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Boxing News, July 28, 2006

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Like Fine Wine
Old ‘Famoso’ Still Good



Coming off two tough losses, lightweight Carlos “Famoso”” Hernandez got back on track with a workmanlike performance on Telefutura.  His opponent, Sean Plessis, is a good boxer with no power. He did his best but was generally overwhelmed by Hernandez’s ceaseless attack and old school tricks on the inside.

All three judges scored the 10-rounder the same: 98-91.  Hernandez upped his record to 42-6-1 (24).  Plesses fell to 17-3 (4).

At 35 and nearing his 15th year as a pro, “Famoso” may not have lived up to his nickname, but he’s had a distinguished career anyone would be proud of.  He’s the type of fighter that only losses to the best—names like Genaro Hernandez, Floyd Mayweather Jnr., Jesus Chavez, Erik Morales and, most recently, the ever-improving Bobby Pacquiao.  Almost all of his losses were nip-and-tuck.   

In 2003, Hernandez earned the IBF Super Featherweight title and beat David Santos and Steve Forbes. Now, he’s presumably looking for one more decent payday before calling it quits—at least we hope. Fact is, he’d make a damn good opponent for any upper-and-comer, and the temptation to keep trying his luck as he cashes the checks will be there.

Plessis, 28, didn’t present such a threat.  He has one of the most inaccurate monikers—“Pitbull”—I’ve heard in a while. (Nothing’s as bad as that rampaging, graceless bull Ricardo Mayorga called himself “El Matador.”)  He doesn’t attack.  He adroitly slips and slides around the ring, puts together solid combinations, and could star in a How-To-Box video.  But he’s not half the fighter Famoso still is.

In round one the southpaw Plessis jabbed and circled Hernandez.  The old vet cut off the ring adeptly and concentrated on closing the distance. In the next two frames he was where he wanted to be, on the inside, and employed crafty moves I couldn’t help admiring.  He punched Plessis on the hips to slow him down; used his elbows to hold him in place on the ropes; held and hit on the opposite side of the ref. He hit whatever was available to him, and  made all his punches count without getting greedy.  Not the biggest puncher, “Famoso” breaks opponents down with the best of his Mexicans.

The fourth and fifth were slightly more promising for Plessis.  He did a better job staying off the ropes and went to the body with well-timed counters.  Alas, they did little to slow down Hernandez      

By the seventh Plessis started switching from southpaw to orthodox.  He did so seamlessly. And yet it didn’t help his cause. All it suggested was that plan A and B hadn’t worked and maybe he’d give this a whirl. He was lucky that Hernadez took the round off.

At 1:46 of the eighth Hernandez jumped in with a quick one-two.  Neither shot appeared to make serious contact but Plessis fell when he attempted to fire back.  He was just off balance but the ref began a count rather than ruling it a slip.

Considering a knockout for Plessis was highly unlikely, the fight was essentially over. Rather than coast on his lead, Hernandez came out in the 10th like he wanted to close the show early.  He attacked nonstop, abusing his man on the inside with stuff a more active ref like Jay Nady might take exception to. This viewer didn’t.  It’s always a pleasure watching a pro like him do his job.

Urbano Antillon, a fine junior lightweight from Mexico now living in Maywood, California, moved his record to 18-0 (11). He stopped Roberto Mares, now 13-2-2 (5), with a relentless attacking to the body and head.

The ref halted the bout at 2:59 of the third.

Antillon throws a lot of tight hard punches and brings his hands back quickly to protect his face.  While he doesn’t move his head, he punches so often and with such ferocity, it makes for a good defense. The dedication to the body would make the old timers proud.

With a minute left in the third, Antillon almost KO’d Mares with a body shot.  But the ref incorrectly ruled it a low blow and gave the injured man time to recover. The extra time given was actually more cruel; Mares was beaten merciless for the next minute until the ref finally intervened.

Antillon is a fighter to watch.

Other Action:
Jnr. welterweight Noel Rodriguez KO’d Cleotis Pendarvis in one; Jnr. featherweight Nestor Rocha won a UD over Fidencio Reyes; Middleweight Emanuel Ledezma took a UD over Fernado Vela; in a battle of lightweights, John Molina (not to be confused with John John) stopped Ramiro Torres in one.





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