Photo by Tom Casino for Showtime
By Craig Dowd
Junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia will leave Puerto Rico this weekend with family photos, fond memories and an early birthday present from two judges. Thanks to their professional negligence, he gets to fly back to Philadelphia with all of his title belts, just before he turns twenty-six on Thursday.
Garcia escaped the squared circle Saturday night with a majority decision victory over Mauricio Herrera, of California, on Showtime, but not without sullying his reputation first.
Herrera baffled Garcia with aggression, feints and a probing jab slung from all angles, and finally bloodied the champion’s nose late in the ninth round. Garcia offered little in reprisal for such pesky offensive displays, with his signature left hook dormant most of the night.
The few occasions Garcia managed to reprimand his challenger for deviating from the evening’s script, Herrera responded in kind, with insouciance, shrewd tactics and sharp overhand rights to Garcia’s chin.
Danny Garcia photos by Tom Casino for Showtime
by Gautham Nagesh
Friday night is a little light this week, but Saturday night will be packed with boxing, on TV and live in Northern Virginia.
The big show will come to you on Showtime from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will stay busy against sturdy veteran Maurcio Herrera. A solid undercard from Golden Boy includes unbeaten Alabama heavyweight Deontay Wilder in a step up against Malik Scott on the main telecast, and Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon on Showtime Extreme.
Back on the East Coast, Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek will headline a Main Events show on NBC Sports Net from Sands Resort in Bethlehem, Pa. against Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. The winner will be well-positioned for a shot at heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, unless the Wilder-Scott winner gets there first. Isaac Chilemba vs. Denis Grachev at light heavyweight highlights the undercard.
Meanwhile, closed to home in Springfield, Va., the ABC Sports Complex will host a card featuring middleweights Brandon Quarles (below), Antoine “Action” Douglas, and super middleweight Jerry “2 Tickets 2 Paradise” Odom.
Full previews and predictions after the jump:
Photos by Carlos Baeza for Thompson Boxing
by Gautham Nagesh
Argentine welterweight contender Carlos Abregu halted the meteoric rise of top prospect Thomas Dulorme on Saturday night, stopping the unbeaten Puerto Rican in Round 7 of a scheduled 10 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. The upset was the highlight of an otherwise lackluster triple-header from HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Dulorme has long been viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the sport, though we remained unconvinced. So was Abregu, whose team recognized Dulorme’s tendency to drop his left hand and devised a plan to test the 22-year-old’s chin. Dulorme came out looking as fluid as ever, pumping his jab and keeping the veteran outside. But Abregu brought a crashing right hand over that jab in the 3rd round, hurting Dulorme badly for the first time in his career.
Weigh-ins haven’t been kind to “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios lately
by Gautham Nagesh
Juan Manuel Marquez coasted to a points win over Sergey Fedchenko, while Brandon Rios received a gift from the judges to keep his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night’s HBO Pay Per View card.
Marquez took his time against the awkward European, picking his spots while content to fight at his opponent’s deliberate pace. Fedchenko gave a decent account of himself, but didn’t have the power or speed to give JMM any real problems. The 12-round contest ended up looking more like an afternoon of medium sparring for Marquez, who punished Fedchenko with an arsenal of punches delivered from every angle. Fedchenko stood his ground more in the last three rounds, and ate a number of vicious power shots for his courage. All three judges correctly scored it a route for Marquez.
It was obvious to anyone with a basic understanding of boxing that Richard Abril schooled the dried-up shell of Rios, who barely made a dent in the second half of the fight. The Cuban called Rios out at a press conference earlier this spring and made good on that bravado, giving Bam Bam a boxing lesson while barely sustaining any damage. The fight and his failure to make weight are final proof that Rios has no business campaigning at lightweight. His slow started was followed by a slower finish, as the obvious effects of the weight loss prevented his trademark late surge.
Great opening 140-lb. bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Both men fought on the show in January with vastly differing results: Mauricio Herrera (17-1, 7 KOs) (right) upset unbeaten Russian Ruslan Provodnikov while Mike Dallas Jr. (17-1, 7 KOs) was stopped by Josecito Lopez in his first 10-rounder.
We couldn’t help but admire the courage Herrera showed in hanging in against the Russian despite a nasty cut that completely closed his right eye. Neither guy is really a big puncher so we’re expecting this fight to go the distance. Round-by-round updates after the jump:
This is a bit late, but as promised here’s our round-by-round breakdown of Mauricio Herrera’s upset of Russian junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov Friday night at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Round 1: Herrera starts out working the jab and keeps at it throughout the round, which helps him keep the stronger Russian at bay. Provodnikov keeps coming forward and looks best when he leads with the jab, but doesn’t throw enough punches to win the round. Some redness around Ruslan’s right eye. Herrera 10 Provodnikov 9
Round 2: Provodnikov tends to come in a bit wildly, but when he connects his punches show their effects. A heavy right-left combination leaves a mark on Herrera’s right cheek, Provodnikov looks better this round. Herrera 19 Provodnikov 19
Round 3: Provodnikov sharper still in this round, landing heavy shots with either hand. A sharp left cross draws the most reaction from the crowd but it’s a right turns Herrera’s left eye into a grade-A shiner. Herrera 28 Provodnikov 29
Round 4: Mauricio comes back stronger in the fourth, leading again with a stiff jab and following it with some of his hardest combinations to this point. Provodnikov is inexplicably reticent after visibly injuring his opponent in the last round. Herrera 38 Provodnikov 38
Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera shocked unbeaten Russian junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov on the season debut of Friday Night Fights on ESPN 2, earning a unanimous decision despite an ugly swelling obscuring his left eye for much of the fight.
Provodnikov (17-1, 11 KOs) caught Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs) with a heavy blow in the third round to close his eye but failed to maintain his defense, allowing Herrera to increasingly pepper him with combinations as the fight neared the championship rounds.
There are some questions about the scorecards (115-113 and 116-112 twice), which is why Stiff Jab will bring you a round-by-round breakdown with scoring this weekend after further review of the fight.
In the other televised bout 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade failed to impress while earning an eight-round decision over Mauricio’s brother Albert. The 22-year junior middleweight prospect from Rhode Island showed off good handspeed and athleticism but lacked a focused approach in the ring.
Analyst Teddy Atlast (who scored the main event for Provodnikov) implied Andrade’s technical deficiencies are a result of his father’s training. Whether or not that is true is beyond our knowledge, but one thing we know is Andrade has much more in him than he showed in Las Vegas on Friday night.