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19 NOVEMBER 2018


Hook City PPV Undercard: Green, Flores and Litzau Win By Stoppage

Green wins IBO world title: Tom Casino
Green wins IBO world title: Tom Casino

By Michael Norby: Former 175 and 168lb world title holder Danny Green claimed the IBO cruiserweight world title on Saturday night after he stopped Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez in the fifth round at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

In what was a typically powerful performance by the 36-year-old Australian star, Green 27-2 (24) battered a game but limited Dominguez 20-5-1 (14) from the outset and dropped him three times before his corner wisely elected to save their charge from further punishment in the closing stages of the fifth round.

Green looked menacing from the opening bell but Dominguez surprised the Australian with a hard combination in the opening round that halted his advances. Dominguez scored with a right hook to the body in the final minute but Green showed his power not long after when a thunderous overhand right buckled the Argentinean. The referee administered a standing eight count – a welcome event for Dominguez who was in bad shape and just managed to hang on until the bell.

Green remained patient in the second and scored well with his jab as his opponent retreated. Punching his fists together as he searched for openings, the 36-year-old thumped Dominguez to the body and clattered him again to the head close to the end of the round – wobbling his opponent for the second time and easily winning the frame.

Dominguez, to his credit, tried to mount some offense and he connected with a tasty right hand midway through the third round but Green took it well and responded with a right hand of his own. The pair exchanged messy combinations against the ropes late in the round but Green stunned him again with a right hook at the bell.

The Australian dominated the fourth by shooting short, hurtful punches in spots while maintaining a steady flow of crisp jabs that had begun to cause swelling under Dominguez’ right eye. He again hurt his opponent with a counter left hook in the fifth and poured it on for the remainder of the round as Dominguez tried his best to negotiate his way out of trouble.

The Argentinean soaked up hooks, uppercuts and straight punches throughout the round. Ironic then, that it was a left jab that floored him in the final minute. Dominguez got up but peered despondently towards his corner and, after a furious assault in the final seconds floored him for the third time, his team saved him from further damage.

Time of stoppage: 2:53 RD5

Green drops Dominguez: Tom Casino
Green drops Dominguez: Tom Casino
Defending his NABO title, undefeated cruiserweight contender BJ Flores was dominating Colombian puncher Epifanio Mendoza before a nasty fourth round shoulder injury forced Mendoza’s corner to stop the contest, handing the champion a TKO victory.

Flores 24-0 (14) the 30-year-old Californian who is hoping that tonight’s victory will catapult him towards a world title shot, out-classed his opponent through three dominating rounds and was well on his way to securing a commanding victory. Cruiserweight debutant Mendoza 29-8-1 (25) who came within a whisker of defeating Jeff Lacy last summer, looked flat and rarely troubled Flores before the shoulder injury shortened his night in the fourth.

Flores racked up points from the opening bell with a top drawer jab that pinged off his opponent’s dial consistently throughout the opening round. Mendoza lunged forward with sporadic, sloppy looking right hands and Flores countered his advances beautifully with well placed combinations in a well authored first three minutes for the undefeated fighter.

Flores continued to control the dynamic of the fight in the second by maintaining distance with his jab and awaiting opportunities to unleash two and three punch sequences as Mendoza offered only loosely thrown punches in return. The American’s terrific focus and skill was evident and he increased his power output in the third round as Mendoza struggled to settle in.

Clearly out-classed, Mendoza was subjected to consistent harassment and, at the beginning of the fourth; his plight was further hampered when his left shoulder appeared to pop out as he threw a double jab. As Flores pounced, and with their man in clear distress, Mendoza’s corner stopped the contest midway through the round.

Time of stoppage: 1:19 RD4
Flores lands a right hand: Tom Casino
Flores lands a right hand: Tom Casino
In his first appearance as a lightweight fighter, former featherweight world title challenger Jason Litzau stopped an overmatched Verquan Kimbrough after three rounds to win the NABF 135lb title.

Litzau 25-2 (21) a solid puncher who is known for dropping his fundamentals for the sake of all-action performances, remained patient this evening and ensured that opportunities existed before he attacked. He set up his offense behind his jab and picked apart Kimbrough 21-2-2 (7) from the opening round – knocking him to the canvas twice before the beaten fighter’s corner stopped the contest.

Litzau was looking to land a big right hand early on as he shot out a sequence of double jabs followed by sharp straight right hands to start the fight. It was a left hook midway through the frame, however, that got Kimbrough’s attention and forced the Pennsylvanian into survival mode for the remainder of the three minutes.

Kimbrough rebounded somewhat in the early stages of the second and scored with a series of combinations but he was clearly wary of Litzau’s power and rightfully so. In the final 30 seconds of the round, a huge right hand upstairs wobbled Kimbrough and, after a fierce follow-up attack, Litzau dropped his man with another right hand as the round came to a close.

Kimbrough also suffered a deep cut above his right eye in that assault and was clearly on borrowed time as Litzau surged forward. He hit the deck for the second time in a punishing third round and, after seeing their man battered from pillar to post, Kimbrough’s corner stopped the fight after the round ended.

All photos by Tom Casino/Square Ring
Litzau rocks Kimbrough: Tom Casino
Litzau rocks Kimbrough: Tom Casino

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