Peterson KO’s Cayo With Just
Seconds To Go; Miranda DQ’d In Exciting Fight While It
Report & Photos by Robert Jones & Jessica Jones
The ESPN 2 Friday Night
Fight at the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan Resort
and Casino in Las Vegas card featured a main event
between Lamont Peterson and Victor Cayo, fighting for
the chance to take on IBF Junior Lightweight kingpin
Amir Khan. Peterson and Cayo fought fairly evenly for 11
rounds, leaving many to believe the winner of the 12th
round would earn the right to fight Khan. Peterson
closed the show with a bang, hurting Cayo multiple times
in the final round before sending him to the canvas.
Cayo was unable to rise, and with just 14 seconds left
in the match Peterson won the exciting fight in dramatic
Almost immediately after the opening bell, fireworks
erupted. For the first minute or so the fighters felt
each other out, but then Peterson appeared to land a
straight right that dropped Cayo, only to have referee
Kenny Bayless call it a slip. While Cayo was on his knee
he also complained that he had been hit behind the head.
Whatever the case, Peterson didn’t get credit for a
knockdown, but he did win the opening round.
The next four rounds
were very close, and it’s a fair guess to say that the
scorecards could have gone all different ways on the
three judge’s cards. The fight defined itself during
these rounds. Peterson’s best work can in the form of
ripping shots to the body, particularly left hands to
Cayo’s ribs, while Cayo did his best work in staying
active by throwing a lot of punches. If you preferred
clean shots mixed with bouts of inactivity you favored
Peterson. However, if you were favoring Cayo you felt
confident he could be picking up rounds just by being
In round six Peterson’s general ring awareness began to
change the bout strongly in his favor, especially
coupled with his early body work. There were a few
exchanges in this round where Cayo would swing in the
air and miss entire combos by seemingly a few feet, and
end with a counter from Cayo. Because of the damage
being done to his body, and the draining effect it had
on missing punch after punch, Cayo was clearly getting
However, just as soon as
Cayo was getting tired it seemed it was now Peterson’s
turn to follow suit. Still, if the fighters were
starting to get tired they were still fighting a quick
paced fight. Cayo’s style caused him to rely on quick
reflexes because often times he would keep his hands
down by his side, but this would work against his favor,
as Peterson routinely found a home for his straight
right hand. Peterson seemed to be well on his way to
either stopping Cayo or winning a decision, going away
winning the 7th and 8th rounds with relative ease.
Cayo had other plans though, and rebounded well in the
9th and 10th rounds. Peterson, with his mouth now wide
open in an attempt to draw in breath, either took these
rounds off, or simply couldn’t keep up with the activity
level of Cayo. This didn’t mean Peterson wasn’t landing
punches, because when he threw them he usually landed,
but they were few and far between to give him either of
these rounds on the Pound4Pound scorecard.
In the 11th round a
moment of foreshadowing perhaps took place. Cayo took
what appeared to be a clean body shot, but attempted to
get a moments rest while complaining to the referee. The
referee also felt the shot was legal, but the moments
rest may have just been what Cayo needed to get through
In the 12th and final round many believed on press row
that the fight was still up for grabs going into the
final round. Peterson and Cayo both went to the center
of the ring swinging, and in a matter of seconds
Peterson had taken full control of the round. A straight
right sent Cayo staggering against the ropes and brought
the crowd to its feet in anticipation. After a furious
flurry of punches, Cayo dropped to the canvas, almost
promising Peterson the win. But when Cayo got back up
Peterson wasn’t happy yet, and again went after his
opponent. Peterson landed a bunch of punches, but it may
have been exhaustion that set Cayo back to the canvas.
This time Cayo wasn’t able to regain his feet by the
count of ten, giving Peterson the victory, and the title
shot, with just 14 seconds left in the match.
With the victory
Peterson not only earns a title fight with Amir Khan,
but solidifies himself as a main player in the Jr.
Lightweight division. Peterson’s record improved to
29-0-1 (15 KO’s). Cayo, who shouldn’t drop too far in
the rankings after a solid performance, drops to 26-2
In the Co-Main Event,
Edison Miranda found himself on the wrong end of a
disqualification, much to the chagrin of the crowd, in
his light heavyweight fight with Yordanis Despaigne.
The first round started off somewhat slow, but as with
just about any Miranda fight it soon became interesting.
Near the end of the round Despaigne, who held a clear
speed advantage, landed a right hand that rocked
Miranda. Miranda’s chin was able to hold up, and he
heard the bell to end the round giving him a much needed
The rest did Miranda well, as he came out fighting in
the second round, landing a number of punches.
Unfortunately for Miranda, many of those punches in the
eyes of the referee Vic Drakulich were low. At least two
times in the round Miranda was warned, but to the eyes
of many at ringside the shots were at least borderline,
and not overly low. It seemed Miranda’s reputation
preceded him in this match. At the end of the round
Miranda was deducted a point, rightfully so, for hitting
Despaigne a full two seconds after the bell rang. The
shot didn’t appear to land too hard, but Despaigne fell
to the canvas just to ensure he was getting the point
across that he was hit late.
Miranda also had a good accounting for himself in the
third round, winning the round, at least in the
traditional way. However, after losing another point,
this time for another quasi-low blow call, the best he
could do was hope for a tie on the scorecard that round.
Already the odds were stacked against him on the
scorecard, and he would need a knockout.
He tried to do just that
in the fourth round, coming out throwing hard shots to
the body and the head, but it was the body shots that
caused Drakulich to warn Miranda a couple more times in
the round. Many believed that Miranda would have to land
plenty of body shots to earn a victory, but the
inability to throw the punches without facing a warning
from the ref was yet another drawback. In a moment that
was pretty odd for those familiar with Miranda’s career,
and the number of times he has been knocked out, he
dropped his hands and took six unanswered head shots, a
la Ricardo Mayorga. The crowd loved this moment, and you
could feel excitement in the air as the bell rang to end
The excitement would turn to a choir of boos shortly
after the 5th round started. While in an exchange
against the ropes, Drakulich stepped in and called a
halt to the fight, awarding the victory to Despaigne.
When the fighters made their post-fights walk around the
ring, the crowd booed Despaigne passionately while
cheering on Miranda, showing their disapproval of his DQ
loss. Still, with the victory Despaigne improved to 9-1
(4 KO’s), and Miranda fell to 34-6 (29 KO’s) losing his
third fight in five outings.
In the televised
swing-bout, super middleweight Badou Jack made short
work of Timothy Hall Jr., stopping him in the second
round. Jack improved to 7-0 (6 KO’s), while Hall fell to
6-12 (4 KO’s). With the victory, Jack remains the number
one ranked Super Middle weight in Sweden. Of course
there is only one licensed super middleweight fighting
that was born in Sweden.
In the opening bout of
the evening, highly regarded light heavyweight Sergey
Kovalev picked up an alphabet title when he defeated
Douglas Otieno in just two rounds. Kovalev improved to
16-0 (14 KO’s) and appears very close to joining the
upper-echelon of the division. Otieno goes back to the
drawing board with a 27-7 (12 KO’s) record.
Super Featherweight Rances Barthlemy remained undefeated
with a closer than expected unanimous decision over
Gerado Robles. The biggest action of this fight came
when an unidentified fan of Robles came in the ring
during the middle of the fight to confront Jay Nady
about low blows. Security quickly took care of the
situation, sending the man off in orderly fashion.
Finally, Razvan Cojanu and Kourtney Boden fought to a
four round draw.