|Diaz eviscerates De Jesus
By Vikram Birring at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 19, 2013)
(All Photos © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
When the bell rang on a steamy Saturday night in Laredo, Texas, “El Torito” rushed out of his corner, in a straight line
towards his opponent. His pupils focused, he unleashed savage fury as
if he had been locked in prison for a crime he did not commit, and
was just released and put in a ring against the prosecutor.
The savagery never relented.
From the middle of
the ring to the ropes, to the corners, Adailton De Jesus (30-8, 24
KO) could not escape barrages of punches, one after another.
With the speed of a machine gun
releasing bullets, Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (37-4, 19 KO) released
combinations one after another, sometimes to the head, sometimes to
the body to his hapless foe.
Other times, he would load up with all
his might, and land startling roundhouse overhand rights to the skull
or vicious left hooks to the liver.
De Jesus wobbled a few times, but he
stayed standing, too tough for his own good. Sometimes he asked for
more, so Diaz gave him more.
Eventually his corner saw enough, and
threw in a towel in the fifth round. Unfortunately for him, the towel
got stuck in the ropes on its path towards the canvas, and the
referee was so intently watching the boxers he did not notice.
So his corner threw in another one.
This time, the referee noticed, and stopped the fight.
This is the best Diaz looked since his
utter domination of Julio Diaz nearly six years ago. He cut off the
ring well, had insurmountable stamina, deadly accuracy, and the
passion of a man possessed.
This Juan Diaz looked ready for anyone
in the lightweight division, particularly fellow Texan Omar Figueroa,
or Scotland’s Ricky Burns, both of whom would make tremendous
action bouts. Also, since he is a promotional free agent, he is in a
position to take the bouts that make the most sense for him.
Olympian Jose Ramirez (5-0, 4 KO)
knocked down Oklahoman Mike Maldonado (6-2, 1 KO) with the first
punch he threw, a straight right hand.
Maldonado got up, but was pushed to
the ropes, and after some uppercuts, went down again.
He unwisely chose to rise again, only
to be pummeled and put on the canvas for a third and final time. The
referee stopped the fight after only 66 seconds.
Danny Valvidia of Bakersfield,
California could not hide his excitement.
High. Quite high, actually.
The crowd loved it.
So he jumped again. And a few more
times. The crowd ate it up.
Making his pro debut, it was obvious
that Valdivia was a physical specimen. Not only could he jump, but
his body did not display an ounce of fat, and at 6 feet tall, a very
rangy boxer for the super welterweight division.
It took a round for him to understand
his range, but in the second round he did, and sent Jamaris Chaney
(0-1) tumbling sideways with a straight right.
Chaney got up, but was nearly sent
through the ropes for his troubles.
He got up again, but after another
right hand the fight was stopped at 2 minutes, 51 seconds of round 2.
Valdivia (1-0, 1 KO) was in tears
after the bout. But that did not stop him from leaping some more, to
the joy of the audience. And then he added another wrinkle, jumping
pushups with claps. The fans loved that too. Valdivia made a name for
himself in fifteen minutes. He is one worth following in the future.
Denis Shafikov (33-0, 18 KO) W RTD 6
Santos Benavides (23-4-2, 17 KO)
Ivan Najera (120, 8 KO) W UD 6 Roger
Tramaine Williams (8-0, 1 NC, 2 KO) NC
3 Raymond Chacon (4-6, 1 NC)
Alex Saucedo (10-0, 7 KO) KO 1 Ramon
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