tried to land on the inside with chopping left hooks, but just couldn’t stay in there long enough to hurt Ennis.
Knowing he had the energy to go the distance now in his first eight rounder, Ennis looked confident with flashy shots behind the stinging left jabs in the eighth and final round. Jordan tried to turn the tide with slapping shots late, but Ennis kept him on the outside for the most part with heavy straight lefts and the occasional overhand right.
All three judges saw the bout in favor of Ennis, 79-73 x 2 and 77-75, for the unanimous decision victory.
Farah Ennis ups his record to 11-0, 5 KOs, while Bobby Jordan drops to 6-1-1, 2 KOs.
“I was nervous about going eight rounds since this was my first one and I conserved my energy a bit too much,” said a satisfied Ennis afterwards. “I listened to my corner and kept moving to my left behind my left jabs and letting my hands go. I gave him two rounds when I stopped punching because I was not being busy enough and getting off in those rounds. “
Porter whips Wooten.
Former 2007 Golden Gloves champion, Shawn “Showtime” Porter raised his professional record to a perfect 8-0, 7 KOs, by dropping late replacement Brandon Wooten (6-14-1, 1 KO) three times en-route to a thrilling first round TKO in their scheduled six round middleweight affair.
The heavy-handed Porter of Akron, Ohio seized control just moments into the fight, as he dropped Wooten to the canvas with a straight right-left combination. Wooten rose to his feet and went into defense mode, but was again deposited on the canvas, this time by a two successive right hands. Wooten was clearly dazed as he rose to his feet and tried to throw punches. Wade seized the opportunity, sending Wooten to the canvas for the third and final time with two devastating left uppercuts right on the chin. Referee Malik Waleed had seen enough and waived the bout off as Wooten rose to his feet. The time of the TKO was 2:09 of round one.
“I felt that he was keeping his hands up, but they were kind of wide and I knew if I dipped my shoulder, he would cover and that gave me the opportunity to land the uppercuts, which put him down for the final time,” said the exuberant Shawn Porter afterward.
Guerrero wins debut
Cruiserweight Alex Guerrero of Delmar, Maryland had a tough a tough time of it in his professional debut, but was able to use his superior power to capture a four round majority decision victory over Gulfport, Mississippi’s Roderika Ray (2-2, 1 KO).
Guerrero, who is the younger brother Fernando Guerrero, seemed to be gain control early in round two with powerful combinations, but Roderika Ray’s protector broke, forcing a several minute delay. Once the protector was secure, Ray looked to change the momentum and attacked with three one-two combinations. Guerrero covered well and pushed Ray to the ropes where he landed a nice left hook. Ray was not fazed and fought his way off the ropes with a slapping combination. Guerrero saw an opening and connected with a big straight left as the bell sounded to end the round.
From that point on it was a battle wills as judges had to decide who more effective fighter was. Was it the busier, but lighter combinations of Ray, or the less, but heavier punches of Guerrero?
The mouth piece of Ray was knocked out in the middle of fourth and final round with a Guerrero left uppercut, but he returned fire with a four punch combination to make the final round close.
One judge scored it even 38-38, but was overruled as the other two judges saw it 39-37 in favor of Alex Guerrero.
Wade bombs Cannon
Undefeated super middleweight Dominic “The Blade” Wade (3-0, 3 KOs) of Largo, Maryland kept his knockout out streak intact with a one sided second round TKO of Saginaw, Michigan’s Anthony Cannon (4-13, 1 KO).
Wade was in control right from the opening bell, pounding away at Cannon with heavy combinations which Cannon just had no answer for. By round two Cannon was wearing down from the heavy assault. At the 1:46 mark, Referee Bill Clancy had seen enough and called a halt to the bout to stop the carnage.
The matchmaker of the five-bout card was Chris Middendorf.