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15 NOVEMBER 2018


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By Michael Norby: In a lop-sided ten round welterweight contest, Mexican veteran Freddy Hernandez was rarely troubled and comfortably out-pointed Cuban southpaw Damian Frias on Friday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas, USA.

This was a now or never contest for both thirty-something fighters and, for the more well known Hernandez 26-1-1 (18) in particular, it was a chance to throw his name into the welterweight mix. Throughout the ten rounds, the lollipop sporting Mexican, whose only loss came to Golden Johnson four years ago, easily out-worked and out-landed Frias 16-2 (7) a Miami based Cuban who looked a little out of his league this evening.

After a three and a half minute delay waiting for paramedics to arrive at ringside, the taller Hernandez began the contest by pawing out his jab and throwing numerous right hands over the top to achieve and maintain distance. Frias was able to scoot inside sporadically but, even from that range, Hernandez was able to out-land the Cuban and he scored well with body punches throughout the round.

Hernandez continued to get the better of his opponent in the second and third rounds as he thumped a hunkered over, ear-muff wearing Frias frequently. The Cuban, unable to get anything going offensively, soaked up thudding left hook body shots and let his hands go only occasionally as Hernandez comfortably pocketed rounds.

Handily leading the contest and undeterred by Frias’ power, Hernandez further stepped on the gas in the middle rounds and backed up the Cuban consistently with a high volume of hard punches downstairs. He dominated the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds as Frias got almost as much punishment from the frustrations of trainer John David Jackson as he received from the fists of Hernandez.

Frias finally enjoyed some success early in the seventh when he connected with his jab and hid several straight left hands behind it – all of which found the head of the hitherto unmarked Hernandez. The Mexican responded a round later, however, and again out-worked his opponent with an effective, if not spectacular, display of volume punching.

Badly behind on the scorecards, and surely needing a knockout to emerge victorious, Frias just didn’t seem to have the ability to turn the fight or truly trouble his opponent. In the tenth, however, the Cuban stunned Hernandez with a short left hand. Wobbled, the Mexican spat out his mouthpiece to buy time and, after one or two shaky moments, he heard the final bell and picked up the lop-sided victory.

Scores: 98-92; 98-92; 98-92

Undercard Report

In the co-featured bout, unbeaten junior featherweight Victor Fonseca picked up the NABF 122lb belt with a devastating ninth round knockout victory over former world title challenger Al Seeger.

For Seeger 28-5 (22), just entering the ring was a victory as the 29-year-old American somehow coped with the tragic memory of his previous bout last April to face his opponent this evening in front of a national audience. In that prior contest, Seeger’s opponent, Benjamin Flores, collapsed after an eighth round stoppage and tragically died just days later.

Tonight, however, although he fought bravely and effectively at times (he was leading on two scorecards at the time of the stoppage), Seeger’s defensive frailties invited Fonseca 17-0 (9) to connect with telling punches throughout the evening, culminating in a huge left hand midway through the ninth that forced referee Ruben Carrion to halt the contest.

Seeger began the contest well, using his jab from range and scoring with single straight right hands to the body and head in the first round. Hernandez looked awkward and fought messily throughout the three minutes and his efforts were easily avoided by the American for much of the frame.

Hernandez campaigned a little better on the inside in an aggressively fought second as both guys tore away at each other from close distance. The Puerto Rican had Seeger in trouble against the ropes midway through the round and, leading with his head, he strafed the American with a string of punches for a prolonged period.

After being stunned by a straight left hand in the third, Seeger rebounded by scoring with a retaliatory combination and re-employing his jab, but, in a close round, Fonseca was finding him more often with power. This continued in the middle rounds as Seeger showed flashes of industry but was being timed effectively and frequently by the clean left hand of Fonseca.

Seeger was slightly more measured in the sixth and seventh and enjoyed his best period since the opening frame. He refused to attack as recklessly as he had done in previous rounds and connected with a number of clean shots to the body and head of Fonseca, whose effectiveness was diluted somewhat by Seeger’s newfound discipline.

Fonseca’s output, by this stage, had dropped severely but he reached down in the ninth and rocked Seeger with a punishing display of power – opening numerous wounds on the American’s face. Midway through the round, a huge left hand buckled Seeger and, after being further damaged with a follow-up combination, he was sent sprawling to the canvas with a left hand to the head.

With a bloodied Seeger badly stunned and lying against the ropes, Carrion immediately stopped the contest.

Time of stoppage: 1:41 RD9

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