Garrett Wilson Knocks Out Chuck
To Retain USBA Cruiserweight Title
& Undercard Results From
Ballyís Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Saturday night, while
boxing fans around the United States and Mexico were
focused on a less than competitive fight between Julio
Cesar Chavez Jr. and Peter Manfredo, a few thousand
people gathered at Ballyís Atlantic City were treated to
a real fight between Garrett Wilson and Chuck Mussachio.
Now because it was not televised this fight will not be
considered for Fight of the Year, and it wonít be
discussed around the water cooler by most Americans. But
these two fought with the heart of Juan Manuel Marquez
in the ring with Manny Pacquiao.
When I first saw the match up, I was skeptical. After
the first two rounds, I thought the fight was already
decided. Garrett Wilson would be the easy winner. Chuck
Mussachio came running out at the beginning of the fight
only to be greeted by Wilson with a hard right to the
body. Wilson then followed that up with a combination to
the body. Wilson is not one to dance around the ring for
twelve rounds, so he needed to tire Mussachio out fast.
From that combination to the end of the round, Mussachio
was slow to come in. The second round started with
Mussachio coming out and throwing a combination. Then
Mussachio would put at much distance between himself and
Wilson as he could. But once again it looked destined to
be a repeat of round one. Wilson staggered Mussachio and
chased him into the corner, landing several body shots.
The second time Mussachio found himself trapped in the
corner he did what any fighter will do to stop the
onslaught, he held. Wilson for his part just kept going
to the body.
At the end of the second
round, it seemed to be just a matter of time. How much
punishment could Mussachio take? As the third round
started, Wilson stuck to the game plan. However, there
was a change. At first it was slight, but it could be
detected in the eyes of Mussachio. He looked crazed.
Mussachio was starting to change his game plan,
adjusting to the constant beating of the body. Mussachio
would jab, follow with his right, and then get out of
there. It was working. Wilson was having trouble getting
in and landing as long as Mussachio kept moving.
Mussachio was beginning to feel confident, winding up
his jab and throwing his right. Wilson had a brief
moment at the end of the round, but Mussachio had taken
that round. Mussachio stuck with the plan in the fourth
and took that round from Wilson also.
At this point, it looked as though the momentum was in
Mussachioís corner. Wilson started the fifth having
trouble landing any of his shots. Mussachio landed a
hard right to Wilson, giving Wilson a wake up call that
he could lose this fight. This was all that Wilson
needed because he came back landing to the body of
Mussachio, and that fast Mussachio found himself in
trouble. He was hurt. It was time to simply hold on and
hope to survive. Mussachio survived the round, but it
was Wilsonís round.
In the sixth round, Mussachio came out fighting much
like he was in the third and fourth. He was moving,
keeping distance between himself and Wilson. Wilson was
quickly growing frustrated. Mussachio landed a
combination to the head. Wilson came right back. Wilson
now had the crazed look in his eyes. Mussachio just kept
throwing his jab in the face of Wilson, then following
it up with his right. By the seventh, Mussachio appeared
comfortable in the ring again, winding up his jab as his
fans cheered him on. He finished the round landing
several hard rights to the head.
Surely, Wilsonís corner
told him that he had to go back to the plan before the
beginning of the eighth round. He started the round
going to the body. Mussachio was trying to keep him back
with his jab, but Wilson was throwing wild hooks, which
were connecting. Wilson had taken the round. However,
the ninth and tenth rounds would go back to Mussachio.
Wilson was having trouble cutting of the ring. By the
end of the tenth round, Wilson looked as though he were
finished. Mussachio dominated the eleventh, even though
it was clear that he too was tiring fast. Mussachio kept
up the movement, only coming in to throw a combination.
Wilson seemed to be looking for that one big shot to end
the fight, but it did not come in the eleventh.
What was said in Wilsonís corner before the twelfth
round might only be known by those in that corner, but
it woke him up. Wilson came out throwing quick shots to
the body of Mussachio. Wilson was chasing Mussachio
around the ring when he caught him with a hard right to
the chin. Mussachio went down into the ropes, tried to
push himself up only to fall right back to the canvass.
And just that fast, Wilson erased all those great rounds
by Mussachio. After the fight, Wilson addressing his
fans acknowledged the fact that he knew he needed to
knock out Mussachio, adding ďhe out scored me every
In the co-feature,
Welterweight Ronald Cruz won by TKO over Anges Adjaho.
Cruz has become a local favorite and now has a record of
15-0, 12 KOs. Cruz looked confident as the fight began,
landing combinations to the body of Adjaho. Adjaho
seemed content of rely on his jab. In the second, Cruz
was slipping his shots through the upraised hands of
Adjaho. Then, almost out of nowhere, Adjaho landed a
combination. Although Cruz did not appear hurt, he did
appear surprised. Cruz began to fight cautiously. By the
third, Adjaho was the more aggressive fighter, coming
forward and cutting off the ring. But Adjahoís one
mistake was that he kept letting Cruz off the ropes.
Cruz in the fourth was fighting with his back to the
ropes and staying closed up. Cruz barely threw a punch
all round, allowing Adjaho to dominate the round.
However, in the fifth round, Cruz was back. He came out
attacking. Adjaho stood his ground, which may have been
his undoing. After being hit by a hard left hook, Cruz
came back and put Adjaho down on the canvass. Adjaho
complained he was tripped, but he did go down directly
after being hit. Maybe Cruz had something to prove, that
he didnít need to trip anyone perhaps. He put Adjaho
down again within seconds of the first knock down. As
soon as the command was given to box again, Cruz came
after Adjaho, chasing him into a corner while throwing
combination after combination. Referee Earl Morton
jumped between and put a halt to the fight in the fifth.
After a slow round in the first, Junior Welterweight
Naim Nelson won his fight against Deroy Beaton. Although
Beaton seemed to be the steady fighter, Nelsonís
explosive style carried him to a unanimous decision on
all three judges score cards.
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings won by TKO over Kevin
Franklin. While Franklin looked in control of the first
thirty seconds of the fight, Jennings quickly turned
things around by knocking down Franklin. When given the
command to box, Jennings attacked Franklin with all he
had, catching him on the ropes and landing combination
after combination until Franklinís corner threw in the
Junior Welterweight Dontre King also won by unanimous
decision over Julio DeJesus.
Welterweight DeCarlo Perez won a tough fight against
Manuel Guzman by unanimous decision.
Atlantic City local Super Middleweight Antowyan Aikens
won by unanimous decision against Charles Kirby.