Lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover bounced back from his first career loss with a solid performance on tonight’s Thompson Boxing PPV, winning a clear decision over Jorge Marron Jr in the eight-round main event.
Scores were 78-74, 78-74, and 80-72 for Dutchover. BLH also scored it 80-72 for Dutchover, but with Marron providing a legitimate stylistic test for the prospect.
Dutchover (14-1, 10 KO) took a stoppage loss against Thomas Mattice last September on ShoBox, but that came due to a cut, and he had been building some momentum in the fight. It’s hard to say it was really controversial — the cut was bad and came from a legal punch — but it wasn’t the sort of loss you want as your first, given how mainstream boxing media treat losing any fight ever.
But Dutchover, 22, came back nicely here, boxing smart against Marron (18-2, 6 KO), a 26-year-old fighter who shows arguably good instincts with his head and leg movement, given he had no notable amateur career. Marron has the look of a terrific prospect checker, which is a legitimately valuable spot in a boxing career. He’s tough, he takes a good shot, and he can box a bit, far from being an incompetent.
But Dutchover showed his skills tonight, and that’s valuable, too, especially coming off of a loss.
“This was the biggest fight for me mentally,” Dutchover said, post-fight. “I trained so hard for this fight. I felt like Rocky in there, I was training all through the pandemic. I was driven. Every fighter wants to come back with a spectacular KO, but I wanted to get some rounds.”
The young man also realizes what kind of rising division he’s in, with titleholders Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, and Devin Haney, plus the likes of Ryan Garcia, Luke Campbell, Richard Commey, Jorge Linares, Javier Fortuna, and others.
“135 is a packed division, and I just want to make my name,” he said. “My last fight didn’t come out like I wanted it to, but I was victorious tonight. I just want to get closer to a regional title. I stay prepared. I’m a fighter. Fighters fight, and I fight who they put in front of me.”
Do not write this young fighter off because of one loss. Don’t buy that hype. This is a talented kid who has the ability. We’ll see if it pays out.
Ruben Torres TKO-6 Oscar Bravo
Bravo (25-10, 11 KO) came in from Chile for this fight, and the veteran scrapper tried to do what he does, but Torres (13-0, 11 KO) was just too tall, too good for him. Torres, 22, is a solid lightweight prospect and really fun to watch; he can provide action, and he can do it off the back foot, too, which is more unusual than just being fun to watch as a fully come-forward sort of fighter. He’s been featured on Thompson streams a handful of times now, at least that I’ve seen, and every time he’s fun to watch. Someone you should make note of going forward.
No great idea of Torres’ ceiling, and there are still steps up the ladder to take, but worth thinking about him at this point. Good, young fighter, with a solid if not power-tier promoter, someone who might be interesting to watch at 135, which is a great, young division right now. He more or less dominated this fight against a game Torres before it was stopped at 1:43 of the sixth round, which was a good call by referee Ray Corona. Torres is tall, has some skills, fun to watch — again, remember the name. Bravo brought some pressure here, and Torres passed the test nicely.
Arnold Dinong UD-6 Brandon Cruz
Scores were 58-56, 59-55, and 59-55. I have no opinion on the outcome as the fight was hard to follow with a choppy stream, but honestly what you could see seemed like a pretty good fight. Dinong, a 26-year-old featherweight, is now 7-0 (1 KO), while Cruz, 21, drops to 6-2 (4 KO) with his second straight loss.