Light heavyweight contender makes it look easy
By Mike Sloan ringside in Las Vegas: Beibut Shumenov proved to be too much for opponent Enrique Ornelas to handle in the main event of the Golden Boy Promotions card at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday. The Kazakhstan-bornLas Vegasfighter used his superior lead right hand to the head and body for twelve rounds and never once allowed Ornelas into the fight. While it wasn’t one of the more entertaining battles of the year, Shumenov did demonstrate how dominant he can be against solid opposition.
Shumenov almost ended things very early when he jumped on Ornelas seconds into the contest. The veteran from Guanajuato,Mexicowas stiff and cold and Shumenov pounced all over him; Ornelas has his back against the ropes and weathered the storms brought forth by Shumenov. Ornelas ate a few clean punches upstairs and absorbed dozens of hooks to his body, but he clung on.
Ornelas was very sluggish for the first few rounds and it wasn’t until the fourth when he finally woke up and started fighting. At that point, though, Shumenov switched from bull-rushing aggressor to swift-footed and clever boxer-puncher. As the rounds wore on, it was obvious that Ornelas had to muster some sort of miracle to win the contest, a road he decided to not even bother to stroll down.
Shumenov dominated virtually every minute of the battle and late in the fight it appeared as though the Mexican decided to just hang on for the full twelve rounds; he never displayed any real desperation or desire to pull off the come-from-behind win.
With that said, Shumenov didn’t have the sort of true knockout power to end things and never came close to dropping or stopping his opponent. And with Ornelas never trying to really fight his way back into the fight – he resorted to simply covering up and trying to counter sporadically – the contest itself left much to be desired.
In the end, Shumenov was awarded the lopsided decision via tallies of 120-108 on all three scorecards, allowing him to improve to 13-1 with 8KOs. Ornelas dropped to 33-8 with 21KOs.
The co-main event of the evening was a hell of a battle between young contenders Joseph Elegele andLanard Lane, a fight that easily could have gone to either man. The welterweights exhausted all of their energy during their eight round affair, but two of the three ringside judges gave the majority decision victory to Elegele. Presumably because of the huge lead he built up during the first half of the fight, Elegele was fortunate to survive the fight on his feet because the late charges by Lane had theWinter Haven,Floridafighter on the verge of being taken out on numerous occasions.
Elegele used his sideways posture and stiff jab to keep the shorter Lane at bay for much of the early goings-on, but he couldn’t keep Lane away long enough. Elegele scored a flash knockdown in the fifth round and it seemed at that point that Lane needed some sort of knockout to win. He almost got it.
Elegele lost most of the mustard on his punches in the sixth due to fatigue, which allowed Lane to storm back into the fight. Elegele began backing away and as he grew more and more exhausted, Lane became stronger. Lane pounced all over his foe in the final three rounds of the contest, badly hurting Elegele in the seventh.
Still, Elegele’s early lead was too much to overcome and though judge CJ Ross had it 76-76, her score was trumped by the 76-75 and 77-74 scores by the other two, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Elegele walked away with the win and improved his pro ledger to 13-1 (10) while Lane, fromPhiladelphia, dipped to 13-2 (8). SecondsOut.com had it even at 75 apiece; a rematch would be a perfect way to settle the score.
Junior lightweight prospects Johnny Reyes and Uriel Torres electrified the sparse crowd in what was the swing bout of the evening with their torrid four round affair. Reyes was the sharper puncher of the two and was far more accurate, but Torres never stopped coming forward and pressuring the taller man.
Torres, who was making his pro debut, was much wilder and more reckless, which led to him walking into a short counter left hook in the third. The punch floored him, but he picked himself up and, once the fight continued, went right after Reyes again. Torres continued to swing for the fences, but eventually he wore himself out and ate more counters from Reyes, who was awarded the unanimous decision win. The official scores heavily favored theLancaster,Californiafighter 40-35 (twice) and 39-36, allowing Reyes to raise his pro record to 2-0 with 1 KO. Torres, fromLos Angeles, gave it everything he had but it wasn’t enough; he stands at 0-1.
Local junior middleweight prospect Ravshan Hudaynazarov kept his unbeaten record intact with an effective, workmanlike performance against the tough Euri Gonzalez. Though the fight wasn’t a barn-burner in terms of action, Hudaynazarov used a stiff jab and steady body attack to keep theSanto Domingo,Dominican Republicnative at bay. Gonzalez tried to make it a rough and tumble affair, but Hudaynazarov was a bit too effective too accurate with his counters to fall into that trap. In the end, Hudaynazarov won the lopsided unanimous decision via tallies of 79-73 (all) to improve to 16-0 with 12KOs. For his efforts, the game Gonzalez dipped to 20-2-1with 14KOs.
Young prospect Daquan Arnett had to earn his decision victory against the ultra tough Yosmani Abreu as theOrlando,Floridafighter was forced into a brawl for the allotted four rounds. Abreu was dropped in the second and fought through a bloody, broken nose almost the entire time but he took the fight to the younger Arnett. Still, Arnett was a bit too quick and more accurate with his punches and wound up winning the judges’ verdict via tallies of 39-36 and 40-35 (twice) to rise to 4-0 with 2KOs. The gritty Abreu, fighting out ofLas Vegas, dropped to 2-3-1.
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June 2, 2012