Camacho survives Cardona

Ringside by Antonio Castro
Photos by Gary Sarti

Pro boxing made a successful return to Cleveland Saturday night on a highly competitive six bout card headlined by the jr. middleweight clash between Hector Camacho Jr. and Israel Cardona for the vacant WBC CABOFE title.

Co-promoters Zef Ramirez and Ronald Johnson, who was featured in the co-main event against WBC USNBC light heavyweight titlist Billy Bailey, not only brought boxing back to Cleveland, but also nationwide, as the card was featured live on IN Demand pay per view.

In the main event of the evening, Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27 KO’s) and Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KO’s) had the fans in attendance in an uproar for the entire fight. Cardona applied the pressure, while Camacho was intent on using his boxing skills and counterpunching ability.

The fight would end up going to the ten round distance, and Camacho Jr. was awarded the unanimous decision by the scores of 95-92 twice and 94-93 to win the vacant WBC CABOFE title. Fightnews scored the fight for Camacho Jr. as well by the score of 94-93.

Cardona’s game plan coming into the fight was to trap Camacho Jr. on the ropes and open up on offense. That plan was working early on, however, most of his shots were not landing cleanly on Camacho Jr., who was able to time and counter Cardona throughout the early rounds while leaning on the ropes. Cardona found success when Camacho Jr. would fail to throw anything back while being trapped in the corners, something that Camacho Jr. didn’t let happen very often.

In the sixth round, after pleads from his corner to stay away from the ropes, Camacho Jr. simply out boxed the slower Cardona and was able to turn away each time he felt his back on the ropes. It was easiest round to score in the fight.

After out boxing Cardona again for much of the seventh round, Camacho Jr. was deducted a point by referee Randy Jarvis for holding. Jarvis had warned Camacho Jr. several times throughout the early going and finally deemed it necessary to deduct a point.

Rounds eight, nine, and ten saw Cardona being able to effectively trap Camacho Jr. on the ropes and throw thudding combinations to the body without a lot of return fire from Camacho Jr. The extra weight loss that Camacho Jr. had to endure the day before, after weighing in two pounds over the limit, appeared to be taking its toll. The tenth round also saw point deductions from both fighters, Cardona for low blows, and Camacho Jr. for holding again.

Camacho Jr. has now won eight fights in a row and was fighting at his lowest weight since 2006. His goal is to get down to welterweight for his next fight.

Cardona has to think about his future after this one. He has now lost four in a row and six of his last eight. He has not defeated a fighter with a winning record since 2000.

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Johnson dominates Bailey

In the co-featured bout, hometown hero Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) used his quicker hands and boxing ability to dominate Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (9-5, 3 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision and win the WBC USNBC light heavyweight title. Scores were 100-89 twice, and 99-90. Fightnews scored the fight 100-89 for Johnson.

Focusing on the body was Johnson’s game plan coming into the fight and it showed as time and time again, Johnson placed perfectly timed left and right hooks to the midsection of Bailey.

The early body work would open things up upstairs for Johnson in the third round as a left hook to the chin of Bailey sent him down early in the round. After barely beating the count and rising at nine, Johnson went on attack mode for the remainder of the round. Bailey showed true guts and determination as not only did he survive the round, but he also survived the remainder of the fight, where he was severely outclassed.

Johnson, who had been out of the ring for nearly two years, didn’t show any ring rust at all and is trying to make a name for himself in the light heavyweight division. He has now won five in a row.

Bailey has now lost back to back fights and four of his last six.

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Cordova outboxes Johnson

In the opening bout of the pay per view telecast, welterweight Marvin “Much Too Much” Cordova Jr. out boxed Ernest “Too Slick” Johnson over eight rounds to win a unanimous decision. Scores were 79-73 twice and 77-75. Fightnews scored the fight for Cordova, 79-73.

Cordova proved to be the better technician in the ring and by the fifth round, after a vicious left hook to the body from Cordova, Johnson appeared to not take any chances and live with the fact that a decision loss would be in his future.

The hardest hit that Cordova appeared to take was from a clash of heads in the final round.

Cordova, who was coming off the first loss of his career, an eight round decision in May, will look to start another winning streak.

Johnson has now lost back to back fights, but has been in tough. He lost a ten round decision to former Jr. welter weight and welterweight World champion Zab Judah in his previous fight.

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Undercard

Three bouts took place on the untelevised undercard.

The opening bout saw local lightweight Julius Leegrand (2-0) win a four round unanimous decision over Norman Allen (0-3-1) by the scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. The bout was highlighted by a left hook to the body that clearly hurt Allen in the third round.

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Local Jr. middle weight prospect Dante Moore (5-0, 4 KO’s) scored the lone knockout of the evening when he stopped Silas Ortley (4-7, 3 KO’s) at 1:21 of the second round.

Moore dropped Ortley with a left hook to the body at the end of the first round, and then dropped Ortley twice in the second, both by lead rights.

It’s time for Moore, a former Junior Olympic National Champion, to step up in competition. Ortley was his first opponent that actually had a win on his ledger.

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And in the final preliminary bout, Abel Perry (11-3, 3 KO’s) rebounded from a first round knockdown to win a six round unanimous decision over Jay Krupp (13-3, 6 KO’s) by the scores of 58-56, 58-55, and 57-56.

Krupp landed a perfectly timed counter right over the top of a lazy jab by Perry to score the lone knockdown of the fight. It was more of a flash knockdown as Perry was able to rise quickly.

That knockdown appeared to inspire Perry as he out boxed Krupp over the remainder of the fight.

Perry has now won back to back fights for the first time since 2007, while krupp has lost two of three.

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