Cotto vs Margarito Undercard Boxing Report and Photos
By John Novoselac at ringside (July 27, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © German Villasenor, DHB)  
In a 10 round super bantamweight event to open the evening, Freddie Roach trained Filipino Bernabe Concepcion dominated Californian Adam Carrera.  A body shot put Carrera on the deck halfway through the third round, and a vicious right uppercut finished the job about 45 seconds later.  Referee Joe Cortez called a halt to the fight at 2:14 of the third, giving Concepcion the TKO victory.  Concepcion improves to 26-1-1 (15), while Carrera goes to 19-4 (8).

Afterwards, Concepcion said "I did what I had to do.  I felt I was too strong for him.  I feel like I am ready for a title now."  Roach stated, "He is a young strong kid.  He passed this test with flying colors.  I see no reason to hold him back.”

Carrera said, "The first knockdown I wasn't hurt.  I just took a knee to get myself together.  I didn't see the knockout punch."

In a 10 round super lightweight attraction, veteran Cesar Bazan of Mexico City faced undefeated Mike Alvarado of Thornton, Colorado in the second fight of the evening.  Alvarado began setting the pace in the first round behind a steady jab and short, accurate shots, though Bazan fought back in the second with some nice body work.  Bazan used his longer reach and experience to his advantage, landing several uppercuts.  The action picked up at the end of the third, as both fighters traded shots with Bazan fighting off the ropes, using his veteran guile.  With 30 seconds left in the fourth, Alvarado battered Bazan on the ropes, hurting him badly.  Uppercuts and body shots from both hands stunned the veteran, and a left uppercut ended the fight.  Referee Russell Mora wisely stopped the fight at 2:46 of the fourth, extending Alvarado’s undefeated streak. 

Alvarado moves to 22-0 (15) while Bazan drops to 48-11 (31).  Compubox credited Alvarado with 110 of 278 punches, with 62 being power shots.  Bazan was 84 of 250, with 49 power shots.  Alvarado had a 61-39 edge in total connects over the final two rounds.  It's probably time for the aging Bazan to call it a career.

The main support bout featured Cesar Canchila of Monterria, Colombia battling Californian Giovani Segura for the WBA interim light flyweight title.  Canchila came out sluggish, as Segura dominated the opening round with hard punches to the head and the body.  A right upstairs put Canchila down about a minute unto the second.  The Colombian wisely moved away as Segura pressed forward but was unable to finish the job.  Canchila seemed to find his rhythm in the fourth, as he finally was able to land some solid punches.  Canchila looked dried out at yesterday's weigh in, and had hardly broken a sweat by the end of the fourth.  That's not a good sign. 

Both fighters slowed in the fifth, and the trend continued through the seventh as the crowd rained down their displeasure in a chorus of boos and whistles. The pace picked back up in the eighth and ninth, and Segura landed his best shots since the knockdown in round two.  Canchila came out aggressive in the tenth, bullying Segura into the corner and landing a series of shots.  It seemed that Canchila was coming on right as Segura was beginning to run out of gas, who's right eye was starting to close up.  The Colombian's effective aggression carried into the eleventh, as both fighters exchanged shots in the middle of the ring and Canchila looking to land the better ones.  Canchila also appeared to win the last round as well.  Scores read 117-110 twice and 115-112, all for Canchila.

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