It’s the Monday War Report. The battle for Lightweight supremacy took place. A judge can’t tear himself away from his phone to do his job. A prospect still hasn’t had to visit his corner between rounds.
THE BATTLE FOR LIGHTWEIGHT SUPREMACY
BARBOZA OUTBOXES SAUCEDO
🇺🇸Arnold Barboza Jr. (25-0-0, 10KO) did battle with 🇲🇽Alex Saucedo (30-2-0, 19KO) over 10 rounds in their Super-Lightweight bout, fighting through a knockdown to take the unanimous decision 96-93, 97-92, 97-92 over Alex Saucedo.
Barboza chose an interesting if not questionable strategy of taking the southpaw stance to start the action and occasionally went back to it throughout the fight, yet it rarely appeared that this worked to his benefit as Saucedo landed some of his best shots in those moments. When Barboza was true to form in the classic orthodox stance he showed the superior speed and boxing ability he held over Saucedo, separating himself in the latter rounds.
With the win Barboza now puts himself closer to his goal of a title shot in the Super-Lightweight division.
CAN BERLANGA GET SOME ROUNDS?
The streak continues for the 23 year old Brooklyn native who seemingly has bricks for hands. Saturday night in a Super-Middleweight bout, 🇺🇸🇵🇷Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga (15-0-0, 15KO) reeled off another first round knockout, this time over 34 year old 🇺🇸Lenell Bellows (20-6-3, 13KO) who had never been stopped in his previous 28 fights. The knockout brings the streak to 15 for Berlanga. A reminder, these have all been by first round.
In a fight that only lasted for 1:19, Berlanga managed to do plenty of damage on Bellows, opening a gash over his left eye and busting up his ear on the same side. Referee Robert Hoyle quickly saw where the fight was headed, giving Bellows the “show me something” call before the Kansas City native had his head snapped back from another shot, where he made the decision to jump in and stop anymore punishment.
While the power of Berlanga will be the focus of fans and the media alike, head trainer Andre Rozier clearly has other things he wants to see from his charge, evidenced by the fact he had him knock out a set of pushups for not executing tactics they had worked on in the gym. While Rozier continues to mold the heavy handed bomber, Top Rank will continue to seek out opposition to extend him past the opening round.
Super-Lightweight 10 Rounds
Josue Vargas UD (100-89, 99-90, 98-91) over Kendo Castandea
Featherweight 8 Rounds
Jose Enrique Durante Vivas (20-1-0, 11KO) KO 1 over John Vincent Moralde (23-4-0, 13KO)
Welterweight 6 Rounds
Quinton Randall (7-0-0, 2KO) UD (59-55, 58-56, 58-56) over Jan Carlos Rivera (4-1-0,4KO)
Welterweight 4 Rounds
Jahi Tucker (2-0-0, 1KO) UD (40-36 all 3 cards) over Charles Garner (1-1-0, 0KO)
LEWIS RITSON BENEFITS FROM ATROCIOUS SCORING
British Super-Lightweight 🇬🇧Lewis Ritson (21-1-0, 12KO) couldn’t get anything going against former IBF Lightweight Champion 🇲🇽Miguel Vazquez (42-10-0, 16KO) of Mexico, but somehow managed to earn the decision on two of the three judges cards Saturday night at East of England Arena in the UK.
The 33 year old veteran Vazquez cruised, never delivering anything devastating, but was the only one landing, comfortably outboxing Ritson throughout the bout as the 27 year old from Newcastle couldn’t close the distance to get any work done.
Judge Marcus Mcdonnell proved to be sober and paying attention, scoring the bout 116-113 for Vazquez. However he was overruled by his two oblivious counterparts Michael Alexander who scored it 115-113 for Ritson, and Terry O’Connor who was clearly more focused on what was going on on his cell phone (pointed out by both WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, and Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn), scoring it 117-111 for Ritson.
This win would have been significant for Vazquez who at 33 could have his career in a totally different position right now. As for Ritson, it is believed this win would setup a meeting with Regis Prograis but after the verdict even he didn’t seem anxious to jump into the bout.
“I was not surprised how good (Vazquez) was, but how awkward he was. Neil was saying to not get frustrated with the jab, but the more the fight went on I got more frustrated because I just couldn’t hit him, tap, tap tap, running away, running away. That’s just his style, but we got the win and it shows us where we are. It’s meant to be Prograis next, but I think we have a while before we get to them. That was a bit of an eye opener.”
Puerto Rican Welterweight prospect 🇵🇷Xander Zayas (6-0-0, 5KO) keeps busy and keeps rolling. Friday night on Boxeo Telemundo, the 18 year old from Puerto Rico might not have broken a sweat as he sent a barrage of punches at his opponent 🇲🇽Anthony Curtiss (2-6-0, 2KO), stopping the 36 year old Puebla, Mexico native in 55 seconds.
Zayas is 4-0 in 2020, staying busy during the pandemic as this fight was just over a month since his last. Zayas still has room for another fight before the end of the year.
MORAN OUTSLUGS COLON
At the 2:29 mark of the sixth round 🇲🇽Antonio Moran (26-4-1, 19KO) delivered a left hook and right hand, and stood victorious over 🇲🇽Emanuel Colon (17-2-1, 16KO). Moran and Colon engaged in an entertaining slugfest Friday night in the Telemundo main event.
It was the first fight for Colon since October of 2019 where he won by first round knockout, and Moran picks up his second win in just over a month when he picked up a sixth round knockout over Luis Solis.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
TV AZTECA STUDIO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras, junior-bantam, 12 rounds
- Roman Gonzalez vs Israel Gonzalez, junior-bantam, 12 rounds
- Julio Cesar Martinez vs Moises Calleros, flyweights, 12 rounds
- Diego Pacheco vs TBA, super-middleweights, 6 – 8 rounds
- Austin Williams vs TBA, middleweights, 6 rounds
- Otha Jones III vs TBA, junior-light, 6 rounds
- STATUS FOR THIS CARD COULD CHANGE DUE TO CUADRAS AND FLORES POSITIVE COVID 19 TESTING
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
MOHEGAN SUN, UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT
- Sergey Lipinets vs Custio Clayton, welter, 12 rounds
- Xavier Martinez vs Claudio Marrero, junior-lightweights, 10 – 12 rounds
- Malik Hawkins vs Subriel Matias, junior-welter, 10 rounds