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27 APRIL 2018

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Gomez Dominates Lane; Bey Crushes Rodriguez

By:  Mike Sloan and Sean Wippert ringside in Las Vegas: Welterweight contender Frankie Gomez was able to remain unbeaten after dominating Lanard Lane over ten rounds inside the Chelsea Ballroom in the Cosmopolitan. Though Gomez dominated on the cards, the fight was much closer than it looked, one that Lane potentially could have won had he been much busier inside the ropes.


Gomez fought largely in spurts throughout the contest, throwing five-to-fifteen punch combos in each round. However, when he wasn’t launching his wild flurries at Lane, Gomez backed away with little else in terms of output. Lane was constantly stalking his foe, but the Houston fireman didn’t let his hands go when he needed to.


Gomez also grew fatigued by the sixth round and by the time the final few rounds occurred, he was gasping for air and throwing much fewer punches. Still, Lane walked forward without much of an offense. Lane had ample opportunities to dig hooks to the tiring Gomez’s body, but his passiveness cost him dearly.


Though Gomez was by far the busier fighter when he chose to be, his punches were usually parried, blocked or dodged by Lane. Still, because no sheer firepower was being returned, Gomez racked up round after round and by the time the tenth round had approached, Lane needed some sort of miracle knockout to win. Lane again was conservative with his fists in said frame and wound up losing a lopsided unanimous decision. The three ringside judges saw it 98-92 and 100-90 (twice) for Gomez, who improved to 15-0 with 11 KOs. also favored Gomez, from East Los Angeles, 100-90. Lane fell to 13-3 with 8 KOs. – Mike Sloan


The co-main event of the evening featured Cleveland, Ohio lightweight Mickey Bey as he took on Robert “Big Rob” Rodriguez from Greely, Colorado. The fight opened with Bey connecting with some good bodywork that came so fast they jarred Rodriguez a bit. He would weather the early shots with a solid set of jabs, turning the fight into a more technical affair, which continued into the second. On several occasions Rodriguez’s consistent jabs pushed Bey backward.


The third round began to look like a carbon copy of the previous two until Bey connected with explosive left hook. The shot floored Rodriguez, dropping him to the canvas for the first time of the fight. He struggled to get to his feet and somehow willed his way through a standing eight count, only to meet a second, even more punishing left hook from Bey.


Bayless had seen enough and immediately called the fight at the 1:07 mark of the third round. With the win Bey continues his undefeated streak, moving to an impressive 19-0-1 with now 10 knockouts. The painful defeat drops Rodriguez to 7-3 with 3 knockouts. – Sean Wippert


Junior featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz, Jr. improved to 2-0 with his first career knockout when he unfurled a few vicious hooks to Jose Ruiz’s body. Diaz, a 2012 US Olympian, was patient throughout the encounter and picked his spots to strike, but when he did he made them matter. Ruiz, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, held his own against the much quicker and more accurate Californian, but eventually Diaz closed out the show.


A crippling right hook to the body not only crushed Ruiz’s spirits, it caved in any chances he had of winning. A few moments after it landed, Ruiz took a knee and gasped for air. In obvious pain, Ruiz struggled back to his feet and was allowed to continue. Shortly after referee Robert Byrd allowed him to trudge forth, Diaz cracked another sledgehammer to the body, dropping Ruiz (2-3) again. Byrd never bothered to administer a count, ending the duel at the 2:03 mark of the second round. – Mike Sloan


Las Vegan Badou Jack “The Ripper” reminded everyone in attendance why he carries the nickname he does with a first round knockout of Jonel Tapia. The super middleweight unloaded a brutal offensive to the head and body of his Puerto Rican opponent. Robert Byrd officially called the fight at the 1:47 mark of the first round. With the win Badou remains undefeated, improving to 12-0 with now 9 knockouts. Tapia falls to 8-4-1 with 5 knockouts. – Sean Wippert


Local kid Luis Arias dominated Joshua Robertson in their super middleweight encounter right from the start and did so until the fight was halted. Arias clubbed away at Robertson’s body repeatedly and landed the overwhelming majority of his punches upstairs. Robertson, from Lynchburg, VA, fought back as best he could, but his lack of raw power and porous defense prevented him from keeping Arias at bay. After a right cross wobbled Robertson late in the second, Arias swarmed his foe with a barrage of punches until referee Jay Nady finally stopped it, giving Arias his first professional knockout. The official time of the TKO came at 2:48, allowing Arias to improve to 2-0. Robertson dipped to 2-1 with 1 KO. – Mike Sloan


In super middleweight action, undefeated Las Vegan Lanell Bellows took on Roberto Young. Early on both men threw shots with near reckless abandon. Bellows pursued his opponent, lunging, smothering, and punishing Young with an awkward but effective attack. The offense led to a hard left that sent Bellows to the floor in the first. Although he recovered, he looked very woozy as the bell sounded.


Bellows recovered by the start of the second round but found himself again trying to deal with his bigger opponent. The pair spent the remainder of the fight exchanging heavy-handed shots. When the final bell sounded the judges rendered a split decision via tallies of 38-37 Bellows, 39-36 Young and 38-38. The decision keeps bellows undefeated, sending him to 3-0-1 with 3 knockouts and pushes Young to 5-6-2 with 4 knockouts. – Sean Wippert



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