By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Unbeaten NABF middleweight titleholder Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-5, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Guerrero dominated early and Findley slid into survival mode midway. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90 for Guerrero. Unbeaten NABF welterweight beltholder Shawn Porter (18-0, 13 KOs) outworked Anges Adjaho (25-5, 14 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 97-93.
Full report: Fernando Guerrero retained his NABF middleweight title on Friday night with a dominant ten round unanimous decision victory over late replacement Derrick “Superman” Findley in front of his loyal fans at the Wicomico Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Shawn Porter also looked dominant in retaining his NABF welterweight title with a clear cut ten round unanimous decision victory over Anges Adjaho. The card promoted by Prize Fight Promotions and was also the first ESPN2 Friday night fights shown live in 3-D.
Guerrero, a destructive puncher in the middleweight division, looked confident in the early going fighting on the outside and mixing in combinations to both the head and the body of Findlay. It would not deter the heavily muscled and shorter Findley, who continued to press forward in hopes of doing most of his work on Inside.
The superior hand speed of Guerrero consistently made the difference and he used it to constantly keep Findley fighting defensively out of a peek-a-boo style in order to fend off the heavy barrages. By the fourth round, Fernando Guerrero was in seek and destroy mode, unloading heavy uppercuts in the combinations trying to pierce the tight defense of Findley.
Each round was a microcosm of each previous one throughout the final six rounds with Guerrero bouncing multiple hooks and combinations off the guard of Findley who could only retaliate, when he pushed Guerrero to the ropes and fought on the inside. Guerrero was smart though and clinched or spun off the ropes with sharp counters to dominate the late rounds.
All three judges saw Fernando Guerrero winning easily by scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice.
Fernando Guerrero ups his flawless record to 21-0, 16KO’s, while Derrick Findley falls to 17-5, 11KO’s).
Shawn Porter had to also go the distance in the co-feature of the evening to retain his NABF welterweight strap in defeating Anges Adjahu by scores of 99-91 x 2 and 97-93 respectively.
Porter was the aggressor throughout as he stayed low and ripped combinations underneath on the taller counter punching Adjahu in the first. Many of the counters of Adjahu buzzed over the head of Porter, which allowed him to work underneath effectively in the second round.
As the fight wore on Adjahu seemed to land more of the time big shots, but Shawn Porter just shrugged them off and kept coming.
Adjahu a former WBO African lightweight champion still was dangerous though and Porter had to be careful not to fall into a counter trap as he let his hands go.
Porter was sharp though but his punches seemed to lose a little bit of their snap and became wider in the closing rounds, losing their power. Adjahu just couldn’t get off enough to do any real damage as Porter’s work output kept him on the defensive in the late rounds.
The fight of the night unfortunately occurred on an off television bout as Lancaster PA junior middleweight Doel Carrasquillo (15-17-1, 12KO’s) upset the applecart, having to get off the canvas to score a surprising second round technical knockout of previously undefeated Denis “Momma’s Boy Douglin (12-1, 8KO’s) .
Douglin of Marlboro, New Jersey had stopped his previous five opponents inside the distance. In fact, four of them did not make it past the second round and it looked like tonight would be the another early finish as he dropped Carrasquillo in the middle of the opening round with a hook right under the ribcage. It may have been to his detriment though as Douglin continued to open up while Carrasquillo weathered the storm.
Douglin mixed up the attack with combinations up top in the second as Carrasquillo’s guard sank to block the midriff from the heavy hooks. Carrasquillo looked like he had regained his composure in the closing moments of the round, sending out some heavy bombs of his own.
For those who have not seen Doel Carrasquillo fight, he is a blood and guts take no prisoner warrior that is willing to trade with anybody they put him in the ring with.
Douglin made a big mistake in the third as he wailed away leaving his face exposed to counters instead of boxing and moving. Carrasquillo found his mark with a picture perfect right hand which staggered Douglin who went on the retreat. It would be to no avail as Carrasquillo continued to send him from one ring rope to the other, bombing away with heavy rights and uppercuts which had Douglin on very unsteady legs. Referee Gary Camponeschi had seen enough and stepped in to call a halt to the contest at the 1:45 mark of the third round.
In the swing bout of the evening, super middleweight Dominic “The Blade” Wade (11-0, 8KO’s) easily outworked the formerly undefeated Grover Young (4-1, 2KO’s) to capture every round on all three of the judge’s scorecards, (40-36 x 3) .
It was the classic battle somebody’s “0” must go as a pair of winless welterweights Keane Davis and Mario Fisher waged war in the second bout of the evening.
Mario Fisher appeared to be the stronger puncher and sent Keane Davis to the canvas early with a flash knockdown. Davis seemed to have trouble with his balance throughout the fight, but did throw enough sharp combinations to make a few rounds close before sending it to the scorecards.
One judge saw it even at 38-38 but was overruled as the other two officials, who surprisingly had it 38-37 x 2 in favor of the formerly winless Keane Davis (1-1) in capturing the majority decision victory. Hard luck Mario Fisher slides to 0-4.
Hard hitting welterweight, Joseph Elegele(11-0, 9KO’s) remained perfect in scoring a devastating second round knockout Keuntray Henson. Elegele had the clearly out gunned Henson against the ropes in the second when he uncorked the finishing right uppercut. Henson’s chin rose up like he was going into orbit before crumpling to the canvas. Referee John Gradowski finish the ten count at :43 seconds of the second round.
Several hundred people stayed to watch the walkout bout of the evening as Alex Guerrero (5-0, (4-1-1, 1KO), the brother of Fernando Guerrero scored a one sided unanimous decision victory over Rayshawn Myers (3-6, 2KO’s), taking every round on all three judge’s scorecards (40-36 x 3).
Guerrero who is still raw, had several chances to finish Myers, who was hurt throughout the four round encounter. Unfortunately He constantly loaded up on heavy single shots, which allowed Myers to move and survive the show on his feet.