A Draw Says It All In Maywood
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
In the main event of the
evening, super middleweights Dyah Ali Davis and
Francisco Sierra fought to a controversial majority
decision draw. Both fighters looked unsettled in the
first, missing more than landing and falling off
balance. Things didnít improve much in the second as
neither fighter got into a rhythm. Davisís strategy
finally paid dividends in the third.
Working from the
outside, Davis (18-2-1) jumped in and fired hooks when
he saw an opening. Sierra (23-3-1) tried to time the
rush; sometimes successfully and sometimes not. Sierraís
long, slow right hand left its mark on Davis in the
fourth, bruising his left eye and causing it to swell.
Sierra flurried to start the fifth but did little damage
in the round. The crowd got on the fighters in the
sixth, encouraging them to engage. Davis landed a check
hook in the seventh that knocked Sierra off balance.
Davisí second check hook
in the round was the best punch of the fight. A welt
developed under Davisí right eye as the eighth came to a
conclusion. In the tenth, Davis landed a straight right
flush to the face but Sierra didnít budge. Sierra landed
a stiff right a moment later that backed Davis into the
Two judges scored the
bout 95-95. The third saw a different fight and scored
it 98-92 for Davis. Both the crowd and press row agreed
with the third judge.
Oscar Meza defeated Leo
Martinez by unanimous decision in a gritty, eight round
lightweight battle. Meza (21-4) committed to the body
early, sinking left hooks deep into Martinezí ribs. When
Martinez (15-15) lowered his hands to protect his side
Meza raked him with right hands across the chops. Behind
in the fight, Martinez picked up the pace to start the
Martinez pressed Meza
and fired uppercuts and looping right hands over the
top. Martinez kept up the pressure in the fourth and
blooded Mezaís nose in an action packed round. Both
fighters were bleeding from the nose in the fifth but
pressed ahead in a give and take round. Meza momentarily
slowed Martinez with a hook to the body early in the
sixth and backed him up late with a pretty
uppercut-right hand combination.
Moments after the bell
to start the seventh, a Meza left hook sent Martinez
crashing to the canvas. Martinez beat the count and
battled his way through the seventh and eighth rounds.
The final score cards read 80-72, 78-73, 79-72.
Off Air Bouts
Mexican heavyweight Andy
Ruiz stopped Kelsey Arnold with a body shot at 2:19 of
the third to win his eighth straight contest. Ruiz (8-0)
jabbed to the body and fired the right hand upstairs to
great effect in the opener, staggering Arnold on more
than one occasion.
Arnold (4-7-2) made it
through the second but bled throughout the round. Arnold
was dead tired by the third; slowed by the punishment he
absorbed in the first and second. A kidney shot in the
third froze Arnold and prompted referee David Mendoza to
save the fighter from further punishment.
Teixeira defeated Indianaís Dave Lopez by split decision
in the opening contest of the evening. Throughout the
bout Teixeira walked Lopez down behind a steady stream
of right hand, left hand. Teixeira (9-0) was most
effective when he added a sweeping right hook behind the
1-2. Lopez (3-4-3) caught Teixeira with lead lefts in
every round but was outworked over the early rounds.
Lopez finally got in gear in the fourth and the action
ramped up when Lopez lowered his hands and baited
Teixeira to engage.
The action really heated
up in the sixth when the combatants stood toe to toe and
traded hooks. Two judges scored the bout 59-55 for
Teixeira and the third favored Lopez 58-56.
Jose Roman nearly
pitched a six round shut-out in defeating fellow super
featherweight Johnny Frazier. Roman (9-0) fired a right
cross and followed it with a short left that dropped
Frazier mid way through the first. Frazier rose by eight
and battled to the bell. Frazier (3-5-2) suffered a
small cut in his right brow early in the second. Roman
targeted the cut with the jab but not nearly enough.
Frazier found pay dirt in the third when he landed an
overhand right. Roman wobbled but fired back before
regaining his footing. The pace grinded to a halt
following the Frazier right hand as both fighters became
weary of the other. Roman picked up the pace with a
minute to go in the fifth but did little more than
follow Frazier around the ring. The crowed rallied to
bring the show to a close in an uneventful final round.
Raymond Chacon had a
successful professional debut besting fellow super
bantamweight Manuel Machorro by unanimous scores of
Chacon (1-0) was the
aggressor throughout and consistently beat Machorro to
the punch. Machorro (0-3) was wide with his punches when
he let his hands go.