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19 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Bey Wins IBF Lightweight Title, Mayweather vs Maidana 2 Undercard Bouts


pics Esther Lin (Showtime)
pics Esther Lin (Showtime)

By Sean Wippert, ringside in Las Vegas: It’s hard to put into words how the IBF lightweight title fight between Miguel Vasquez and Mickey Bey. This isn’t from a lack of punches, fighter activity or even low blows in the fight. The conundrum I came to when writing about this fight, a title fight no less, was the amount of tie ups that occurred during its duration.

 

Whether it was Bey coming in with a combination or Vazquez lunging forward to land a shot, the outcome quickly became a tie up. Over and over either Bey or Vasquez would begin with a show of offense and their opponent’s response was to tie up and interlock the others arms. In truth there wasn’t one who did this more than the other. The respite from this overabundance of vertical wrestling did not even appear to arrive until far into the twilight of the rounds when Bey began firing a few good combinations.

 

The action, while sporadic and infrequent, was fairly interesting to watch when it was allowed to occur. In the end the judges believed that it was Bey who had done enough between clenches to earn the victory and the IBF lightweight title. With the split decision scores of 115-113, 119-109, and 113-115 he improves to 21-1-1 with 10 knockouts. With the loss Vazquez falls to 34-4 with 13 knockouts.

 

In contrast to the lackluster title fight between Bey and Vasquez, the junior welterweight bout before it between Humberto Soto and John Molina Jr. was explosively entertaining. After a slightly tepid opening round both men went to work on one another. As they neared each other both men unloaded, erupting with impressive amounts of offense that energized the crowd.

 

By the third round the fight was turning into a battle of wills with neither fighter wanting to give up any ground to the other. This intense level of action however was broken in the fourth when a low blow from Molina sent Soto to the canvas. After a brief pause the fight resumed. This type of interruption happened again later in the sixth when a second low blow from Molina connected. This time referee Jay Nady took a point from Molina. Soto again got to his feet and appeared ready to go back at it. History however repeated itself in the seventh when Molina again nailed Soto with a shot below the belt. Molina had another point taken away from him for his actions.

 

In the eighth and perhaps as thought trying to return the favor, Soto landed a low blow of his own. Molina dropped to the canvas as though shot by a rifle. After a few moments a stunned faced referee Nady gave Soto a warning. They began again and both men went back to beating on one another with no restraint. The ninth saw yet another pair of near low blows, this time delivered by Soto, the cause Molina some serious aggravation.

 

In the tenth and final round Molina fell to the floor, once again the receiver of an apparent low blow. After a brief protest by the crowd for Soto’s actions, referee Nady deducted a point from Molina. Things got under way after this and the fight concluded a bit the way it had begun with fists flying and shots landing legally. Honestly the most amazing part about this thirty minute fight was that between all the illegal shots was a very entertaining fight.

 

When the final bell rang the score all came in favor of Soto. He won unanimously 96-91, 95-92, and 95-92, improving to 65-8 with 35 knockouts. The painfully tough loss drops Molina to 27-5 with 22 knockouts. Overall this was one of the better fights of the night even if it almost had more stoppages from low blows than rounds.

 

In light welterweight action Armando Lopez staved off a very scrappy Las Vegas fighter Damian Sosa. Lopez used his reach advantage to keep Sosa at bay for most of the fight. This was not an easy task as through most of the six rounds Sosa came out swinging and refused to stop. It was this aggression however that found Sosa on the receiving end of a few hard left from Lopez that sent him to the floor. As though unperturbed Sosa got to his feet and seemed to fight that much harder.

 

This back and forth action culminated in a sixth and final round where Sosa landed some of his best shots an appeared to rattle Lopez several times. Unfortunately for Sosa it just wasn’t enough to overcome his earlier knockdown. Lopez earned the win with unanimous scores of 57-56, 58-55, and 59-54, improving to 5-3 with 1 knockout. The tough loss gives Sosa his first professional defeat, dropping him to 8-1 with 6 knockouts.

 

The opening fight of the night saw a split decision between super middleweights Kevin Newman and Azat Umarzoto. The pair squared off and threw good amounts of offense through each of their four round bout. In the end the judges scored the bout 39-37 Newman, 39-37 Umarzoto and 38-38.

 

You can also contact Sean Wippert aton Facebook at: www.facebook.com/public/Sean-Wippertor on twitter at www.twitter.com/seanwippert

 

 

 

 











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