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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Jones Upset, Stevenson KO highlight Vegas Dark Bouts

By Mike Sloan at ringside in Las Vegas: In a rather surprising turn of events, welterweight Carson Jones scored a late rounds TKO against the always durable and perennial contender Said Ouali. Ouali was in control of the action early and appeared to simply be too much for the Oklahoma City fighter to handle. He was digging fierce shots to the body, was more accurate and looked like the overall stronger fighter. However, late in the fourth round, an uppercut on the inside from Jones floored Ouali flat on his back.

Ouali climbed back to his feet and while his legs weren’t rubbery, he was clearly shaken. Jones pounced and gunned for the knockout, but Ouali was saved by the bell. Ouali turned the tides a little in the fifth, but Jones, now reinvigorated, was relentless. Jones began finding a spot for his right hand and uppercuts on the inside and delivered small increments of damage to his opponent.

By the time the seventh round was nearing its conclusion, Ouali had been slowed considerably and was wearing down. His offense had sputtered, his eye was swollen shut and Jones was in total control. Referee Vic Drakulich called off the bout in between rounds seven and eight on the advice of the ringside physician when it was apparent that Ouali couldn’t see, giving Jones the TKO victory. The win improves Jones to 32-8-2 with 22 KOs while Ouali dips to 28-4 with 20 KOs.

In a battle of promising super middleweight prospects, it was Longueuil, Canada’s Adonis Stevenson that proved to be the better man. Stevenson, now 15-1 (11), obliterated opponent Dion Savage in the first round, scoring an impressive TKO. A hard uppercut to the jaw floored Savage early in the round and when he got back up to his feet, the end was just around the corner. Stevenson jumped all over the Flint, Michigan fighter, pinned him against the ropes and unleashed a hellish fury of hooks to the body and scattered head shots. Referee Tony Weeks finally stepped in and halted the mugging at the 1:57 mark. Savage fell to 10-2 (6).

Anthony Crolla, a promising young lightweight contender from Manchester, England, had a much tougher time than expected with Juan Manuel Montiel. Crolla was forced to fight hard against the rugged Mexican and walked away with a split decision victory. Crolla displayed a much sharper overall game and landed the cleaner, harder punches, but Montiel kept things interesting with his relentless pressure. In the end, Crolla, now 22-2 with 9 KOs, won via tallies of 77-75, 75-77 and 78-74. Montiel dropped to 6-5-3 with 1 KO.

Mexico City’s Marco Antonio Periban kept his unbeaten record intact by toppling Dhafir Smith via eight round unanimous decision. Periban was the superior boxer in the matchup of super middleweights and pitched a near shutout; the final tallies heavily favored him 80-72 and 79-73 (twice). Periban bolstered his record to 15-0 (10) with the win while the loss puts Smith, from Upper Derby, Pennsylvania, at 24-22-7 (4).

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September 17, 2011

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