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  Jermain Taylor Is “Straight Right,”
In Middleweight Contention

By: Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo


Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor 29-4-1, 18KOs knocked out Jessie Nicklow 22-3-2, 8KOs in the eight round of the middleweight bout to culminate a successful comeback. The scrap was the main event of Showtime’s Sho-Box “The New Generation,” hosted by Gary Shaw in association with DiBella Entertainment at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. The action aired live on Showtime.

Jermain Taylor, 33, made a quite return onto the boxing stage after more than two-years away from the fight game. The Arkansas native began to work behind his left stick. The former middleweight champ doubled up his stick and followed through with menacing straight rights or speedy left hooks as seen in round number three. He continued to work into the following rounds showing obvious signs of rust. His stick was working, but he seemed to lack the timing to follow through and end the show against an otherwise pedestrian and overmatched fighter.

The action progressed into round six where Jermain Taylor incurred a point deduction after he uncharacteristically reacted to Jessie Nicklow’s taunts with a blow after the bell had rung. The following round saw Jermain connect with a masterful straight right reminiscent of those in the past. He went on to hurt Nicklow with the same punch in the opening stanza of round number eight. Nicklow was vividly hurt as Taylor proceeded to pounce on him with a non-stop barrage. Referee Ray Corona intervened and stopped the bout 36 seconds into round number eight to the crowds displeasure.

Andre Dirrell KO’s Cunningham

Highly respected super middleweight Andre Dirrell 20-1, 14KOs made quick work of Daryl Cunningham 24-3, 10KOs in the televised co-feature. Dirrell decided to commence the bout fighting from the outside, using his range to control the initial round. He continued to employ the latter strategy into the following round while utilizing his stick. The right jab allowed Dirrell to follow through with a vicious straight left that floored Cunningham for the first time in round number two.

Andre Dirrell then followed thought to land a right hook, which floored Cunningham for a second time. The second knockdown also came in round number two. Referee Jack Reiss went on to stop the action at the 2:05 mark of the same round at the behest of Daryl Cunningham’s 2:05 Jack Reese. The Super Middleweight bout was originally scheduled for 10 rounds.

Cuba’s Luis Garcia Stellar In American Debut

Luis Garcia, one of Cuba’s most promising prospects, opened the televised portion of the card in a scheduled eight round light heavyweight scrap. Garcia 12-0, 9KO’s relied heavily on his looping right hook to initiate the action throughout the first four rounds. He often found himself chasing Alexander Johnson 12-1, 5KO’s around the ring, choosing to let loose once Alexander pinned himself on the ropes as seen in round number five.

Luis Garcia, 24, had his counterpart gassed by round number six. He continued to dictate the action with heady combos as the rounds progressed. At the final bell, Garcia had earned a unanimous decision with one judge scoring the bout 80-71 and the remaining judges scoring it 80-72.

Jose Pedraza is the new WBC Youth Super Featherweight Champion

Jose Pedraza 6-0, 5KO’s KO’d Herbert Quartay 7-7 at the 1:20 mark of round number five to capture the WBC Youth Super Featherweight Champ. The Puerto Rican amateur star simply out boxed Herbert Quartay through the entirety of the bout. The breaking point came in round number five as Pedraza connected on a flush right hook that sent Quartay to the canvas. He was able to make up from the canvas; however, referee Tom Taylor found him unfit to continue the bout and halted the bout.

Alejandro Luna Retains Perfect Record

Alejandro Luna 8-0, 6KO’s earned a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision victory despite having fought with a bloodied left eye for the majority of the bout. The bellflower native managed to outclass Marcos Herrera 6-8-1while walking through some of his best punches. At the end, it was Luna’s constant pressure to the body that opened up Herrera and allowed Luna to land a nasty left hook in round number five followed by several more punches. Consequently, Herrera dropped his moth piece for the third consecutive round. Referee Jack Reesse to deduct a point. The bout concluded with all three judges handing the bout to Luna with scored of 60-53.

Ivan Redkach Earn Number Nine

Ivan Redkach 9-0, 8KO’s stops Dillet Frederick at the 1:58 mark of round number four to remain unbeaten. The bout lightweight bout was reasonably competitive as Frederick had his moments in a bout that saw the unbeaten Redkach display some promising skill. It’s was Ivan’s talent that ultimately prevailed when he unloaded with a vicious combo that left Dillet Frederick defenseless and forced referee Tom Taylor to stop the bout.

Irishman Mike Perez Keeps Record Unblemished

Irelands Undefeated Heavyweight Mike Perez 18-0, 12KO’s wins first professional bout in the United States. The unbeaten fighter was calmly walking through Friday Ahunanya 24-8-3, 13KO’s for four rounds before the underdog tested the Irish fighter’s chin with two right uppercuts. Perez was able to regain his composure and calmly continued to work his right hook, which was often followed by a straight left throughout the ten rounds of heavyweight action. He then went on to pitch a shutout as all three Judge’s scored the bout 100 -90 in his favor.


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