Decision ‘Be Dat!’
By:Byron Spurlock at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
Featherweight prospect Dat
“Be Dat” Nguyen continued his winning ways with a decision over a game Carlos Hernandez at Thursday’s TKO Boxing “Beat Down in H-Town” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston.
Neither fighter wasted any time feeling each other out in the first round or so. Nguyen and Hernandez engaged each other at a frantic pace in the first round with the action going back and forth. Dat was warned early in the round by referee Sam Garza for an accidental low blow to Hernandez, though, despite the warning Dat continued to outbox the willing Hernandez.
Fighting in front a frantic and cheerful crowd, Dat tried to end the fight early by spending a lot of energy in the second round looking for the early knockout. Dat began to showcase his boxing skills and superior hand speed as he began to frustrate Hernandez.
As the third round began it was clear who the better boxer was and superior fighter in the fight was. The question remaining was, would Dat win by knockout?
The third round ended with both fighters adding some fuel to the already heated fight by continuing to throw even after the bell rang.
As the middle round of the fourth round fight approached, Dat appeared to taking his moments to rest in the fight as Hernandez appeared to come alive and connect with good shots to the head and body of Nguyen. Nguyen taking a breather made the action just that more interesting as this was all Hernandez needed to try to steal some rounds in the match.
In the sixth and seventh, with both fighters tiring, the bout looked less like a boxing match and more of slow motion sparring session as both fighters looked gassed at times during those two rounds. Along with the sloppiness came frustration; as Dat trapped Hernandez in a headlock, he delivered several shots to the top of the head which prompted referee Sam Garza to take a point away in the seventh round.
Hernandez lost a point in the following round for throwing Dat through the ropes, what appeared to be out of frustration for how the fight was going up to that point. Despite Hernandez’s tactics, this didn’t stray Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen from finishing the round strong and winning by a unanimous decision, with scores of 77-73, 77-73, and 78-71.
Nguyen improves his record to 15-1-0, 6 KOs, while Hernandez falls to 14-7-1, 5 KOs.
Noons decisions Gallegos
Middleweight KJ Noons (9-2-0, 5 KOs), former MMA champion, defeated Enrique Gallegos (6-5-0, 1 KO) by unanimous decision.
The most exciting action in the six round affair happened in the first half of round one. Noons nocked down Gallegos down in the first round by a right hand that Gallegos walked straight into. From that moment till the end of the first round was KJ’s best chance to make this an easy night with a first round knockout, but that didn’t happen.
So many factors can come into the audiences mind as to why Noons was playing around with this fighter for five more rounds. Gallegos would rise to beat the count in the first round and go on to make a hard valiant effort at winning the fight Thursday night.
For more than enough rounds both fighters threw and landed equal shots. At moments it wasn’t clear if KJ was going to finish the round for Gallegos appeared to fighting with a new sense of strength and determination to make this a fight, and that’s exactly what he did.
Both fighters showed heart and determination in the bout with KJ Noons’s coming away with a unanimous decision 58-55, 60-53, and 60-53 and managing to fight another day.
With a combination of speed and power, Lanard, at times, looked like a bright up and coming fighter. It appeared that Cunningham was gone but he managed stand his ground until the fourth round when referee Bobby Gonzales stepped in and called a halt to the action, for Cunningham was taking too many unanswered shots to the head.
Lane stops Cunningham
Jr. middleweight Lanard Lane (6-0-0, 5 KOs) stopped Billy Ray Cunningham (3-3-0, 3 KOs)
Ibarra TKOs Reinhold
Welterweight Gerardo Ibarra (4-0-0, 4 KOs) defeated Dustin Reinhold (1-1-0, 1 KO) by TKO in three.
Ibarra came into the fight looking to continue his winning ways and didn’t waste any time by doing so making a statement. Ibarra landed a short left hook to the chin on Reinhold that sent him to the canvas. In the third round Ibarra landed another short left hook from the middle of the ring that rocked Reinhold against the ropes. Looking shaky, Reinhold was then rocked by a left uppercut prompting referee Sam Garza to jump in and stop the action 1:47 seconds of round three.
Tovar scores split decision over Dunwell
Raul Tovar (5-1, 2 KOs) scored a split decision Simeon Dunwell (9-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round welterweight contest. It was a compelling fight with back-and-forth action in which neither fighter had any intent of giving in to the other. Dunwell appeared to have the hand speed in the opening rounds but Tovar landed the harder cleaner combinations Tovar knocked Dunwell down from a combination to the head in the fifth round. The scores were 59-54 and 57-56 for Tovar while one judge scored it 57-56 for Dunwell.
In other action:
Welterweight Gustavo Mejia defeated (1-1, 1 KO) Jonathan Gover (3-6-1 , 2 KOs) by TKO, at 1:09 of round one.
Mejia knocked Gover down three times in the first round, all with right hands. With the third knockdown Gover was out before he hit the canvas.
In a three round exhibition match, Omar Henry (3-0, 3 KOs) faced Jevon Bosseau (2-4) and what turned out to be a very interesting and heated exhibition bout. Henry, who just recently signed with Top Rank, gave the crowd a good intro to fight night by displaying combinations and footwork that has many people saying this could be an up and coming prospect given a few years. There are no winners and losers in an exhibition bout, but if there was, Omar Henry would have definitely turned out the winner.