|Boxing Report and Photo Gallery: Giovanni Segura Takes Out Walter Tello
By Gabriel Montoya, Max Boxing (Feb 21, 2010) Special to Doghouse Boxing (Photos © German Villasenor, DHB)
WBA junior flyweight champion Giovanni Segura, 23-1-1 (19) stopped Walter Tello, 14-4 (6), in the fourth round of the main event of an exciting Fox Sports/Top Rank Live card, Saturday night at the Discoteca El Alebrije in Acapulco, Mexico. It was an all-action bout with defense being at a premium in Segura’s second defense of his title.
The action started where great fights end up, at center ring with both men going off on each other with abandon, to start the fight. Segura, who seemed to be fighting a smaller mirror image in Tello, eschewed the jab and got busy with his hook and left hand early. Segura, more of a banger than a boxer, winged punches from the get-go. But Tello was game and despite getting tagged like an inner-city building (all over and often), he kept coming back and landing his own leather. As each round wound down, despite losing the first two and a half minutes, Tello would land hard and come back, pinning Segura to the ropes all the way to the commercial break.
Tello was wobbly from the first right hook the switch-hitting Segura landed. Knees buckling and wobbly, Tello, the much younger fighter at age 23 to Segura’s experienced 27, showed inner fortitude as he kept coming back, landing right hands and taking the power-punching Segura’s best shots.
In the second, Segura seemed to drop Tello, but referee Luis Pabon ruled it a slip. Tello rose quickly, kept coming forward and both men unleashed punches like a vintage game of “Rock ‘Em-Sock ‘Em Robots.” Defense and technique must have been stuck in traffic because they certainly didn’t make it to the arena for this fight. Segura would eat hard shots that probably lost steam as they arced wide and wild from Tello but came back with his own wide and wild shots.
In the third, Tello almost went down, his glove nearly touching canvas off a hard shot from Segura but he righted himself once again and Segura went in for the finish. A hard right hook and a left hand and Tello went to the ropes, prompting Pabon to step in before a truly brutal finish could go down. The TKO time was 1:56 of round three.
In the undercard, Urbano Antillon, 27-1 (20), fought a three-round war with Luis Arceo, 22-10-2 (15), en route to a third-round TKO of his own, off a cut over Arceo’s left eye ruled to be caused by a punch. Antillon and Arceo went for it for every second of each round with each man, giving as good as they got but in the third, what may have been am accidental headbutt opened a nasty gash on Arceo. The ringside doctor ruled “El Vampiro” could not continue.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding fight for Antillon, who lost via an upset KO last year but instead, participated in what could’ve been an early candidate for Fight of the Year before it was stopped. It will be interesting to see if his promoter will look for a rematch or take the win and move on.
Undefeated junior lightweight prospect Omar Chavez, 20-0 (15), stopped overmatched Eugenio Lopez, 12-16-1 (6) in just one round off a brutal left hook from the depths of boxing hell. Time to step up and fight a live body. The time was 1:44 of round one.
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