Flyweight Title Fight:
Ivan Calderon vs. Rodel Mayol;
Loren Myers Goes The
Distance With Matt Korobov
& Other Notable Moments From Madison Square Garden
By Tim Donaldson
Photo: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
This was the first time that I had the good fortune to see a
mini flyweight fight, and not just a mini flyweight fight but a
mini flyweight title fight. It was an experience. If you are
unfamiliar with the mini flyweight division, the fighters should
weigh around 105 pounds. Ivan Calderon weighed in at 106 ¼, and
Rodel Mayol weighed in at 106 ½. These are by no means big men.
And they are not tall men either. Mayol stands at 5 feet 4
inches, while Calderon stands at 5 feet even. In fact, their
heads are barely higher than the top rope on the ring. I had to
wonder if they purposely brought in the shorter referee for
their fight, or if it was simply luck of the draw.
But with that being said, what they lack in size they make up
for in energy. It was a fast moving fight, with lots of punches
being thrown. But this fight was one of the stranger ones of the
evening. Maybe I should have known it would be from the moment
Rodel Mayol walked into the ring to the music of Journey.
like he should have the advantage for no other reason than his
height. But Calderon never let that bother him, and Calderon
used his hold effectively, holding just long enough to stop
Mayol’s attack. In the third round, Calderon knocked down Mayol.
This did not deter Mayol. He simply became more aggressive in
the fourth, charging in and not backing off of Calderon.
However, Calderon got the momentum back in the fifth round after
Mayol and Calderon accidentally butted heads. Calderon, after
this, landed a nice punch to the nose of Mayol. And Calderon did
not stop punching, even when the bell rang.
But that was about all there was to the fight. Both fighters
came out in the beginning of the sixth, but the fight was
stopped because of the bleeding from the cut on Calderon’s head.
The crowd booed, fearing that a TKO victory would go to Mayol.
But the fight went to the score cards, which was no less strange
and settled nothing. Two of the judges split between Calderon
and Mayol, and the third judge had an even score for both. So
nothing was truly settled between the two fighters. Calderon
gets to keep his title because the fight ended in a draw.
The fight right before Cotto and Clottey belonged to Matt
Korobov and Loren Myers. Now I have never seen Myers fight until
last night, but I have seen every one of Korobov’s fights. And
while I still really like Korobov and think he has a great
future ahead of him, I have an appreciation for Myers. The
reason I have that appreciation is because he is the first
fighter in Korobov’s professional career to go the distance with
It took Myers some time to really get into the fight. He spent
much of the first round just looking for an opening. Korobov was
much faster, landing many of his punches, and just keeping Myers
from being able to land his. The second round was much the same
as the first, although Myers was able to land a few more. But
Korobov continually moved, giving Myers very few chances.
The third round, however, found Myers looking much more like a
fighter on Korobov’s level. He kept Korobov on the defensive for
most of the fight. Korobov would have short bursts, but he
looked frustrated through most of the round. Maybe this has
something to do with the fact that Korobov has only once gone
beyond the third round, or maybe Myers had found his rhythm.
Unfortunately for Myers, this was short lived. By the fourth
round, Korobov was back in control of the action. And the fight
was now in the hands of the judges, who all scored in favor of
Super Bantamweight Jorge Diaz kept his winning record, defeating
Guadalupe DeLeon. Diaz is an all around fighter, using his left
and right, as well as weaving back and forth to avoid punches.
He also likes to land his punches all over the body and head of
his opponent. Diaz knocked down DeLeon twice in the first round,
once in the first few seconds of the round and once at the end
of the round. DeLeon spent much of the fight pinned up against
the ropes, trying to keep off the attack of Diaz, but DeLeon
never backed down. The fight went to the score cards. Diaz won
by unanimous decision.
Two fights on the undercard ended in TKO’s. The first was the
lightweight fight between Alberto Cruz and Rudy Valdez. This was
a relatively short fight. Although Valdez started the fight as
the more aggressive fighter, Cruz picked up the pace around the
two minute mark in the first round. His punches looked much
cleaner than Valdez’s punches. In the second round, Cruz knocked
down Valdez twice. The referee called time after the second
knock down, and I thought that I had missed something, maybe a
low blow or a slip. After seeing the replay, I am still not sure
why the stoppage. It looked clean. Cruz threw a left, then
right, to the body, and followed it with an uppercut to the
chin. At the advice of his corner, Valdez did not continue the
The second TKO was in the fight between Super Bantamweights
Jayson Velez and Jesus Bayron. Like Valdez, Bayron started the
fight as the more aggressive fighter and ended up losing the
fight. Velez threw lots of jabs in the first round, but rarely
followed them up with anything. Velez gained control of the
fight at the end of the second round and was definitely in
control by the third. He knocked down Bayron twice in the third.
He would have knocked him down again in the fourth, but Bayron
held on to Velez to avoid going down. The referee stopped the
fight 33 seconds into the fourth round.
In the fight between Featherweights Rafael Guzman and Juan
Carlos Martinez, Guzman won the fight. This was a close fight
with neither fighter really leading the other. The one thing
that was noticeable was their lack of body shots. Both fighters
kept their attack to the head of their opponent. Guzman won by
The first fight of the evening was between Middleweights David
Lopez and Glen Tapia. A few things stood out in this fight. The
first was that Lopez seemed surprised with how fast Tapia
attacked him at the beginning of the first round. The second was
that Lopez was having a lot of trouble with his clothing. He
spent a lot of time adjusting his shorts, which left him open to
Tapia’s punches, and in the fourth, he was having trouble with a
shoe. All three judges scored in favor of Tapia. I guess Lopez
could always blame the loss on a wardrobe malfunction.