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Diaz stops Lucero at the Boat

By Shamus Young at ringside

At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped Emmanuel Lucero in the fifth round in spectacular fashion. In the first two rounds, Diaz showed his amateur pedigree and kept Lucero at the end of snappy punches. Lucero demonstrated heart and craft by turning the tide in the third with a swarm of body punches. Lucero was a second away from winning the round when he was dropped by a sneaky uppercut from Diaz. Diaz rode the momentum to win a tightly contested fourth round. In the fifth, Diaz used his jab to open Lucero’s defense just enough to allow a stiff right cross that dropped Lucero. Lucero beat the count, but was soon dropped again in the same manner. Lucero rose but was unsteady, which caused referee Louis Jackvony to wave it off. Time of stoppage was 1:37 of the fifth. Diaz goes to 9-0 and Lucero to 26-11-1.

In the co-main event, Welterweights Osvaldo Rojas (10-2-2) and Nate Serrano (4-1-1) stole the show with a six round slugfest. Serrano is a short of stature fighter that will wade in and take two shots to deliver three. For the first two rounds, Rojas made Serrano pay every time he came in. Then Serrano’s body shots started to pay off and he was able to work effectively inside and take the middle rounds. Just when it seemed like Serrano was going to chop Rojas down, he abandoned the body and started to head-hunt ineffectively, which allowed Rojas to regroup and rally in the last round. Both men put everything they had into the ring and earned a standing ovation. Scores were 58-56 for Rojas, 58-56 for Serrano, and 57-57, for a majority draw. Fightnews had it 58-56 for Serrano. A rematch is both necessary and desirable.

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At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped Emmanuel Lucero in the fifth round in spectacular fashion. In the first two rounds, Diaz showed his amateur pedigree and kept Lucero at the end of snappy punches. Lucero demonstrated heart and craft by turning the tide in the third with a swarm of body punches. Lucero was a second away from winning the round when he was dropped by a sneaky uppercut from Diaz. Diaz rode the momentum to win a tightly contested fourth round. In the fifth, Diaz used his jab to open Lucero’s defense just enough to allow a stiff right cross that dropped Lucero. Lucero beat the count, but was soon dropped again in the same manner. Lucero rose but was unsteady, which caused referee Louis Jackvony to wave it off. Time of stoppage was 1:37 of the fifth. Diaz goes to 9-0 and Lucero to 26-11-1.

In the co-main event, Welterweights Osvaldo Rojas (10-2-2) and Nate Serrano (4-1-1) stole the show with a six round slugfest. Serrano is a short of stature fighter that will wade in and take two shots to deliver three. For the first two rounds, Rojas made Serrano pay every time he came in. Then Serrano’s body shots started to pay off and he was able to work effectively inside and take the middle rounds. Just when it seemed like Serrano was going to chop Rojas down, he abandoned the body and started to head-hunt ineffectively, which allowed Rojas to regroup and rally in the last round. Both men put everything they had into the ring and earned a standing ovation. Scores were 58-56 for Rojas, 58-56 for Serrano, and 57-57, for a majority draw. Fightnews had it 58-56 for Serrano. A rematch is both necessary and desirable.

Cruiserweight Josh Hewson (1-0) had a huge height and reach advantage over Juan Hernandez (2-1). But Hewson was slow. That allowed Hernandez to work over the jab, under the jab, and around all of Hewson’s punches. Hernandez isn’t the most technically strict boxer there is, but he has a gift of flow that allowed him to pepper Hewson at will. In the second round, Hewson was stunned with a right cross and spit out his mouth guard, buying enough time to make the end of the round. In the third, Hernandez dropped Hewson once, then almost let him escape by being wild. Hernandez staged a rally at the end of the round that left Hewson face-first on the canvas with the match waved off . Time of the stoppage was 2:59.

Welterweight Marcella Pineda won his debut, but with an asterisk. The asterisk is that Jose Leon (now 1-1-1) was winning big for a round and a half with steady work against the tentative Pineda. Then Pineda seemed to find his composure. He settled down on a big uppercut, which dropped Leon to end the second. In the third, Pineda went to the uppercut again to get another knockdown, then finished the show with a crafty overhand right. Referee Paul Field waved the bout off at 1:01 of the third.

Junior Lightweight Jesus Sandoval went to 2-0-1 with a majority decision over Geraldo Reyes (1-2) over four rounds. Sandoval was awkward, switching constantly between southpaw and conventional, lunging from all angles, and screaming “hut” with each punch. Reyes appeared to be the better technical boxer, but he just didn’t let his hands go, with the exception of the third round. Reyes won the third round with smooth body work. Judges had it 38-38 and 40-36 and 39-37 for Sandoval for a majority decision. Fightnews had it 39-37 for Sandoval.

In the opener, MMA fighter Corey Von Bauer won his debut as a welterweight. He looked like a MMA fighter, awkward and southpaw, slapping from odd angles. But he was busy enough to outwork Omar Avelar, also making his debut. Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37 once. Fightnews had it 40-26 for Von Bauer.




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