By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz
Rising star Andy Lee (25-1-0, 19 KOs) of the middleweight division stayed active with an annihilation of Troy Lowry (27-12-0, 11 Kos) Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN., just 15 days after scoring a TKO over Michael Walker. This victory secures a proposed meeting against fellow Irishmen, John Duddy at Madison Square Garden in December. In Lee’s corner was Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and IBF Junior Middleweight champ, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. The fights were promoted by Bobby Hitz, who also celebrated his birthday before the cheering of the entire crowd.
Lee got right down to business, using his height and a stiff jab to set up Lowry with wicked left. Lowry appeared very willing to mix-it up with Lee but had no game plan as to how to shorten the distance. After a very one sided opening round, things only got worse for Lowry, as a big right to the ear dropped him seconds into round two. Lowry got up shaken more than hurt, but he was limited to ineffective counter punching.
In round three there was another knockdown scored by Lee, courtesy of a quick three-punch combo to Lowry’s head. Midway into the stanza, there was a flash knockdown after another right-hook tagged him. The game Lowry got up but the frustration on his face was very apparent. Lee looked to end it in round four. He came out loading up on heavier punches and setting up the left uppercut with the jab. With a minute into the round, a left to the body hurt Lowry and he dropped in complete agony. Surprisingly, he got up but Lee was waiting to pounce. After enduring some more punishment, it seemed as though Lowry would survive the round, but seconds before the bell, the final right to the head dropped Lowry hard. He got up once again but was unable to continue when questioned by Referee Celestino Ruiz. The official time was 2:59 of round four.
Heavyweight Dave Latoria (6-0-0, 3 Kos) dominated previously unbeaten Yauheni Shishporenak (6-1-0, 6 Kos) over four rounds. Shishporenak was caught cold and by surprise in the opening round, getting knocked down twice and having a point deducted after nearly throwing Latria out of the ring. To his credit, Shishporenak composed himself in round two and managed to give Latoria some trouble with looping punches with good power behind them. Latoria put Shishporenak down again seconds into the fourth. It was more of a tangling of the feet that Shishporenak angrily protested afterwards. He still lost by a wide margin on all the judges’ scorecards, 40-32.
Middleweight Henry Coyle (12-2-0, 11 KOs) had plenty to work with when taking on Mustafa Johnson (8-8-1, 2 KOs) in an exciting six rounder. Coyle pressed the action throughout but the rugged Johnson constantly engaged him and was very willing to trade. Johnson had a difficult style, as Coyle needed to pressure hard and let his hands go constantly in order to penetrate. In the second half of the match Coyle focused more to the body and managed to slow Johnson down. This strategy reaped the most benefits, prompting Johnson to become hesitant and at times, to back peddle. The sixth stanza saw Johnson get rocked midway in, but he was very game and finished off the round. The judges scored the fight 59-56 and 58-56 twice, all for Coyle.
Bantamweight Jeremiah Correa (1-0-0, 1 KO) made a successful debut after pummeling Harvey Philips (0-8-0) for the first two rounds of their scheduled for four match. Philips was unable to come out for the third round, making the official end :01 of round three.
The opening fight resulted in a draw between Gabriel Morris (3-7-2, 0 KOs) and fellow welterweight John Lewus (24-4-1, 20KOs) after four rounds of action. Both fighters showed good heart and took turns delivering hard shots to the head and body. Neither had an advantage over the other, but they made for an entertaining and competitive fight.