Tonight at 11:00 PM, Premier Boxing Champions hits Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the latest installment of their Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays series, featuring a former U.S. Olympian in the lightweight main event.
Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KO) has stayed extremely busy since falling short in the 2012 Olympics, this being his fifteenth fight in just over three years as a pro. His level of competition has been a bit iffy, however; his last fight saw him take a decision over Yakubu Amidu, a Ghanaian with one win in his previous seven fights. He faces Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KO), a Colombian with an extremely Colombian record.
I'm not trying to be nationalist, I'm just saying he fought a guy who was 1-29-1 two fights ago.
Elsewhere, Alex Martin (11-0, 5 KO) faces Rossemberth Gomez (17-4-1, 13 KO) in an eight-round welterweight co-feature and Raynell Williams (10-0, 5 KO) faces Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-4-2, 3 KO), who has fought once since 2013.
I'll have round-by-round coverage for you all once things kick off.
Jamel Herring def. Luis Eduardo Flores by unanimous decision (99-89, 100-88 x2)
Raynell Williams def. Gabriel Tolmajyan by unanimous decision (78-74, 79-73 x2)
Alex Martin def. Rossemberth Gomez by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73 x2)
Jamel Herring vs. Luis Eduardo Flores
Round one: Herring with lefts downstairs. Counter right by Flores met by a left from Herring. One minute in. Both go to the body. Flores slinging right hands. One minute to go. Check hook lands for Herring. He's avoiding most of what Flores tosses out. 10-9 Herring.
Round two: Flores still stomping forward, slinging bit punches. Herring sneaks in a straight left. Clinch. Herring to the body, clash of heads. One minute in. Flores just too crude with his punches thus far. Clinch. Clinch. One minute to go. Hard left hand by Williams in combination and he rips to the body afterwards. Nice 3-2, both connect. Clinch. Now Herring throwing some heat, landing to the body. 10-9, 20-18 Herring.
Round three: Flores still coming on, swinging leather. Looping punches by the Colombian. Herring prods him at range. Nice straight left by the American. One minute in. Combinations landing for Herring. To the body, straight lefts up top. Flores just trying straight-arm swing at this point. One minute to go. Overhand left connects for Herring. Body shots, straight lefts. Flores with a right downstairs. Clinch. 10-9, 30-27 Herring.
Round four: Herring working his jab, runs Flores into a left straight. Flores still falling well short with his punches, eats a hard cross and a 1-2. Right hook by Herring. One minute in. 1-2 by Flores. Check hook by Herring. Right hook connects with a minute to go. Straight left from Herring. Flores is badly, badly outclassed. He's still going for it, though, and lands a right hand at the bell. 10-9, 40-36 Herring.
Round five: Flores to the body, Herring answers in kind. Counter hook by Herring. 2-1-2 by Herring. One minute in. Overhand right lands for Flores. Herring on the advance. Body shot lands and Flores trips, but they call it a knockdown. Hering comes out aggressively after they resume, landing heavy shots to the head. Flores to the body, eats a check hook and his glove touches the mat. Hard 1-2 by Herring, who lands a right hook before the bell. 10-7, 50-43 Herring.
Round six: Flores lunging in with wild punches, overextending. Straight left lands for Herring. To the body this time. 1-2 by Herring. One minute in. Flores reaches with a right hand. Herring still outclassing him, lands a heavy check hook and clinches. Flores trying to jab, eats a combination. 1-2-2 by Herring. One minute to go. Herring to the body. Hard straight left on the ropes. Flores with a straight right, eats a series of body shots. 1-2-3 for Herring before the bell. 60-52 Herring
Round seven: Flores still throwing, still getting dominated. Nice combination by Herring. To the body, clinch. Flores misses badly and eats a hard series of punches. One minute in. Herring digs a left downstairs, right upstairs, left to the body again. Hard two-piece to the body by Herring. Flores lands a straight right while eating punches. One minute to go. Herring just dominating at this point, opening up in the corner. Clinch. Nasty right hook and straight left land, then more body shots. Straight left snaps Flores' head back. Flores with a right before the bell. 10-9, 70-61 Herring.
Round eight: Hard straight left by Herring, who is utterly dominating at this point. Flores lands a left hook. One minute in. Counter right hook by Herring, then a 1-2. One minute in. Body shots from Herring, then a hard series of head shots. uppercut sneaks in for Herring, then a pair of body shots. I would not be opposed to them stopping this. Right hook and left straight by Herring. Left to the body, uppercut, uppercut, overhand left. Herring's kicking his ass. One minute to go. Another hard body-head combo. Hard body shot strays low. 10-9, 80-70 Herring.
Round nine: Flores still game, lands a right downstairs and left hook to the head. Right hooks from Herring. Herring to the body. Another straight left by Herring. One minute in. There's really no need to keep this going; Herring's tagging him at will and Flores doesn't have the accuracy to land the finisher he needs. Counters continue to land for Herring. 1-2 lands for him. One minute to go. Body shot. Right hook again. 10-9, 90-79 Herring.
Round ten: Flores plodding forward, slinging haymakers to no avail. Clinch. Flores to the body. Straight right. Clinch. One minute in. Herring with a combination and body shot. Flurry downstairs. One minute to go. 1-2 by Herring. Flores just can't reach him. 1-2 again by Herring. Right hook upstairs, left to the body. Herring lands one more left before the bell. 10-9, 100-88 Herring.
Final result: Herring def. Flores by unanimous decision
Raynell Williams vs. Gabrial Tolmajyan
Round one: Southpaw matchup. Tolmajyan looking for the body while Williams jabs. Tolmajyan missed the lightweight limit and looks out of shape. Straight left lands for him, though. Quick exchange in the center. One minute in. Solid right hook by Williams, body shots. Tolmajyan eats a coupe of body shots after overextending. One minute to go. Williams lands a solid right hook at the end of an exchange. Right hook by Williams, straight left by Tolmajyan. Tolmajyan with a left downstairs. 10-9 Williams.
Round two: Early clinch. Solid overhand left by Tolmajyan. Double jab by Williams. One minute in. Williams working the counter right. Tolmajyan to the body. Right hook up top by Williams. One minute to go. Overland left from Tolmajyan after taking some jabs. Counter left by Williams. Williams' jab working well and they trade right hooks. 10-9, 20-18 Williams.
Round three: More competitive than the fight before, but a similar situation. Williams is the crisper puncher by far by Tolmajyan is getting his licks in. Tolmajyan with a left downstairs, walks into a jab. One minute in. Short exchange in the center. Clinch. combination from Williams. One minute to go. Clinch. Tolmajyan with a left downstairs. Williams lands a straight left and clinches, then doubles up the right hook and they trade bombs at the bell. 10-9, 30-27 Williams.
Round four: Solid right hooks by Tolmajyan on the counter. Both land hard rights, Williams goes to the body. Clinch. One minute in. Not terribly much volume this round, although Tolmajyan does land a right hook as I write that. Clinch. One minute to go. Nice body shot by Williams and a left inside. Hard counter hook backs Tolmajyan off. 3-2 by Tolmajyan and a pair of right hooks. 10-9 Tolmajyan, 39-36 Williams.
Round five: Williams still finding success with that shovel hook, but Tolmajyan is catching him mid-combination with the right hook. One minute in. 3-2 by Tolmajyan. 3-2 again by Tolmajyan. Williams getting outworked at the moment. One minute to go. Straight left from Williams, then the double jab. Williams with the right downstairs. They exchange on the ropes before the bell. 10-9 Tolmajyan, 48-46 Williams.
Round six: Slow start to the round. Both men land left hands, Williams follows up with a combination. One minute in. Solid shovel hook by Williams. Nice combination, hooks to the body and head. Clinch. One minute to go. 2-1 connects for Williams. Good body shot and they exchange right hooks. Clinch. Tolmajyan to the body, picked off by right hands. 10-9, 58-55 Williams.
Round seven: Lead left lands for Williams. More jabs land for him. Good right hook to the body. Tolmajyan with a right up top. One minute in. Hard combo from the American. Williams working well with the jab. One minute to go. Williams putting together combinations and Tolmajyan's counters aren't as sharp. Lead left by Williams, clinch. There's that shovel hook to the body once more. Williams keeps him at bay with right hands until the bell. 10-9, 68-64 Williams.
Round eight:Williams' right hand remains effective. Tolmajyan still advancing. Clinch. Right hook from Tolmajyan connects. Counter combo by Williams. One minute in. Tolmajyan looking to draw out counters, apparently. Straight left by Tolajyan and Williams' legs are not there. Williams desperately trying to clinch, but getting caught. Another big left hand by Tolmajyan. Tolmajyan keeps throwing heat until the bell. 10-9 Tolmajyan, 77-74 Williams.
Final result: Williams def. Tolmajyan by unanimous decision
Alex Martin vs. Rossemberth Gomez
Round one: Martin comes out southpaw, pumping the jab. Body shot and left hook by Gomez. Martin to the body with the straight left. One minute in. Again to the body after some jabs, Gomez comes back with a straight right. Good left by Martin, who definitely has the cleaner technique and the speed advantage. Clinch. Clinch. One minute to go. Martin with a left downstairs, then a left on the break that he's warned for. Gomez with rights high and low. Clinch. 10-9 Martin.
Round two: Martin lands another left downstairs, firing his jab and 1-2s as Gomez waves him on. Gomez just taunting as Martin puts together combinations to the head and body. Hard 3-2. One minute in. Gomez tries a 1-2, clinch. Good two-piece counter by Martin, then some body shots. 1-2 by Gomez, who goes to the body and goes upstairs with the left hook. Martin staying busy with straight punches. One minute to go. Gomez to the body. Martin to the body, eats a combination upstairs. Check hook by Martin, who eats a right and lands a jab at the bell. 10-9, 20-18 Martin.
Round three: Martin goes right back to the jab. Left to the body. Straight right by Gomez and they exchange near the corner, Martin turning him around. One minute in. 1-2 by Gomez. Clinch. Martin winning close-range exchanges as well. Left to he body lands. Clinch. Hard check hook backs Gomez off. One minute to go. Clinch. Martin puts a left to the body, eats a 1-2-3 and comes back with a good combo at the bell. 10-9, 30-27 Martin.
Round four: 1-2 from Martin, looping right by Gomez. Gomez moving in a little more aggressively this round, clinch. Martin is still the sharper shooter, however. Hard check hook by Martin. One minute in. Gomez still taunting and manages to land a right before getting clinched. Gomez warned for shoving Martin down. combinations by Martin to the head. One minute to go. Gomez still swinging big, but getting picked off. Straight left rattles Gomez. Clinch. 10-9, 40-36 Martin.
Round five: Martin putting together some harder punches at the start of the round. Straight right by Gomez, clinch. Clinch, Martin warned for rabbit punches. Nice check hook and counter uppercut by Martin. Clinch, one minute in. Another uppercut splits the guard, but Gomez's bravado continues. Gomez to the body, then a hook up top. Martin with a straight left in return. He's pivoting quite well. Combinations land for Gomez. One minute to go. Right hook by Martin, stiff jab from Gomez, clinch. Martin taking potshots at Gomez's guard. Martin clinching rather excessively. Check hook trips Gomez up a bit, but Gomez comes back with a right hand. 10-9, 50-45 Martin.
Round six: Straight right from Gomez connects, Martin goes back to work with solid combinations. Uppercut-left hand by Martin. Gomez still plodding forward, lands a left hook and gets clinched. Gomez right hand, clinched. Good footwork by Martin. One minute in. Jabs by Martin. Body shot by Gomez, clinch. Check hook by Martin. Sharp right hook after some jabs, clinch. One minute to go. Big right hook, Gomez shrugs it off. Gomez tries to smother on the corner, clinched. Counter uppercut from Martin. Clinch. Another check hook, Gomez keeps plowing forward and throwing to the body. 10-9, 60-54 Martin.
Round seven: Immediate clinch this time around. 1-1-2 lands for Martin. Gomez is game, but getting sorely outclassed. Nice 1-2 by Martin. Good right hand by Gomez as Martin circles away. Clinch, one minute in. Right hook and straight left land for Martin. Straights by Gomez, straight left comes back. Martin with a right hook afterwards. One minute to go. More accurate combinations by Martin, more aggression from Gomez. More clinching. 10-9, 70-63 Martin.
Round eight: No urgency to finish from Martin and no ability to do so from Gomez. He's still going for it, though. Martin whacks him with a straight left and a body shot, after which Gomez complains of a low blow. Now things are getting scrappy in center ring, at least until Martin clinches. One minute in. Potshots from Martin, circling well. Good left downstairs, right hook upstairs, more body shots. Gomez pops him with a couple of right hands. One minute to go. Martin sneaking shots around the guard. Clinching. Martin clowns a bit before the bell. 10-9, 80-72 Martin.
Final result: Martin def. Gomez by unanimous decision