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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 game.

 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 hook.

 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.

 Undercard Action

 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 defensively.

 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 SLOAN, IOWA

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 judges.

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 blow.

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.

Marts 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 the stoppage.

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 and determined.

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 2nd round.

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.

Referee 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.

AJP

 

 

 

 

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