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  Forrest Upset By Takam

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Heavyweights Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs) & Jerry Forrest (26-4, 20 KOs) were less than bristling in the main event on ESPN. Taking the fight against Forrest after the Big Dummy Miller drug test Trifecta, the aged warrior Takam was a decided underdog. Forrest was the obvious A-Side in this match but he came far from performing in that fashion.

Takam who is a true road warrior made the best of his opportunity as he brought the fight right to Forrest who was not expecting this kind of battle. Known mostly as a come forward brawler, Takam boxed more than he is known for and it served him well. Landing frequently and making Forrest miss Takam was in clear control. Forrest looked confused and unwilling to let his hands go over most of the fight.

A cut over Takams eye became troublesome in the mid-rounds and opened a small crack in the door for Forrest to get back into the battle. For a brief moment Forrest appeared to take advantage of Takams trouble but it didnt last long. Takam kept putting rounds in the bank. When your corner tells you before the last round to go for the Knockout its safe to assume you are miserably behind on the scorecards. When you go out a lose that round rest assured its gonna be a long ride home and back to the drawing board. Such was the case for Forrest.

In the meantime, judges scored the fight 96-94, 98-92 & 97-93 all in favor of Takam who took his moment to shine on national television and made the most it with the unanimous decision victory.

My father passed away a week ago, so I came into the fight with a heavy heart. It may not have been a spectacular knockout, but most importantly, we got the win. We took this fight on short notice, but the opportunity on ESPN was too big to pass up. We knew we could beat him regardless.I want anyone in the top five, or a title shot if that materializes.

Like a Conga player in a Las Vegas nightclub, Super Bantamweight Carlos Castro (26-0, 11 KOs) beat a nasty tune out on the body Cesar Juarez (25-9, 19 KOs). Castro was in complete control of this fight from the opening bell. The young man is a very talented fighter inside and out. Juarez was a proven opponent and promised to give the young Castro a tough time. That was anything but the case.

After a fourth round that saw Castro land over forty power punches the corner of Juarez wisely ordered their fighter his night was over. Castro is a very fan friendly fighter who is on the precipice of getting a shot at a title. Watch out for this kid.

I admire Cesar Juarez as a Mexican warrior and for everything hes given the sport. I told him it was honor to share the ring with him. I want any title opportunity or interim title shot. Whatever comes my way, I am ready. I am highly ranked and prepared for the next step.

For the first 4 rounds Super Featherweight Joshafat Ortiz (8-0, 4 KOs) was having his way with Joshua Orta (6-1, 2 KOs). Then inexplicitly Ortiz decided to take the fight to the inside with the shorter Orta and suddenly it was a different fight. Orta took the final two rounds and made this a very close fight. So close in fact that it went to a majority decision on the cards that read 57-57 & 58-56 twice in favor of Ortiz.

In the opening bout of the ESPN broadcast Middleweight Fred Wilson Jr (6-1-2, 2 KOs) was manhandled and mauled by Donte Stubbs (7-1, 2 KOs). Down twice and deducted another point for holding, Wilson dug a huge hole for himself. For Stubbs it was all about the wild overhand right that clipped Wilson and sent him down twice. Final scores all in favor of Stubbs read 58-54 & 58-53 twice giving him the unanimous decision victory.


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