|And New!!! Peter TKO’s Maskaev and Campbell Upsets Diaz to Claim Titles - Boxing
By Realtorchill (March 10, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Will Hart/HBO)
The opening fight of HBO’s telecast pits Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz vs. Nate “The Galaxy Warrior” Campbell. Campbell enters the ring to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. The Mexican fans are not impressed. Now, the undefeated champion from Houston, TX enters the ring. As the Spanish music plays, the crowd roars their approval. They’re ready to be entertained!
Round one starts with Campbell immediately going to the body. The entire stanza is fought in tight quarters. Both
fighters display high volume, with Campbell being slightly more effective. Diaz is cut with an accidental head butt over his left eye. Round to Campbell.
Round two is again fought in close quarters. Both fighters show they are able to slip punches and then fire back. Juan Diaz lands a few more effective punches. Round to Diaz.
Round three starts with Diaz and Campbell trying to establish their left jabs. They trade in the middle of the ring. Campbell works the body with several rights. Diaz throws combinations. Juan ends the round throwing two flurries to steal it. Round to Diaz.
Round four shows Nate Campbell trying to pick his spots effectively. Diaz backs him into the ropes and the crowd gets excited. Campbell seems unfazed. Round to Diaz.
In round five, Juan Diaz lands some great jabs. Both fighters continue to throw a large number of punches. Campbell is fighting effectively, but not quite enough. Round to Diaz.
Round six begins with both fighters displaying good jabs. Campbell throws a beautiful left hook and two right uppercuts. Campbell lands an awkward left while seemingly tying up Diaz with his right. The referee thinks the punch that opens a cut over Juan’s left eye is a head butt. He takes a point away from Campbell and allows the cut man to work on Diaz’ eye. Juan is ready for action and both fighters throw flurries for the last twenty seconds of the round. Round to Campbell (with the point deduction it’s 9-9).
Round seven is the first round that Diaz holds. Campbell is very comfortable and confident. He counters well and takes advantage of Diaz’ misses throughout the round. Round to Campbell.
In Round eight, Diaz’ left eye is bleeding and closing. Campbell works the body well. Diaz throws a combination, but it’s too little, too late. Juan is affected by his injured left eye. Round to Campbell.
Round nine starts with Diaz throwing more punches. Campbell slips most and counters. Diaz begins to hold. Blood is pouring from Juan’s left eye. Campbell connects with a combination to the body. Diaz looks tired. Nate Campbell dominates the round.
Round ten starts with Diaz holding. Campbell backs up Diaz. Campbell lands a big right hand to Juan’s eye. Nate thoroughly dominates the round. When the bell rings, Diaz stops and stares at Campbell to show he’s still confident. But between rounds, the corner is concerned about their fighter’s eye. It looks horrible and there is a very real possibility they might throw in the towel.
When the bell rings for the eleventh, Diaz gets up after eight seconds. He slowly walks to the center of the ring. Juan continues to throw punches, but his vision is obviously impaired. Referee warns Campbell for no apparent reason. The pace slows dramatically with a lot of holding. Campbell scores at will. Blood continues to pour from Diaz’ eye. Round to Campbell.
Before the twelfth, Campbell is warned by his corner to not be careless. The round starts with the fans chanting Mex-i-co, Mex-i-co. Campbell lands a nice left-right after Diaz throws a combo to the body. Campbell pushes Diaz and tries a combination of his own. Juan Diaz is tired, discouraged, and clearly bothered by his left eye, which is badly damaged. Round to Campbell.
After the bell rings, Campbell immediately lifts his arms to celebrate. Both fighters are picked up by their trainers to show the customary display of a confident victory. We wait for the judges’ scorecards. They render a split decision victory for the new lightweight champion, Nate Campbell 115-112, 116-111, 113-114. Campbell moves to 32-5-1 and Diaz is now 33-1. I scored it 115-112 for Campbell.
On to the main event.
Sam Peter leaves the locker room to reggae music. He looks calm and menacing, as he is followed by his manager. Oleg Maskaev comes out to “Another One Bites The Dust” wearing a sombrero. The fans appear to side with the 6’ 2”, 243 pound Russian.
The fight begins with a slow pace. It’s a distinct contrast to round one of Diaz/Campbell. Peter lands a few clean punches, with Maskaev looking to find the distance, while appearing extremely tentative. Round to Peter.
In round two, Maskaev continues to back up. The pace is very, very slow. When Peter closes in, Oleg ties him up. Oleg seems to be finding his rhythm but it’s Peter who lands the harder shots. Round to Peter.
Round three begins at a tentative pace. Midway through, Peter lands a right uppercut followed by a right hand that hurts Maskaev, who stumbles backwards. Peer follows up the assault with two grazing right hands that send him to the ropes. Peter flurries but the majority of the shots are blocked and the Nigerian is now a bit gassed by the effort. Peter now is looking for his next big shot, misses with a right and catches a left hook on the temple from Maskaev that wobbles him. Both men circle and the pace slows to finish. Round three to Peter.
In the fourth, Maskaev begins to take over using his superior boxing skill. They trade a hard left for a right hand but it is clear Maskaev is the aggressor at this point. The fight is getting a bit clinch heavy and both men clearly respect the others power. Maskaev begins letting his hands go, hoping to land that big shot to turn things his way. Peter is now showing decent defense but as the bell sounds and he heads to his corner, his legs look a little wobbly. Round four to Maskaev.
Maskaev’s corner is now asking for hard hook and right hands and as the round moves on, Maskaev begins throwing one-twos but takes a couple counter rights from Peter for his trouble. Jab right hand by Maskaev. Right hand by Peter. At the rounds close, Peter takes the best shot from Maskaev of the night: a right hand down the pipe. But unfortunately for Maskaev, Peter takes it well and answers back. Round five to Maskaev.
Round six begins and Peter’s corner, after hearing the open scoring announcement, knows they are up two points. “Don’t let this guy back in,” they plead. To keep the back officiating uniform, after a clinch Peter hits on the break and the ref warns Maskaev. The pace is slow as ever. They trade shots and Peter gets warned for his signature rabbit punch though it was a borderline shot. A hard right hand wakes up the crowd and hurts Maskaev. Peter goes to work intelligently this time, looking to land flush shots and doing so. A right. A left. Another right and Maskaev is in trouble. A pinpoint flurry from Peter has Maskaev out on his feet and the referee steps to stop that action and crown a new WBC heavyweight titleholder. The time was 2:56 of the 6th round.
After the fight, Sam Peter is yelling “undisputed champion! Who next!” He tells the world that he’ll knock out whomever they put in front of him. For some reason, I believe him. With the win, Peter not only won the title but also the obligation to fight former titleholder Vitali Klitschko.
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