Grant Plows Through Fields
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
One time title
challenger Michael Grant stopped Las Vegas based
heavyweight Tye Fields with a straight right hand 1:06
into round three of their bout. Grant (47-4) started the
fight in reverse and failed to get into first gear.
Fields (45-3) followed
Grant around the ring but couldn’t close the distance.
Grant was backing to start the second when he planted
his right foot and shot a right hand up the middle. The
punch stopped Fields in his tracks and Fields retreated
for the first time in the fight.
Within moments Fields
cleared the cob webs and regained the momentum as the
round concluded. When the action resumed in the third
Grant retreated to the red corner and landed two rights
off the ropes.
Fields backed up and
gave Grant enough room to fire a right hand that dropped
Fields face first onto the canvas. Referee Joe Cortez
counted Fields out to end the contest.
In a ten round special
attraction, Joel Casamayor earned a split decision nod
over fellow welterweight Manuel Leyva. In the first,
Casamayor (38-5-1) pressed the fight as Leyva circled
away from contact. Casamayor remained the aggressor in
the second, working his way in behind the jab.
Leyva (20-2) stood his
ground in the third and the bout was waged at center
stage. Through three the combatants were engaged in a
jabbing contest. A fight finally broke out in the fourth
as both southpaws landed their lefts with regularity.
Casamayor thought better of trading lefts and in the
fifth displayed the slippery defense that made him a two
time world champion.
He also landed a left
hook to the ribs that put Leyva on one knee. Leyva rose
as the round came to an end. Leyva recovered between
rounds and came out swinging in the sixth. Casamayor
came out swinging as well and landed several solid lefts
that stunned Leyva. Leyva started the eighth round with
aggression. And as before, Casamayor countered the
aggression out of him.
The ninth was Leyva’s
best round of the fight. Leyva bullied Casamayor around
the ring and refused to surrender the upper hand.
Casamayor bulled his way back in the tenth, leading with
his head whenever the two lefties tangled.
Yet the tenth belonged
to Leyva who landed more damaging left hands. Judge Lisa
Giampa liked Leyva 95-94 but was overruled by judges
Dick Houck (96-93) and Patricia Morse-Jarman (97-92).
Williams stopped Shane Steel 2:27 into the first round
of their scheduled ten round bout. A minute into the
contest, Williams (21-3-1) landed a short, right hand
counter that dropped Steel into the ropes.
When the action resumed
Williams jumped on Steel (7-4) and downed him with a
left hook. Referee Cortez waived off the contest
choosing to forego the count.
Morales defeated Razvan Cotanu over four heavyweight
rounds to spoil the professional debut of the Beijing
Olympian. Morales (6-8-6) fought in spurts and held when
opportune to frustrate Cotanu.
A member of the 2008
Romanian Olympic team, Cotanu (0-1) struggled to mount
an offense and found himself on the end of Morales’ left
hook. Morales won a majority decision by scores of
38-38, and 39-37 twice.