For this week, I'm continuing on with spanish language boxing programming. Heck, the vast majority of weeks that I do this, it'll be spanish language boxing programming. They show a lot of boxing there, what am I supposed to do?
The first show I went back to is one I had no idea I even recorded: Antonio Pitalua vs. Cosme Rivera II from Telemundo on 9/9/2011. This is really sad, because I was geeked to watch the third bout when I found out it was on and who was in it. It actually resembled the third fight greatly - my scoring may have been influenced by that fight, but I though Rivera moved enough and showed enough class defensively and with ring generalship to win 117-111 on my card. Pitalua was very one dimensional, but his dimension is always an exciting one. When he would land the right hand, there was legitimate drama involved. Many times though there were grazing blows and I think those got scored as if they were landing with full force.
Afterwards, the fight shown was a 4 round bout between a couple of junior flyweights: Ariel Guzman and Miguel Dominguez. They scrapped a little, showed no outward class, and Ariel Guzman was given the decision. A lot of clean blows landed by both guys. I'm not expecting tons from either, but they're young.
I went back even further into Telemundo's programming schedule for the next thing to watch, which was Jose Nieves vs. Cuahhtemoc Vargas II from August 26th of this year. I can't remember seeing the first fight though I might have if it was on TV. Vargas is a run of the mill tough guy at 122 who's been on TV many times as a trial horse. Nieves made it to Shobox or ESPN2 and had Chris Avalos bust him up. The first fight was apparently very close, so we get this rematch. It too was outrageously close. I finished scoring this thing as 114-114. Nieves came out and boxed effectively in the first two rounds, then Vargas' pressure fighting approach started to pay off in the middle rounds and he took most of those. Nieves then managed to come back strong in the final 3 rounds on my card; Vargas may have punched himself out and Nieves just took over the fight. Good bout. The scorecard from the folks at Telemundo was 116-112 Vargas, and the official cards read for Nieves. I did take real issue with the 117-111 card from Don Trombley for this fight. There simply weren't enough close rounds that could have gone to Nieves to justify that. If anything, I could see why more rounds would go to Vargas than I gave him for aggression.
Two undercard attractions get shown: One is Harion Socarras' fight with Eduardo Melendez. It ends up as a first round KO off a left hook. Soccaras is Cuban, but doesn't have any notable amateur experience. Or any, really. He looks OK, but he's young and a bit raw. We're then shown Alan Sanchez's fight against Frank Gedeon, which is a wild free for all. In the first round, Gedeon is dropped twice, with the second knockdown causing a deduction of two points as Sanchez continued to hit the down man. Then Gedeon drops Sanchez very late in the round himself; if there was any talent being on display, I'd say round of the year. The slugfest continues until Gedeon puts Sanchez away in round three with wide hooks and power shot.
Finally, I also finished off all the Solo Boxeos I hadn't seen yet by viewing the show from 10/28/11 headlined by Ira Terry/Eloy Perez. Opener for the show was a 6 round contest between non-contending, non-prospect fighters Loren Myers and Paul Mendez. Myers was referred to by the spanish announce team as a "punching bag" at one point, which I feel properly describes the contest. He has heart, but not much in terms of skill.
Its not the kind of boxing that excites one to be a fan of the sport. We then go to the main event, which is decently matched, I suppose. Ira Terry at one point was not horrible. He was at least better than Leon Bobo, for whatever that is worth. However, he's been on a skid of KO losses. Against Eloy Perez, he again suffers one. Perez is not a great power puncher, and while he's exciting to watch, he has great limitations stylistically. He never jabs coming forward except with single up jabs. And he doesn't do use that much, to be honest. Most of the time he just walks towards guys rather squared up and throws power shots. Because he's so hittable and because he rarely puts guys away, he has a couple draws and close decisions on his record. Adrian Broner should truck the guy. Ira Terry isn't good enough though and while he gets in a lot of fire fights with Perez, the number of early KO losses on his record indicates that's a bad idea. Perez wears him down and stops him against the ropes in the 6th with a volley of punches.
We then get a trio of fights to kill time: Rudy Puga Jr. just blows away Jose Hurtado to get his second win. Pure offense; runs a chubby guy over, noting to see there. Then we get a women's bout with Sharon Gaines playing the nearly 40 year old opponent against Carina Moreno, a 21-3 boxer who generally outclassed Gaines with superior hand speed and footwork over a 6 round distance in a fight I only sorta paid attention to. Finally, to finish filling out the time, Ulises Soriano and Jonathan Zamudio had a 4 round fight. Soriano won a fairly clear decision in my opinion; Zamudio had his moments, but he was walked back and out worked the entire fight by Soriano. Both guys were very wide punching and I don't see a great amount of success for either, but this was fairly competitive, non-offensive boxing between neophytes.