Hopkins shakes off the rust
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos courtesy of TKO Boxing
Demetrius Hopkins put in a dominating performance over Jesse Feliciano on Thursday night in his first fight in almost a year and a half. However, according to Hopkins, he was not as pleased as he wanted to be with his performance.
“It was just ring rust,” was Hopkins’ answer after the fight.
Nonetheless, it was a victory for the world title challenger before a sold out crowd of about 800 at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif.
The bout headlined a nine-bout “Fight Night at the Commerce 2” card, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions.
This was the first fight for Hopkins since his December 2008 attempt at a world title, losing by a 12 round split decision against then 140 pound world champion Kendall Holt. Hopkins took that bout on five days notice.
Feliciano took the bout against Hopkins on less than a week’s notice after former world champion Freddie Norwood pulled out of the bout. Ironically, the Hopkins-Feliciano bout was a rematch from a December 2005 bout, when Hopkins knocked out Feliciano in the fourth round of a scheduled 10 round bout.
Feliciano lost by a third round technical knockout at the hands of Carlos Quintana in his last fight in December. He has been stopped three times in a row entering his bout against Hopkins.
From the opening bell, it was all Hopkins as he was the faster and more accurate fighter of the two. Hopkins landed right hands or combinations to the head that was set up behind his jabs. Hopkins also found a home for left hooks to the head.
Undaunted, and despite a reddening face early in the fight, Feliciano pressed forward. He was aggressive in the third round, even landing occasional punches to the head. However, Hopkins easily countered to the head and body as Feliciano threw and missed badly.
During the middle rounds, Hopkins would throw seven to eight unanswered punches to the head. Feliciano tried to counter, winging a wild hook or cross in attempt to catch Hopkins flush to the chin.
In the sixth, Feliciano attacked the body in an attempt to slow and break down Hopkins. However, Hopkins created distance from his opponent and in the meantime, countered effectively to the head.
Both fighters suffered cuts over their eyes. Feliciano’s left eye was opened from a punch from Hopkins, while a cut opened along Hopkins’ left eye from an accidental head butt.
Although Hopkins landed the stronger and more effective punches, he was not able to visibly hurt Feliciano. Even after Hopkins landed combinations or hard left hands, Feliciano at times stretched out his arms, flexing at Hopkins. Nonetheless, a solid performance by the nephew of the legendary Bernard Hopkins.
All three judge scored the bout in favor of Hopkins, with scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 100-91. Fightnews.com scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Hopkins.
“It’s just the long layoff that I had,” said Hopkins in reference to his performance. “I threw a lot of combinations, but I felt I should have gotten him out of there earlier.”
Asked if he wanted to remain at 140 pounds or stay and compete at the Welterweight limit, which he did on Thursday night, Hopkins stated that he will campaign at the Welterweight limit.
Hopkins, from Philadelphia, PA, improves to 29-1, 11 KO’s. Feliciano, from Las Vegas, NV, drops to 15-9-3, 9 KO’s.
Chudinov decisions Calleros
Super middleweight Dmitry Chudinov won a four round unanimous decision over Fernando Calleros.
Chudinov was the busier fighter of the two, landing the more effective punches throughout the bout. Chudinov attacked the body well as both fighters were on the inside.
As Calleros stepped towards Chudinov, he would only throw one punch at a time. Chudinov countered effectively to both the head and body. Although Calleros was aggressive in the fourth round, Chudinov still controlled the action, landing the more accurate punches.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 40-36.
Chudinov, from Serpukhov, Russia, improves to 4-0, 2 KO’s. Calleros, from Albuquerque, NM, drops to 1-1-1.
Chudinov stops Jones
Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry’s younger brother, stopped Jeremiah Jones in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
Although Jones was competitive early in the fight, occasionally landing an a right hand to the head, he did not have the firepower to compete against the bigger and hard-hitting Chudinov.
Chudinov dropped Jones with a counter right hand to the head in the first round. After that, Jones looked like he was in survival mode as Chudinov stalked his opponent.
The end came in the second as another counter right hand by Chudinov dropped Jones to the canvas. After Jones went down to the canvas from the punch, referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout at 1:28.
Chudinov, from Serpukhov, Russia, goes to 4-0, 3 KO’s. Jones, from Toledo, OH, falls to 1-3-1.
Caballero stops Nicholas
In his professional debut, amateur standout Randy Caballero stopped late sub Gonzalo Nicholas in the first round of a scheduled four round Super Bantamweight bout.
A right cross by Caballero to the head dropped Nicholas to the canvas. After Nicholas stood up, Caballero went after Nicholas. Caballero landed a five-punch combination that hurt Nicholas, prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the fight at 49 seconds.
Nicholas, from Moreno Valley, CA, was announced as having a record of 5-0-1, but Boxrec.com does not list a record for him. Caballero is signed to TKO Boxing Promotions.
Redkach stops Lopez
Lightweight Ivan Redkach stopped John Lopez in the third round of a scheduled four round bout.
A right hook by the southpaw Redkach dropped Lopez in the first round. Undeterred, Lopez pressed the action, even landing a few punches on the inside. However, Redkach landed the more accurate punches to the head as Lopez came forward.
In the third round, an accumulation of punches hurt Lopez. Redkach went in for the kill, landing hard punches to the head of Lopez, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and wisely stop the fight at 1:52.
Redkach, from Los Angeles, CA, goes to 3-0, 3 KO’s. Lopez, from Ontario, OR, drops to 0-2.
Zewski KOs Alvizo
Welterweight Mikael Zewski won by knockout after his opponent, Moises Alvizo, remained on his stool after the third round of a scheduled four round bout.
There were no knockdowns in the bout, but Zewski landed hard left hooks to the head of Alvizo. Zewski was just to quick for the more methodical Alvizo, staying on the outside to land vicious punches to the head.
Alvizo attempted to mount an offense, landing to the body as both fighters were in close. However, Zewski controlled the action, further reddening the face of Alvizo and eventually bloodying the nose.
After the third round, a ringside physician consulted with referee Jerry Cantu, who eventually waved the fight over rather than see Alvizo take more punishment.
Zewski, from Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada, improves to 2-0, 2 KO’s. Alvizo, from Phoenix, AZ by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, was making his professional debut.
Love stops Smith
Super Middleweight J’Leon Love stopped Bryan Smith in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
Very little action took place between the two fighters in the first round, as Love went straight at Smith, who would attempt to counter Love.
In the second round, Love dropped Smith with a straight jab followed by a right hand to the head. Smith stood up, but it was only a matter of time as Love stalked Smith around the ring.
It ended later in the round as Love landed a left hook to the head, dropping Smith in a corner to the canvas. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. did not bother to count, waving the fight over at 2:26.
Love, from Detroit, MI, goes to 3-0, 3 KO’s. Smith, from Toledo, OH, drops to 0-3.
Fierro stops Finney
Heavyweight Steve Fierro stopped Mike Finney in the second round of a scheduled four round bout.
Although Finney was the busier fighter in the first round, Fierro landed the harder and effective punches to the head and body. Fierro would drop Finney near the end of the first round with a left hook to the head.
Fierro went in for the kill at the beginning of the second round, going right at Finney. Fierro hurt Finney again with an accumulation of punches against the ropes, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the fight at 27 seconds.
Fierro, from Reno, NV by way of East Los Angeles, CA, goes to 3-3-3, 1 KO. Finney, from San Jacinto, CA, falls to 1-7, 1 KO. He has lost his last seven bouts in a row, all by knockout.
Rodriguez wins debut
In the walkout bout of the evening, Flavio Rodriguez won his professional debut, stopping Najee Hayes in the third round of a scheduled four round bout.
A left hook to the body, followed by a right hand to the head dropped Hayes in the first round. Rather than follow up, Rodriguez, from Los Angeles, CA, was content to throw one punch at a time. The shorter Hayes tried to get on the inside of Rodriguez’ defense.
In the third round, two right hands to the head dropped Hayes to the canvas. Hayes stood up, but was hurt with another right hand, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and stop the bout at 2:27.
Hayes, from Toledo, OH, drops to 0-3.
- The TKO Promotions card was also in association with Art of Boxing and Hennessey Sports.
- Three bouts, including the Caballero bout, took place after the Hopkins-Feliciano main event.
- Ring announcer was Thomas Treiber.