By Marc Livitz: Luis Ortiz pushed and punched Monte Barrett around for just over three rounds this evening en route to a fourth round knockout win at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Tonight’s fight card was highlighted by a few bouts amongst the trees of boxing, as three of the evening’s final four fights (televised on Fox Sports 1) were all exclusive to the heavyweight division.
Barrett was making his first appearance in the ring for nearly two years and he found himself in the squared circle with an unbeaten Cuban exile in Luis Ortiz. "The Real King Kong" Ortiz tagged Monte with a left hook about ninety seconds into the first round. A cut was opened under his left eye as a result. The Queens, New York fighter threw the jab and looked to avoid Ortiz’s consistently cocked and loaded left glove. As was the case in the opening minutes, "Two Gunz" Barrett was once again tagged with his opponent’s favorited left after he knelt a bit too low to try and control the action. Luis threw as well as landed the lion’s share through the first three rounds. The trend had somewhat been set: Ortiz jabbed and followed and for the most part, Barrett couldn’t counter.
Just moments inside round four, a pulsating left from "The Real King Kong" was driven straight into the bridge of the nose of Monte Barrett. The New York boxer was dropped to one knee, quickly after which referee Raul Caiz called an end to the bout at the thirty eight second mark of the fourth. The 42 year old Monte Barrett can boast that he has seen some of the best competition in the ring (Wladimir Klitschko, Hasim Rahman, David Haye and David Tua), but he had nothing in the tank this evening and fell to (35(20)-11-2), while thirty five year old Luis Ortiz took his unblemished record to (21-0, 18 KO’s).
Washington KO’s Scott in Two Rounds
In the evening’s co-main event, Gerald Washington scored a controversial second round knockout victory over Skip Scott.
Six foot, eight inches versus six foot five was the tale of multiple tapes in the bout between Scott and Washington. The men let the bombs fly a few times in the opening round. The Tae Kwon Do black belt (Scott) and former University of Southern California football player (Washington) rough housed the other a few times when the action got close.
Not quite halfway into the second, "El Gallo Negro" Washington caught Scott across the chin and sent the Houston, Texas fighter to his knees, but Skip rightfully complained to referee Lou Moret that he’d been hit squarely on the ribs while he was on his knees and clearly down. Scott beat the count for just a moment but once again stumbled briefly to the met, at which time Moret waved the bout to a halt at the1:40 mark of round two. Gerald Washington improved his undefeated record to (12-0, 9 KO’s) and Skip Scott’s sixteen fight win streak was ended as his resume will now show a tally of (16-2, 10 KO’s).
Breazeale Tops Aguilera
Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale remained undefeated by way of an eight round unanimous decision win over Nagy Aguilera.
Nagy Aguilera would look quite tall just about anywhere, but up against the six foot, seven inch 2012 American Olympian Breazeale, his six foot foot, three inch frame looked a bit on the short side. Dominic used a high left jab throughout much of the opening round and threw a few body shots as well. Aguilera landed a double left jab of his own just before the bell sounded. He looked to dig in to the body of his foe to start the second, yet Breazeale would answer with harder shots upstairs and he continued to maximize the effectiveness of his jab. The final ten seconds of the period was all Dominic, as the former quarterback landed successive hard right after right, almost at will. With his back to the ropes and his guard held high, Nagy made it through to the bell.
Dominic continued the assault within seconds of the start of the third. He fired shots up and down and somehow, Aguilera kept coming back again and again, as this was a man who had shared the ring with such names as Chris Arreola, Sam Peter, Antonio Tarver as well as Tomasz Adamek. A pacesetting jab forced Nagy into a corner in the closing seconds as his opponent didn’t let up. He ate some more hard head and body shots and perhaps this was why he tried to box and use the ring throughout parts of round four. "Trouble" Breazeale looked to almost have his man out on his feet once Nagy tried to engage once again. As before, he looked in deep waters by way of sustaining heavy sledgehammer punches to the top and sides of his head. He returned fire, however and survived to see the fifth.
Dominic kept looking to close the show, although he continued to be reminded that his foe was going nowhere. Nagy absorbed a variety of jabs, body shots, head shots and uppercuts. He wouldn’t go down and sent Breazeale a step back with a left hook to close the round. The next three minutes meant Dominic took his first steps into uncharted territory, as the nine fight professional had not been forced to fight beyond round five in the past. The California man threw everything once again. He pounded and pounded away. Aguilera kept answering; in his own fashion, of course.
He came so very close to going to the canvas just a bit inside round seven. A vicious uppercut from Dominic sent his eyes to the sky. Thudding, audible shots continued to find the target all the way up to the bell. There would be a round eight, yet would we see a decision win tarnish the perfect win to knockout ratio for the former Olympian?
Nagy Aguilera tried to at least look for the home run shot in the fight’s final moments. His opponent’s shots showed the tell tale signs of tiring out. Still, as the bell rang to end the contest, there could be no confusion that Dominic Breazeale’s win total would reach double digits and his unbeaten record would stay clean as well. The three ringside judges were all in agreement and turned in scorecards which read as follows: 80-72 and 79-73 (x2). "Trouble" Breazeale took his record to (10-0, 9 KO’s), while the tough and tested Nagy Aguilera fell to (19-8, 13 KO’s).
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