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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Abregu Defeats Gutierrez on Points


By Michael Norby: In a clash of welterweight crowd pleasers, undefeated Argentinean Carlos Abregu piled further misery onto the career of Richard Gutierrez on Saturday night with a clear but exciting ten round unanimous decision victory at the Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico.

World rated Abregu 29-0 (23) scraped himself off the canvas in the second round to drop Gutierrez 24-4-1 (14) in the third and he largely controlled the action from that point forward to score a wide decision in a contest most felt wouldn’t last the distance. Gutierrez, who indicated that this evening’s contest, televised on Showtime World Championship Boxing, was a do or die affair, is now winless in his last four fights.

Abregu was able to connect with power from the outset and he thumped his opponent with right hands and quick combinations throughout a well blueprinted first round. Gutierrez was trying to negotiate a path to the inside but he was easily found by both of Abregu’s fists as he attempted to close distance. The Colombian landed a nice left hook close to the end of the round but Abregu responded with a right hand to halt any confidence that Gutierrez may have found from his fleeting success.

Abregu was floored in the opening seconds of the second round, however, after a left hook buckled his legs and sent him down after a delayed reaction. His pins were seriously jellied and, after the restart, Gutierrez jumped on him and blasted him to the body but the damaged fighter bit down and answered with a big right hand and ended the round well by throwing combinations after he had found his sea legs.

That set the table for an explosive third frame. Abregu hurt his opponent with an overhand right at the beginning of the round and sent Gutierrez down with a subsequent left hook. The undefeated banger peppered his man with an impressive array of power shots after Gutierrez got up gingerly but, although his body indicated that a dense fog remained in his head from Abregu’s power, the brave 31-year-old somehow made it to the bell.

Both guys landed powerful punches to begin the fourth - Abregu with a left hook and Gutierrez with a straight right hand – but as the round progressed, it was Abregu who was able to distinguish himself as he connected with a string of hard right hands. With 20 seconds remaining in the frame, Gutierrez was wobbled again after his powerful opponent found a home for a straight right hand/left hook sequence.

Open scoring was in effect this evening and all three judges scored a 38-36 lead for Abregu after the fourth but, at that stage, it didn’t seem like the scores would matter. Gutierrez campaigned relatively well in the fifth but Abregu still connected with the tastier, more accurate punches and he authored several wonderfully effective sequences throughout the round.

Gutierrez closed the distance more frequently in the sixth and took away opportunities from Abregu in the process, which led to a close round. Abregu, who suffered a cut on his right eye in the seventh, continued to out-land is opponent as the fight entered the latter stages and the judge’s scores reflected his success. Two judges had scores of 78-72 while the other had it slightly closer with a 77-73 card after eight rounds.

Before he emerged for the ninth, Gutierrez’ trainer, Orlando Cuellar, told his man that he had to knockout Abregu but, although he tried exceptionally hard to close the distance and land something of substance, Abregu was able to move and fight only in spurts in the final two rounds to cement his victory.

Scores: 98-90; 97-91; 97-91

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