Having four knockdowns between them,
Chicago jr. welterweight Adrian Granados emerged as the victor Friday
with a six round stoppage over Mark Salser.
The fight was the co-main event at
US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and televised on
ESPN 2 as part of “Friday Night Fights.”
Granados, 12-2-2 (8), got off to a busy
start, pressing the action and throwing combinations. During his
offensive output, Granados would continuously keep his chin out.
Salser, 15-1 (9), would soon make him pay.
In round two, Salser landed a huge
counter left hook sending Granados down instantly. Granados was
seriously hurt, getting up and stumbling around the ring. Referee
Celestino Ruiz allowed the action to continue and Granados made it
through the round.
When he wasn’t hurt, Granados boxed
well. The 23-year old fighter darted in and out, landing a multitude
Salser, however, made Granados pay
again for keeping his chin out. During the fourh round, Salser sent
Granados down for a second time – this time on a counter right
The fifth round saw both fighters fight
with a sense of urgency. As the round closed, Granados and Salser
exchanged a flurry of punches in a neutral corner.
Sensing he was behind on the
scorecards, Granados came out in the sixth round with another
onslaught. Early in the round, Granados connected with a hook to the
body that sent Salser down.
Salser got up, but Granados attacked
his opponent again. Granados landed another series of punches to the
body, and Ruiz jumped in to stop the fight at :56 seconds of round
MOLLO ‘SZPILED’ ACROSS THE CANVAS
They say lightning never strikes twice.
At US Cellular Field, they were wrong.
In a highly anticipated rematch, Artur
Szpilka landed a picture-perfect left cross to knockout Mike Mollo in
the fifth round. The fight was eerily similar to the fighters’
first fight in Feburary where Szpilka won by knockout in the sixth .
More importantly, the fight was equally
“I have to give my props to this
dude,” Mollo said. “He’s a great warrior.”
After a quiet
first round, Mollo, 20-5-1 (12), and Szpilka, 16-0 (12), went to work
in round two. Mollo, who trained with Miami’s Dino Spencer in
preparation for the rematch, went to the body early and connected
with the right hand. At the end of round 2, Szpilka stunned Mollo
with a left.
Szpilka used that moment to become much
more aggressive in round three. The crowd-favorite Pole walked Mollo
down and repeatedly landed the left.
However just as in the first fight,
Mollo had the ability to turn the fight around in a moment. Midway
through round three, Mollo connected with a left hook that sent
Szpilka crashing to the canvas.
With both men spending a lot of energy,
the pace slowed in round four. Mollo failed to capitalize on his
knockdown. It would eventually end up costing him.
In round five, Szpilka’s left
hand spilled Mollo onto the canvas in very similar fashion to the
first fight’s knockout.
The official time of the stoppage was
Trinidad Garcia vs Ramiro Bueno
In the second fight of the night,
Trinidad Garcia, 5-3-3, and Ramiro Bueno, 2-3-1, battled to a split
majority draw by scores of 39-37 and 38-38 twice.
Amanda Cooper vs Kristin Gearheart
Making her pro debut, Kristin
Gearheart, 1-0, earned a unanimous decision over Amanda Cooper, 1-1
(1), in the first fight of the evening. Gearheart, a former five-time
Golden Glove champion, relied on her amateur experience by
controlling the distance and landing straight right hands. Scores
were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.