By Marc Livitz: J’Leon Love did the TMT Promotional banner proud with a decisive sixth round knockout win over Lajuan Simon in a middleweight bout at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The evening’s fight card was yet another showcase of the talent employed by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s company.
Lajuan was the aggressor for a few moments of round one. He sought to rush J’Leon, who himself showed superior speed and technique. Simon hadn’t been in the ring for nearly two years, as his last outing was a first round knockout loss to Gennady Golovkin. Love’s last contest was a questionable split decision win over Gabriel Rosado as part of the undercard for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bout with Robert Guerrero, which was a fight that was converted to a no contest after J’Leon tested positive for a banned diuretic.
The second and third rounds were basically carbon copies of the other. Love appeared as though he was going for a jog in the park as he utilized his jab and left hook whenever Simon got close to him. J’Leon used the entire ring to his advantage in round four and only closed the distance between he and Lajuan when it meant he could land shots of his own. He went to work on Simon’s body with short and crisp punches and turned up the activity in the fifth. The two men got into a trade of blows as the round ended, yet Lajuan’s output was to no avail.
Simon appeared to be laboring his way into punching in round six. The fighters exchanged at times, yet it was Love’s shots that were doing the most, if any damage in the fight. As the round neared its end, Love connected with a left-right combination to Simon’s head which sent the Philadelphia fighter stumbling into the ropes. Successive head shots sent him head first in a backward fashion to the floor. He was done and his eyes said it all. Referee Bobby Howard called the bout to a close at 2:48 of round six. J’Leon Love of Las Vegas remained undefeated at (16-0, 9 KO’s), while Lajuan Simon’s return to boxing was in a losing effort. He fell to (23-5-2, 12 KO’s).
Jack Outworks Medina and Gets Sixth Round KO
Badou Jack maintained his undefeated record thanks to a resounding sixth round knockout win over Rogelio Medina in the evening’s co-main event.
Each man tried to establish their respective jab early on in the super middleweight fight. Jack showed patience as Medina employed the tactical body attack popularized by many Mexican fighters past and present. This continued into the second round as Badou kept looking for the perfect opening. Rogelio was the more active of the two by this point and hadn’t tried to change a good thing. Many times in the third, he connected with a double shot to the head and body of his Sweden cum Las Vegas antagonist. Jack piled on the power towards the end of the fourth by way of a few hard shots to head of "Porky". His Sonora, Hermosillo MX opponent just smiled at him. Badou Jack "The Ripper" caught Medina with a right uppercut to close the round.
Jack did his best to get his shots in and move from harm’s way as the fifth commenced. Still, at times he seemed set on proving his mettle and trading with Rogelio, who had begun to appear a bit winded. The bout was halfway through and the "boxer versus puncher" matchup picked up once again in round six. About a minute into the period, Badou Jack got Medina’s firm attention with a strong left cross to the head. This caused Rogelio to lean sideways into Badou and when he subsequently missed with an overhand right, Jack capitalized with a snapping right to the head which sent him to the deck. He beat the count and rose to his feet. He was met with successive head shots from Jack and tasted the canvas for the second time in less than thirty seconds. He rose once again and showed tremendous heart.
He did his best to move around the ring and delay the inevitable. His legs were gone and he was eventually dropped for a third and final time with half a minute to spare in the sixth. Jack never let up and Medina didn’t try to wrangle in his opponent in an attempt to buy time. Referee Bobby Howard in effect told Rogelio Medina to stay down and called the bout to a close. Badou Jack "The Ripper" keeps his unbeaten record intact at (16-0-1, 11 KO’s), while the brave Rogelio "Porky" Medina fell short in his American debut and left with a record of (31-5, 25 KO’s).
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