Windy City Boxing!
By Jacob Chavez, photos by John Booz
Fans in Chicago, IL were treated to a night of solid action this past Saturday at the UIC Pavilion as promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions presented a card that showcased young talent looking to make a statement in their respective divisions.
The main event featured a terrific match-up in the super lightweight division between Adrian Granados (5-1-0, 4 KOs) and Michael Culbert (3-1-0, 2 KOs) that was non-stop action from the opening bell to the bell to end the final round.
Culbert, the slightly shorter combatant, charged and forced the action, while Granados did a good job mixing it up on the inside. Nearing the end of the first round, a hard right to the head rocked Granados. Granados adjusted in the second and began using his jab and lateral movement. Culbert continued to pressure but was now being out punched.
There was more spectacular action in the third with Granados focusing heavily on the body and using good range.
The grueling pace continued in the fourth with Granados getting rocked by a left hook upstairs in the first minute. Granados recovered and dominated for the remainder of round.
In the end all the judges scored the same, 50-45 for Granados.
JIMENEZ WINS DEBUT!
Making his pro-debut, light heavyweight Michael Jimenez (1-0-0, 1 KO) easily destroyed Cleothis Rice (0-2-0) in the first round. There was nothing but power punches from both at the sound of the bell but with about 30 seconds in, Rice was dropped by a one-two combo to the head. He got up only to get dropped again by a right-cross upstairs. Bravely, Smith got up once more but was in poor shape.
The referee quickly stopped the bout at 1:55 of the first round for a TKO victory to Jiminez
HERRERA STOPS SMITH IN THREE!
Nicholas Smith (1-1-0, 1 KO) and Jaime Herrera (3-0-0, 2 KOs) put on a terrific show in their scheduled four-round welterweights encounter. The action was non-stop until Herrera scored an impressive third round TKO.
Smith looked sharp early on, using good movement and popping quick punches to the head. Herrera looked to move forward and pressure but his opponent's movement appeared to make him hesitant and unsure.
Early in round two, Herrera cut off the ring and tagged Smith with a left hook to the head; this staggered Smith and set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Herrera continued pressing forward and connecting with crisp shots upstairs.
Smith was deducted a point for low blows early in the third.
The end came after a hard combination to the head dropped Smith midway into the third. He got up, but was in poor shape. Referee Celestino Ruiz mercifully stopped the fight at 2:01 of round three.
MENDEZ SCORES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT!
Genaro Mendez (1-0-0) coasted to a unanimous decision victory against Gabriel Morris (2-7-1, 0 KOs) during a super lightweight clash.
Morris started off using his height and lateral movement, but failed to keep the pressuring Mendez at bay. Mendez managed to put Morris down in the second after a series of hard body shots. Morris got up and survived the round but almost found himself on the canvas again in the fourth, as Mendez resumed his punishing body attack.
The judges scored the match 40-35 and 39-36 twice.
GARCIA WINS A DECISION
Juan Garcia (2-0, 1 KO) faced a rugged opponent in Dean Allen Peters (1-2), but managed to win a unanimous decision in a four round super lightweight bout.
Peters showed good energy early on, throwing plenty of punches and taking the fight to Garcia. Despite his eagerness and aggression, Peters' flaws of standing square-shouldered and lowering his guard proved good opportunities for Garcia.
After losing the first round, Garcia came out cautious early in the second, but began putting effective combinations together midway in the round. As the fight progressed Garcia settled into his comfort zone and controlled the action with accurate shots from the outside. All scorecards read the same at 39-37.
BONDORAVS KNOCKOUTS JOHNSON IN ONE!
In the opening bout, Donatas Bondoravs (7-1-1, 2 KOs) pummeled Keon Johnson (8-4-0, 4 KOs) from the opening bell in a junior middleweight six rounder. Bondoravs put down his opponent late in the first round with a devastating combination in close range. Johnson failed to get up and was counted out.
The official time was 2:33 of round one.