Live Round-by-Round: August 6th at Grand Casino Hinckley (Shobox)

I have been advised that the Anderson-Orozco bout will be used as a swing bout – if the other preliminaries go long, that fight will be moved to the end of the evening; after the main events.

Preparations for tonights event are going well, and attendees from the last boxing event here at Hinckley will be pleased to know that we’re using a brand new ring tonight!

The Avalos-Martin bout will not be for a title, because Martin failed to make weight – this update comes from commissioner Jim Erickson.

Referees tonight will be the legendary Joe Cortez and our local gem, Mark Nelson.

Chris Avalos (now 16-1 with 13 kayos) is defeated by Christopher Martin (now 19-0-2 with 5 kayos) by split decision after ten rounds.  Scores are 98-92 Martin (Judge Rob Hecko), 98-94 Avalos (Judge John Mariano), and 97-93 Martin (Judge Denny Nelson).

Round 1

Avalos starts out shooting a sot left jab.  He first few jabs don’t make it all the way to Martin.  Martin lands the first real punch of the fight, a left hook.  Avalos is moving a lot, looks to be feeling Martin out.  Martin gets in a disadvantageous posture and clinches.  After the two part, Avalos throws a earnest punch but does no damage.  Martin lunges forward with both hands out front of him, his awkward left hand doesn’t land.  Now circling rapidly to their left, the fighters are engaging in an unexciting strategic match.  Avalos, for the second or perhaps third time in this fight, pushes down on the waistband of his shorts.  Now he does it again.  Bad habit, as it leaves him completely exposed.  Will Chris Martin recognize this, stay tuned for round and find out!

Round 2

Avalos comes out shooting the left jab again, but this time with more authority.  Now he follows a double left jab with a right.  Avalos gets too close and Martin tags him with a left to the face – Avalos feels it, and wipes his face on his forearm.  Avalos realizes that he’s playing with fire here, and comes alive.  he lands a hook to the body of Martin, and it looked hurtful.  Avalos stays on offense, landing more and more power shots.  avalos misses with a haymaker, and moments later misses again with the same punch.  Martin is keeping his hands, up, moving, and coming forward with aggression.  Martin sneaks a left jab through to Avalos’s face, but it’s soft.  Now there are ten seconds left in the round and Martin lands a power shot, deftly ducks around Avalos, and lands another hard shot!  Martin foolishly drops his hands and taunts Avalos, but the bell rings and Avalos can’t do anything about it.

Round 3

Avalos comes out jabbing, but Martin blocks his first five punches with his mitts.  Martin is beginning to get more aggressive.  There’s a brief exchange, and Martin is starting to look more confident.  Avalos comes forward and Martin lands a left hook flush on his face.  Avlos gets iclose and works the body.  Martin is trying to get inside to negate Avalos’s superior power.  Martin lands a big looking shot, not sure how big it really was.  Avalos lands a long and glancing hook.  Rerferee AMark Nelson breaks the fighters.  Avalos is coming forward again, Martin ties him upp and sneaks in a right hand to the back of the head.  With only five seconds left in the round Martin again lands a decent shot, and the crowd is starting to get behind him.

Round 4

Avalos seems to come out more aggressive each round.  Avalos lands a hard left hand that hurts Martin, then another as Martin trie to cover up.  Avalos is feeling it now, and his offense is coming alive.  Avalos comes forward carelessly and takes ahard shot from Martin’s right hand.  Martin retreats, jabbing, but Avalos gets in and lands a nice right.  Martin counters with a hard left!  Avalos is showing good toughness, but he’s getting hit too much.  Martin sneaks in a left hook to the head of the opened-up Avalos.  Martin is circling to his left and Avalos is following him.  After a short exchange inside, Martin retreats and in doing so, gets tagged with a good punch from Avalos.

Round 5

Maqrtin and Avalos land simultaneous lefts.  Avalos chases Martin into a corner.  Avalos lands several popwer shots, but Martin counters.  Avalos lands a good right hook, and Martin backs off.  Martin swings a left hook way out and into Avalos’s ear.  Avalos sticks a double jab, but he’s getting tentative.  Avalos walks into a right from Martin.  Martin lands a good left hand, then another.  More left jabs from  Avalos – he’s runinng out of ideas.  Avalos is backing up now, and Martin looks to aggress.  Now avalos begins coming forward again, but in throwing a punch he gets caught with a good left from Martin.  The two trade, now Martin holds and hits Avalos with two rights.  The two are swinging away as the round ends.

Round 6

Avalos comes right out and lands a good left hand to the face of Martin, reminding Martin who has more power here.  Marting lands a right hand that pleases the crowd but does nothing to slow Avalos.  Avalos lands a right-left in close, but Martin responds with a flurry that shows he’s in this to win it.  Avalos backs Martin up and hits him with three hard shots, and Martin retreats, countering Avalos’s advance as he does so.  Avalos throws several left jabs, including one with his right foot forward as he stalks Matin.  Avalos looks like the faster man, but Martin’s punches are more accurate and his counters are very useful.  Avalos circles to his left, then comes forward to attack, but again Martin counters..  Martin finishes the round out with a few more sneaky punches, and this is starting to look like his fight.

Round 7

Avalos comes out, sticking a bothersome jab into Martin’s face.  Martin doesn’t like it, and backs up.  Avalos comes forward, landing two good shotsw and backing Martin into the ropes.  Right from Martin, left from Avalos.  Avalos lands a left, eats a right, and then gets tagged with a power shot.  Martin, in close, ducks and throws a right at the same time, and it lands.  Avalos lands a right hand.  Martin lands a right hook to the body.  Avalos gets hit again, and backs up a little bit.  Now Avalos comes forward, throwing.  Martin is sucking wind and may be slowing down.  Avalos lands a one-two.  Avalos lands a left-right and then another left as Martin ducks.  Just before the bell Avalos attacks, but Martin counters with one big right the throws a dramatic spray of sweat and water into the night.

Round 8

Either Avalos is getting faster or Martin is getting slower.  Avalos lands a nice left-right-left.  Avalos follows up with some more good work, but is warned by Mark nelson for holding and hitting.  Martin lands a good left, but Avalos comes back with a power shot that lands.  Martin, retreating and moving to his left, suddenly lashes out with a big right hand that momentarily stops Avalos in his tracks.  Avalos is still game, and gets in with a good rising hook.  Avalos goes jab, jab, jab.  Martin misses with a big winging right.  Avalos stays inside too long, and Martin lands on him again.  Martin backs up to the ropes and taunts Avalos, who responds with some good shots.  Martin might win this fight, but that’s sheer foolishness.  In the last ten seconds Avalos goes on the offensive, and though he doesn’t land anything of consequence, he does score with a couple of shots.

Round 9

Avalos comes out aggressive again, but Martin scores with a good counter right.  Avalos then lands a couple of showy power shots.  Martin is strong and willing to trade.  Avalos is getting very forewrd, and in doing so is opening himself up for Martin’s accurate leads and counters.  Martin wants to trade with the faster Avalos, and Avalos obliges him.  Though Martin has plenty of bravado and lands some good shots, it isn’t his best strategy.  Avalos ducks a big right from Martin but can’t gett close enough to make Martin pay.  We have some careful jabbing, then martin lands a good left.  Moments later he does it again.  Martin flurries and lands two good shots on Avalos.  Avalos lands a right, and then a left to the flinching Martin, and the bell rings.

Round 10

Avalos throws three left jabs, then a right to the body and another left.  Avalos is throwing power shots now, and he must – it’s probably the only way he can win this fight.  Aval0s lands a right hook, left hand, and another right.  Martin pauses a moment then fires back.  Martin’s punches look noticeably more sloppy this round.  Avalos goes back to the jab, then comes forward.  Getting inside, Avalos takes a soft hook to the face.  Avalos lands several big shots, but Martin answers with mustard of his own.  Now they’re in close and trading.  Avalos land s a big crossing left.  Avalos misses with another left, and Martin makes him pay.  They’re at close quarters again, and it’s difficult to account for the blows, but both men are throwing caution to the wind.  Just before the bell Martin lands one more big shot and throws his hands in the air.  Bell!  It’s clear that Martin  has won this fight decisively.

Lateef Kayode (now 13-0 with 12 kayos) defeats Alfredo Escalera Jr (now 18-3-1 with 12 kayos) by TKO at 2:59 of round 8.  Kayode claims the previously vacant NABO cruiserweight title.

Round 1

The bout began with an extended period of feeling out.  Kayode began swinging his left (lead) hand horizontally in front of him, not sure what that means.  About a minute in Escalera lands a hard right  to the left ribcage of Kayode.  Kayode lands for the first time to the head of Escalera and it’s immediately clear that his reputation for power punching is well deserved.

Round 2

Round two includes more exchanges, as Escalera shows more slickness and Kayode more power and toughness.  The highlight of the round is a flurry by Kayode, who grunts audibly when throwing power shots. 

Round 3

Kayode flurries in the early going, which greatly pleases the crowd.  Escalera gets inside and lands a loud slappping uppercut to Kayode”s abdomen, and Kayode shakes his head dismissively.  Escalera stabs a jab into Kayode’s midsection and Kayode fires back with several hard shots.  Escalera is finding his mark with a rising right hook to kayode’s body – he should throw that as often as he can.  About midround Kayode goes to town on Escalera, trapping him against the ropes and bombing him for about ten or fifteen seconds.  Kayode, for the second time in this fight, traps Escalera’s right arm in his armpit and pounds with the other hand.  Escalera gets loose but gets no luckier, as Kayode hits him with a serious hook that seems to buckle his knees.  Referee Joe Cortez is breaking the two fighters, and the bell rings.

Round 4

Escalera lands a left hand and Kayode ties him up.  The two are in close now, and mauling.  Escalera has his moments, but he doesn’t hit nearly as hard as Kayode, and his punch volume doesn’t make up the power deficit.  Cortez pauses action to warn the fighters against roughouse tactics.  Back to action, Escalera lands a good stinging right.  Kayongo lands a hard left to the abdomen of Escalera, who is hurt by the low blow but doesn’t take the time he should to recover.  Cortez warns Kayode that this is his one warning for low blows.    this fight is turning into a slugefest, which will favor Kayode.  Now they’re shoulder to shoulder, mauling.  Escalera slips in a good right uppercut.  Kayode smacks him one good shot, and they maul for the remainder of the round, Escalera landing one more right just before the bell.

Round 5

Kayode comes right out and throws a  straight left that momentarily freezes Escalera.  Escalera lands a left hook.  Escalera throws a hard right that is blocked by Kayode’s glove.  kayode lands a couple of hard single shots that impress the crowd.  Now they’re in close, and this favors Escalera.  Escalera lands a single, then a left-right.  Escalera doubles up on the left jab, Kayode smakcs him back with a hard right.  Moments later kayode throws a disjointed flurry of power shots that hurts all the way over here.  Now Escalera is trying to stay inside, but Kayode has begun throwing uppercuts to the body.  Escalera throws a left hand, kayode counters and lands a couple.  Escalera has his back to the ropes and Kayode batters him with an extended flurry of fast-moving but slow-paced punches.  Freddie Roach instructs Kayode to throw one-two.  No further action worthy of mention this round.

Round 6

Kayode is instructed to jab, but he wants to throw power shots.  A left lands for kayode.  Escalera backpedals and then lands a right hand.  Kayode throws two very hard left jabs.  Escalera again backs up then stops and lands a right.  Kayode comeing forward, lands a couple to the body, including one that looked low.  the fighters are spending much of this fight shoulder-to-shoulder or forehead-to-forehead.  Kayode is getting casual with his defense.  Escalera, who looks soft around the middle, is not punching much this round – he may be tiring.  now they’re mauling again, and Escdalera isn’t throwing much.  Now they break and Escalera lands a right, but Kayode comes back with a number of power shots, followed up by one bi left, and then another flurry before the bell.

Round 7

Escalera comes out with some urgency, but Kayode counters with more aggression.  Kayode lands a big left and a less right, Escalera accusing of hitting behind the head, but I didn’t see that.  Kayode lands a hard straight left – boy, can he punch!  Roach wants to see the right from Kayode.  Escalera is definitely on the retreat now.  Kayode is holding Escalera’s head with both hands, so Escalera goes to the body.  Now there’s some separation and Kayode lands two good shots.  Escalera backs up and kayode pursues.  they get into close quarters again and Kayode hits Escalera with his shoulder to make some room, which gets him a stern warning from Joe Cortez.  Kayode jumps in to attack but Escalera ducks him and leaves him swinging into the air.  Now Kayode lands one more shot right at the bell.

Round 8

Kayode lands a left hand and Escalera shows some life by firing back, but soom Kayode is again chasing Escalera around the ring.  There’s more close-quarters mauling, then some room develops between the two and Kayode flurries again.  Escalera tries to make a stand, and Kayode lands a big left hook to his chest.  Escalera is moving backwards and to his left, Kayode following close.  Now there’s a pause, as both fighters apparently have loose tape handing from their wrists.  The anemic crowd boos as the tape is snipped.  The fight resumes, and kayode resumes pursuit, landing several good shots as he chases Escalera.  Escalera can’t find a winning strategy.  Now Kayode lands a flush left and a hard right follow-up and Escalera staggers back into the turnbuckle.  Cortez gives Escalera an eight-count, and then the fight resumes.  Kayode peppers Escalera with more punches as the round closes, but Escalera remains vertical.  The round ends, and apparently the fight ends with it.  What’s the deal?  I’ll let you know shortly.

Postscript:

Okay, I was wrong – Escalera did not last to the bell; referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight with one second left in the round, and Kayode has won by TKO.

Andy Kolle (now 22-2 with 16 kayos) defeats Daryl Salmon (now 16-5 with 4 kayos) by TKO in round 1

Round 1

Kolle comes out shooting the right jab, but his first four salvos miss.  Salmon misses with a lunging shot, and finally Kaos lands a right.  Now Kolle punches to the center of Salmon’s body and makes good contaact.  Salmon tries to attack but Kolle catches him with two hooks that knock him off balance.  There’s a  clash in which Kolle hammers with a short right – maybe two punches, but I can’t be sure, and Salmon drops to the floor like a brick.  Kolle goes to a neutral corner and Salmon is back on his feet quickly, but as referee Mark Nelson begins his count, Salmon suddenly lurches into the ropes.  Salmon straightens up and Nelson continues to count with a concerned look on his face, then as it becomes clear that Salmon is completely out of equilibrium, Nelson waves the fight off.  Win for Kolle!

 

Michael Anderson (now 7-0-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Hector Orozco (now 3-6 with no kayos) by TKO at 2:37 of round 3.

Round 1

Anderson is clearly the fitter and faster man, but in the first round Orozco equals him in aggressiveness and is unfazed by anything that Anderson throws.  Anderson keeps his left hand down at his waist, as so many fighters do.  There’s a lot of feints and missed punches this round, and neither man does anything really worth mentioning.  Sorry.

Round 2

After much feinting and inneffective throwing, Anderson lands a two-punch combo that scores.  Now Anderson is scoring by zipping in with that low-slung right hand.  Orozco lands two soft shots, then one slightly sharper left, but the crowd yawns.  Orozco jumps in with a right and then a left that score, and anderson seems to awoken from a slumber, throwing and landing two hard shots that finally draw a reaction from the crowd.  Both men are circling slowly to their right.  Anderson backs up to the ropes and Orozco wings a hard left hook that lands for his first good score of the night.  Anderson looks chastened, and the round ends.

Round 3

Orozco comes right out and lands three soft pitty-pat punches.  Anderson fails to respond, so Orozco throws and lands a bunch more.  Finally Anderson whacks Orozco with two good shots.  Orozco is punching frequently, but is now mostly hitting air.  Anderson definitely has speed and skills, but is tentative.  Now Anderson lands a left and then a right to the body of Orozco, who takes a knee but returns to his feet before referee Joe Cortez can begin counting.  As the fight resumes Anderson puts Orozco down a second time, and Cortez gives him a mandatory eight count.  Back to action, Anderson tries to capitalize, but strikes Orozco low and the bout pauses momentarily.  Now Anderson is earnestly on the offensive, and Orozco appears on the verge of going down several times, but each time fires back, albeit with decreasing strength.  Finally Anderson puts Orozco down a third time with a right hookercut to the body, and Cortez stops the bout.

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Matt Vanda (now 43-11 with 23 kayos) defeats Jose Medina (now 15-20 with 11 kayos) by TKO at 2:57 of round 3

Round 1

the bout begins with Vands coming forward and landing hard left jabs that clearly both Medina.  Vanda is doing all his work with the left hand so far.  Finally he throws a right, then follows it with a left.  Medina is bent forward and looking to land the home run shot.  Vanda is peppering him with both hands, but particularlyy with the left.  Vanda lands a one-two, then as Medina steps back, a good left hand.  Vanda goes one-two again, and as Medina counters, hits him with a third punch.  The shorter, pudgier medina is jabbing from beyond his range, so Vanda attacks with a flurry of hard shots.  medina finally fights back with several thudding body shots and one to the head, but Vanda comes back again to take the round by a large margin.

Round 2

Vanda is jabbing ineffectively at the start of the round, and Medina loops one long right to his head.  Vanda begins to come forward and put more mustard on his punches.  Vanda misses with a rising right, then lands two lefts.  medina loads up and thorws a big hook that misses, and Vanda counters with a couple of stinging short hooks.  Now medina counters a wide hook with a short hook of his own that lands flush, but Vanda doesn’t react, just comes forwward again.  medina backs into a corner and takes a heck of a beating trying to get out.  Medina finally backs Vanda up, but Vanda turns it one, landing a bunch of hard snapping punches that the crowd loves.  Medina is taking tremendous punshment, with Vanda splitting his defenses and outlanding him by 5 to 1.  The round ends and Vanda makes a big show of strolling casually back to his corner.  It looks like only a matter of time before the tree falls.

Round 3

Medina is smart and tough, but badly out of shape and very outclassed.  Vanda is landing now almost at will, with medina only hoping to land single shots.  medina backs up to the ropes and Vanda strikes him four or five times.  He lets medina escape, and Medina begins atacking with left hooks to the body.  Vanda covers up and lets medina whale away on him for thirty seconds.  Now Vanda has Medina trapped agains thte ropes and his pummeling him with every punch in his repertoire.  Medina his slumped forward and breathing through his mouth.  Vanda dnaces on his toes and comes forward.  Now he throws a left-right, left, left.  Vanda thorwos a right that lands on Medina’s nose, now a left, now three more lefts.  Vanda backs up and lays agains the ropes, inviting Medina to attack.  medina is little more than a humen punching bag now.  Vanda backs medina into aneutral corner and lands every punch to every part of Medina’s head and torso.  finally referee Joe Cortes steps in and stops it with three seconds left in the round.  TKO win for Vanda.

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Nagy Aguilera (now 16-4 with 11 kayos) is defeated by Maurice Harris (now 24-14-2 with 10 kayos) by unanimous decision after twelve rounds.  Harris takes the formerly vacant USBA heavyweight title.  (117-111, 117-111, 115-113)

Round 1

Aguilera feints with the right and misses with the left.  Harris lands a hard right that backs Aguilera up, but doesn’t follow up.  Now Harris is jabbing.  Harris fakes about six or eight left jabs, then finally throws one.  Aguilera goes to the body and lands softly.  Aguilera backs up into a corner, Harris follows, and Aguilera nails him with a very big left.  Harris smiles, so he’s hurt.  Now Harris is coming forward and jabbing again.  Harris’s left jab is blocked, and Aguilera backs intoa corner again.  he again comes out punching.  Harris lands a halfhearted three punch combination.  Both men are now standing flatfooted, no artistry here.  Aguilera lands two out of three, and Harris shoots back hard.  Harris is dropping his left hand to his waist.  He lands three jabs, but again drops his hand down.  There’s a long lull before the bell, only broken by an attempted jab by Aguilera.

Round 2

Aguilera is ducking and lunging to hit the body, without success.  Aguilera charges forward and opens himself up, way up, to land a one-two.  There may have been a clash of heads, but referee Mark Nelson tells the fighters to fight.  Aguilera is inching forward with his head stuck out like a chicken on the chopping block.  Harris is landing the jab when he thows it, but he isn’t throwing it much.  There’s a clinch, the first of the fight, and Nelson breaks them.  Aguilera again eretreats to the ropes , then punches his way out.  Aguilera lands a hard left to the abdomen.  Another clinch, and the two are reluctant to break up.  Aguilera begins to get aggresive, but Harris hits him hard with the left, now Aguilera is wobbly and Harris is attacking.  Ten seconds left in the round and Aguilera appears clear headed.  Someone lands just before the bell, but my view is obstructed so I can’t tell who.  Bell.

Round 3

The first thirty seconds is  mostly tactical work, then Aguilera misses with a wide left hand.  Harris misses with a left of his own.  Harris lands several jabs, then Aguilera bulls in and lands a good pwer shot.  Harris hits Aguilera with  a big shot and the crowd says “Ooooh!”  The fights circle to their left.  now Aguilera comes forward and lands a big right hand, but Harris sacts unimpressed.  Aguilera attacks again and Harris backs up into a corner, where things get messy and the ref breaks them up.  Harris is telegraphing the jab because he pulls his left hand up before he throws it, but Aguilera doesn’t see this and continues to get his by it.  Harris backs into a corner and then tries to spin his way out, but gets hit while off balance and stumbles halfway across the ring.  Bell.

Round 4

Aguilera is inching backwards and harris is coming forward.  Aguilera dips as he attacks and Harris counters with a good left that moves him.  Aguilera is coming forward now, doesn’t attack, and then retreats.  Harris lands two left jabs, Aguilera counters, and harris gets him again with a good left.  Aguilera lands a right to the body from in close, and Harris clinches.  Harris is pulling his elbows in and looks uncomfortable.  Aguilera steps back into a corner, Harris looks to attack and then changes his mind.  Aguilera attacks iwth a wide hook and harris counters hard with a short hook.  Both  men are slowing, and again they clinch.  Aguilera puts his head down and tries to bull forward but Harris catches him coming in and hurts him.  Aguilera shakes it off and goes back to work, but neither man musters any offense before the bell rings.

Round 5

Harris continues to throw the left jab, and lands it frequently.  Harris sticks the left hand out and doesn’t strike, and doesn’t pull it back.  Lucky he didn’t get nailed.  Aguilera is coming forward now and Harris lands three or four good short hooks with both hands.  Aguilera tries to attack and Harris dips down and to the right, which nullifies the attack.  Aguilera jumps forward and his momentum carries both fighters into the ropes, no punches are landed.  harris sticks a right uppercut into Aguilera’s body, then a good one-two.  Aguilera is tough if nothing else.  Aguilera is coming forward, but Harris grabs him and moves around until he’s behind Aguilera.  Aguilera looks annoyed, he turns his back and drops his hands.  Nelson warns him not to turn his back.  We have some ineffective sparring as the round draws to a close.

Round 6

Referee Mark nelson was eyeing Aguilera in his corner pretty closely between rounds.  Aguilera starts the round with a lunging left-left-right that lands.  Aguilera is backing up and looking to counter, but Harris won’t be drawn into a corner this time.  Aguilera comes forward and lands a body shot, but Harris counters with a good left hook and rising right that land hard.  The two men are circling to their right, and Harris lands one hard left hook.  There’s a brief exchange and both  men land good poewr shots.  Aguilera bends at the waist and comes forward, and Harris hits himi with two glancing shots.  Harris is coming forward and looking to jab.  Now Aguilera comes forward and Harris lands one hard hook, flush on Aguilera’s head.  Aguilera is coming forward again and Harris lands a double left jab that looks effective – don’t e surprised if we see that again.  The round ends with Aguilera’s cornerman looking concerned.

Round 7

Neither man is in great physical condition, and it shows.  Aguilera is coming forward again, and the two spar ineffectively.  Nelson pauses action to clean up a huge lump of vaseline from the mat.  Nwow back at it, Aguilera is again looking for and opening and Harris is looking to counter.  Aguilera jabs to the body of Harris, but Harris comes back with three good flurries.  Aguilera glares at his corner.  After a brief break, Aguilera comes forward with a hard jab that makes Harris flinch.  there’s a lot of gripping and holding now.  Aguilera lunges forward and harris ducks, making him miss badly.  Agilera comes forward again and Harris counters with a left-right that does good work.  Referee Nelson tells Harris not to hold on, and Harris argues “But he holding too-” before getting tagged with a hard left.  harris shoots the left jab out and it lands, but Aguilera walks through it and lands several power shots just before the bell.  Harris should take the round, but Aguilera might have stolen it at the end.

Round 8

Aguilera comes strolling out at the start of the round, and harris snaps a jab into hes face.  harris lands three left jabs, interrupted by one left hook by Aguilera.  Another double left jab from Harris, and Aguilera tries to counter but misses.  Aguilera comes forward and Harris counters with two good body shots.  In a clinch, Aguilera throws a right to the back of Harris’s head.  This fight is getting tactical and beginning to drag.  Aguilera jumps forward, stomps with both feet, and then tries to flurry.  Harris ducks and Aguilera grabs him, now they’re stuck together.  Aguilera throws two glancing shots and gets hit with a major left hook from Harris, which causes him to shake his head.  There’s a lull, then Aguilera throws a hard right to the body and left to the head of Harris, and both land.  The last ten seconds are mostly instructions from the referee.

Round 9

Aguilera charges forward and misses with power shots from both hands.  Harris backs into a corner and when Aguilera closes on him, lands three left hooks to the ribs.  Aguilera continues to come forward, and lands a couple of soft body shots.  Harris flicks a jab that misses.  Aguilera charges at Harris and attacks while Harris retreats, but no damage is done.  the two move to the other side of the ring, and Aguilera lands one very good right hook to the head of Harris.  Aguilera’s trainer tells him that he’s getting predictable, and he’s right.  now there’s a clinch and Nelson breaks them up.  The two circle, and Aguilera ends up in Harris’s corner.  harris refuses to attack, so Aguilera finally comes out.  With ten seconds to go in the round Aguilera tries to attack, but Harris counters and lands one good shot.

Round 10

Aguilera’s corner tells him to “step up the pressure,” and he comes out trying.  The taller Harris is shooting jabs down the middle and landing, then Harris crashes into Aguilera with a one-two that impressses the crowd.  Harris lets his guard down and Aguilera lunges forward, landing two hooks to the body.  Aguilera tries to the same time a second time, with less success this time.  The two maul for a bit, then Nelson breaks them up.  Aguilera comes forward with two more shots, there’s a clinch and Aguilera tries to punch out of it, but harris won’t let go.  The two break, then clinch again, and Aguilera lands to right hooks to harris’ head.  harris does some good work with power shots, perhaps three shots from his flurry land.  Aguilera backs into a corner, but he’s trapped in a clinch so he can’t attack this time.  With ten seconds to go Aguilera attacks again, but the crafty harris ties him up and Aguilera only gets free just in time for the bell.

Round 11

The start of the eleventh is quiet.  when Harris advances tentativesly Aguilera lanunches a brief flurry of power shots.  There’s another clinch, and after verbal prodding doesn’t help, referee Nelson breaks them up.  These two guys should learn from this fight that better conditioning could make the difference between winning and losing.  Now in close Aguilera lands a low blow to the upper groin/lower abdomen of Harris, and Harris takes about thirty seconds to recover.  Aguilera, standing in a neutral corner, nods and confesses “My bad.”  Back at it, our two challengers are both attacking with gusto – Harris is trying to counter and tie up, while Aguilera is trying to blast him with power shots.  The round ends with Aguilera punching on the break and glancing apologetically at Nelson.

Round 12

Aguilera is out for blood as the round starts, but harris freezes him and then throws four shots that all land.  Aguilera is exhausted, and as he lunges forward to attack, he skates forward on both feet on the slick mat.  did I mention that both men are tired?  Aguilera tries to attack again, but gets tied up again.  After a break, the two tie up again, and Aguilera punches out of it.  Aguilera is a warrior, albeit a pudgy one.  Aguilera thorws everything at Harris and a short left hook lands flush.  Harris tries to grin at Aguilera’s corner, but gets tagged again as he looks away.  Aguilera charges forward again, and this time Harris manages to keep him at a forearm’s length and lands perhaps six short body shots in a row.  Aguilera disengages and attacks again, but Harris snaps his head back with a long-armed left hook.  Aguilera gamely continues his pursuit as the bell rings, and though he scored at the end, it will not have been enough to take the round.

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