Antonio Tarver & Lateef Kayode
Fight To A Draw
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Antonio Tarver 29-6-1,
20KOs and Lateef Kayode fought to a draw in the main
event of Showtime’s “Four Warned,” at the Home Depot
Center in Carson, CA. The card was hosted by Golden Boy
Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Promotions, and
was sponsored by Corona Extra. Tarver secured his IBO
cruiserweight title with draw.
Lateef Kayode 18-0-1,
14KOs began the bout as the aggressor of the two. The
Freddy Roached trained fighter initiated the action in
the first two rounds. Coming off a nine-month layoff,
Antonio Tarver patiently waited for opportunities to
Tarver, 43, professed he
would school his younger foe in the lead up to this
bout. Maybe that explains his inactivity in initial
rounds. At 29 years young, Lateef Kayode pressed the
action despite Tarver’s experience and ring savvy.
It was evident by round number five that Antonio Tarver
was trying to catch his counter part with a straight
left as he made his way in. The latter strategy proved
unsuccessful at this stage of the fight. Albeit, the
following round saw Tarver land same punch, which was
set up by a jab. The straight left continued to land for
Tarver as Kayode displayed less than stellar defense.
The schooling ensued in
round eight as Tarver feverishly stuck to his game plan,
finding tremendous success with his straight left. The
same punch landed in round nine and sent Kayode back on
his heels. Lateef came back to win the following stanza.
Round number eleven saw neither pugilist stand out which
made the final round extremely crucial in such a close
fight. Unfortunately, the final round mirrored the round
In a tough fight to
call, judge Max De Luca scored the bout for Tarver
115-113; David Denkin had it Kayode's way 115-113, while
Dave Moretti coincided the bout a draw 114-114.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin Defeats Winky Wright
Peter Quillin 27-0,
20KOs remains undefeated by beating a surefire future
hall of famer in Winky Wright 51-6-1, 25KOs. The
Hollywood based boxer earned a hard fought unanimous
decision in the co-feature bout of the night.
Any fight that involves Winky Wright is going to be
tactical to say the least. Not surprising, Peter
Quillin’s attack was stifled for much of the first three
rounds. Kid Chocolate was able to land a nice right
upper in round number two but moments like that came
hard to find.
The action picked up in
round four and exploded in round five. Peter Quillin
floored Winky Wright with a quick straight right in the
fifth. The knockdown came after Winky found some success
with multiple straight lefts and opened himself up to
Quillin’s straight. The Freddie Roached trained Quillin
continued his animated assault in the ensuing round.
Quillin, 28, landed a
crisp right uppercut and vividly hurt Winky. Backed by
the crowd, Perter Quillin advanced to punish Winky for
the remainder of round eight. An unfazed Winky came back
to have a productive round nine. Consequently, drawing
cheers from the crowd, which continued into the
When it was all said and done, Judge Martin Jenkin
scored the bout 97-92, while the remaining two tallied
the bout at 98-91 in favor of Peter Quillin.
Austin Trout Defends WBA Crown
Austin Trout 25-0, 14KOs defended his WBA Super
Welterweight title by earning a unanimous decision
victory against Delvin Rodriguez 26-7-3, 14KOs.
One of the most anticipated fights of the night began
slowly. The challenging southpaw made the fight
difficult for Austin Trout from the outset. It wasn’t
until the third round where the WBA champ was able to
land two clean straight rights. The following round saw
Trout open up more.
Austin Trout, 26, controlled the action by round number
six. His counterpart struggled to find a clear path for
his punches all night. Trout worked off his lead right,
stepped back and countered with his straight left as
seen in round number ten. The champ continued to out
work his counterpart all the way to the final bell.
Judge Jerry Cantu scored the bout 117-111; Marshal
Walker had it 118-110, and Alejandro Rochin has scores
of 120-108 all favoring Austin Trout.
Leo Santa Cruz Becomes the IBF Bantamweight Champ
Leo Santa Cruz earns a unanimous decision victory
against South African Vusi Malinga, capturing the vacant
IBF Bantamweight title. The scrap was Showtime’s opening
Leo Santa Cruz 20-0-1, 11KOs and Vusi Malinga 20-4,
12KOs could have fought in a phone booth. The two
bantamweights were more than willing to stand in front
of one-another and exchange. Santa Cruz worked his jab
and followed to the body with menacing hooks. Malinga
countered, albeit, his punches lacked power.
Santa Cruz, 23, landed two powerful right hooks in round
number three. Vusi Malinga was by no means a stationary
target, but he did make himself available to a lot of
Leo Santa Cruz’s attack. He was caught with a right hook
followed by a left hook in round number five.
The fighters continued at a strong pace with Santa Cruz
landing the stronger and cleaner blows. Santa Cruz made
it a point to attack Malinga’s torso, finding success in
round number eight. The championship rounds were much of
When the final bell rang, all three judges scored the
bout in favor of Leo Santa Cruz with one judge ring side
scoring the bout 119-109, while the remaining two scored
Sakio Bika Captures The NABF and WBO Inter-Continental
Super Middleweight Titles.
Sakio Bika 30-5-2, 21KOs captures the NABF and vacant
WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight titles by
stopping Dyah Davis 21-3-1, 9KOs in the tenth and final
Sakio Bika, 33, came out and immediately established his
overhand right. Bika was able to land the punch at will
as seen in the first three rounds. Davis countered by
staying on the outside and working off his stick. His
defense was flawed as he kept his left hand low allowing
Bika’s overhand right to land unattended.
Bika worked in his left hook and managed to hurt Davis
at the end of round number five with a crisp hook. He
continued to be the aggressor, continuously finding
success with the much-discussed overhand right. A
powerful overhand right hook vividly hurt Davis in the
final round. Bika then progressed to chase Davis around
the ring while simultaneously punishing him and forcing
a stoppage 1:40 mark of round number ten.
Sharif Bogere Stops Manuel Leyva In Two
Sharif Bogere 23-0, 15KOs stops overmatched Manuel Layva
21-2, 12KOs in round number two of the scheduled 10
round junior welterweight fight. Bogere scored his first
knockdown with a straight right in the opening assault.
His counter part was unable to find a way to stop
Bogere’s straight right. A simple faint set up a plush
left hook which floored Leyva again, only moments into
round two. He then followed up to pummel Leyva and
forced the third man in the ring to stop the bout only
38 seconds into round two.
Omar Figueroa KOs Tyler Ziolkowshi
Omar Figueroa 17-0-1, 14KOs knocks out Tyler Ziolkowski
14-16, 8KOs at the 2:00 of the opening stanza. Figueroa,
trained by Joel Diaz Jr., was beyond efficient tonight.
It took one perfectly placed left hook to floor
Ziolkowshi who was unable to recover from the punishing
Figueroa, 22, is one the west coast most promising
prospects. He did not disappoint in the second bout of
the night. Boxing fans will be able to see him in action
on the upcoming Victor Ortiz v. Josesito Lopez card.
Juan Reynoso Finds Success in Debut
Juan Reynoso 1-0 out classed Beau Hamilton 0-2 to earn a
unanimous decision victory in his first professional
scrap in the super middleweight division. At the final
bell two judges ringside scored the bout 40-36, while
the remaining judge tallied the bout 39-37 all in favor
of the debutant from Tampa, FL.