‘Weekend Round Up’ is here. A bit late, but it’s here. Prizefighter-light middleweights introduced us to a boxer to keep an eye on as Larry Ekundayo went from a long shot to a sure thing. Lucian Bute was tested on WealthTV. Marco Huck was almost bested on BoxNation. The Fox Deportes/FSN boxing saw Fernando Guerrero and J’Leon Love do what they were supposed to do. Frankie Gomez and Jamie Kavanagh also reigned supreme on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’
Read on for the full ‘Weekend Round Up.’
SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER:
Prizefighter – Light middleweights: Final. Three rounds.
Larry ‘the Natural’ Ekundayo improves to 5-0-0 vs. ‘Crash Bang’ Terry Carruthers (13-14-6).
I obviously hadn’t done my homework because I didn’t give Larry Ekundayo much of a chance. Shame on me! Larry Ekundayo started off by defeating the favourite, Craig McEwan in the quarterfinals via a split decision. His unanimous decision over Kris Carslaw in the semis gave a hint that we might be watching the eventual winner. Terry Carruthers also impressed with his gritty victories over Peter Vaughan in the quarters and the talented Navid Mansouri in the semifinals. The final match began with Ekundayo boxing very nicely and connecting with accurate punches. Carruthers lived up to his nick name as he tried to land big punches with limited success. The second stanza saw fewer landed punches as Ekundayo was content to mostly avoid Carruthers’ pressure for the majority of the round. Ekundayo still won that round as he landed a straight right and doubled up on it. Shortly thereafter he delivered a left to the body and then the face of his brave opponent. Ekundayo took no chances in the third round and began to connect at will. Carruthers was getting battered, which prompted the referee to stop it. It should be noted that Larry Ekundayo is ‘naturally’ a welterweight and per his promotrer, Spencer Fearon, will be dropping back down to 147lbs.
The other Prizefighter results were:
Nav Mansouri (9-1-1) defeated Curtis Valentine (5-3-0). Light middleweights, 3 rounds. 29-28 Mansouri; 29-28 Valentine; 29-28 Mansouri. The winner lost to Terry Carruthers.
Kris Carslaw (17-3-0) overcame Ryan Toms (11-4-1). Light middleweights, 3 rounds. 29-28 Carslaw, 29-28 Carslaw, 29-28 Toms. The winner lost to Larry Ekundayo.
‘Captain’ Marco Huck improves to 35-2-1 as Firat Arslan drops to 32-6-2. Cruiserweights, 12 rounds.
-Firat Arslan almost proved me wrong. He certainly came to win and gave Marco Huck all that he could handle. In spite of Arslan’s determination, Huck did just enough to leave as the winner. The bout had both boxers operating behind a high guard, with Arslan continuously pressurising Huck. The younger boxer was content with sending straights down the middle and occasionally punching to the body. I’m not sure why Huck didn’t go to the body more often. He also seemed lackadaisical at times. If he had studiously worked the body that combined with the powerful straights would’ve surely made the victory much clearer, especially since Arslan seemed tired in between rounds. Nonetheless, Arslan looked energetic in the ring and maintained a workmanlike pace. After a close 12 rounds, the scores were 115-113 Huck, 115-113 Huck, 117-111 Huck. The 117-111 was certainly too much and maybe a split decision would have been more just, but generally speaking I was fine Huck being declared the winner.
Lucian ‘le Tombeur’ Bute improves to 31-1-0. Denis ‘Drago’s Son’ Grachev drops to 12-1-1. Light heavyweights. 12 rounds.
- The site already has an in depth review so no need for me to be redundant. What I will add is the undercard wasn’t bad at all with several very entertaining matches. Interbox did an admirable job. Scores were 115-113, 118-110, 116-112 all for Lucian Bute
Fernando Guerrero is now 25-1-0 as J.C ‘Latino’ Candelo drops to 32-12-4. Super middleweights, 10 rounds.
- Fernando Guerrero stopped J.C Candelo in the 6th round.
- J’Leon Love improves to 14-0-0 against Tyrone ‘Solja Black’ Selders (8-4-0). Super middleweights, 8 rounds.
- J’Leon Love remains undefeated as he also scores a 6th round TKO over Tyrone Selders.
Frankie ‘Pitbull’ Gomez (13-0-0) vs. Manuel Leyva (21-9-0). Welterweights, 8 rounds.
- Frankie Gomez wins via third round TKO over Manuel Leyva.
Jamie ‘the Nuisance’ Kavanagh (12-0-0) vs. Ramon Valdez (11-3-0). Lightweights, 8 rounds.
- In what was apparently a very entertaining bout, Jamie Kavanagh won the unanimous decision over Ramon Valedez. Scores were 78-74, 80-72, 79-73 all for Kavanagh.
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