|Santana sneaks by Lopez, De Leon dispatches McGirt
By Doghouse Boxing Report (April 12, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
In the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation junior welterweight Edgar Santana, 24-3 (15), kept his championship hopes alive with a hard fought majority decision victory over Joselito Lopez, 22-3 (13), at the Miccosukee Resort in Miami on Friday night.
Santana had to work hard against former lightweight Lopez, who despite his modest punching power managed to deposit Santana on the deck twice in the eighth round. It was a gut check for
sSantana, but the 29-year-old Puerto Rican from New York passed with flying colors, rallying to win the last two rounds and eke out a 95-93, 95-93, 94-94 win.
In the main support bout it took six rounds for a good fight to break out, but it was worth the wait. For six rounds, super middleweight James McGirt was in control, boxing from the outside and keeping his range like his father, two-time champion Buddy, taught him. At the close of the sixth round, McGirt flurried to the body of De Leon, whose cornerman Kenny Adams was begging him to throw more punches, and then landed a shot to the top of the head that dropped Deleon. He would rise shakily and stagger back to his corner.
James McGirt, Jr., 18-1 (9), was coming off the longest layoff of his career. De Leon, 20-2 (13), is the son of four-time Cruiserweight Champion Sugar De Leon. De Leon, Jr. was coming off a split decision loss to Fernando Zuniga and was in desperate need of a good, solid win. And he would get it in the seventh round.
McGirt, Jr. came out fast, looking to test the waters but De Leon had a little something for him. McGirt, Jr. went for a right hook but was wide and slow with it and De Leon, whose best punch is his left hook, landed his first and shook McGirt, Jr. to the core. De Leon saw his chance and went to the body like a pro. An uppercut, a right and a left by De Leon would send McGirt,Jr, who lost his mouthpiece just before the blows landed, to the canvas.
He would rise quickly but would be dropped again by a brutal left uppercut, prompting the referee waved it off at 1:20 of the seventh.
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