Fighter takes a fall, liver-shots end two fights and rematch is made…finally

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The bout for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight title was over in five.

Undefeated Carlos Ramirez (26-1, 13 KO’s) laced them up against southpaw Jose Zepeda (29-1, 24 KO’s) and the fists flew.

Switching back-and-forth to the orthodox stance Zependa worked to the body, but it was Ramirez that found the sweet spot and dropped Jose on a liver-shot late in Round 4.

Zependa came out like a buzz-saw in the 5th and sent Ramirez south after an extended flurry to the head. Ramirez couldn’t beat the count.

Jose Zepeda chalked a “W” and took home the title.

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Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KO’s) did not have a good night.

In his Super Lightweight undercard match against Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KO’s) at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas Fortuna had nothing but trouble.

Lefty Javier has never let rules get in the way of his efforts. His last fight was filled with rabbit-punches, holding, and clenching.

It’s no surprise Fortuna’s modus operandi reared its ugly head against Granados…literally.

Granados’ offense was smothered by Fortuna’s holding and head-butting.

Fortuna received three cautions in the first 90-seconds, and the warnings kept mounting.

In Round 4 the referee finally deducted a point for hitting behind the head and another for holding.

With 10-seconds left in the round Fortuna retreated to the ropes, squatted back and fell out of the ring.

He was attended to immediately, put into a neck brace, onto a backboard and rushed to the hospital.

Because they had not completed four, full rounds, the fight was declared a “No Decision.”

Granados stated he thought Fortuna was, “looking for an excuse.”

Although the timing (and individual) are cause to be skeptical, we hope that Fortuna is well and there will be no ill effects from the fall.

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Undefeated Errol Spence Jr. is a Texas native, so he was pretty much a hometown hero fighting in Frisco.

In the second defense of his IBF World Welterweight title southpaw Spence nailed Carlos Ocampo with a body shot that sent the mandatory challenger to his knees.

With one second left in the opening frame, Spence unleashed a left to the liver that finished the fight. It was the ninth time that Spence has dropped an opponent with a blow to the body.

Errol Spence Jr. remains undefeated, retains his title, and improves his campaign to 24-0, 21 KO’s.

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A deal has been struck for the rematch between Gennady Golovkin (GGG) and Saul (Canelo) Alvarez and their fight is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Their first bout took place in September 2017.

GGG set the tempo and pace, and landed with more authority.

He cut off the ring in the middle rounds, trapped Alvarez on the ropes and worked to the body.

The raking of the ribs took the power out of Canelo’s punches and Golovkin walked right through them.

The fight was very entertaining, and it went the distance.

Triple G should have been up 118-110, with three rounds that could have gone either way.

Judge-1 was correct with 115-113 in favor of Golovkin.

A very confused (or incompetent) Judge-2 saw it 114-114, a draw.

But Judge-3 was Adalaide Byrd…the worst judge in any sport. EVER.

She scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, causing a split-decision draw.

The original rematch was canceled when Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance…twice.

Subsequently, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended him and Golovkin lost a $20-million paycheck, or 35 percent of the take.

Triple G negotiated the “new” rematch with recoupment in mind, and asked for a 50-50 split.

That’s what held up negotiations.

G x3 did not get a 50 percent share. However, despite the actual percentages not having been disclosed, it looks like Golovkin got pretty close.

Look for him to pound the rest of that money out of Alvarez on fight night.

God Bless and don’t be a butt-head.

Mark Felicetti has damaged his own liver. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

 

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