Welterweight Freddy Hernandez outpointed Damian Frias, and Puerto Rican prospect Victor Fonseca stopped veteran Al Seeger on a largely forgettable edition of Shobox last night from Laredo, Texas.
Hernandez (26-1, 18 KO) beat Frias (16-2, 7 KO) via three scores of 98-92. Bad Left Hook also scored it 98-92. I'd be shocked if any of the judges' cards differed at all; the only round Frias clearly won was the 10th, and the only one he could have won otherwise was the seventh.
Beyond those two frames, Hernandez dominated with constant work, including an amazingly consistent body attack. Neither Hernandez, 30, nor Frias, 33, looked particularly promising. Hernandez was the clear winner and is the younger man, and at 5'10" with a 74" reach, he appears physically imposing at 147 pounds. But he also never shook Frias even once, and even with that sustained body attack, he didn't seem to have the power for that to take Frias' legs at any point. The only time anyone was hurt was when Frias rattled Hernandez in the 10th. Despite his KO rate, Hernandez's power doesn't appear to be anything anyone in the top 10 at 147 should worry about. He has some decent wins, including one over Ben Tackie and another over Jesus Soto Karass back when Karass was just 11-1, and his only loss came to Golden Johnson via split decision in 2005, but I just didn't see anything that would have me believe he would beat Soto Karass again, let alone contend on a serious level.
The 122-pound co-feature was similarly disappointing. Fonseca (17-0, 9 KO) is a Gary Shaw prospect, and it appeared briefly that he might be joining the recent Shaw Productions family habit of getting upset. Fonseca lost the first round because Seeger was simply more active, but then he rattled off -- in my view -- four straight rounds before Seeger came back into the fight.
When Fonseca threw his hands, he had Seeger (28-5, 22 KO) outgunned. But too often he was willing to lay back more than he should have. During the third round, I commented that Seeger, with his hands low, was open to getting tagged. I figured a straight left would finish him eventually. But he charged back into the fight and I had it 76-76 after eight rounds.
In the ninth, Fonseca came out with a chip on his shoulder. He repeatedly loaded up a straight left hand, drilling Seeger with it at will. It was video game-ish. Eventually, Seeger's stamina meter hit rock bottom, and the referee had to step in.
The tough luck for Seeger? He was winning on the official scorecards. One card was a draw (76-76), one had Seeger up by a round (77-75). Those cards are perfectly OK. But the third card had Seeger up 79-73, which is absurd.
On a better note, it appeared as though Seeger had no mental hang-ups. His previous fight, of course, ended in tragedy, as Benjamin Flores passed away as a result of the fight. He looked no different than he's ever looked, warts and all, and if nothing else, I was just happy to see him back in the ring. He fought hard, he just got tagged eventually.
This was my first time seeing Fonseca, and he was impressive only in spurts. There were times he seemed almost indifferent to what was going on, but when he turned the light on, he tore Seeger to shreds like nobody besides Yuriorkis Gamboa has ever done. Seeger is a tough guy, but Fonseca blitzed him out something fierce at the end of it all.