Ran “Sweet Dreams”
Nakash Gets TKO Victory
Over Dave Brunelli At The Legendary Blue Horizon
By Tim Donaldson
Once again, The Legendary Blue Horizon lived up to its
reputation of being one of the best places to see a fight. And
the excitement was topped off by Nakash’s TKO over Brunelli.
The first round started off slow, like so many first rounds. The
two fighters taking their time trying to get to know the style
of the other. Brunelli, who had a height advantage, looked good
in that round. He landed several good punches that round while
Nakash looked as though he was still warming up. But the second
round saw a more aggressive Nakash come out from his corner.
Brunelli still looked good, but you could see that Nakash was
wearing away at Brunelli. Nakash’s hits seemed more solid. And
Nakash appeared not to be affected by Brunelli’s punches,
charging right through them to be able to land punches of his
own. Brunelli’s nose was bleeding by the second round.
The third round saw Nakash taking control of the fight. He was
setting the pace. The blood filling up Brunelli’s nostrils had
to be making it hard for him to breathe. The fourth round was
much the same. And even now, by the middle of the fight, Nakash
appeared to be untouched by Brunelli’s punches. But even by the
fifth round, it still appeared that Brunelli could win this. He
was still landing hard shots against Nakash, and at times,
seemed to be controlling the action. But Nakash never let this
go on for too long. He would be right back in there. And Nakash
was showing that he could move
Brunelli to wherever he wanted, mostly against the ropes—the
whole time concentrating on the bloody nose of Brunelli.
Sensing that time was running out, Brunelli came out strong in
the sixth round. He was the more aggressive fighter throughout
the round. Even with the blood dripping down his face, he
continued to go after Nakash. But Brunelli failed to keep the
attack up, always letting Nakash off too soon rather than trying
to end the fight. Brunelli did manage to catch Nakash on the
ropes at the end of the round. But the damage was already done.
Nakash had been working methodically on Brunelli throughout the
fight. By the seventh round, Brunelli was bleeding more and
more. At the advice of the ringside physician, the fight was
stopped at 1:18 in the seventh round. It was a fitting end to a
great night of boxing.
The night started as exciting as it ended. The first fight was
between Cruiserweights Taneal Goyco and Davit Davitashvili. For
both, this was only their second fight, and for what they lacked
in experience, they made up for in heart. Both gave a great
fight. Davitashvili was able to corner Goyco against the ropes
three times in the first round and land some powerful shots. In
fact, Goyco seemed to be stumbling some by the end of the first
round. The second round saw a change. Again, Davitashvili
cornered Goyco against the ropes, but Goyco fought back and
punched his way across the ring, putting Davitashvili against
the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Two things were
clear. Goyco had a better boxing style. Davitashvili was a bull
in the ring. Goyco’s biggest problem is that he was trying to
reach with his punch and would lose all power behind it. The
third round still saw Goyco boxing better, but the fourth
Davitashvili was able to keep Goyco against the ropes most of
the round. However, Goyco was able to deliver a late flurry of
punches. Goyco won by unanimous decision.
The second fight was between Junior Welterweights Ronald Cruz
and Shannon Hill. Hill dominated most of the first round, but by
the second round Cruz was taking control of the fight. By this
time both were bleeding. Cruz from the top of his head and Hill
from just above his eye. By the fourth round, Cruz was clearly
in control of the fight. Hill spent most of the round against
the ropes. Cruz won by decision.
Typically the red corner is the favored corner, and this night
saw the red corner winning every fight. But the third fight was
the one that for a short period of time looked like it might be
a big upset. The fight was between Junior Lightweights Paul
Fernandez and Joseph Francisco. Francisco, in the blue corner,
came out strong in the first round. He was aggressive and fast,
landing close to twice as many punches as Fernandez. But this
was short lived. By the second round, Fernandez was starting to
tie up Francisco, keeping him from landing punches. By the third
round, Fernandez was now the aggressor. Francisco spent most of
the round walking around the ring trying to stay out of reach,
but he could not stay out of reach for long. Fernandez knocked
down Francisco in the third. The fourth round once again saw
Francisco walking around the ring. He seemed to be tiring
himself out walking in circles. But again Fernandez was able to
catch him, knocking him down once and then delivering a flurry
of punches that resulted in the ref stopping the fight.
Fernandez won by TKO at 2:57 in the fourth round.
The fourth fight featured Featherweights Joselito Collando
against Jason Rorie. Both fighters were aggressive, and for most
of the fight it looked more like a bar room brawl than a boxing
match. For most of the fight, Rorie seemed unaffected by
Collando’s punches. And one reason for this might be that
Collando kept over reaching to try to hit Rorie. But even though
Collando’s punches seemed weak at times, he was able to land
more than Rorie. By the fifth round, Rorie seemed worn out, and
at times in the sixth round, he was just punching the air.
Collando won by unanimous decision.
The fifth fight might have been the slowest fight of the
evening. Cruiserweights Julio Cesar Matthews and William Gill
got off to a slow start. And by slow, I mean the first three
rounds seemed quite slow. But by the fourth round, both were
fighting much harder. Matthews was definitely the more
aggressive fighter from this point on, but he failed to give
that extra push to finish the fight. He repeatedly let Gill off
the hook, but this never really helped Gill because he failed to
capitalize on these breaks. Matthews won by unanimous decision.
The sixth fight was one of the best of the evening. It featured
Junior Welterweights Julius “Marvel” Edmonds, who wore a
Spiderman shirt into the ring—I am guessing that has something
to do with the “Marvel,” and Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson. Edmonds
shows a lot of promise in this sport. He came out of his corner
fast in the first round, keeping his head low and swinging,
pinning Robinson up against the ropes again and again. But
Robinson never let himself drop out of this fight. He fought
hard throughout the fight. The problem was that he fought mostly
with his back against the ropes. And it was obvious, even in the
second round, that it was taking a toll on him. Edmonds just
kept pounding away at the ribs of Robinson, throughout the
fight. Although Robinson shows promise, he does not seem to have
the skill yet to avoid an attack by someone like Edmonds, who
was relentless in his attacks round after round. Robinson was
able to get a late round flurry in the sixth and final round,
but it was not enough. Edmonds won by unanimous decision.
I don’t think that any of the fans left the Legendary Blue
Horizon disappointed. It was a good night for boxing.