Dog days of summer
“Perro” Angulo tears into Rosado in bounce-back bout; "The Dog" Dirrell rips into Contreras
Ringside report by Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky
Photos by Chris Cozzone / Fightwireimages.com
Taking a pay cut to be a top dog again, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo put his first loss behind him by tearing into victim Gabriel Rosado last night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.
Crowning “King” Rosado three times in round two, Angulo made a short night on a lengthy card packing nine bouts, two-thirds of which ended by knockout. The card, “Border Warfare,” was televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.
Though kept on a short leash in round one, “Perro” tried to track down Rosado, who wisely kept the fight at a distance, hitting while chased. Two judges scored the round for Rosado.
Three thousand yapping fans, alternating between chants of “PERR-O! PERR-O!” and random, barking sound bytes scattered throughout the arena, erupted when, early in the second, Angulo cut off the ring, closed the gap and unleashed an overhand right that dropped Rosado to his hindquarters.
Rosado complained, about getting hit on the break, and was ignored. Once the fight resumed, Angulo tore into his snack, smacking him down again. This time, Rosado kept quiet, getting up a bit slower. When the fight continued, Angulo sped toward the finish line, ripping Rosado with a final combination that had Referee Russell Mora waving off “Perro’s” attack at 2:13.
Breaking into a smile after a deadpan trackdown of Rosado, Angulo, 16-1 (13 KOs), gets back to winning after May’s decision loss to Kermit Cintron.
Philly’s Rosado falls to 12-4 (7 KOs), evening out his ’09 record to 2-2.
Dirrell “dogs” Contreras
In the co-feature, co-canine-monikered Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, of Flint, Mich., tore a page from Angulo’s book by ripping into foe, Alfredo Contreras, of Los Mochis, Mexico.
Unlike Angulo, however, Dirrell was kept on a short leash for much of the fight, before lettings his paws go. Unmuzzled, Dirrell needed much less than the seven rounds it actually took to rattle Contreras’ cage.
Fighting with an odd faraway look in his eyes, Dirrell appears to be watching the crowd, the ringsiders – almost anything, really – other than the man who’s trying to take off his head, in front of him. But then, at the last second, he shifts his focus – and a combination – at his foe, more often than not, landing something.
Against the not-so-aggressive, not-so-quick, not-so-hard-to-hit Contreras, it worked just fine. Proving himself the perfect pick for Dirrell, Contreras stayed right at the end of the Flint fighter’s range throughout most of the fight, right where Dirrell could reach out and whack him, when the mood suited him.
Most of the time, Dirrell waited for Contreras to take a half-step forward, before smacking his foe with a can’t-miss right hook. As the rounds progressed, Dirrell spent less time waiting, and more time moving forward.
Contreras spent the third round, nodding and smiling, every time he was whapped by Dirrell, who appeared to stare off just past his opponent’s shoulder, as if conversing with someone beyond the ropes.
The monotony of the same sequence, played over and over, broke in the fifth when Dirrell mixed it up with Contreras. Staggering Contreras with big hooks, Dirrell looked on the verge of a knockdown, but resorted to picking his shots, fewer and farther between, in the sixth.
In the seventh, Dirrell poured it on and, pounding his opponent’s body, sending his head swiveling this way and that, Referee Robert Byrd stepped in and put a leash on Dirrell, official time 2:32, when Contreras’ corner threw up the sponge.
Before the stoppage, Dirrell was pitching a shutout on all three cards.
The super middleweight prospect moves to 18-0, 15 KOs, while Contreras drops his second straight bout, falling to 10-6-1, 4 KOs.
Marquez goes the distance
In the curtain raiser, Albuquerque jr. lightweight Archie Ray Marquez (6-0, 5 KOs) retained his perfect record by going the distance the first time, against gutsy Russian Sergi Ganjelashvili (4-4-1) of Key West, Fla.
If there was any round to lose, it would’ve been the first, for Ganjelashvili’s wild rights landed more than once on the slow-starting Marquez, who barely edged the round with left hooks to the body.
For the next three rounds, the fight was in Marquez’s pocket. Wary of Ganjelashvili’s unorthodox style, Marquez outboxed him from the outside, staying away from the overhand rights moving in long enough to pound out a left hook downstairs.
Wear and tear started to show on Ganjelashvili in the third, and he endured punishment in the fourth, but showed a granite chin to Marquez’s clean rights and left hooks.
All three judges scored it the same, 40-36, for Marquez.
Bogare bam-bams “Bam Bam”
In the fourth and final TV fight, Las Vegas lightweight Sharif “The Lion” Bogare (12-0, 7 KOs) snagged another win by stopping Mexican Rodolofo “Bam Bam” Armenta (7-2-1, 5 KOs) in just over four minutes.
In the first real dogfight of the night, Bogare and Armenta met in the middle of the ring and duked it out throughout the first. Bogare, the faster of the two, landed straighter and racked up the most damage.
In the second, both nearly floored one another, first, Armenta staggering Bogare into the ropes with a right, but the local favorite coming right back to trade near-knockdowns.
Seconds later, Bogare followed through with a big right that sent Armenta into a tailspin. Arementa leapt up, breaking into a Zab Judah dance (a la Kostya Tszyu), before spiraling back down to the canvas on spaghetti legs. Barely beating Ref Jay Nady’s count, Armenta was sent back down when the fight resumed, prompting a stoppage at 1:07.
Five bouts followed ESPN2 airtime.
In the first, Moroccan Said “The Messenger” El Harrak (7-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Las Vegas, endured some rough moments to stop undefeated Jesus Vallejo (3-1, 3 KOs), of Spokane, Wash.
Though coming out with the poorest balance, the worst set of skills seen in a Vegas ring, for a 3-0 fighter, Vallejo’s odd tactics and deceiving lack of, well, anything that could possibly be crafted in a boxing gym in the Continental U.S., made an extremely fun fight to watch.
Making the still-learning El Harrak look like a seasoned Olympian, Vallejo was chased about the ring in the first. In the second, El Harrak came close to flooring the wild-swinging Vallejo, mainly due to poor balance, but Vallejo was not only able to control his two left feet, but showed a decent chin.
In the third, one of the best rounds all night, Vallejo showed a punch that had El Harrak hurt at least twice. Unfortunately for the Spokane kid, El Harrak kept a clear head and paid Vallejo back twofold, hurting his man four or five times, and ending the fight with a tremendous right that had Vallejo flat on his back with a second left on the clock.
Referee Robert Byrd called it quits and both fighters were applauded for their scrap.
D.C. KOs K.C.
Washington, D.C. featherweight southpaw Gary Russell, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) scored the quickest kayo of the night, by demolishing ill-equipped Jason Jones (2-3, 1 KO), of Kansas City, Mo., in just 28 seconds.
After one knockdown and a second one on the way, it was over.
Las Vegas jr. welterweight Terrance Jett (4-15-2, 2 KOs), veteran of 21 bouts, perennial opponent and, sometimes, human punching bag, came oh-so-close to winning (well, okay - drawing), for once, over shorter-yet-better Darryl Hayes (2-0), of Houston.
Once again, doing just enough to lose, Jett fell just enough to follow the script that had him dropping yet another bout, this one by majority decision.
With the reach and height advantage, Jett let Hayes edge out the first with a just-busy-enough right hand. In the second, Jett actually took the fight over, jabbing and landing a right hand. In the last minute, the two traded, with Hayes backing off.
Hayes trapped Jett against the ropes in the third, where he pounded out enough shots to convince the judges. Jett came back to make it a close round, pounding Hayes to the body but not following through with anything – and backing off enough to let Hayes remain a razor-thin lead.
In the final frame, Jett was content to jab, pocketing a right that had, in previous rounds, found its mark. Hayes made better use of his shorter but more aggressive right hand, edging the round, and fight.
Judges were split: 39-37 twice for Hayes, and 38-38 even.
Kauffman blasts Shahan
In a terrible heavyweight match, slashed to four rounds from six (not that it mattered), undefeated Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs), of Reading, Pa., bombed out William Shahan (7-2, 6 KOs), of Glenville, W.V. in a minute, 20.
Shahan showed he was easy to hit, and even easier to floor.
An overhand right dropped the chubby foe in the first minute. Barely up at the count, and staggering all over the ring, the fight was allowed to continue.
After Kauffman resumed work, the first connecting punch had Ref Byrd changing his mind, immediately halting the slaughter.
After an extremely impressive pro debut a couple months back, Donatella “DynOmite” Hultin (1-1, 1 KO), of Sweden and Las Vegas, slid over to the other side of the spectrum with a less-than-impressive showing at the busier, aggressive hands of Canadian Lucia Larcinese (2-4), who picked up the unanimous decision win.
Barely jabbing, Hultin was outworked by the aggressive Larcinese through round one. Landing lefts every time they were thrown, Larcinese had Hultin missing her barely-thrown rights.
Outworked, outhustled, Hultin huddled into turtle shell mode in the third and, in the fourth, Larcinese had an easy time landing left after left.
All three judges scored the bout 39-37 for Larcinese, who was cornered by Enrique Ornelas.
World champion Timothy Bradley was a guest at ringside.
Southwest ring announcer Mike Adams made an excellent ESPN2 debut.