A New Pound-for-Pound Contender:
Terence Crawford Dominates Dierry Jean
By Adam J. Pollack
Omaha, Nebraska – On Saturday October 24 at the Century Link
Center, Omaha’s own world boxing champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19
KOs) not only successfully defended his championship crown at 140
pounds, but demonstrated that he deserves to be on the current list of
top pound-for-pound world boxing champions. To say that he was
impressive in defeating Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) via 10th
round TKO is an understatement. Terence Crawford is a complete fighter.
The atmosphere was electric, as a huge and animated hometown crowd
packed the arena, eager to cheer for the man who has revitalized boxing
in Nebraska, a state that has not seen a top fighter since title
challenger Ron Stander, who Joe Frazier stopped in 4 rounds in 1972 in
Omaha. Crawford not only is a top fighter, but he is a champion, and one
of the best in the world regardless of weight division.
Dierry Jean came into the fight with only one loss in 30 professional
contests, and that by decision to Lamont Peterson. Terence Crawford
became the first and only man to stop Jean inside the distance. Jean was
quick and skillful, but nevertheless met his match in every area of the
Although Crawford started the 1st round in the conventional
right-handed stance, he soon switched to southpaw, and by the end of the
1st round, he decked the oncoming Jean with a short right
Thereafter, Crawford carefully selected and fired crisp, sharp, solid
shots. He was patient, poised, focused, intense but relaxed, and in
control. He maintained good defense against another fast fighter,
picking his moments to attack wisely. Crawford managed to land sneaky
fast short right hooks, a solid right jab, and mixed in well-placed body
blows along with his head shots. He calmly walked down Jean, but
maintained range well, knowing how to remain just out of range for
defense, or sliding into range for offense, moving his head, alert to
potential incoming attacks. Crawford was calm but alert. Here and there
he mixed up his single shots with bursts of combinations.
Jean was looking for a powerful straight right, which he landed only on
occasion, particularly in the 8th round, but even when he did
land, Crawford took it well and came right back at him, showing his
gameness and chin. And when Crawford attacked in earnest, his impact was
apparent. Jean was affected by the blows, as he retreated and his legs
seemed to wobble a bit.
Seemingly a common theme with referees these days, Referee Tony Weeks
stopped the 8th round early. For some reason, all too often,
some referees cannot seem to be able to distinguish the difference
between the 10-second warning sound and the bell, even though the two
sounds are different, as they were for the seven previous rounds, and
one always comes before the other.
Nevertheless, at the end of the 9th round, Crawford again
dropped Jean with a left over the top.
In the 10th round, Crawford attacked and had Jean wobbly and
moving all around the ring. Jean’s cornerman rose up the steps with
towel in hand, and seemed on the verge of stopping it, but held back, as
Jean teetered on the verge of being able to recover, or not recover.
Eventually, Crawford decked Jean into the ropes, and Referee Tony Weeks
stepped in and stopped the contest.
The performance certainly bolstered Crawford’s argument for a
mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, a fight discussed as a potential option
by promoter Bob Arum in the post-fight press conference. A Pacquiao-Crawford
fight certainly would be well-worth watching, for Terence Crawford is a
fine fighter who can do it all. He is fast, clever, and skillful, but he
also can punch and is game, with the desire not just to win, but to
finish his opponent. Hence, he is a fighter who you can not only admire
for his skill and talent, but enjoy watching for his entertainment
value. This performance proved that he belongs in the ring with the best
the sport has to offer, including Manny Pacquiao.
Junior middleweight Zsolt Daranyi (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Sean Wilson in
the 2nd round. Daranyi fired quick snappy punches and decked
Wilson with powerful body blows in both the 1st and 2nd
rounds. Zsolt has good footwork, which he uses both offensively and
Super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (5-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous 4-round
decision over Darin Hampton. Hampton went down twice in the 2nd
round, and again took a knee in the 4th round.
Super lightweight Alex Saucedo (19-0, 13 KOs) won a 6-round unanimous
decision over Angel Martinez, dropping Martinez in the 5th
round of the contest en route to the decision victory.
Super lightweight Julian Rodriguez (11-0, 9 KOs) pounded on Alvaro
Ortiz to earn a workmanlike unanimous 6-round decision.
Featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (20-1-1, 9 KOs) was the aggressor,
stronger, and outworked Aldimar Silva to earn a split 8-round decision.
I have no idea how one judge scored it for Silva. That judge probably
should not be allowed to work as a professional judge.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (27-1, 21 KOs) stopped Ayi Bruce in the 5th
round. Zewski was too fast for Bruce, and the thudding blows that decked
him could be heard throughout the arena.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) brutally pounded on Raphael
Zumbano, beating his body and head throughout to earn a unanimous
8-round decision. Zumbano should be careful not to take so many beatings
like that. They tend to shorten careers.
SPECIAL GUEST SUGAR RAY LEONARD VISITS BOXING CARD IN
By ADAM POLLACK
Winnavegas Resort & Casino, Sloan, Iowa - On Saturday, October 3,
2015, Patrick Ortiz promoted an excellent night of boxing that featured
7 professional bouts, special guest Sugar Ray Leonard, and ring
announcer Jeff Connor from the Contender. I was one of the referees and
In a rematch of their prior draw bout, this time cruiserweight
Stephen Edwards outworked Jason Louck over 4 rounds to earn a unanimous
decision. Judges Adam Pollack and Jeannie Joiner both had it 39-37,
while judge Jeff Sinnett had it 40-36.
Middleweights Thomas Allen and Demetrius Walker engaged in a
hard-fought and very even battle that featured Allen's nose gushing
blood and spattering all over the place. Allen moved about, attacked
with quick flurries, and fired some thudding body shots on the inside.
Walker was not quite as active, but landed some very crisp and clean
solid head shots from the outside. All three judges, Pollack, Joiner,
and Sinnett agreed, scoring the bout 38-38 even for a draw.
Welterweight Darin Hampton scored a 1st round knockout over Charles
Dubray. Hampton started the fight with a straight right that immediately
decked Dubray in a delayed reaction. Dubray rose in pain and gamely
tried to fight back, but another right dropped him again. The circuit
breaker in Dubray's arms and legs seemed to have been switched, forcing
referee Paul Parry to stop the contest.
Cruiserweight Lorenzo Selectman scored a 4th round technical knockout
over Lucas St. Claire. Both men fought in a spirited fashion, but
Selectman's blows were more effective. St. Claire went down several
times, in part from being overwhelmed by blows and in part as a result
of ducking down too low and losing his balance. St. Claire kept rising
from the knockdowns and fighting gamely, but ultimately referee Pollack
stopped the bout in the 4th round when St. Claire went down from a solid
Welterweight Guy Smith was just too tall and fast for Benjamin Zelfer,
who was game and tough but couldn't find the correct range to land on a
consistent basis. Smith won a unanimous decision, 49-46 on Joiner and
Parry's cards, while Sinnett had it 50-45.
Sugar Ray with Adam
Middleweight Limberth Ponce scored an exciting 6th round technical
knockout over the strong, tough, and previously undefeated Bernard
Thomas, who had won all of his five contests by knockout. Ponce was just
too fast for him and Thomas left himself open to some very solid blows.
Ponce scored a knockdown in two separate rounds, and several
near-knockdowns. Thomas' head was clear but his legs would give way on
occasion, though usually he managed to recover and fight his way out of
trouble. Thomas was very game and fought back hard, and even landed some
solid left hooks. However, ultimately he allowed Ponce to land too many
powerful punches and his legs kept giving way until finally a barrage of
blows along the ropes forced referee Pollack to stop the contest.
The main event featured lightweights Manuel Perez and Gerardo Robles
fighting 8 rounds for the GBU Continental Lightweight Championship.
Although Robles moved and boxed on occasion, for the most part this was
an inside war, with both fighters leaning in with their heads and firing
away to the body and head. Although every round was competitive, Perez
was a bit stronger and more active and won a unanimous decision, 79-74
Parry, 80-72 Joiner, 78-74 Sinnett.
The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Nothing like boxing in Waterloo . . .
Marksman Boxing Show Hits the Mark
By Adam J. Pollack
Waterloo, IA Aug 3 – Last night at the Five
Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Promoter Brandon Marks’ Marksman
Boxing Promotions hosted “Professional Hitmen,” which was one heck of a
good boxing card. I can honestly say that win or lose, every fighter
came to fight and give it their all. The evening was packed with nine
entertaining bouts. I was one of two referees who worked the card.
Gilbert Venegas, Jr. proved too powerful and relentless for the very
tough David LaQue, who took solid blows to the body and head throughout,
yet smiled and fought back until he physically could not take it anymore
and nature took over. The stoppage came in the 3rd round with LaQue on
the ropes and Venegas blasting away.
interrupted by Ref as opponent is done.
Jeremy Marts won a tough scrap with the
game and awkward Anthony Woods, who used his height, reach, footwork,
some speedy punches, and some clinching to make it challenging. However,
ultimately, Marts was stronger and more determined, and eventually wore
down and stopped Woods in the 3rd round after dropping him once and
pinning him in the corner with a nonstop unanswered barrage that led to
Lionel Jimenez landed very powerful body blows to deck the game
William Bokhart several times before the bout ended in the 4th round.
Bokhart took it, defended, and fired back, but Jimenez was too strong
Mike Plazola looked very strong against the game Starr Roberts, who
used some defense and sneaky counter blows, but Plazola wore him down
and stopped him in the 3rd round.
Travis Fulton found Blake Breitspecher to be somewhat of an awkward
foe at first. Although tall, Breitspecher ducked low very well, making
Fulton’s right miss over the top. Fulton figured out that he could land
a very solid quick jab and then move away from Breitspecher’s attempted
counters. Fulton also adapted to the ducking by coming underneath with
uppercuts on the inside, which dropped and stopped Breitspecher in the
Kevin Cruz pounded on the game Bryan Timmons, who took some very hard
staggering punches but kept fighting back hard until finally a nonstop
barrage along the ropes led to the stoppage in the 3rd round.
Limberth Ponce was too fast, relentless, and experienced for Pavel
Buravtsov, although the latter was game and fought hard. Ponce decked
Buravtsov in the 2nd round, and although he rose and continued to the
end of the round, it was clear that he was wilting and was just going to
take more punishment, and so his corner agreed to retire him in the
corner, which was a smart decision.
makes his mark
Greg Sykes won a 4-round unanimous decision over Jeremie Parks. The
pace was relatively slow, but Sykes had the better defense and the far
more powerful blows. Parks was just fast enough, defensively skilled
enough, and threw enough quick punches to keep it interesting, but Sykes
was the better fighter and landed the cleaner more effective shots.
Donovan Dennis put in a very workmanlike outing to win a unanimous
6-round decision over Jamal Woods. Dennis kept a very good pace for a
heavyweight, working consistently to the body and head throughout. At
times, Woods seemed somewhat like a human punching bag, mostly covering
and playing defense, but every now and then he suddenly would lash out
with some hard blows that might have caught and done damage to a lesser
foe. Dennis clearly outworked him.