Barker Wins Split Decision to take IBF Middle title from Geale at Revel Casino in Atlantic City Saturday!
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Barker Wins Split Decision to take IBF Middle title from Geale at Revel Casino in Atlantic City Saturday!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 19, 2013)

L-R: Barker vs. Geale
L-R: Barker vs. Geale
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Australia’s IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, 29-2 (15) lost his title by split decision to the UK’s “Dazzling” Darren Barker, 26-1 (16) over 12 rounds at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday night. It was a good fight from the opening round with Barker coming off the canvas in the sixth.

Barker tried using his reach to little avail until halfway through the first when he finally landed a hard right to the jaw of Geale. Barker came back in the second round landing some good combinations to Geale’s head. In the third Barker controlled while both mixed it up at the bell. The fourth was a close round as the fighting was more inside giving Geale an advantage until Barker landed several left uppercuts.

In the fifth Geale worked Barker over inside having Barker trying to cover up to no avail. Seemed Barker forgot his jab. In the sixth Geale dropped Barker with a left hook on the border-line. Barker got up at 9 and fought his way back hurting Geale. In the seventh they exchanged right hands. Barker seemed to eke out the round. In the eighth Geale would get the better of Barker who was warned by referee Cotton for leaning on Geale. Geale in return got Barker into four headlocks without warning.

The tenth started to show the ware and tare on both until Barker landed a lead left uppercut and followed up with a barrage of punches. In the eleventh Barker landed a 3 punch combo and Geale returned his own 3 punch combo as Barker’s left eye was bleeding from the outside down the side of his face. Barker in a close round.

In the twelfth and final round it was a shoot out with Geale hurting Barker to the mid-section. Barker fought back gallantly in the best round of the fight. Judges Alan Rubenstein had it 114-113 for Geale while Carlos Ortiz had the same score for Barker as did DHB. The third judge Barbara Perez had it 116-111 for Barker by split decision for the win.

“It wasn’t my best performance though I thought I won the fight and want a rematch,” said Geale. “I take my hat off to him. He’s a tough man. During the knockdown I thought in my head about my wife, family and daughter. During the fight I started loading up and he hit me for the knockdown. If I stuck to my game plan and boxed I would have won easily,” said Barker.

In the co-feature IBF super bantamweight champion Jhonatan Romero, 29-1 (12), of COL, and Kiko Martinez, 30-4 (21), of SP, finally gave the fans something to cheer about as Martinez upset Romero at 2:40 of the sixth round to take the title.

Martinez came out driving Romero into the ropes landing punch after punch with the champion trying to use his jab. In the second round Romero got on his bicycle in order to stay a jab away from the oncoming Martinez and countered him well enough to win the round. In the third Martinez was able to get through some of the countering of Romero but not enough to take the round.

In the fourth round Martinez landed a hard right uppercut knocking the head of Romero that had Romero on the run. Martinez took over like he did in the first round causing a cut along the left eye brow of Romero. An overhand right halfway through the fifth rattled Romero who was on the defense trying to counter with right uppercuts but the stronger Martinez would continue coming forward landing mostly to the body to take the round.

In the sixth Romero did well until halfway through when it started with a left hook by Martinez who continued to hammer Romero from ring post to post. The cut re-opened as Martinez walked down the champion into a neutral corner landing punch after punch as referee David Fields had a watchful eye on the action finally stopping it at 2:40 of the sixth. The trainer of Martinez, Sarmiento jumped into the ring grabbing his new champion who was on his knees in victory. Sarmiento also trains Sergio Martinez.

Jonathan Maicelo, 20-1 (12), of PER stopped Jose Alejandro Rodriguez, 19-12 (11), MEX, at 0:22 of the 10th and final round in the lightweight division. “Maicelo picked up the action in the second. Rodriguez showing little ability on offense with Maicelo landing what gets landed thru 5 rounds of lack of action. They don’t need a punch counter for this one. The seventh round saw the most action up until this point. In the 8th Maicelo landed several effective left hooks.

In the 10th and final round Maicelo landed a right to the head dropping Rodriguez to his knees where he took the count from referee Alan Higgins. Let’s hope we don’t see Rodriguez back here again.

Thomas Dulorme, 19-1 (14), of PR, stopped southpaw Frankie Figueroa, 20-5-1 (15), of NY, at 0:47 of the 8th round. In the 3rd Dulorme landed a right as Figueroa was backing up landing on the canvas with a hand causing a knockdown per referee Rick Vera. In the 5th a left hook dropped Figueroa who was up before the count. Dulorme landed a border-line low blow finally causing referee Vera to take away a point. It was at least the 4th time Dulorme landed a low blow. Finally in the 8th of Figueroa looking like he didn’t want to be in the fight since the beginning was taking “too much” punishment from Dulorme as referee Vera relieved all in attendance.

Cuban Olympian Yordenys Ugas, 15-1 (7), of Miami, FL, continued taking on ordinary fighters unlike most Cuban Olympians defeating his opponent John Williams 11-3-1 (5) of NC, for the WBC Latin Junior Interim junior welter title over 10 rounds though Ugas came in at 141 ½. Williams tried his best throughout but was outfought all the way. Each round was similar to the one before. Referee Randy Neumann took away a point from Ugas in the 10th and final round. Judges Lynne Carter and John Stewart had it 98-91 while Lawrence Layton had it 99-90 all for Ugas.

Australia’s Joel Brunker, 26-0 (15), defeated southpaw Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver, 25-5 (8), of Hartford, CT, over 8 rounds in the featherweight division. Oliver fought off the ropes through the entire fight as he and Brunker mixed it up. Whenever they got into the middle of the ring Brunker would tie Oliver up. In the 6th Brunker received a nasty cut outside his left eye do to an accidental head butt. Referee was Huggins who did little to separate the fighters throughout. All 3 judges Hilton Whitaker, Kason Cheeks and Tony Perez had it 78-74 for Brunker. The fight seemed closer than the scoring.
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