By Marc Livitz: Petr Petrov walked though Christopher Rudd this evening and scored a fourth round TKO win en route to the Boxcino lightweight final.
ESPN brought its famous "Friday Night Fights" trailer and its accompaniments all the way up to New Town, North Dakota and the crowd at the 4 Bears Casino resort was treated to boxing’s own version of the final four. The Boxcino lightweight bracket will finally culminate on May 23 at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York.
The bout started with a blistering pace and the comparisons and contrasts were plain to see. Rudd used a rabbit’s pace with his left jab and Petrov looked to negate the height difference he was dealt with this willingness to wait for a big shot to land. He was able to catch his Tennessee opponent with a cracking left hook before the period closed. Petr pushed and pushed away on Christopher throughout the second round and found the strategy to his advantage. As long as he left the distance between he and his foe (who possessed a four inch height advantage) slammed shut, he held the upper hand.
Petrov threw the the house in Rudd’s direction throughout the third and it’s anyone’s guess how he survived. His desire to use the ring, as he had done in the beginning of the bout had vanished. Petr kept firing and landing close in shots at will. Chris was slowing down. A hard right from Petrov tagged Rudd across the chin thirty seconds into the fourth. The two boxers retreated to a corner and started to exchange, only Petrov’s shots were landing flush and Rudd’s appeared to be blowing in the wind. Fifty one seconds into round four was all referee Billy Johnson needed to call the bout to a close.
Petr Petrov will face Fernando Carcamo in May for the Boxcino lightweight championship. The native Russian who now calls Spain home took his record to (34-4-2, 16 KO’s), while Rudd experienced the first knockout loss of his career and falls to (13-2, 8 KO’s).
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"Carcamo Decisions Gonzalez"
Fernando Carcamo was the first to advance to the Boxcino lightweight final this evening. His majority decision win over Miguel Gonzalez punched his ticket.
The two men tried to find the happy medium between slugging and boxing once the opening bell sounded. Less than one minute into the fight, Carcamo landed a quick left hook which sent Gonzalez’s head snapping backwards as his upper body bent over the top rope. Although Miguel looked a bit out of sorts as Fernando landed a few more shots, the two fighters were separated by referee Wayne Fox, who gave a standing eight count to Gonzalez. The action slowed a bit for the remainder of the round, yet the combatants moved in closer to each other and looked for openings.
The entertainment continued in the second and headhunting was on full attack. Miguel walked his Mexican opponent into a corner for much of the second half of the period, yet the Cleveland fighter couldn’t return the favor in the form of a knockdown. The scenario continued in round three, although Fernando Carcamo was looking to slowly negate his Ohio opponent’s power through a few classic textbook techniques, such as throwing shots to the hips and legs as well as the body.
Carcamo’s left continued to find a home in round four. Seemingly anytime Gonzalez relaxed on the close in fighting, his Mexican foe would throw various combinations to the head and body. Another straight left accentuated the end of the period.
Halfway through the bout and with a knockdown to his credit, Fernando Carcamo appeared to be ahead. Gonzalez tried to get his own share of bodywork in during parts of the fifth, although Carcamo was able to fend off his attacker with some meaningful uppercuts. The sixth was a bit of a toss up until Fernando likely won the round with some flush punches landed to Miguel’s head. He tried to continue the trend in round seven and he had his opponent’s back to the ropes for nearly two minutes. Gonzalez connected with an overhand left to close the three minutes.
"Silky Smooth" Gonzalez likely knew that he would need a knockout to win the bout as the eighth and final round commenced. The highly entertaining bout went the distance and two of the three judges agreed on the outcome with the following scores: 76-76, 78-74, 77-75. Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KO’s) advanced to the Boxcino lightweight final by way of a majority decision win over Miguel Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KO’s).
March 28, 2014