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Cotto-Trout Off-TV Undercard Results

Sean Sullivan Reporting from Ringside: In the final bout of the Cotto-Trout untelevised undercard held at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, Manati, Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez, 155, 25-2-1 (24 KOs), completely dominated James Winchester, 155, 15-7 (5 KOs), of Greensboro, NC, en route to a TKO stoppage in round four. Once Melendez found a home for his right hand upstairs in round one, he had Winchester backing up. Winchester’s few attempts at offense consisted of lunging in, head down, with his arms flailing about. A left hook high on the head dropped Winchester in round two and a short right floored him toward the end of round three. When Winchester hit the deck in the fourth frame, in what was ruled a slip, he complained to the referee that his left ankle was bothering him. After he arose, Melendez swarmed in with a flurry of punches, forcing referee Ricky Gonzalez to end matters at 0:54 of the round.


Leaving himself open while throwing a combination in round one, Pedro Arcos, 134½, 12-3-1 (9 K0s), Tijuana, Mexico, was floored by a short straight right in close by Jeffrey Fontanez, 134½, 9-0 (8 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Two more knockdowns of Arcos ensued in round two to end the contest. A jab-straight right combination dropped Arcos for his second trip to the ring mat and a left hook ended matters with the Mexican backed up against the ropes. Referee Tony Chiarantano immediately called a halt to the bout at the 1:23 mark as Arcos sagged to the canvas.


Just when it appeared that it might be an early night for Newark’s Michael Perez, 135½, 18-1-1 (10 KOs), he ultimately had to endure the brave effort of Fernando Carcamo, 135½, 10-5 (7 KOs), of Obregon, Mexico, over eight frames. Perez floored Carcamo once each in the first two rounds, both times via left hooks. Carcamo, however, regained his bearings in round three and the remainder of the bout featured some spirited exchanges, though all dominated by Perez. The local fighter kept at a distance, searching for counters and he occasionally caught his foe with flashy hooks, though he never followed up when he had Carcamo hurt. In the remaining seconds of the bout, a right hook counter dropped Carcamo for a third time, stretching his deficit on the scorecards even further, as he lost a unanimous eight-round decision by scores of 78-71, and 77-72 twice.



The always-exciting Jorge Diaz, 122½, 17-1 (10 KOs), New Brunswick, NJ, swapped leather for six rounds with southpaw Victor Sanchez, 126, 3-5-1, Houston, TX, whose record did not match his heart and courage. A right hook counter decked Sanchez in the opening round, but the Texan fought back aggressively in the second stanza, even stunning his adversary momentarily with his left hand. Diaz worked to use Sanchez’ aggression against him, focusing on countering opportunities. After absorbing an extended offensive flurry from Sanchez, Diaz returned fire in an exciting round four. The action slowed down in the final two frames, but Diaz remained dominant and Sanchez game. After six rounds, scorecards read 60-53 across the board, awarding a unanimous decision to Diaz.


Junior middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez, 150, 12-0 (8 KOs), Bronx, NY, earned a UD6 (59-54 twice, 58-55) over Luis Hernandez, 152, 9-1 (5 KOs), Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Hernandez just could not handle Gomez’ speed. Despite not receiving any prior warnings, a point was deducted from Gomez in round six by referee Tony Chiarantano for an unintentional low blow.


Facing Elie Augustama, 158, 6-6 (3 KOs), of Port Au Prince, Haiti, undefeated middleweight prospect John Thompson, 156½, 10-0 (3 KOs), Newark, NJ, controlled the action with his stiff jab for much of the contest. However, he tired down the stretch and struggled to make it to the final bell in round six. The judges’ tallied 60-54, and 59-55 twice, all for Thompson.


December 1, 2012

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