Dinner dates and middleweights

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My Valentine’s Day celebration was great.

I gave my Valentine a card, roses, chocolates, lingerie and I made her a champagne and lobster dinner.

In return, my Valentine took me to “Hollywood Fight Night”…because nothing says, “Love & Romance” more than watching men punch each other in the face.

Bash Boxing (BashBoxing.com) put on a fine card at the Florentine Gardens last Saturday. And it started with a knockout in the first bout of the evening.

Triantafyllos Mavidis (4-0, 4 KO’s) took on Roberto Yong (6-15-2, 4 KO’s).

Yong just didn’t have the hands or heart to hold up a challenge; and Mavidis sent him south on an accumulation of punches in the opening frame.

The end came in Round 2 as Mavidis worked to the body and head with both hands. He pressed Yong to the ropes and shoe-shined him till Yong fell, face-first, to the canvas.

Triantafyllos Mavidis retains his perfect record and Roberto Yong should seriously consider new career options.

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For my money, the best bout of the evening featured newcomers in the Lightweight division.

… Brant landed a vicious right to the jaw…

Making his pro debut, Eric Puente laced them up against Keith Carson (0-2).

These two were scrappers that went at it from first-bell.

Puente immediately set the tempo and controlled the action.

Carson was more aggressive in Round 2 but Puente neutralized him with uppercuts.

Puente really dialed up the heat in the 4th and final round. He varied his punches, hammered away upstairs and down, and had Carson in trouble several times.

However, Puente (19-years-old) stayed patient. He looked for openings and chose his shots; exhibiting a maturity-level uncommon in boxers that young.

The bout went the distance.

Eric Puente pitched a shutout and won every round in his unanimous decision (UD) victory.

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Also in L.A. this weekend, at the Microsoft Theater, Leo Santa Cruz defended his WBA Super World Featherweight belt for the first time. Cruz dominated Rafael Rivera (a late replacement) and won a lop-sided UD.

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Joshua Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) put his WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title on the line against Giovanni Escaner (19-4, 12 KO’s) in a match from Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.

They both came to win, so they let their hands go early.

In the 3rd, Escaner landed a right hook that put Greer on the seat of his satins.

But Greer got off the floor and chopped away at Escaner for the next five-rounds. He landed a right to the solar plexus and Escaner crumpled to his knees and stayed there through the count.

Joshua Greer Jr. retains his belt and increases his K.O. streak to seven.

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The main event out of Minnesota was a good one.

In the first defense of his WBA World Middleweight title Rob Brant faced undefeated Khasan Baysangurov (“KB” to save ink).

Brant started at a blistering pace. But he was swinging wide and throwing off-balance.

Brant kept the leather flying into Round 2. He doubled-up on his jab and followed with a straight right that caught KB in the melon.

KB staggered, stumbled, and skidded to his knees; but he was able to continue.

KB remained dangerous and did a good job of scuffing up Brant’s mug.

Brant’s punch-output was overwhelming. He threw about twice as many and landed nearly three-times as much…and it took its toll.

Midway through Round 11, Brant threw the same combo that had dropped KB earlier, and it connected with the same result.

KB’s knees buckled.

Brant tagged him with a lunging left hook and a straight right.  KB bounced off the ropes and dropped to a knee.

He took the mandatory count and tried to carry on, but Brant landed a vicious right to the jaw and the referee immediately called a halt to the contest.

Good call, ref.

With that TKO, Rob Brant retains his belt and improves his campaign to 25-wins against 1-loss, with 17-victories coming by way of knockout.

God Bless and smell the roses.

Mark Felicetti appreciates his female readers…but not to an extent where HR needs to be involved. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.  

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