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Vera Defeats Ajuwa In A Thriller

By: Ron Valderrama: John Vera (18-0, 11 KOs), had no trouble keeping his unbeaten record intact last night at Gilley’s in Dallas, defeating Sunday Ajuwa (13-3, 10 KOs) of Nigeria by TKO in a thrilling super welterweight battle.


The bout was the featured main event, presented by RJJ Boxing and televised live on beIN Sports.


Vera, a Dallas hometown favorite, sized up a forward moving Ajuwa in the opening round. Ajuwa, definitely a skilled and dangerous fighter tried to set the tone early, but Vera kept a safe range and placed his punches wisely.


In round two, Vera began to take control and used the ring to his advantage when all of the sudden both fighters clashed heads in an accidental headbutt. Perhaps a sense of urgency, Vera began to pick up the pace and landed a hard right, dropping Ajuwa to the canvas. The tough Nigerian beat the count and began throwing some wide punches and leaving himself wide open. Vera immediately took advantage of the openings and dropped Ajuwa yet again for a second time in the round. A dazed Ajuwa again beat the count and the round, but it was apparent he was hurt.


Ajuwa seemed to recover going into round three, continuing to move forward on Vera, but paying the price for doing so. Vera fought smart, keeping the fight in the center of the ring and landing a barrage of heavy punches. Credit Ajuwa, he fought with a lot of heart, but it would not be enough this night as Vera would land a right that would drop Ajuwa for the third time in the fight. Having seen enough, the referee wisely waved off the bout, awarding Vera the TKO win.


In a very entertaining co-main event, light heavyweight Adrian Taylor (5-0, 3 KOs) of Mesquite, Texas, defeated Ronald Mixon (8-2, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles. The scheduled six-round bout went the distance in a seesaw battle that tested both fighters.


The fight was tough to score, Taylor, landing some impressive punches the fight and Mixon countering right back. Both fighters were heavy handed and it was clear each of them knew they were getting hit. In the end, the judges scored the bout a split decision in favor of Adrian Taylor.



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