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Wild Welterweight Battle in Baja

By Marc Livitz: The earliest reports out of Baja California indicate Fernando Montiel of Los Mochis, Mexico prevailed via a third round knockout over Alvaro Perez of Nicaragua in a Super Bantamweight contest. The fight itself wasn’t televised in many parts of the United States.

Without question, however the evening’s undercard held the bulk of the action. In particular, a Welterweight contest between undefeated Alvaro “Tyson” Robles of Mexicali, BC, MX and Jorge Silva of Tijuana, BC

Against the dwindling Baja sunset, these two boxers engaged in a war that hopefully will garner some word of mouth and ultimately be viewed by much of the boxing and sports community as well. The contest began with Robles establishing his jab and effectively landing power punches at will. Halfway through the opening round, Silva was given a standing eight count by the referee after he had been overwhelmed by the arsenal of Robles’ bodywork.

The second round made it clear that these fighters didn’t want to waste time or try to “feel” the other out. Silva landed a hard left to Robles’ chin and momentarily staggered the undefeated Mexican warrior. Rounds three and four had many in the crowd thinking the end was near for Silva. Robles stalked his opponent and landed several powerful and effective head and body shots. This caused Silva to clinch, who then landed an awesome left to the body of Robles at the midway point of round four. The fifth stanza had an interesting turn of events. A powerful right by Silva seemed to awaken Tyson Robles as he responded with a flurry of combinations that seemingly had Silva out on his feet. This was not to be the case, as Silva openly taunted his fellow countryman and implored him to bring the action.

Round six began with Robles comfortably ahead, likely by a 4-1 margin. Silva was warned for low blows early in the round, which was followed by Robles receiving the same, only it was for rabbit punches. At the one minute mark of the round, Silva landed a quick combination to the head and body of Robles, only this had one drawback. He left himself open after throwing the punches and Robles landed a quick left to the chin of Silva and scored the first knockdown of the bout. Silva beat the count and appeared tired. Luckily, for himself and the fight fans, he was saved by the bell to end the round. The seventh round saw Silva cleverly use his jab in an attempt to regain his composure. Robles continued to dominate the fight. To end the round, Silva backed Robles into a corner and unleashed an onslaught of overhand punches. Robles replied with a thunderous right to end the attack and the round.

Round eight began with a shocking knockdown of Robles at the 2:45 point. Silva caught him with a right to the top of his head. One minute later, Jorge Silva scored a comeback for the ages. At the 1:35 mark, he blasted the off-balance Robles into a corner with a thunderous left. As Robles attempted to gather himself, Silva caught him with a crushing right uppercut, which was followed by a pulsating left to the head. Alvaro Robles plummeted to the canvas. No count was necessary. KO for Jorge Silva at 1:44 of the eighth round.

More undercard notes:
Alonoso Lopez of Mexico City improved his record to 11-0 with a 1st round knockout of Leroy Zavala of Rosarito, BC, MX in a Super Flyweight contest. Two over hand rights dropped Zavala at the 1:38 point. The second knockdown, as a result of a sleek left to the body and head combination signaled the end of the contest with 55 seconds to go.

August 20, 2011

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