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20 NOVEMBER 2018

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Lucas Fernandez Survives Early Scare To Defeat Joshua Franco


Lucas Fernandez KO’s Franco in Ninth

 

By Marc Livitz: In a highly competitive as well as compelling super flyweight contest, Argentina native Lucas Fernandez withstood almost eight full rounds of absorbing punches from previously unbeaten Joshua Franco in Ponce, Puerto Rico on Saturday. He survived an early knockdown in addition to disproportionate levels of shots landed and went on to score a ninth round, come from behind TKO win.

 

The opening half of round one was somewhat tactical, though equal levels of aggression surfaced between the two shortly thereafter. Fernandez (12-1-1, 8 KO’s) was battling a cut above his left eye and just before the closing bell, a well placed left uppercut from his San Antonio opponent put him on the canvas. He was able to gather himself and return to his corner. “El Profesor” Franco (13-1, 6 KO’s) tagged him with another short left uppercut just as the second commenced. Pleasantries were tossed to the wind as the two men fought almost toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring. They exchanged various head shots, though Fernandez preferred to dig more to the ribcage, yet he made his way back to his team with a new cut, this one over his right eye. However, the Argentine fighter emerged for the third a new man. He looked to keep his right glove higher up in an effort to combat Joshua’s left hook. Counter shots connected just as the bell sounded. This one was becoming quite entertaining.

 

Franco established his jab in the fourth and found a bit of success with his straight right as well. The next round was much the same, as Joshua jabbed while Lucas countered as his face was beginning to show clear signs of battery. Franco continued to widen the gap during the next three minute period, though Fernandez was no slouch. He remained focused on landing counter shots and found just traces of success.

 

Most of the seventh was combat in close quarters. The exchanges usually meant two to three successive punches in Joshua’s favor and one single shot returned by the fighter from Rosario. Franco held on for a brief moment after Fernandez tagged him with a solid right to begin round eight. He was consistently able to keep his hands flying just enough to avoid the potentially dangerous punches from Lucas.

 

The tide turned to the greatest degree in the opening minute of what would prove to be the last round of the evening. In a highly notable comeback, Lucas Fernandez found his steam, first with a hard right uppercut followed by two unanswered, over the top right hands. Franco slumped forward and showed no signs of defense, which prompted referee Jose Rivera to stop the contest at the :46 mark of round nine. Fernandez fell to the mat exhausted, yet overjoyed with the TKO stoppage win.

 

Additional Results from Ponce, P.R.

Welterweight Danielito Zorrilla w pts 6 Clifford Gray

Super Flyweight: Josean Serra w tko 3 Marco Antonio Sanchez

Welterweight: Rashidi Ellis w tko 4 Fidel Munoz -

 




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