Tonight at Turning Stone Casino, mere minutes from the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend, the supremely talented Diego De La Hoya absolutely dominated an outgunned Jose Salgado, who was stopped by his corner at the conclusion of the 7th round. From the opening moments of the fight the disparity in technical boxing skill was readily apparent, with De La Hoya landing thudding punches throughout the early rounds and marking up Salgado’s face. Though De La Hoya maintained the pressure throughout the night, Salgado proved to have a granite chin and absorbed some hellacious punches as a result. Ultimately, as is the trainers ultimate responsibility, the corner made the obvious choice to spare Salgado two more rounds of needless punishment. This was a classic example of a fight where the corner was needed to protect a fighter who was too game for his own good from himself.
Diego De La Hoya improves to 21-0 (10 KO), with what was perhaps his most impressive performance to date. The young man fights with a level of skill which makes clear that his ascent to the elite level is a matter of “when”, not if. The Super Bantamweight division has been put on notice; the young Mexican buzzsaw is here to stay.
In the co-main event of the night, Travell “Black Magic” Mazion faced the toughest test of his young career thus far, winning a closely fought unanimous decision over Daquan Paldo. Pauldo was crafty early on and really frustrated Mazion with his movement and counter punching. Mazion appeared to figure things out by the middle rounds and really took control of the fight from that point forward, clearly winning the last 3 rounds in the eyes of this reporter. The official judges scored the fight 77-75, 77-75 & 78-74 for Mazion, helping him retain his unbeaten record and pass the biggest test of his career to this point. This reporter scored it 78-74 for Mazion.
The crowd booed the judges decision, yet the punch stats seem to reflect the judges scorecards. Mazion landed 112 punches to Paldo’s 83, including a very impressive 48% of his power shots. Though Paldo was the aggressor throughout, Mazion fought admirably off the back foot and managed to land a lot of punches as he was backing up, perhaps giving the crowd the impression that he wasn’t faring as well in those exchanges as he truly was. Mazion improves to 13-0 (11 KO), and looks to be on the rise as a major prospect.
In the final fight of the evening, fought after the main event, Danielito Zorrilla scored a second round KO victory over Julio Perez. Zorrilla was winning a somewhat competitive fight when he landed a combination which didn’t appear to land cleanly, yet sent Perez to the ground writhing in pain. Perez answered the ten count just after it was reached, forcing referee Gary Rosato to stop the contest. Zorrilla improves to 7-0 (6 KO) on his career.
Alex Rincon made his third appearance at Turning Stone in just four professional fights, scoring a blowout TKO victory over an overmatched Engelberto Valenzuela. Rincon controlled the action from the outset with his jab, and landed a vicious right hook to the body to cause the first knockdown. He followed that up with another huge combination, highlighted by yet another vicious right hook to the body, to cause the second knockdown. At this point Valenzuela was out on his feet, and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at 1:35 of round one to give Rincon his 4th knockout victory. Alex Rincon continues his ascent as a prospect, displaying outstanding body punching skills and genuine technical prowess. He improves to 4-0 (4 KO) on his career.
In the third fight of the night, a heavyweight clash between Lawrence Gabriel & Jimmy Levins, Gabriel scored a second round TKO over a clearly overmatched opponent. After landing a first round left hook which sent Levins tumbling to the canvas, it was only a matter of time before Gabriel landed the knockout. With a straight right hand at the 1:56 mark of the second round causing another knockdown, Referee Charlie Fitch had no choice but to stop the fight. At that point Levins had not been competently fighting back for the majority of the fight. Gabriel improves to 3-1-1 (2 KO) on his career.
The second fight saw Isaac Rodrigues score a TKO victory at the 1:46 mark of the 4th round, concluding what had been a very competitive fight with Frankie Filippone up to that point. Fillipone started fast and arguably won the first two rounds, landing several hard shots, but after getting hit with a hard right hand in round three he became significantly less aggressive. In retrospect, that was the turning point in the fight, as Rodrigues was the effective aggressor from that point forward. Rodrigues improves to 25-2 (20 KO’s) on his record, and continues to build himself back up following back to back KO losses in 2011.
In the opening bout of the night, a fight featuring two cruiserweights making their pro debuts, Armus Guyton won a tough but clear unanimous decision over Mike Diorio. Utilizing an ambidextrous attack throughout the fight and landing several straight left hands from the southpaw position, Guyton proved to be the more technically sound boxer throughout the night. Diorio was the aggressor throughout the night, but not the effective aggressor, and Guyton worked well off the back foot. The judges scored the fight 40-36, 39-37 & 39-37 for Guyton, who improves to 1-0 on his career.
Article courtesy of Rocco Lucente