|Prograis and Cruz shine in debuts!
By Vikram Birring at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (May 3, 2012)
Regis Prograis wished that the opponent
put up a better fight, but he had to deal with the hand he was given
as last minute opponent Carl Almirol had to step in as the original
opponent dropped out at noon on the day of the fight.
Almirol (0-2) looked to be in good
shape, but his total lack of technique was exposed rather quickly as
Prograis (1-0, 1 KO), who before the fight said he wanted to practice
body work against his outmatched opponent, was awoken from a relative
slumber as Almirol connected with a couple of punches. Prograis
changed his strategy and knocked him out with a single punch, laying
Almirol sprawling on the ropes.
The doctors hopped in, the fans
cheered, and Prograis hopes for bigger and better things in the
professional ranks. Official time was two minutes, one second.
El Salvadorian’s first Olympic boxer
Pablo Cruz gave great joy to an adoring throng of fans, knocking down
Daniel Sanchez three times in a blazing first round and halting him
in his debut.
Cruz (1-0, 1 KO) and Sanchez (0-1)
traded punches immediately as the bell rang, but Cruz’s punches had
more power, as he thrice trapped Sanchez against the ropes, and
knocked him down to a roar of the fans, Sanchez rising ever so
gingerly each time. After the third knockdown, De Alejandro had seen
enough and stopped the beating at two minutes, seventeen seconds.
In the opening bout, DeAnthony “The
Disciple” Bonner outboxed debuting Martin Gonzalez in a spirited
affair between two very raw boxers. Bonner (2-0, 1 KO) showed
excellent raw talent and reflexes as he countered most Gonzalez (0-1)
mistakes; most notable was his stinging jab, that gave the image of a
screw going into a wall, only that the wall was Gonzalez’s face.
Gonzalez never quit trying, landing
many triple and quadruple jabs, but simply took more graphic, clean
punches through the four rounds. At the end of the bout, Bonner won
by decision, 39-37, and 40-36 twice.
and Daniel Garcia drew in a comical bout. Garcia Is known for being a
tough sparring partner, and the 0-7 Hernandez seemed to be the
perfect foil, until the bell rang.
Hernandez (0-7-1) came out fighting at
a furious pace, throwing punches at an incredible pace for three
minutes, though his technique left a bit to be desired.
The surprised Garcia (9-7-2, 7 KO)
spent a lot of time ducking, trying to measure Hernandez. After the
first round, Garcia seemed to figure Hernandez out, doing some good
body work, with occasional bursts to the head.
By the fourth round, Hernandez was
totally exhausted, but Garcia was unable to close the show. What
seemed to be an easy decision to score was first scored for
Hernandez, and then a few minutes later the ring announcer stated
that the decision was actually a draw.
Tyrone “Soldier Boy” Selders
knocked down Camani Rigmaiden with a long spear of a right cross.
Rigmaiden (0-1) rose steadily, but Selders (8-2, 6 KO) jumped right
on him, knocking him down again, and then going on the attack again,
giving the referee no choice but to stop the bout at only fifty-eight
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