By Stephen Tobey: MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – One guy did better on the inside. One did better on the outside.
At the end of the fight, guy took home a victory.
Adam Lopez of San Antonio and Ramon Ruben Reynoso of Montreal (originally Buenos Aires, Argentina) fought to a 10-round split draw on Friday at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Don Ackerman scored it 96-94 for Lopez. Bill Morandi scored it 97-93 for Reynoso. Peter Hary had it even, 95-95.
Lopez, who at 5 feet, 7 inches, stood a head taller than Reynoso, left the ring at 15-0-1 (7 knockouts). Reynoso, who was fighting in the United States for the first time, finished the fight at 18-1-2 (8).
“It was a tough fight,” Lopez said. “He didn’t want to engage. He’s slick and experienced and a good fighter. I feel that this was my best performance on ShoBox. I have been working on new things with Ronnie Shields and it showed in there. I know I hurt him in the last round. The decision was bullshit. He could not hit me.”
In the fourth, Reynoso pushed Lopez into the ropes. Lopez spun out, and Reynoso landed a solid left hook.
“It was a close fight, but I feel I won,” Renoso said. “He never hurt me. The only thing that surprised me is that he was more aggressive than in other fights. I hurt my hand from hitting him.”
Lopez landed the cleaner shots in the fifth, tagging the shorter fighter with uppercuts while he was coming forward.
In the middle rounds, Lopez created more space and caught Reynoso before he could land his looping overhand rights.
Lopez rocked Reynoso in the final minute of the 10th, driving him back with a left hook. Lopez moved in to land more shots, but Reynoso held. Earlier in the round, Reynoso stayed in the pocket and landed one good overhand right before Lopez hurt him in the final minute
Super middleweight Jerry Odom of Bowie, Md. stopped Julius Jackson of Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands in the third round of a scheduled eight. Odom landed a right to the head that dropped Jackson to the canvas. Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight at 1:57.
“I saw the right hand. I was throwing combinations and I saw the opening and landed a good shot,” Odom said. “As opposed to the last couple fights, I am in a great place physically, mentally and spiritually. I have a great team around me. We are unbreakable.”
Odom improved to 14-2-1 (13). Jackson dropped to 19-2 (15).
Jackson won the first two rounds on all scorecards.
“He threw the punch at the right time and caught me,” Jackson said. “I was OK, but the referee stopped the fight. I felt up until that point, I was boxing well and winning every round.”
Rolando Chinea of Philadelphia won an eight-round split decision against O’Shaninque Foster of Houston at lightweight. Don Ackerman and Peter Hary scored it 79-73 and 78-74 for Chinea. John McKaie had it 77-75 for Foster.
Chinea (13-1, 7 KO s) came forward and kept Foster on the ropes for much of the fight. He landed his best shot right at the end of the bout, a hard right hand driving Foster into the ropes. Foster dropped to 10-2 (7).
“He is a hell of a fighter and it was fun to fight him,” Chinea said. “Like I said before the fight, he could not take pressure. I brought the pressure. I blocked and slipped a lot of his punches. My will and desire to win outweighed his will to punch. He did not take my pressure well. I worked my shots well inside and that was a difference in the fight.”
Ian Green of Patterson, N.J. stopped Khiary Gray of Worcester, Mass. in the second round of a scheduled eight at junior middleweight. Green (10-1, 8 KO s) dropped Gray with a right to the top of the head midway through the second. After Gray got up, he caught a few more shots from Green before Arthur Mercante stopped the fight at 2:50.
“I got him good, and I got him out of there,” said Green, who outlanded Gray 14-0 in the final minute. “He got me good one time, but I kept my left hand up and hung in there. We’re going all the way up. This is just the start.”
Gray (13-1, 10 KO s) controlled the first round, landing right hands that bloodied Green’s nose and winning the round on all three scorecards.
"He just caught me. I don’t even know what punch it was. I didn’t even see it,” Gray said. “I tried to hold on and waste some time, but I got caught again. I just need to get back to the gym and fix my mistakes. I’ll bounce back."
Divante Jones of Augusta, Ga. won a four-round split decision against Anthony Burgin of Philadelphia at lightweight Bill Morandi and Don Ackerman scored it 38-37 for Jones (9-0, 6 KO s); Peter Hary scored it 38-37 for Burgin (9-2, 2 KO s).
Welterweight Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn. won a six-round unanimous decision against Antonio Chaves-Fernandes of Brockton, Mass. The scores were 58-56 (twice) and 60-54. Williams is 12-0-1 (5). Chaves-Fernandes is 7-27-3 (2).
Middleweights David Wilson of New Haven, Conn. and Kendrick Ball of Worcester, Mass. fought to a four-round majority draw. The scores were 38-38 twice and 39-36 for Wilson. Wilson is 5-0-1 (1). Ball, who was fighting for the second time in as many weeks, is 2-0-1 (2).
Leroy Davilla of New Brunswick, N.J. won a four-round unanimous decision against Edgar Cortes of Vineland, N.J. at super flyweight. The scores were 39-36 (twice) and 40-35. Davilla is now 2-0 (1); Cortes is 2-3.
Brent Venegas III of Elk Grove, Calif. made his pro debut with a second-round TKO against debuting Christian Foster of Alexandria, Va. in a lightweight bout. Venegas dropped Foster three times in the first. The fight ended at 1:37 of the second.
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July 23, 2016