By Marc Livitz at ringside: Sebastian Lujan of Argentina seemed like a man on a mission on Friday night at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas when he faced challenger Mark Jason Melligen of the Philippines in a 10-round welterweight bout.
The two fighters basically wasted no time in trying to get to one another. Within seconds of the opening bell, Melligen acquainted himself with Lujan via a strong left hook to the head. He seemed intent on breaking the Argentine’s guard with quick jabs. Lujan didn’t appear to be out of sorts as he often dropped his hands and moved laterally to avoid Melligen’s attack.
The second round ended with Lujan making his way back into the fight and opening a cut over Melligen’s left eye. By the third, the crowd in the Freeman Coliseum was clearly being treated to a classic, late night slugfest. Melligen had the volume, but Lujan had the upper hand in power, as well as the ability to get inside Melligen’s head as he bobbed, weaved & at times taunted his opponent.
Lujan often made it clear that Melligen didn’t have the ability to hurt him. Lujan appeared to be fatigued, but what seemed to energize him for the remainder of the fight was when Melligen tagged him with a left uppercut after the bell to end the fourth session.
Lujan raised his hands in protest as he walked back to his corner. By contrast, Mark Melligen seemed to have lost his energy somewhere in the fifth round. Lujan’s punches were becoming harder and to lasting effect. A powerful overhand right dropped Melligen towards the end of the round for the first knockdown of the fight.
After Melligen beat the count, the two fighters engaged in a close, toe-to-toe war for the dying seconds of the round. This was the point where the pendulum clearly swung towards Lujan, who actually appeared to be substantially heavier than his announced weight. The sixth round saw much of Lujan seemingly toying with Melligen, who was beginning to show clear signs of exhaustion. A powerful three-punch body & head combination dropped Melligen again with 10 seconds to go in the round. Round seven was Lujan’s as well, as he effectively cut off all escape routes for Melligen as he attempted to get his feet back under him. An overhand right resulted in the third knockdown of the evening. Melligen was running out of time and would need a knockout at this point to ensure a victory.
Sebastian Lujan ,however, was just too tough, too rugged and too durable to lose tonight. A strong overhand right dropped Mark Melligen in the eigth round and the end for the Filipino fighter came at the 45-second mark of the ninth. The right-handed punch that dropped Melligen for what would be the end wasn’t exactly on par with what Lujan had been throwing. Melligen collapsed to the canvas and his arms flailed above his head. The referee waved the contest to a close at this point. Sebastian Lujan winner by KO in the 9th round.
Mickey Bey, an undefeated Cleveland fighter with Floyd Mayweather, Sr. in his corner moved to 17-0-1 (9) with a 4th round knockout of Alejandro Rodriguez of Guadalajara, MX. A right to the body of Rodriguez saw the Mexican fighter fall to his knees, beat the count and then stumble to the canvas once again. Bey KO 4.
Pedro Dominguez (134 lbs) 2-1 vs. Abraham Esquivel (133.5) 3-1
Two Texas fighters by way of Mexico. This fight lasted less than one minute after Esquivel landed a flush left to the liver of Dominguez.
The evening centered around the inductions of great contributors to Texas boxing into the newly formed San Antonio Boxing Hall of Fame. Congratulations to former world champion Jesse James Leija, trainer Tony Ayala, Sr., former WBA Bantamweight & IBA Featherweight champion John Michael Johnson, legendary cornerman Joe Souza & the late Robert Quiroga.
July 1, 2011