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  Mitchell More Than Ready For Better Competition

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.

Unfortunately for 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 stanza.

Nevertheless, Grant 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 twice.
 

Heavyweight Andrae 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.



 

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