Dawson dominates Johnson!!!
Reports by Matt Richardson & Mariano A. Agmi
Photography by Emily Harney
This time, there was no doubt.
In front of a largely partisan crowd at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson won his second consecutive rematch when he beat former champion Glen Johnson by a unanimous 12-round decision in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
The promoter was Gary Shaw Promotions (Dawson) and Lou DiBella Entertainment (Johnson).
Unlike their first fight in April 2008, Dawson dominated the encounter, arguably winning every round. The scores submitted by the officials, however, were out of line with what actually occurred inside the ring. Two scores of 115-113 (issued by judges Duane Ford and Michael Pernick) were shadowed by the scorecard of 117-111 by Glenn Feldman. FightNews only thought Johnson won the eighth, scoring it 119-109 for the 27-year old Dawson.
It was, in actuality, an easy fight to score.
Dawson (29-0, 17 KO’s) started off well, keeping Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KO’s) at bay with a quick jab. Johnson continued to plod forward
in the second but he looked flat and slow and was easily outworked. Dawson maintained the pace in the third and fourth, connecting with a good uppercut thru Johnson’s defense.
As the fight progressed into the
fifth, Johnson began to look older and more tired. His punches were slow and ineffective. Dawson landed a good jab-right combination in the sixth and momentarily switched between his normal southpaw stance and an orthodox one in the seventh. In the eighth, however, “Bad” Chad slowed down just enough for Johnson to eke out the round by connecting with a few decent rights.
Johnson did well early on in the ninth but Dawson picked up the pace again at the end. At the end of the frame, referee Mike Ortega had to separate the duo as Johnson looked like he still wanted to fight. Unfortunately, that fire appeared to soon burn out and Dawson dominated the tenth and eleventh. Dawson backpedaled for the majority of the final round, knowing that a victory was all but solidified. If, however, Dawson had lost just one other round on the card of Ford or Pernick, the verdict would have inconceivably been a draw.
--- Matt Richardson
Angulo demolishes Yorgey
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo made an impressive return to HBO as he destroyed the previously undefeated Harry Joe Yorgey (22-1-1) in three concussive rounds.
The bout went according to script, as Angulo (17-1, 14 KOs) squared up to Yorgey and pressed forward while Yorgey countered with quick combinations. As soon as he was able to trap Yorgey against the ropes, Angulo would rip left hooks to the ribs and powerful right hands to the head.
“Once I started hurting him to the body, I knew the fight was going to be over quickly,” stated the Mexicali native fighting out of Coachella, CA. “That started and ended the fight, because when he put his hands down I knew it was over.”
Angulo stunned Yorgey with a straight right hand in round two, trapping the Bridgeport, PA native against the ropes. Perro smelled blood and reacted like a dog off his leash as he unloaded a series of power shots, dropping Yorgey and clearly landing a few blows after Yorgey went down.
Not only did referee John Callas not penalize or warn Angulo for attacking his opponent while he was down, but seconds later, Callas also did not call a blatant right hand that Angulo landed to the back of Yorgey’s head.
“He hit him twice in the back of the head and twice while he was on the floor,” exclaimed Jack Leow, Yorgey’s irate trainer. “He should have been disqualified for those infractions.”
Instead, the ferocious 27-year-old continued his merciless assault in round three, when a spectacular right hand, left hook combination separated Yorgey from his senses and dropped him in a heap. Yorgey was knocked cold from the first right hand in that combination, and the left hook was just icing on the cake. The time of the stoppage was 1:03 of the third round.
Thankfully, local doctors were able to revive Harry Joe enough that he was able to stand up on his own and share his thoughts: “I thought I won the first round. I was beating him to the punch, but he kept coming. It was the shot to the back of the head that hurt me.”
Angulo has now won two in a row since being out-boxed by Kermit Cintron on HBO last May. Although he would love a rematch with his conqueror, he is ready for anyone his promoter brings him: “I asked Cintron for a rematch immediately after our fight, but I haven’t heard back from him. It doesn’t matter though; I’ll fight anyone that Gary [Shaw] brings to the table.”---Mariano A. Agmi
Avalos wins decision against Daluz
GSP prospect Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, of Lancaster, CA, remained undefeated as he outworked and landed the crisper shots against the tough Robert Daluz of Providence, RI. The 20-year-old Avalos, who last appeared in September on a ShoBox telecast, was unable to display his powerful right hand after apparently hurting it in round two, a round in which he also hurt his opponent. However, the young Mexican-American fighter used superior technique and switched his offense from conventional to southpaw to confuse and defeat the game Daluz by unanimous scores of 79-73 (twice) and 80-71. With the win, Avalos improves to 13-0 (8 KOs) while Daluz falls to 12-22-3 (9 KOs).---Mariano A. Agmi
Osorio quits against Oliveira
Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira maintained his unblemished record when his opponent, Francisco Osorio, refused to come out of his corner for the eighth and final round.
There appeared to be some confusion regarding the pre-determined length of the fight. Oliveira (9-0, 7 KO’s) seemed ready to fight the full eight although Osorio refused to re-engage at the start of the seventh. Ringside bout sheets distributed to the media had the fight listed for six rounds and Osorio seemed to think the same thing. The confusion subsided when Osorio (12-7, 10 KO’s) decided to fight the last two rounds anyway. One round later, however, he changed his mind again and decided to quit.
Regardless of the final outcome, Oliveira dominated the action to that point and would have easily won on the scorecards. ---Matt Richardson
Lora survives Narvaez
Welterweight Orlando Lora survived one of the stiffest tests of his career when he won an unpopular eight round decision against journeyman Octavio Narvaez. Narvaez, who once knocked down Vivian Harris multiple times in an ultimate losing effort, fought hard against the unbeaten Lora. Hard enough, apparently, for the attending fans to heavily boo the unanimous decision that went against him. Scores were 77-75 (twice) and 78-75. With the “W,” Lora improves upon his unbeaten (albeit padded) record to move to 26-0-1 with 18 KO’s. Narvaez is now 7-8-1 with 4. ---Matt Richardson
Brunson beats Medina
In a battle of Philadelphia middleweights, Tyrone Brunson (21-0-1, 20 KOs) wore down Jose Medina behind a focused body attack and a hard left hook to the ribs finally dropped Medina (15-16, 11 KOs) for the full count. The bout officially ended at 1:31 of the third round.---Mariano A. Agmi
E. Ali conquers Arnold
New York City’s Emad Ali (3-0, 3 KOs) began the night by blitzing and battering Kelsey Arnold (1-4-2, 0 KOs) into submission as the bout was mercifully stopped at 2:49 of the first round.---Mariano A. Agmi