Lopez Wins In The Fight Of
Gamboa Dominates Garcia
By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez & David Gonzalez Ringside
Photos: Donnell “DGVET” Gonzalez
The bomb dropped in the
main event Latin Fury 12 from Madison Square Garden Wa
Mu Theater, Presented by Top Rank and Puerto Rico Best
Boxing Promotions, It was clearly a showcase of a new
generation of talent fighting out of Puerto Rico it was
clearly time for “Juanma” Juan Manuel Lopez the WBO
Featherweight Champion of the world defended his title
against Rogers Mtagwa in a 12th round battle, Lopez
clearly became a man tonight.
In the first round of action Juan Manuel Lopez out
punched Rogers Mtagwa with great over hand rights and
fast combinations to open the bout. Mtagwa choosing to
make a fight out of it came back in round 2 with a few
shots of his own, but could not match the speed from
Lopez. In round three both fighters took off in a series
of exchanges, There was clearly no holding back in this
round Mtagwa got of some good exchanges and Lopez
responded quickly very hard round to score.
Lopez rallied in the 4th after catching Mtagwa a few
quick hooks too the head standing in the center of the
ring in fire with Mtagwa who continued to come forward
in attack. Lopez used good movement showed controlled of
the fight in the situation, The fight continued too heat
up as the tables slightly turned for ‘Juanma” as Mtagwa
just did not led up in the fight.
In the Championship rounds Lopez continued too show his
good armor battling it out with Mtagwa who continues to
fight Lopez back hard and started to sense weariness
from Lopez, In the final round Lopez took extreme shots
too the head and held on too survive the round to pull
out the victory In the judges scores Announcer Michael
Buffer read off a 116-116 score that was a miss read and
was changed after the fight by the New York State Boxing
Commission to 116-111 also 114-113 and 115-111 for
In a WBA World
Featherweight title Yuriorkis Gamboa from Cuba goes
(16-0, 13 KO’s) as he stops Whyber Garcia (22-7, 15
KO’s) In his debut in the Garden, Gamboa quickly after
the fight told the crowd on hand that he wants a
showdown next year with “Juanma”.
Solis remains undefeated after crushing Monte Berratt a
quick replacement who came 9in for Fres Oquendo, Berratt
took punishment from the bell as Solis controlled the
temple of the fight landing the more effective power
shots in the fight dropping Barrett like a tree in the
bout Barrett could not continue.
More under card action:
Lightweight action Martin Tucker (7-4, 3 KO’s)
annihilates Michael Torres with the unanimous decision
in sixth, all three judges have it 57-56.
Super Lightweights James Ventry fell short of what most
thought was a lopsided Unanimous decision given to Omar
Chavez who stays undefeated (18-0-1, 13 KO’s). Scores
were 58-55 two judges and 59-54.
Cruiserweights Carlos Negron (5-0, 4 KO’s) from San
Juan, Puerto Rico, Winner of the unanimous decision over
Larry Pryor from Huston, Tx.
Jorge Diaz young prospect of Pat Lynch former manager of
Arturo Gatti, Won a 6th round TKO at 1:07 with a very
evenly match fight Diaz connected with a left hook that
dropped Yan Barthelemy in the final round. Diaz still
remains underfeated at (10-0, 6 KO’s).
Irish John Duddy won in a hard fought fight against
rugged warrior Jorge Munoz, Duddy showed great boxing
skills and speed in the fight by landing the more
effective punches in the fight.
Super Welterweight Pawel Wolak goes to 25-1, 17 KO’s
after referee stops the fight after 5 rounds Carlos
Nascimiento in a slug fest that was determined in the
5th round after Nascimiento just could not go on in the
fight, Wolak averaged about 45 punches per round.