Porter Wins, Jack v Periban End in Draw
LAS VEGAS, NV –
Shawn Porter and Julio Diaz returned to the ring in a rematch of their December 2012 bout which ended in a Draw. This time, a more aggressive Shawn Porter dominated the rounds to defeat Julio Diaz by unanimous decision to become the NABO welterweight champion.
Wanting a better outcome, both men promised to fight smarter and more aggressive in respective pre-fight interviews. Porter drew first blood landing the right cross and head snapping right hooks. Diaz, who was clearly hungry judging by the number of punches he ate, found his head being snapped back but refused to be knock down. Diaz on the other hand chose to keep his work upstairs hoping to slow the Porter onslaught but was largely ineffective. After round after round of head snapping blows, Porter emerged with the victory by unanimous decision.
The night’s co-main event matched super middleweight Mayweather Promotions prospect Badou Jack against Marco Antonio Periban for 10 rounds.
Periban emerged as the aggressor early throwing body shots and combinations downstairs while Jack tossed the jab to set up the straight right hand. Fighting in uninspired fashion in the early rounds, Jack allowed Periban to dominate with increased body work.
Changing his strategy in round four, Jack turned the bout back in his favor by landing crisp uppercuts that likened Periban to a Pez dispenser. After a lack luster round, Periban bounced back with second run at combination shots to the body of Jack that one him the round on the BadCulture scorecard but after that it was all Jack for the rest of the bout.
In the end, the bout was ruled a majority draw. The crowd booed but I agreed with the decision. Follow my twitter timeline for the night and I scored it the exact same way.
The bout between Julian Williams and Huge Centeno Jr., for the WBC International super welterweight title, was ruled “no-contest” after the ring doctor ruled Centeno was not fit to continue after an accidental head butt in the third round. To say Williams, who was dominating the fight for the duration, was upset with the decision is a grand understatement. In fact, he was fit to be tied, cussed out everybody in the ring, left the ring, cussed out the crowd, and cussed out everyone in his path on his way back to the dressing room. Tough decision, I can’t say I wouldn’t have reacted the same way.
Jermall Charlo, one half of the wonder Charlo twins of Texas, defeated Rogelio De La Torre by knock out in round seven of their scheduled eight round bout. Charlo landed well for the duration of the fight but took nearly as much punishment as he delivered.
In a recent interview I had with Jermall Charlo, he talked about the use of his jab and big right hand. Throwing this combination produced results but left him vulnerable to the counter punching of De La Torre. Once De La Torre got in tune with Charlo’s rhythm, he was able to get under the punches and work on the body of Charlo. But, Charlo proved to be the stronger, more accurate puncher to pull out the win.
Errol Spence Jr., the man that may or may not have knocked down Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather in respective sparring sessions, made easy work of Jesus Tavera in the first televised bout of the evening. Spence Jr. wasted zero time throwing bombs at Tavera’s body and eventually finished him of with a huge left hook to the bread basket ending the bout in round one.
I would love to know if the rumor is true about this guy.
Making his professional debut, Diego De La Hoya, nephew of Oscar, battered the body Luis Cosme of Puerto Rico to win by KO in round three. De La Hoya systemically broke Cosme down with hooks to the body and a series of uppercuts that forced Cosme to take the knee and call it night.
Former Olympian Robert Easter has no candy for Lance Williams by knocking him out late round one while middleweight Terrell Gausha dropped Bruce Runkle by left hook early in round ten to remain undefeated.