| Art Hovhannisyan Edges Past Miguel Acosta - Boxing Report, Photos & Quotes
SecondsOut (July 21, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photos © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)
SecondsOut.com on Doghouse Boxing. - In a thrilling fight in the main event of an exciting doubleheader on Friday night unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan (15-0, 8 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., turned back a determined bid by former WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-6-2, 23 KOs), of Caracas, Venezuela, to win a hard-fought 10-round split decision.
In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., talented, unbeaten super bantamweight Roman Morales (11-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., registered an impressive eight-round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (11-3-1 5 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev.
Hovhannisyan, making his first start in 11 months, was victorious in a
hard-hitting, fast-paced scrap by the scores of 95-93 twice and 92-96.
Each slugger went down one time, Acosta late in the opening round,
Hovhannisyan in the fifth.
Hovhannisyan, 30, was a tad surprised at the scoring. “I knew it was a
little close, but I definitely thought I won,’’ he said. “After I
dropped him, I kept trying for the spectacular knockout. My corner was
telling me between rounds to calm down, but I thought I had him for
sure. He was lucky the bell rang when it did.
“I’m very happy to get the win. Acosta can still fight. I think my
conditioning played a great role in my performance, but at this level
you need to be good in all facets. This fight was definitely a great
learning experience for me.’’
The more experienced Acosta, 34, who moved well throughout and decked
Hovhannisyan with an overhand right hand, thought he’d done enough to
get his hand raised. “I was very sure I won,’’ he said. “Although he
caught me in the first round I landed more punches throughout the fight.
I knew my conditioning was good and it would carry me though the fight.
I felt I was robbed.’’
Morales, 23, scored a knockdown in the third en route to winning by
the scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72. Going eight rounds for the first
time in a career that began in February 2011, the switch-hitting Morales
showed excellent poise and composure in his ShoBox debut, and appears to be a prospect to watch.
“I thought this was a good performance,’’ he said. “I’m glad I could
go eight hard rounds because that is what I expected. I got a little
tired but I knew I had to keep working. I’ll be back in the gym soon and
I’ll be ready to fight whoever my team wants me to.’’
The Roger Mayweather - trained Santiago, 21, offered no
excuses. “I thought it was a close fight, a tough fight. I got dropped
but it was just a flash knockdown. I was never hurt. I felt good the
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