Paul Mendez (10-2, 4 KOs) used a combination of jabbing and right hands to stop Donyil Livingston (8-2-1, 4 KOs) 43 seconds into round seven Saturday night at the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, Calif.
But as they say, not so fast.
was dropped by a left hook that was good six inches below the belt. The
Palmdale, Calif. resident writhed in pain as referee Don Collins picked
up the count. Collins reached the fatal 10 with Livingston unable to
stand. As the crowd roared, Livingston’s corner screamed in disbelief.
They jumped in the ring to help their fighter, but also to complain to
From this writers vantage point the blow was
obviously low. Collins was out of position and couldn’t see the punch.
The procedure is to ask for help from the ringside judges. Collins
questioned judge Kermit Bayless. Unfortunately Bayless, on the other
side of the ring, was unable to see the low blow. Why Collins didn’t ask
for a second opinion is unknown. As of this writing, Livingston’s team
was preparing to file a protest with the California State Athletic
At the time of the stoppage, Mendez’s performance was
sharp and efficient. He was constantly able to beat the aggressive
Livingstone to the punch. It’s likely he was on his way to a victory.
three judges had Mendez ahead at the time of the stoppage. This writer
concured, giving Mendez the edge 58-56. Livingston’s intensity had
increased in the previous round, but Mendez was still connecting with
cutting right hands.
Manuel “Tino” Avila (10-0, 3 KOs) dominated
35-year-old Jhon Molina (32-20-3, 19 KOs) over eight rounds to win a
unanimous decision. The judges had Avila winning 79-73.
quickness was immediately evident as he outworked Molina. The veteran
from Cartagena, Columbia, stalked Avila, but found himself outmaneuvered
throughout the bout. Avila’s quicker hands peppered Molina with
combinations. When Molina pushed, Avila cracked him with right hands
Avila, 20, like Mendez, has showed steady improvement in his last few fights.
Guy Robb (9-1, 4 KOs) and journeyman Jonathan Ancantara (6-9-2, 1 KO)
battled over six rounds with Robb winning by a unanimous decision. The
scoring was 6-54, three times.
After a quiet opening minute, Robb
and Ancantara met in the center of the ring and went toe to toe. Robb
knocked Ancantara down with a beautiful left - right combination in
Jonathan Chicas (7-0, 3 KOs) outworked Jorge Mendoza
(7-7, 3 KOs) over five rounds. All three judges had the San Francisco
native winning every round. Chicas worked the head and body extensively.
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