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  Donaire Turns Gaballo Into Chopped Liver In 4th

By William Trillo
Photos: Ric Stallworth


There will be no changing of the guard in the Bantamweight division or in The Philippines. With one well placed and powerful left hook to the liver, Nonito Donaire (42-6, 28 KO’s) stopped the young undefeated Reymart Gaballo (24-1, 20 KO’s) in his tracks. It was as an impressive shot to the body as we have seen all year.

With the temperature dipping below 50 degrees in Carson California, it seemed it took only a moment for the fighters to warm up, and once they did it was all Nonito all the time. Gaballo was cut over the eye early in round two. Hesitant to the draw, it looked like Reymart was showing too much respect for his childhood hero, The Filipno Flash.

With the precision that comes from years of experience in the ring, Donaire seized the moment. In the blink of an eye the 39-year-old Nonito showed he is still a very viable and formidable opponent in the chock-full Bantamweight picture. That shot to the body dropped Gaballo in quick fashion. The young challenger got to his feet by the count of eight, but the pain was too much and he immediately buckled. With that the fight was waved off.

Officially Donaire got the KO at the 2:59 mark of round four and retains his World Boxing Council World Bantamweight Title.

Could a rematch with Inoue be next? You would have to ask Japan’s promoter Akihiko Honda, who by the way just happened to be ringside in California Saturday night. Coincidence you say?

As the bell rang to signify the opening round Super Bantamweight Marlon Tapales (35-3, 18 KO’s) reached out his glove to tap the glove of his opponent. Choosing to ignore the sportsmanlike gesture Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-3-2, 15 KO’s) shook his head in disdain. Before the first round was over Tapales gave Teshigawara a lesson in manners.

With concussive power Tapales dropped bombs off the head of his disrespectful foe. Those punches sent the fighter from Japan down. Somehow, he survived the round but in less than six seconds in round two Tapales completed his lesson and sent Teshigawara to his corner for good.

It was an impressive performance for Tapales. For Teshigawara it was a humbling lesson to learn…mind your manners son!

In a battle that is the very definition of the term, “War of Attrition”, Welterweights Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (18-1, 10 KO’s) and Cody Crowley (20-0, 9 KO’s) pounded it out in a bloody affair that was not meant for the squeamish.

Crowley went down early after a crisp left hand from Kudratillo landed with pinpoint accuracy. But in round five a punch from Crowley did some gruesome damage to Kudratillo’s left ear. Whether it was a broken ear drum or an open gash, the end result was a waterfall like blood flow that would leave both fighters crimson before the ten round scrap was over.

From that point on Crowley took charge and never took a backwards step. Kudratillo was valiant in his effort but in the end he was unable to slow the charge of Crowley. After ten rounds judges saw this one 95-94, 97-92 and 98-91 all in favor of Crowley who took home the unanimous decision.

Super Lightweight Brandun Lee (24-0, 22 KO’s) used a patient and well thought out attack against Juan Heraldez (16-1-1, 10 KO’s) to eventually do what he does best, and that’s get the victory in spectacular KO fashion.

Heraldez is a seasoned warrior who has been in there with some of the best. Early on he was holding his own. But with a methodic gameplan Lee broke down his opponent over the first six rounds. Then like a perfectly timed trap Lee let loose with a vicious left-right combo that sent Heraldez down. Grimacing in pain and holding his nose Heraldez could not and would not get up. With the stoppage at the 2:11 mark Lee looks to move on to bigger and better things in the 140-pound division.

It was somewhat a comedy of errors in this battle of Cruiserweights. Andrew Tabiti (18-1, 14 KO’s) was awarded a KO victory over Mitch Williams (16-9-3, 11 KO’s) when Williams failed to get to his feet by the count of ten.

Earlier in the bout the fighters exchanged blows when the ref tried to break them up… twice. That tandem blunder inevitably cost Williams a point. But that was all for naught as Tabiti dropped Williams cleanly in round five. For whatever reason Williams waited a split second too long to get up to beat the count and the bout was unceremoniously halted at the 1:20 mark.

Welterweight Custio Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KO’s) took a workmanlike 10 round decision over Cameron Krael (18-20-3, 5 KO’s) in the second fight of the day. Final scores were all over the place but they all agreed Clayton was deserving of the victory by decision. Officially scores read 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94 all in favor of Clayton.

Lightweight Bryan Roberto Flores Favela (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) put a serious whipping on Tyrone Luckey (15-16-4, 11 KO’s) to be brutally blunt. Favela dropped and stopped Luckey inside of the first three minutes of action.

Heavyweight Gurgen “H-Bomb” Hovhannisyan (2-0, 2 KO) pounded Nick Jones (9-4, 6 KO’s) with heavy artillery fire over a heavy fisted two round demolition. Give Jones credit for lasting as long as he did, but after going down once his corner threw in the towel before round two could come to its end. Officially “H-Bomb” got the KO victory at the 2:54 mark of round two.

Super Lightweights Jesus Silveyra Carrillo (10-6-2, 3 KO’s) and Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro (12-11-2, 8 KO’s) opened the show in the chilly Carson outdoor arena. Carrillo stopped Aispuro at the 2:39 mark of round two after an apparent busted eardrum brought a halt to the proceedings.


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