I have some boxing to talk about first. This is Boxing TL;DR where you get the layman friendly breakdowns of the boxing world which you are otherwise deprived of in your regular media diet. This is Boxing TL;DR, where I try to bring you something new each week, not the rehashing of a year long non-story about what will, now that the thing has been made, be a non-fight.
By the second round Lopez appeared supremely confident as he boxed with aggression. A two punch combination to the face seemed to open a cut on the nose of Magdaleno and by the end of the round Lopez had Magdaleno covering up in the corner as the New Yorker unloaded on him.
Magdaleno spun out but it was clear to everyone at ringside that the Las Vegas native was hurt. However Lopez seemed to ease up in round four.
Throwing less combinations, Lopez instead seemed to be looking for that one big punch that would end things. Lopez continued to fight on cruise control in round five and although he easily won the round it appeared that the fight might end up going the distance.
But he found his second wind in round six, dropping Magdaleno with a picture perfect left hook in the final thirty seconds of the round. Magdaleno rose on wobbly legs but gamely tried to fight out of trouble.
Lopez continued to tee off on Magdaleno in round seven as Magdaleno tried to bluff his opponent by waving Lopez in. Lopez was not fooled however and he threw a pair of hard left hands that sent Magaleno to the canvas in a heap. The fight was waved off at of the seventh round, establishing Teofimo Lopez as arguably the most exciting prospect in the sport of boxing.
Martinez came into the fight with a reputation as something of a borderline contender, having lost close decision to then undefeated Terrell Gausha in and then another decision to then undefeated Christopher Pearson in Although Martinez had come up short when he stepped in with top level opponents in the past he had never been stopped and always gave a solid performance.
But against the talented southpaw from Almaty Martinez was dominated from the opening bell. Alimkhanuly cruised in round one and continued to box beautifully in the second, teeing off on the New Yorker in the closing seconds of the round. The Kazak wisely incorporated the body attack in round three and dropped Martinez to a knee with a perfectly times counterpunch in the opening minute of the round.
By round four Alimkhanuly began to toy with Martinez, trapping him on the ropes before stepping back to wave his opponent in. A vicious left uppercut snapped the head of Martinez back in the closing minute of round four and the Kazak continued to dominate at the start of round five.
Seconds into the round another left uppercut snapped the head of the New Yorker back, prompting his corner to throw in the towel. Referee Neal Young waved the fight off at of the fifth round. In the 1st round, Gogokhiia landed a single left hand to the body that send Freitas across the ring and on the canvas.
Freitas quickly recovered, but in the 3rd round after five consecutive right jabs by Gogokhiia, another left hand landed on the belt of Freitas and put him down again.
Freitas tried to get up but quickly went back down to his knee and the fight was halted by referee Neal Young. Sanchez boxed well early on but the aggression he showed in Panama City in his last fight quickly emerged when he rattled Olea with a well times overhand right that sent the Mexican back into the corner a minute into the fight.
Olea covered up and quickly moved out of the corner but he was unable to keep the Albuquerque native off of him. Sanchez turned into a hunter, stalking his prey, and showed a dazzling array of punches as he mixed up heavy punches upstairs with a solid body attack that had the Mexican doubling over at times.
In round two Jason boxed well early on and continued his effective counterpunching as Olea tried to lunge in with looping punches. Although Sanchez did lose his mouthpiece in the second round he maintained complete control of the fight and timed a picture perfect overhand right that sent Olea crashing to the canvas.
Although Olea rose on wobbly legs referee Gregorio Alvarez waved the fight off at of round two. Iliev was the aggressor early on stalking Day across the ring and using a quick jab that kept the taller Day at bay. By the 3rd round, both guys were exchanging in the center of the ring as Day, mostly counter punching, began to land his right hand and left hook.
From the 4th round through the rest of the fight, it was much of the same, as Iliev threw multiple punches while Day countered occasionally with a big blow to slow down Iliev temporarily. The judges preferred the heavier punches from Day as he won the unanimous decision , , In the opening fight of the night in Frisco, Texas undefeated junior middleweight prospect Bakhram Murtazaliev, Murtazaliev was making the first defense of his WBC USNBC title and looked all the part of a world class contender early on as he came out swinging at the bell.
However Ayala, to his credit, seemed eager to trade bombs with the young prospect. A picture perfect counterpunch sent Ayala to a knee, prompting referee Neal Young to call a knockdown, and although Ayala seemed to be altering his strategy to one of survival in round three he nonetheless dug deep and was even able to land a right hand of his own in round four that seemed to rattle the Russian.
For the next three rounds the fight seemed to settle into a pattern, with the Russian stalking the Conneticut native but not seriously hurting him, but that all change in round eight when a hard left hook badly rattled Ayala in closing minute of the round.
Murtazaliev smelled blood and upped the pressure in round nine, landing a hard overhand right that hurt Ayala before dropping him a second time with a combination upstairs. Murtazaliev unloaded on the helpless Ayala, prompting referee Neal Young to jump in at of the round.