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  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).

Cruiserweight Aaron 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.

Journeyman Alvaro 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.


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