Mitchell More Than Ready For
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Seth Mitchell gave
Hector Ferreyro a heavyweight beat down and stopped him
at 2:17 of the third to remain undefeated in his
campaign as a professional. Mitchell (23-0-1) used
Ferreyro for a heavy bag in the first. Apparently
someone forgot to tell Ferreyro he could block a punch
or avoid a punch or throw a punch for that matter.
His corner wouldn’t make
the same mistake twice. Throughout the second Ferreyro’s
corner yelled instruction, “Move Hector. Don’t stand
there Hector.” Ferreyro (21-11-2) ran and faired a bit
better; but just a bit better.
Ferreyro Mitchell caught him in the third and nearly
knocked him over the top rope. After the eight count,
Mitchell pursued Ferreyro and pounded him until referee
Robert Byrd mercifully stopped the one-sided affair.
Olympic gold medalist
Felix Diaz easily decisioned journeyman Larry Smith in
an uneventful, eight round welterweight bout. Smith
(10-6) landed the best punch of the opener when his lead
right hand landed flush on Diaz’ face. But by the second
Smith was back peddling or holding in an effort to slow
the surging Diaz. And just when Diaz appeared to have
the fight in control he began clowning in the ring. Diaz
may have wasted the third but got back to business in a
workman like fourth.
Whether it was Smith’s
height or awkwardness, Diaz struggled to land cleanly.
Diaz lunged into Smith to draw close but absent a jab he
was easily tied up by Smith. Diaz landed the harder
shots over the second half of the fight but rarely put
his punches together and never put Smith in jeopardy.
Diaz earned the UD by scores of 80-72, 79-73 & 79-73.
Terron Grant passed his
first test in defeating Alonso Loeza by unanimous
decision to win his professional debut. Grant (1-0)
encountered hardship in the first when he sustained a
cut over his left brow. The blood flowed freely in the
second when their heads came together to open the
landed his jab and a counter right with regularity.
Undeterred, Loeza brought the fight to Grant by pursuing
him around the ring. The pair traded shots in an
entertaining and bloody third.
The fourth was even more
fistic than the third and both fighters bombed away.
Grant hit Loeza with beautiful counter rights. Loeza
(0-1-1) knocked Grant’s mouthpiece clear across the
ring. The final scorecards favored Grant 40-36 & 39-37
Carthron defeated super heavyweight Alvaro Morales by
split decision over six closely contested rounds.
Carthron (6-7-2) discovered its hard work to move a
300lb man and wearily wandered back to his corner
following the first. Morales (6-10-6) has learned to
carry his weight well and was figuratively lighter on
his feet. In the third Morales worked his jab to close
in on Carthron and leaned on him once inside.
Morales’ weight clearly
bothered Carthron who was dead tired in the ring. By the
end of the fourth Morales was also gassed and the two
heavies pushed their punches at decreasing speeds.
Carthron outworked Morales in the fifth but gave ground
in the sixth. Two judges scored the bout for Carthron
58-56 & 59-55 while the third favored Morales 58-56.
In the final fight of
the night, Andres Reyes defeated Taylor Larson to spoil
Larson’s professional debut. Larson (0-1) featured a
snappy jab that he doubled up but struggled to keep
Reyes off him. Reyes (3-1-2) kept his hands at his side
and fired hooks from his hips.
Though neither man could
impose his will, Reyes landed the harder shots and
earned the nod in a well paced 140lb fight. The final
scores were 40-36, 39-37 & 39-37.