9" Demonstrates What Professional Boxing Is All About
Professional boxing is more than a sport in which the participants simply want to win. Unlike amateur boxers who just want to outscore their opponents to move on to the next fight, professional boxers need to do more. Professional boxing is about electrifying the crowd and bringing the fans into your corner. Without the fans, you have no fight.
Juan Manuel Lopez, better known as Juanma, and Olivier Lontchi proved that on Saturday night at Latin Fury 9. Boardwalk Hall was not sold out for this fight, but you would not have known that by the noise level when the main event was about to get under way. Maybe it was not as loud as the Cotto, Clottey fight, but my ears rang for just as long. This was a crowd that backed their fighters. And both sides were vocal. Juanma may have had more fans in attendance, but Lontchi fans were just as loud.
Both these fighters gave their fans something to cheer about. It was clear that they had come to fight, and that is what we, the boxing fans, want to see. Juanma proved again to be a hard hitter. According to the CompuBox Punchstats, in the nine rounds that the fight lasted, Juanma threw 592 punches, 484 of those punches were power punches. That is almost 82%. If you go by punches landed, the percentage is above 86. As you can imagine, Juanma’s fans grew louder with every punch. Throw in the two knock downs and you have the perfect recipe for an electrified arena.
Lontchi’s fans had a lot to cheer about too. The score cards indicate a very lopsided fight. On the cards, Juanma won all but one round. However, Lontchi was never that far out of the fight. Lontchi had come up with a strategy that frustrated Juanma through much of the fight. Lontchi constantly moved around the ring, making himself a hard target, but he would also come in low and get close to land punches. His style of fighting often caused him and Juanma to get tangled up. You could see Juanma getting more and more annoyed as the fight went on. Now maybe this did not stop Juanma. Juanma still threw twice as many punches and connected almost three times more than Lontchi, but Lontchi never backed off.
fourth round, Juanma had Lontchi backed against the
ropes, but Lontchi battled his way out. From that point
in the round, Lontchi became more aggressive. This
continued into the fifth round, when Lontchi landed a
hard shot to Juanma’s head. Lontchi’s fans were on their
feet at this point. Unfortunately for Lontchi, Juanma
was able to battle back after this round. He controlled
the next four rounds and in the ninth round landed a
left that put Lontchi down.
Earlier in the evening, those in Boardwalk Hall were
treated to another good fight. That fight was between
Vanes Martirosyan and Andrey Tsurkan. Again, on paper,
this looked like a very one sided fight. Martirosyan
threw 452 punches to Tsurkan’s 237. And judging by the
end results of the fight, Tsurkan’s face was bruised and
swollen, while Martirosyan’s face hardly looked touched,
anyone who did not see the fight might think that
Martirosyan used Tsurkan’s face as a punching bag.
Arce did create some excitement in his fight against
Fernando Lumacad. It even looked as though it might be
an evenly matched fight at the beginning. In fact,
although Arce threw more punches according to CompuBox,
he and Lumacad landed the same amount of punches. But in
the third round, Arce landed a right to the head of
Lumacad, and although Lumacad did not look that bad, he
let the count go to ten. Now this is good for the career
of Arce, but not so good for Lumacad, especially since
he did not look too hurt when he did get up.