Anthony Dirrell Wins In Two
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo
storied history there have been several famed boxing
families. The Mayweather family is a perfect example of
a family bloodline that in present –day maybe the most
notable in the sport. The Garcia family from Oxnard is
not too far behind in notoriety. Specially, after the
present dominance of WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios
trained by Robert Garcia, and WBC welterweight champ
Victor Ortiz who is trained by Danny Garcia.
To the novice mind, The
Dirrell family is less recognizable than the boxing
families mentioned above. It’s fathomable. The families
discussed have generational ties to some of boxing’s
best days. The Dirrell’s have only been around since
they made their professional debut on January 27th,
2005. It’s only a fraction of time compared to the other
families; albeit, one cannot deny the immense talent of
the Dirrell brothers. They make up one of the more
talented pugilist families in the sport today, period.
Tonight the youngest, Anthony, continued his comeback
from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Anthony “The Dog”
Dirrell 23-0, 20KOs KO’d Kevin “The Hitmen” Engel 18-4,
15KOs in the featured bout of ESPN’s “Friday Night
Fight’s” at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in
Cabazon, CA. The bout was originally scheduled for 10
rounds in the super middleweight division. Gary Shaw
Productions hosted the trilling card in association with
Rumble Time Promotions.
A one-two kicked off the
night for Anthony Dirrell. The younger Dirrell ensued to
feed Kevin Engel a steady dose of straight rights. He
eventually sent Engel back to his corner with a cut left
eyelid as a result of all the rights he was eating.
Dirrell continued to feed Engel straights rights in the
following round. One of those rights knocked Engel to
Anthony Dirrell closed
the show by landing a perfectly placed left hook to the
body at 1:44 of the same round. Engel was unable to make
Referee Lou Moret’s 10 count. Video of the blow would
later show that Dirrell’s left hook might have traveled
below the waist. Nevertheless, Anthony showcased his
family’s boxing aptitude and would have eventually
stopped Engel Anyway.
“I support every move
that he makes,” said Anthony Dirrell when asked about
his relationship with his older brother. One can assume
that Andre reciprocates the same feelings toward his
brother. It was clear to see.
Aron Martinez Wins Big at Morongo Casino
In the televised
co-feature, East Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez 15-1, 3KOs
earned a technical unanimous decision against the
Florida’s Joseph Elegele 12-1, 10KOs in an electrifying
eight round welterweight bout. The fight was stopped
after a violent accidental clash of heads at the 1:41
mark of the final round. What preceded the stoppage was
promising talent, it was Aron Martinez who impressed
those in attendance. Martinez forced Joseph Elegele
against the ropes of his own corner and proceeded to
pummel him with countless overhand rights in the opening
round. Consequently, Elegele found himself on the canvas
with seconds left in the opening round. The Floridian
was lucky to have been saved by the bell.
The latter would prove
to be the narrative of the bout. When Martinez
successfully attacked Elegele against the ropes, he
would hurt the Floridian. Elegele was successful when he
fought in the middle of the ring; although, Martinez was
never really hurt by Joseph’s power.
Another incident that
would shape the bout occurred in round number two as an
unfortunate head bunt produced a cut above the left eye
of Martinez as both boxers engaged in an exciting
exchange. The action from the first two rounds continued
for the remainder of the welterweight clash.
Elegele seemed to have
figured out Martinez’s attack in the following rounds.
He stayed in the middle and controlled the fourth and
fifth with his superior boxing ability. It’s important
to note that Martinez was still landing some vicious
right hooks and never let his foot off the gas pedal.
Round six was a toss up
as both fighters entertained the ruckus crowd. The
following round seemed to have been as hard to score
until the last seconds when Martinez connected with a
right hook that again hurt Elegele with seconds left in
the round. Once again Elegele found himself saved by the
The fight went on to end
in controversial manner. Referee Tony Crebs was forced
to stop the bout after a violent clash of heads. The
clash produced another nasty gash on the right side of
Martinez’s forehead. The deep cut handed the fight to
the three judges ringside. When it was all said in done
one judge scored the bout 76-75, while the remaining
judges scored the bout 77-74 handing Martinez his 15th
Kurtiss Pleases Crowd and KO’s Cleven Ishe
In the T.V. swing bout,
Kurtiss Colvin 6-0, 5KOs Knocked out Cleven Ishe 3-2,
1KO at the 1:24 mark of round number three in a
scheduled four round middleweight clash.
Julian Williams Earns Dominant Victory
Julian Williams 7-0-1,
4KOs scored a unanimous decision victory against Raul
Rodriguez 2-6-1, 1KO in a six round Junior Middleweight
Philadelphian controlled the bout out the box. He worked
of his stick, calmly stepping to his left as he combed
for angels. His counter part, Raul Rodriguez, proved to
be nothing more than a stationary target by round number
two. Rodriguez was willing to take five punches from
Williams, only to deliver one that often missed.
The straight right began
to constantly land for Julian Williams in round number
three. He followed through with three consecutive
overhand rights in the same round. The undefeated
pugilist went on to coast through the last three rounds.
After six rounds of boxing one judge scored the bout
59-55, while the remaining two judges ringside scored
the bout 60-54 in favor of Julian Williams.
Morales Strikes Again!
The Ripo Ric trained
Roman Morales 5-0, 3 KOs made quick work of the
diminutive Juan Tepoz 4-6-1 by scoring a TKO in the
opening round. Morales first knockdown came by a result
of a beautifully placed left hook. He used the same
punch to hurt Tepoz in the same round, and followed
through with a straight right as Tepoz knee touched the
ground. Referee Dr. Lou Moret was forced to stop the
featherweight contest 2:38 mark of the first round.
Livingston Remains Unbeaten
“Let the jab do it all,”
yelled Donyil Livingston’s manager; his pupil listened.
Livingston 5-0, 3KOs progressed to control the opening
bout of the night with his stick. He masterfully stalked
Cameron Allen 3-8, 1KOs throughout the entire fight.
Livingston went on to
land a stiff jab followed by an aggressive right hook in
the second round. Round number three saw more of the
same as Donyil connected on a stiff left jab, which
pushed Allen against the ropes. Allen was seemingly hurt
as he reached out and hugged the restless Livingston.
Livingston went on to drop Allen with a left jab
followed by left hook to the body for his first
knockdown in the final round. He followed through and
closed the fight with a vicious body attack that floored
Allen for the final time. Referee Tony Crebs stopped the
bout at 2:03 into the final round.
Dushane Cook Wins 2nd Professional Bout
Dushane Cook 2-0 earned a unanimous decision victory
against Greg Baca. All three judges ringside scored the
bout 39-35 in favor of Cook.