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, April 27, 2007

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It’s A Knockout
A Night When A Three-Rounder Is A Long Night



Telemundo aired a card from Miami, Florida’s Miccousukee Resort & Gaming that should’ve been billed “Nothing But Knockouts!” Of the eight fights that took place, four ended by first-round KO, another one was RTD 1, when a fighter refused to come out for the second; and yet another went as deep as the third before the opponent was violently dispatched.

The fights ended so quickly Telemundo aired a whopping five bouts.  The first featured a Costa Rican jnr. welter, Lenin Arroyo, who nailed Mexican journeyman Juan Carlos Rodriguez with a single left hook at 2:35 of the first.

Rodriguez’s fall to the canvas was so wild it now rivals Zab Judah’s funny dance.  It’s not uncommon to see someone knocked out cold while still standing. In Rodriguez’s case, his legs seemed to stiffen and go to sleep at once; he couldn’t have stood any taller and thus fallen any harder. But before he went down there was a long pause where, like a cow that can sleep standing up, he was unconscious, unmoving, and bolt-upright. He was out for a bit but was revived soon thereafter.

Arroyo improves to 17-6-1 (3), while the 19-year vet Rodriguez drops to 53-21-2 (37).

Middleweight Oriol Martinez is said to come from La Habana, Cuba, but there is no way he ever competed for their legendary team. I doubt he was ever in any amateur program of note. He’s one of the crudest fighters I’ve ever seen in a prizefight. Yet he’s so wild and unorthodox—shoving, jumping in, and throwing punches so wide he looked like he was attempting to scoop up air—he’ slightly dangerous for the first minute or two.

Marinez’s opponent, Juan Camilo Novoa, is an actual pro who entered the ring with a spotless record—10-0 (9). Towards the end of the first he started stalking Martinez and making him uncomfortable. He connected with a few body shots.

Clearly, Martinez wasn’t happy about those because he refused to come out for the second, even though he wasn’t dropped and beaten badly in the first. He now falls to 6-6-1 (2).

Carlos Pena, a welter southpaw from Puerto Rico made short work of another dubious Cuban, Sergio Garcia. A perfect left dropped Garcia early in the first. He got up around five but looked woozy. A short uppercut-hook put him down again a few seconds later.

As Garcia was falling, Pena threw another punch. Referee Fran Santore, Jnr, thought he was punched while down. He gave the felled fighter five minutes to recover and deducted two points from the culprit.

It was a bad call, but also moot: soon as the action resumed, Pena brutalized him with a succession of lefts to the face. Santore jumped in at 1:40 of the round to save the hurt boxer, who is now 6-3 (5). Pena moves to 4-6 (3).

Orlando Gonzalez, a jnr. lightweight from Homestead, Florida, made Noel Torres-Aponte’s pro debut one he will wish to forget.

Earily in the first, Noel quickly revealed a bad habit of raising his chin when exchanging punches. He got caught with a left and right hook to the head. Hurt, he held Gonzalez’s head but not his arms and got blasted with uppercuts.

Just as the bell sounded to end the next frame, Noel was dropped by a left hook upstairs. Even after the minute break, he looked out of sorts. With a minute to go in the third, Orlando backed him up with jabs and connected on a hard right that sent him into the ropes. As Noel ricocheted off them, he moved right into an even harder right.

He attempted to hold on before falling but was met with a flush left hook to the side of the head. Unable to beat the count, the fight was halted at :57 of the round. Gonzalez is now 5-1-1 (2).

Going against the grain, bantam Manuel Angulo went the distance with Luis Roger, winning via UD 4.

Feather Wilfredo Vazquez, Jnr. scored a TKO 1 over Juan Camacho.

Welter Joey Hernandez stopped Lester Nieves via TKO 1.

Middleweight Kelvin Leggett had a 4-round draw with Kenny Cruz-Carasquillo.





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