By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the Center Stage Arena in Atlanta GA, Shea Bailey Promotions delivered once again as the boxing starved boxing fans of Atlanta were treated to an exciting night of fights. In the main event, super welterweight, Paul “The Truth” Delgado (23-9-1, 4 KOs) toughed out a dominating performance over Tim “The Boss” Hall (5-8, 4 KOs). Superwelter Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (22-6, 14 KOs) stopped Jose Felix (10-9-2, 3 KOs) in two.
In the first round, Hall was determined to pressure the slick boxing style of Delgado by moving forward at all cost. Catching up to Delgado and pinning him against the ropes, Hall unleashed an onslaught of punches. Delgado was content with sitting on the ropes allowing Hall to pepper him, but with about a minute left in the round he defused Hall’s efforts by brilliantly landing sharp combinations.
In the second stanza, Delgado kept the momentum going by boxing while moving backwards. At this point in the fight, Hall was not deterred and stuck to his game plan of pressuring Delgado with hopes that he would eventually fold. Halfway through the round Delgado landed a questionable low blow that dropped Hall to the canvas. Referee Jim Korb immediately stepped in and allowed Hall to recover followed by warning Delgado to watch his punches. Once the action continued the combatants slugged it out ending in a savage left hook to the head by Delgado.
Resulting to what he’s known for best, Delgado came out in the third boxing masterfully. Using angles and fancy footwork he began to frustrate Hall. To his credit, Hall did not back down and attempted to land shots that he hoped would turn the tide. Unfortunately for him, Delgado was simply too skilled to be baited into fighting out of his style.
The mounting frustration experienced by Hall culminated in a foul filled fourth round. After cutting Hall with an overhand right to his left eye, Delgado attempted to land a left uppercut to the midsection that was about six inches south of his original target. With another low blow, Hall winced in pain and hit the canvas on all fours. Utilizing just about the full 5 minute recovery period, possibly looking for a breather, he managed to get back to his feat. Jim Korb once again warned Delgado that another low blow will cost him a point. When they resumed Delgado continued doing well by controlling the action. Fed up with his inability to catch Delgado and with the two low blows Hall took matters into his own hands and retaliated by landing an obviously intentional low blow. It was Delgado’s turn to wince and recover; which he did.
In the fifth Delgado’s body attack was finally too much for Hall to bear as a left hook to the body dropped Hall. Hall rose to his feet, but any hopes of turning the tide had diminished as Delgado simply picked him apart.
Realizing that he was clearly ahead on the scorecards, Delgado flashed brilliant boxing in the sixth and final round to seal the deal. Scorecards read 59-53, 60-53 twice.
In the co-main event former WBC FECARBOX champ and Atlanta fave, Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (22-6 14KO) made his return to the ring after a 4 year hiatus. Now campaigning as a super welter Tolliver took on Jose Felix (10-9-2 3KO) of nearby Savannah GA.
If there was any ring rust after four years of not boxing for Tolliver it was not evident as he came out in the first landing hard shots and slugging it out with Felix. Both fighters went at it trying to take control. Tolliver capitalized first with a vicious left to the body followed by a right to the head at the end of round one.
Now focused and confident after the first round, Tolliver landed a beautiful left hook in the second that dropped Felix flat on his back. Felix was able to survive the count, but the end was evident as Tolliver patiently looked for an opening to finish it. Finish it he did by pinning Felix in a neutral corner and letting off a barrage of shots that forced referee Brian Stutts to stop the action at 1:58 of round two.