By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
In the main event of the evening, one of Chicago’s most popular fighters of the past decade, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs), made his return to the Chicago boxing scene by scoring a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth against Troy “TNT” Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. George pounded Lowry to the head and body throughout before scoring the TKO after dropping Lowry with a left hook upstairs George scored his first knockdown with a right to the body in round four.
In the first, Lowry came out as if he hadn’t received the memo about this being George’s homecoming by connecting on a few body shots and hooks upstairs. As the round progressed, however, even though George appeared to be a little rusty by swinging widely and forgetting to move his head, he began to hurt Lowry to the body. Overall, despite giving his all and competing, Lowry was simply outgunned throughout the round. George’s body shots carried the round.
George started the second by landing a crisp counter left hook that stopped Lowry’s forward aggression. Toward the middle of the second, George nodded to those at ringside to indicate that he was starting work himself into the fight. Toward the final minute of the round, Lowry flurried in what appeared to be his last hurrah, but George simply walked through his shots and continued to pound him to the body.
While in his corner, Lowry looked as if he was going to quit but came out at the start of the bell with aggression. Despite being fatigued and hurt throughout the second, Lowry managed to score with a couple of left hooks that George simply walked through. As the round progressed, George’s bombs continued to land to the head and body, but Lowry remained on his feet. A big round for George but when he returned to his corner he looked fatigued and somewhat surprised that Lowry was still standing.
For the first minute of the fourth, Lowry was successful at smothering George’s shots. Toward the middle of the round, George landed a terrific right to the body after which Lowry moaned and then said, “Good shot.” Somehow, however, Lowry continued to fight on even after being dropped with a series of body shots. Between the fourth and fifth, Lowry and his corner appeared as if they were going to toss in the towel, and there was even a long discussion with the referee before Lowry expressed that he was ready to continue.
In the fifth, Lowry held in order to survive and was warned for it. Shortly after the warning, George landed several left hooks upstairs and down that nearly floored Lowry. Lowry continued to fight on even with blood streaming from his mouth and nose and the left side of his head beginning to develop a mini Rahman-like hematoma on the left side of his head above the ear.
In the sixth, George continued to go for the knockout, but Lowry managed to survive by holding, smothering and occasionally working the left hand until George unleashed a four-punch combination punctuated by left hook that put Lowry on the mat. While on the mat with blood pouring from his mouth and nose, Lowry wisely indicated to his corner that it was time to throw in the towel.
Immediately following the TKO, George danced briefly to the “Tootsie Roll” and then performed his signature backflip for his hometown fans. After the bout, George expressed that Lowry was a tough road warrior and that he was happy Lowry was able to hang in there because it afforded George the opportunity to work off the rust.
Fedosov TKOs Harris
In an eight round heavyweight bout, Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 19 KOs) of Shuya, Russia, rebounded from his June 2013 TKO loss to Bryant Jennings by scoring a second round knockout at 2:24 with a left hook to the body of a game but 242 pound Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (26-9-2, 11 KOs) of East Orange, NJ. Fedosov scored his first knockdown with an overhand right in the second.
In the first, Harris attempted to fight from a distance behind his jab as Fedosov looked to plow forward behind his thudding body shots, lunging left hooks and well-timed overhand rights. Toward the final thirty seconds of a round that was controlled by Fedosov, Harris managed to catch Fedoso as plowed forward without a jab or head movement with crisp left hook that did not appear to have a lot behind it but it did buckle Fedosov’s legs and forced him to retreat to the neutral corner. Fedosov managed to recover and controlled the remainder of the round. A close round.
In the second, Fedosov’s superior handspeed became the difference as he was able to catch Harris with left and rights upstairs before going to the body. Near the two-minute mark, after attacking the body Fedosov worked his way upstairs with an overhand right that hurt and floored Harris. Harris willed himself to his feet but was dropped seconds later with an overhand right followed by a left hook to the body. Harris attempted to rise but was simply too hurt and perhaps too big at 241 pounds to do so.
Jimenez Decisions Gonzalez
In a six-round super middleweight clash that was much closer than some of the cards reflected, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (14-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago, IL, muscled-out a unanimous decision against the crafty Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-13-4, 6 KOs) of San Diego, CA. Jimenez scored a knockdown in the fourth with a right. Scores were 58-55, 58-54 and 57-56.
To start the first, Jimenez came out looking to land with wide shots to the body but Gonzalez caught him with a crisp counter left that momentarily halted his attack. As the round progressed, Jimenez would continue to attack the body with left and right hooks as Gonzalez continued to counter with lead lefts. A very close round but Gonzalez’ cleaner shots appeared to carry the round.
In the second, Gonzalez continued to counter with the lead left and even began to outshine the showman by taunting the pro-Jimenez crowd and Jimenez after appearing to drop him with a counter right followed by a left on the inside that was ruled a slip. A good round for Gonzalez.
In the third, even though Jimenez managed to close the distance and occasionally landed to the body, Gonzalez was more effective as he simply used angles to set up his counter right hooks and lead lefts.
Gonzalez began the fourth by taunting the pro-Jimenez crowd. In the fourth, however, unlike the previous rounds, Jimenez began to guard against the lead left by stepping to his left, which also enabled him to land his right. As the round progressed, Gonzalez began to tire while Jimenez’ superior conditioning provided opportunities to land with his right, which floored Gonzalez in the final thirty seconds of the round. Although Gonzalez managed to survive the round, he appeared spent as the bell sounded. Big round for Jimenez.
Despite appearing to fade at the end of the fourth, Gonzalez used his superior movement to set up his lead left for the first half of the round. Throughout the second half of the round, however, Gonzalez began to use his movement solely to avoid exchanges as Jimenez continued to pound him to the body with wide shots mixed with occasional lead rights upstairs. Another good round for Jimenez.
In a round that should have been significant in deciding the winner, it was Jimenez who fought the first half as if there was a fight at stake by plowing forward behind wide body shots. In the final minute, however, as both fighters breathed heavily and swung wildly, it was Gonzalez who landed the cleaner and more damaging blows. A close round that could have gone either way.
Ramirez Decisions Coverson
Those familiar with the local fight scene wanted to see if junior welterweight Eddie Ramirez’ power would be enough to stop a crafty and survival-minded fighter like Greg Coverson Jr. Despite pounding Coverson to the body repeatedly and occasionally coming upstairs with straight rights, Ramirez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Joliet, IL, was unable to stop Coverson (3-8-3, 3 KOs) of Detroit, MI.
Although they are unlikely to happen anytime soon, junior welterweight matchups between Chicagoland’s Semajay Thomas, Jose Arambula and Eddie Ramirez are fights that fans in Chicago want to see.
Navarrete Decisions Carrizales
Super featherweight Fidel Navarrete (5-0-2, 3 KOs) of Chicago, IL, overcame the first knockdown of his career to defeat a tough Tim Carrizales (4-10-1, 3 KOs) of Waukesha, WI, by unanimous decision with scores of 39-36, 38-36 and 38-35.
To start the bout, Navarrete clearly made attempts to follow his trainer George Hernandez’ instructions to land with the jab before throwing his right, but as has been his reputation throughout his short career, Navarrete quickly abandoned the jab and his corner’s instructions for the slugging style that has made him a Chicago fan favorite. Near the two-minute mark, Navarrete landed an overhand right that wobbled Carrizales. A big round for Navarrete.
In second, Navarrete dominated but was hit occasionally with looping overhand rights after leaving himself exposed by dropping his hands to admire his work. With about 45 seconds remaining, while pounding Carrizales to the body recklessly, Navarrete was dropped with one of Carrizales’s looping overhand rights. After being dropped, Navarrete played to the crowd by taunting his opponent to show that he wasn’t hurt but he was.
In the third, Navarrete simply outworked Carrizales with his superior handspeed and managed to hurt him repeatedly with shots to the body. As the round came to a close, however, Navarrete was again wobbled with a looping overhand right that caused him to return to his corner in a zigzagging-like manner. Navarrete should have done enough for the first two minutes to carry the round as Carrizales reduced himself to fighter simply looking to land the overhand right.
In the final round, Navarrete used his superior footwork to create distance in order to land his jab and chopping right hands while occasionally mixing in flurries to the body. Despite his corner’s pleas to fight from a distance behind his jab with his hands held high, Navarrete consistently provided Carrizales with opportunities to counter and even gave away the final fifteen seconds of the round by getting caught with several brutal left and right hooks. A close round but Navarrete appeared to carry it.
Canas TKOs Griffin
In the first bout of the evening, junior welterweight Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago, IL, scored a TKO at 2:08 of the fifth against Rynell Griffin (7-21-2, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV.
In the opening seconds of the bout, Canas wobbled Griffin with a wide right as Griffin attempted to shoot his lead left. For the remainder of the first, Canas attempted to step to his left in order to set up his wide rights and right uppercuts against Griffin’s southpaw stance. Toward the final minute of the round, Canas managed to back Griffin to the neutral corner in order to land several thudding body shots, primarily with the right.
Griffin managed to carry the first minute of the second by shooting lead lefts to the body of Canas before quickly retreating. Griffin was unable to sustain his attack against Canas’s pressure, however, and was nearly knocked out in the final minute as Canas landed repeatedly to the head and body. A big round for Canas.
The third was more of the same as Griffin managed to carry the first thirty seconds by leading with his left before quickly retreating. Like the second, Canas’s aggression and harder punching were the difference as he managed to muscle Griffin to the ropes in order to score with big body shots and uppercuts.
Despite Rita Figueroa and Sam Colonna’s pleas to get Canas to throw the right hook, Canas spent much of the first minute following Griffin as Griffin scored with lead lefts, right hooks and left uppercuts. Despite being outworked for much of the round, Canas probably managed to eek out the round with two barrages of body that pushed Griffin to the ropes.
For most of the fifth, which only lasted two minutes, Canas muscled Griffin to the ropes to land to the body but was also countered repeatedly with lead lefts. Near the two-minute mark with Griffin’s back to the ropes, Canas varied his attack and went upstairs to connect with a four-punch combination that sent Griffin crashing to the mat just as referee Kurt Spivey attempted to step in to stop the bout.
Ortuz Draws with Williams
Coming off a one-year layoff, cruiserweight Dimar “El Animal” Ortuz (9-0-1, 6 KOs) appeared unusually sluggish in fighting to a split draw with fellow southpaw Mitch “King Kamm” Williams (8-4-3, 5 KOs) of Jackson, MI. Scores were 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57.
Ortuz appeared to carry the early rounds with his lead lefts followed by his hold and hit style while pushing his opponent to the ropes. In fourth and the fifth, however, Williams’s superior conditioning appeared to be the difference as he managed to walk through Ortuz’ increasingly wide shots in order to score with big left and right hooks. In the final round, Ortuz appeared to do enough with his lead left and holding while hitting, but Williams also had his moments and appeared to rock Ortuz on several occasions. The fourth round and the sixth rounds were close.
Coix TKOs Gauthier
Will “Power” Coix (1-0, 1 KO) of Chicago, IL, made his pro debut at welterweight by scoring a TKO of Justin “Ojibwe Savage” Gauthier (0-4) of Green Bay, WI, at 1:12 of the second. Coix scored a knockdown in the first with a left hook to the body; a knockdown in second with a left hook upstairs; and the stoppage with a left hook to the body. On a side note, Gauthier managed to survive the first for the first time in his career
Navarro vs. Smith
Welterweight Roy Navarro (6-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, IL, failed to impress in a four round bout with Ricky “Da Chosen 1″ Smith (1-5) of Green Bay, WI. Although Navarro was given the decision with three scores of 39-36, many at ringside believed Smith’s jab carried the bout.