|Gonzalez Wins Majority Decision over Ennis in Miami - ESPN2 Boxing Results
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 6, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Rico’s Jonathan Gonzalez, 16-0 (13), won a majority decision over
Philadelphia’s Derek “Pooh” Ennis over 10 rounds Friday night over
ESPN2’s first show of 2013 at Magic City Casino, in Miami, FL. Ennis had
a problem making weight which is not the first time in his career.
After a 15 month lay-off it was no surprise as he tipped the scales at
161 while Gonzalez came in at 152 ¾ for this 154 contracted bout. Ennis
tipped the scales at 170 on Wednesday. It cost Ennis $3,000 in fines.
The 32 year-old Ennis is 9 years the elder to the 23 year-old Gonzalez.
Ennis came out taking the first round being much busier than Gonzalez
and landed 2 overhand rights getting the attention of Gonzalez and
letting him know he came to fight. In the second round Gonzalez rallied
with two explosive flurries of 6 and 9 punches without return while
Ennis was blocking some with gloves held high. Near the end of the round
Ennis rallied landing a right followed by a good left hook to the chin
of Gonzalez and a straight right at the bell. The third round was
similar when Gonzalez started with a straight right to the mid-section
of Ennis and landed 7 out of 10 punches putting Ennis on the defense. In
the fourth Ennis let Gonzalez out hustle him for the round.
Ennis came back in the fifth round starting with a double left hook.
Gonzalez landed 2 right hands to the head in return. Ennis cleaned up on
Gonzalez in the last 15 seconds to take the round. Little action in the
sixth but Gonzalez took the round. In the seventh Gonzales landed a
right cross to the chin. Ennis whose 3 losses were by stoppage stood up
to the power of Gonzalez very well. Ennis landed a solid left hook to
the chin in taking the round. From the eighth through the tenth Ennis
looked fatigued and going through the motions after trailing 4-3 on this
writers card after 7 rounds. Like the sixth there was little action
until the last 10 seconds when both fighters opened up with Gonzalez
winning the round.
In the ninth Gonzalez was countering well as Ennis became the aggressor
anticipating he would need a knockout to win. A 3-punch combination
ending with a left to the chin got the attention of Ennis as Gonzalez
won the round. In the tenth and final round Ennis landed a left-right
combination but Gonzalez was busier as both exchanged punches in the
last 10 seconds.
Judge Ralph Vidal had it 95-95 but Rich Green had it 98-92 and Toby
Tamarkin 97-93, both for Gonzalez. DHB also had it 97-93 for Gonzalez.
This writer did not feel Gonzalez lived up to his reputation and Ennis
beat himself at the scale. Ennis has too many skills to lose to a
Gonzalez but at this stage of his career after 15 months of inactivity
it was a tough fight to start back with. ESPN’s Teddy Atlas had it 97-94
Gonzalez with an even fifth round while giving the winner the last 3
rounds. Frank Santore, Jr., served as the referee.
Another PA boxer opened the show from Harrisburg named Josh Bowles, 6-1
(1), taking on Cuban now living in Miami Hairon Socarras, 6-0-1 (5).
This was a difficult match to watch as there were too many clinches.
Referee Max Parker, Jr., had his hand’s full the first 2 rounds
separating the boxers. Socarras seemed to have the edge but didn’t live
up to his reputation. Coming to the US at 11 was too young of an age to
be Cuban taught. In the third round with Bowles chin “in the air” the
entire fight, got hit with a 3-punch combination and hit the canvas. It
seemed he may have beat the count but referee Parker waved it off at
2:11 of the third in a scheduled 4. There was no way Bowles was going to
overcome losing the first two and hitting the canvas in the third.
In the main event Cuban Rances Barthelemy, 18-0 (12), out of Miami, won
by scores of 116-112 (twice) and 115-113 over Arash Usmanne, 20-1 (10),
Afghanistan born and fighting out of Montreal, CAN. This was a 12
rounder for the IBF super featherweight #2 spot. Santore also was the
referee in this one.
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