By Robert Coster
Brazilian Jr middleweight prospect WBC #15 Michael “The Brazilan Rocky” Oliveira (19-1, 14 KOs) won the WBC Fecarbox and WBA Fedebol titles yesterday in La Romana, Dominican Republic with a 4th round TKO over Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-14, 12 KOs). The fight started with the crafty Toribio fighting at a distance and using his jab against the shorter, stockier Oliveira. The Dominican veteran had some success in the first round but Oliveira was gradually able to cut the distance in the second and do some effective body work. Following the instructions of his trainer Orlando Cuellar, Oliveira kept on the pressure, pummeling his Dominican foe against the ropes. Toribio, who seemed ring-rusty and not in the best of shape, absorbed further punishment to the body in the fourth round and decided not to come out for the fifth round.
The 22-year-old Oliveira was happy with his performance: “I’m happy that I fought a controlled fight, was able to cut the distance and make him quit. I trained hard for this fight because I knew that Toribio’s record was deceptive and that he had had victories over four unbeaten boxers.”
What now for the young Brazilian? Father and manager Carlos Oliveira said that they are pursuing talks for a fight with Mexican prospect Omar Chavez, son of legend JC Chavez. “Michael is willing to fight Omar Chavez even in his Mexican backyard,” declared Carlos Oliveira.
In the co-featured main event, two-times Olympian phenom Kanat Islam of Kazakstan displayed his destructive power by winning the WBA Fedecaribe Jr middleweight title with a 34 second blowout of Humberto Toledo of Ecuador. Kanat (8-0, 8 KOs) dug a vicious hook to the body that sent the experienced Toledo (41-9-2, 25 KOs) to the mat for the full count.
The 10 bout card was held at the Pedro Julio Nolasco Coliseum, promoted by Domini Boxing (Jose Rafael Lantigua) and televised by local TV Romana.