Friday Night Dog Fights, Puerto Rican Style!
By Sergio Martinez (November 20, 2005)  
Live from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo’ boxing series televised three bouts featuring two rising Puerto Rican prospects, and a young unknown Colombian banger looking to become a contender. Unfortunately, not too many questions were answered, but here’s how all of the action went down. The televised portion of the card opened with a lightweight tilt featuring former 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian representative, and current professional prospect, Alex ‘El Pollo’ De Jesus, 7-0 (4), taking on the tough Mexican brawler, Christian ‘El Zorrillo’ Lopez, 7-2 (4). It was an entertaining scrap, as early on, the Mexican national stormed out of his corner with a ton of aggression, focusing his fury on the hometown kid’s body. It seemed that the southpaw De Jesus was going to have a tougher than expected night as he circled around the ring, attempting to stunt Lopez’ early charge with left-hand counter shots. Late in the opening stanza, ‘El Pollo’ rallied, raking Christian with thudding body shots and straight left-hand counters.

In the opening moments of the second round, De Jesus came out firing left-hand leads to El Zorrillo’s face, and would circle away from the incoming offensive. After what appeared to be an unintentional low blow, the referee deducted a point from the Mexican without the benefit of a warning. An enraged Lopez came back with clubbing shots to the body as De Jesus just stood there absorbing the punishment. Alex employed a lazy right-jab that was used as more of a range finder than an actual weapon. The Puerto Rican closed the round with hard combinations.
 
Feeling the fight slipping away, Lopez charged out of his corner in the third attempting to assert himself, but was caught by a hard, straight left-hand that stunned him. El Pollo was unable to finish him off and ended up receiving some punishment to his body. Christian continued to eat leather throughout the round as Alex unloaded hard combinations to both the head and body. One could sense that the contest turned one-sided in favor of the Puerto Rican. Lopez refused to come out for the fourth-round, awarding a TKO victory to Alex ‘El Pollo’ De Jesus. My personal book on Alex De Jesus is that he seems to have some good power in both of his fists and moves relatively well on his feet, but is not very quick handed and tends to stand with his guard up, allowing his rivals to unload shots. Still, he seems to have raw tools that, if developed properly, can make him a solid professional fighter.
 
The second fight of the night featured a featherweight contest between another ex-Puerto Rican Olympian Juan Manuel Lopez, 7-0 (7), taking on the vastly experienced Colombian southpaw, Luis ‘El Monstrito’ Bolanos, 38-3 (28). Juan Manuel, also a southpaw, was facing his first left-hander in Bolanos. In the opening round, both pugilists came out firing, with the Colombian appearing to land the harder shots. Towards the middle of the stanza, Lopez landed some hard counter left-hand shots that stunned Bolanos, but the veteran showed his ring savvy by holding on to clear his head. ‘El Monstrito’ closed the round in solid fashion as he fired hard, winging hooks which found their mark on Lopez’ chin.
 
The leather exchanges continued in the second round as Bolanos landed winging shots almost at will. Lopez seemed confused with the Colombian’s southpaw stance at times. Luis’ right uppercut started to find its mark on the Puerto Rican’s chin. Juan Manuel answered back with hard combinations to the body of Bolanos which bought the young fighter some time. Both combatants exchanged artillery as the round closed. ‘El Monstrito’ returned to his corner and complained of a sharp pain in his left-hand. The bout was halted. Lopez was awarded a TKO victory. Realistically, it was a lucky thing for the young Puerto Rican because Bolanos’ experienced seemed like it was going to be a tougher than expected factor. My opinion? Lopez is a very raw, unpolished professional fighter that seems to be a very long way from being a finished product. He swings wide with his punches and holds his hands low, exposing himself to being hit with winging shots like the ones Bolanos landed throughout the two rounds. We shall see if this prospect can make the necessary adjustment to his game.
 
The main event of the evening featured Mexican lightweight veteran Ubaldo Hernandez, 20-16-2 (10), winning a ten-round majority decision over unknown Colombian banger Ivan Hernandez, 22-2 (17). For the most part, the contest was uneventful as both fighters were not very active. Ubaldo, 136-pounds, seemed to be the busier of the two throughout the contest as he landed more combinations. In the ninth round, the action heated up as the Mexican national hurt the Colombian with a stiff combination that sent him into the ropes. Ivan, 135-pounds, stood his ground along the ropes and decided to heed to his fighting instincts as he fired back with both fists. Both warriors exchanged leather with Ubaldo seeming to get the better of the deal. The Colombian managed to stay on his feet and made it out of the round and even managed to cut the Mexican over his right eye. The tenth stanza was uneventful and closed with some minor exchanges. In the end, the Mexican was awarded the victory.
 
Overall, it was not as entertaining a night at the fights as one is used to from the ‘Solo Boxeo’ boxing series, but the card still featured some young guns at the beginning of their careers trying to establish themselves as the future stars of the sport. Only time will tell if these boxing babies can make some noise, but it should be fun to watch as they grow up in the ring. Until next week, ‘Such is life, and life is boxing’. Adios.
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