Results For Saturday
Night At Madison Square Garden
By Tim Donaldson
The only undercard to be televised was that of Matt Korobov and
Cory Jones. Korobov, a former Russian Olympic boxer, has seemed
to go a long way in only three fights. All of his fights have
been in big venues. His first fight was on the undercard of
Holt, Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall, his second was on the undercard
of Mosley, Margarito at the Staples Center, and now the
undercard for Cotto, Jennings at Madison Square Garden. But
judging by the first three rounds, one would have to wonder why
he has had this honor.
In the first round, both Korobov and Jones were extremely
cautious. Neither seemed to risk anything. It was obvious that
the crowd was not happy with the fight. The next two rounds were
slow, with nothing more than brief exchanges between the
fighters. As the fourth round ticked by, it looked as though it
were going to the score cards. But at the last possible second,
literally 2:59 into the round, Korobov caught Jones with a right
hand to the jaw. The fight was over. Korobov won by knock out.
Although it was a slow fight, Korobov clearly was winning the
fight, landing twice the number of punches as Jones. Even if it
had gone to the score cards, Korobov would have been the winner.
The only real upset of the evening belonged to Kina Malpartida.
Malpartida defeated Maureen Shea for the WBA Super Featherweight
title, giving Shea the first defeat of her career. Even though
Shea seemed to have more style than Malpartida, bobbing and
weaving and constantly moving throughout the fight, she was
unable to overcome Malpartida’s height advantage. Malpartida was
able to move less and use her reach advantage throughout the
fight. Shea did seem to control the first two rounds, even
knocking down Malpartida in the first round. But by the third
round, Malpartida was clearly in control of the fight.
Malpartida would have won even if the fight had gone to the
score cards, but she finished the fight at 1:35 in the tenth
round by knocking out Shea.
In the Super Bantamweight division, Jorge Diaz defeated Lante
Addy. Diaz has been proving himself to be a strong fighter. Diaz
was able to control the action of the fight by moving in and
out, waiting for an opening, and then coming in swinging. He did
this throughout the fight. The only round that Diaz found
himself in trouble was in the third. Addy landed a punch to the
head of Diaz. Diaz danced around, trying to shake it off. He
looked much slower this round and hit less. But Diaz was able to
bounce back from this and finished the fight strong. Diaz won by
Super Welterweight Pawl Wolak won by TKO against Norberto Bravo
in a lack luster fight. The first two rounds saw pretty even
action between the two fighters, neither really distinguishing
himself as the dominant fighter. One minute and 33 seconds into
the third, Pawel caught Bravo in the corner and was able to
knock him down. The referee stopped the fight.
The bout between Super Featherweights Angel Rodriguez and Hector
Marengo ended in a majority draw. Rodriguez controlled the first
two rounds, although Marengo started to turn the fight around in
the end of the second. By the third round, Marengo clearly was
controlling the fight. And in the fourth, both fighters were
fighting to get that win. Judges John Signorelli and Robert
Perez both gave the first two rounds to Rodriguez and the last
two to Marengo. Judge Robin Taylor gave all four rounds to
The first bout of the evening was between Terrell Nelson and
Lenroy Thomas. The fight seemed very one-sided from the
beginning, with Thomas looking much more like a fighter than
Nelson. By the third round, Nelson had tired himself out and was
throwing extremely sloppy punches with little or no power behind
them. Thomas won the unanimous decision.