Believe It Or Not! Chad’s The
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: Bret “The Threat” Newton
Chad Dawson captured the WBC and Ring Magazine light
heavyweight titles in the most controversial of ways this
past Saturday night in the main event of “Believe It or
Not,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with
Gary Shaw Promotions, Cerveza Tecate, and AT&T. The action
was broadcast live on HBO PPV from the Staples Center in Los
Angeles, CA. Referee Pat Russell handed Dawson a technical
knockout victory at the 2:48 mark of round number two.
Chad Dawson, 29, crouched in a defensive position decided to
lounge his shoulder forward, an act that is common in
professional boxing. He did so after Hopkins let loose with
a straight right that was unsuccessful. Hopkins momentum
carried him forward onto Chad Dawson’s back. Consequently,
Dawson reacted by shrugging him off with his shoulders.
Hopkins falls back, first landing on his feet then falling
to the ground. This is where the action stopped and the
Bernard Hopkins remained on the canvas for several minutes
before getting up and pointing to his left shoulder while
grimacing. It was determined that Bernard Hopkins was
unwilling to continue. Consequently, the fight was called
simultaneously igniting jeers from the packed house at
Staples Center. After all, they had just witnessed a fight
of the year candidate in DeMarco’s victory over Linares and
where expecting the same from the nights featured fighters
“He (Bernard Hopkins) could not continue because of injury,”
said Referee Pat Russell after the call was made.
In conclusion, the fight was called due to a fighter’s
unwillingness to continue after an injury. There was no
foul. So instead of the fight being called a no-contest, the
call was made to give Chad Dawson a technical knockout.
Antonio DeMarco Wins WBC Crown In Stunning Fashion
In the night’s co-feature, Antonio DeMarco 26-2-1, 19KOs
stole the show and captured the vacant WBC lightweight title
with a brazen display of cheer will. He chased Jorge Linares
until the Venezuelan boxer could no longer use his
flashiness or quickness.
Jorge Linares 31-2, 20KOs showcased blazing speed and
superior technique in the first three rounds. He almost
looked Paquiao-esque, less the pop. The Venezuelen would
come in with a blazing combo, hop to the outside and come
right back in. A one-two culminated by a straight right drew
cheers from the crowd in round number five. Antonio DeMarco
looked to be out the fight by this point.
The sixth round proved to be the start of something special.
Linares stood toe to toe with Demaro and exchanged blows to
the crowd’s delight and to his own demise. His opponent
began to establish himself as Linares allowed him to sit
into his punches. The results were vivid on Linares face by
round nine. Linares had suffered two lacerations, one on his
right eyelid and another on the bridge of his nose.
Jorge Linares continued to fight his fight while bleeding
profusely; unleashing five to six punch combos while also
taking some major punishment. Demarco’s punches where now
landing almost at will. The eleventh round was round of the
year candidate. Demarco let loose with real bombs that hit
there target and sent massive amounts of blood into the air.
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. was forced to stop the bout at the
2:32 mark of round number eleven. Demarco was down on all
cards at the time of the stoppage. One Judge had him down
99-91, while the other two had Linares up 98-92.
Danny Garcia Fit For The Bright Lights
Danny Garcia 22-0, 14KOs beats Kendall Holt 27-5, 14KOs by
way of split decision and captures the NABO Junior
Welterweight title while earing the IBF #2 position. This
particular bout was probably the most talked about fight
leading into tonight’s HBO card. It did not disappoint this
Kendall Holt may have stolen the first round with one speedy
left hook in an opening round that saw little action. The
slow paced transitioned into round number two where Danny
Garcia was able to let loose with two nasty right hooks, one
sent holt on his back on his heels. Garcia found something
with those right hooks in round three as two landed almost
consecutively, hurting Holt.
The action dimmed a bit through the next two rounds. Albeit,
one exchange at the end of round number six charged the
crowd. Both fighters were able to connect with right and
left hooks with Garcia one upping Holt. After Holt seemed to
have made some progress in round seven, Garcia came right
back to take round eight.
The momentum yo-yoed right back to Holt with one left hook
that stunned the young Philadelphian in round number nine.
Garcia quickly recovered by landing two pounding overhand
right hooks in the same round. He followed through by
controlling the final three rounds and punishing Kendall
Holt’s badly swollen right eye in the process. Surprisingly
Judge Wayne Hedgepeth scored the bout 115 – 113 for Holt.
What fight was he watching?
While Judge Joel Scobie and Jerry Cantu tallied the bout
117-111 alike and in the process crowning Danny Garcia the
new NABO Junior Welterweight Champ.
Paulie Malignaggi Defeats Lora
Paulie Malignaggi 30-4, 6KOs earned a unanimous decision
against rugged Orlando Lora 28-2-1, 19KOs. Lora was just too
stiff and slow for the quick and flashy pugilist who hails
from New York.
Paulie Malgnaggi looked his usual self in the opening round.
He worked off his stick and did as he pleased until he got
caught with a straight right the sent him stumbling back. He
would later admit that the punch woke him up. Paulie
proceeded to surgically pick apart his slower opposition.
His only worry was Lora’s straight right, which at times
found its target as seen in rounds three and four.
Malagnaggi had Lora’s left eye badly cut after round number
four. The following round saw Lora land another straight
right; however, Malagnaggi countered with a combo of his own
that included two flashy right uppercuts. The New Yorker
subsequently stayed on his stick while he worked all angles
of the ring, picking and choosing his moments. His movement
tired Lora, as the Mexican national all but stopped chasing
him around the ring in round number eight. Malagnaggi found
himself closing the show willing to fight at close quarters
in an anomaly of a sort. The fight went to the scorecards
with scores of 100-90, 98-92, and 99-91 all favoring Paulie.
Manuel Avila Wins
Fairfield’s Manuel Avila 6-0, 2KO’s earns split decision
victory against David Reyes 2-1 in a 4 round junior
featherweight bout. Avila initiated the action when he
connected with a right hook followed by a left hook in the
opening round. His combo set the tone of the fight. It was a
barnburner and East Los David Reyes did not back down. He
quickly fired back with spirited but reckless combinations.
Manuel Avila took advantage of his opponent’s recklessness
and fired away with a crisp left hook that downed Reyes as
round number three came to a close. The last and final round
saw more animated exchanges between the young fighters. When
is was all set and done, one judge ringside tallied the bout
at 38-37 for Reyes, while the remaining judges scored the
bout 40-35, and 39-36 for Avila.
Dewey Bozella Inspires in Victory
Dewey Bozella, 52, wins a unanimous decision victory against
Larry Hopkins 0-4 in a 4 round cruiserweight bout.
“Dreams do happen, do not ever give up hope,” said Dewey
Bozella who had been incarcerated for 26 years for a crime
he did not commit. This was Bozella’s first and only
professional bout. He will retire undefeated and move on to
manage the Dewey Bozella Foundation to help at risk youth.
His story along with Antonio DeMarco’s are truly inspiring.
Nick Casal 22-4-1, 16KOs proved that experience counts in
the fight game by out classing the previously unbeaten
Michael Anderson 11-1-1, 9KOs. It was Casal’s uppercut that
ended the bout and also began it. Anderson was buckled with
an overhand right hook in the first round. Casal continued
to school the unbeaten prospect and eventually landed
another right hook at close quarters. The latter right hook
sent Anderson falling to the canvas for the first of two
knockdowns in round number three. Referee Ray Corona was
forced to stop the fight at the 2:51mark of the same round
after Anderson failed to defend himself against his
Freddy Hernandez Wins One for Mexico
Freddy Hernandez 30-2, 20KOs out works Luis Collazo 31-5,
16KOs on his way to a unanimous decision victory in a 10
round junior middleweight scrap. This bout was another
installment in the historic rivalry between Mexican and
Puerto Rican boxers.
Southpaw Luis Callazo began the action by establishing his
straight left from the outset of the fight. True to form,
Freddy Hernandez quickly countered, forcing Collazo into a
brawl in the latter half of round number two. The sparks
began to fly from there on in.
Both fighters showed tremendous heart through the entirety
of the bout. Collazo would use his craftiness to engage
Harnandez whom seem dormant at times but would suddenly
awake and let go. Freddy countered for long stretches,
landing some heavy blows with a focused body attack. The
focus on Collazo’s torso proved fruitful in the eighth round
when a left hook to the body sent the Puerto Rican kneeling
to the ground for the only knockdown of the fight. The final
two rounds saw Collazo’s work output increase, but
Hernandez’s remained consistent with his attack on his way
to a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout
96-93 in favor of Hernandez.
Donyll Livingston Remains Unbeaten
The bout between the unbeaten pugilists began slowly, but
Donyll Livingston 7-0, 5KOs found a way to steal the opening
round by landing an overhand right followed by a left that
sent Kurtis Colvin 5-1, 3KOs against the ropes. Livingston’s
left uppercut started to land in the following round. The
Palmdale native started to work his stick, warding off the
Kurtis Colvin found success in round number four by cutting
off the ring and forcing Livingston to fight inside. The
action continued to flow. It was safe to assume that Colvin
was down on points by this point. The final round saw
Kolvin’s last attempt to salvage his unbeaten record. He
landed a devastating stretching right followed by a left,
which stunned Livingston. Another looping right hook landed
for the Texan before the final bell. The final effort was
not enough. Two judges ringside scored the bout 59-55, and
the remaining judge scored the bout 58-56 in favor of