By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Octavius James’ One In a Million Boxing Inc, held an action packed night of boxing this past Friday night at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL. Despite the main-event having fell through, the co-main and undercard had fight fans thrilled as they were presented with an exciting night of boxing action.
Headlining the card originally was supposed to be the highly anticipated match-up between middleweights and former sparring partners Michael Walker (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Orphius Waite (5-3-0, 3 KOs), however Walker was too dehydrated during the weigh-in and was deemed unfit to fight.
Welterweights Ed Ochoa (9-0-0, 8 KOs) and Jessie Lee David (11-13-0, 8 KOs) stepped up into the main event as the two combatants fought for six grueling rounds as they tested each others will throughout.
Ochoa walked away with the unanimous decision, but he had to work for it. In the opening round, he circled the ring and put solid combinations together against the shorter David. He even managed to rock David with a multitude of power shots to the head.
David however, was not deterred as he pressed forward and was able to get Ochoa’s attention with a crisp one-two moments before the bell.
In round two, David came out more aggressive and looked to pressure his quick-handed opponent by unloading hard combinations to the head. Midway into the round, he pumped several jabs at Ochoa, who was being more conservative as he began to slow his pace.
In the final minute of the round, David successfully cut the distance from his opponent and began landing with more frequency, as Ochoa began to keep his guard dangerously low.
Ochoa looked to make a statement in the third and put a dent in David’s growing confidence. He came out very aggressively but with his hands still very low. This made for an opening that David took full advantage of and he connected with a right-cross that staggered Ochoa.
Hurt and with a sense of urgency now, Ochoa immediately retaliated with his own assault to the head. As they traded, Ochoa connected with almost all of his punches and dropped David with a combination finished off by a right-cross of his own. David got up and the intense action resumed.
Ironically, as the round came to a close, it was David who was the aggressor. Ochoa appeared to be getting fatigued.
Rounds four and five showed similar action with Ochoa having being more accurate with his punches but the lion in David showed as he did not take a step back as he suffocated his opponent with pressure.
The first half of round six went to Ochoa, as he showed a good effort at boxing David. He was very elusive and displayed good skills while trading on the inside and made David miss with a great deal of his punches.
Ochoa began to slow and David caught up with him in the final minute and got back to work landing his power shots to the head. They traded violently until the sound of the bell and got a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd. In the end all three judges saw it for Ochoa 58-55, 58-56, and 59-54.
Local Favorite Josh Crouch (5-0-0, 5 KOs) handed a beat down to Josh Rodriguez (4-9-0, 3 KOs) and made him call it quits in less than three rounds.
Crouch started off very relaxed and from the start as he connected with stinging shots from various angles. The highly-skilled Crouch switched from southpaw to conventional stance numerous times as he was successful in punishing Rodriguez in either way.
After taking punishment for two rounds, Rodriguez came out very aggressive in the third. He matched good hand speed with Crouch and looked to turn the tide. This proved effective only for a brief period as Crouch weathered the storm and resumed picking him apart.
After eating more quick shots from the crafty Crouch, Rodriguez had enough and turned his back and motioned to the referee to stop the action. The time was 1:50 of round two.
In an action-packed bout, lightweight Jose Guzman (5-2-0, 4 KOs) survived an early battering by Robert Jaskierny (3-2-0, 2 KOs) to come back and stop him in the fourth. The left-handed Jaskierny started the fight off well, pumping a stiff jab at Guzman and finishing it off with a left hook.
Guzman felt his power and looked to match it with heavy combinations to the head. Midway into the opening stanza, Jaskierny came back with his own barrages to the head. As the round was came to a close, Jaskierny began to adjust and controlled the action by timing Guzman well to effectively counter punch his opponent.
In round two Guzman survived a brilliant attack by Jaskierny. Multiple left crosses and right hooks connected for Jaskierny and he had his foe on rubbery legs while against the ropes. On the verge of going down, Guzman back peddled into the corner only to get pounced on again.
The mauling from Jaskierny seemed never-ending but just as he began to slow and start boxing again, the gutsy Guzman responded with his own brutal attacks. In exciting fashion, Guzman managed to finish the round strong and made Jaskierny step backwards.
The trading resumed in the third. Guzman was a bit reckless with his attacks that left himself open to counters, but his quick hands gave Jaskierny plenty to work with. Nearing the end of the round, the punishment by Guzman was taking a toll.
As a hard jab set up a right-cross from Guzman and Jaskierny was rocked. As the bell sounded, a badly hurt Jaskierny all but collapsed in his corner.
When the bell sounded for the fourth, Guzman was ready for the final thrashing. He pounced on a still shaken Jaskierny and proceeded to unload with his entire arsenal.
The brave Jaskierny looked to fight back but he was too badly hurt and was eating too much punishment. Just over a minute in, Referee Gerald Scott stopped the action. The official time was 1:02 of round three.
Junior welterweights Angel Hernandez (13-3-0, 10 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Guadalupe Diaz (5-5-3, 1 KO). Hernandez showed the quicker hands but Diaz had an awkward style that allowed for him to surprise Hernandez with sneaky counters from various angles.
They both came out as sluggers in the opening round however round two was more tactical with Diaz walking Hernandez down. As Hernandez resorted to counter punching, Diaz’ tenacity kept him in the pocket as he frequently connecting to the head with a right-cross after being countered.
Hernandez almost took Diaz out in the fourth after connecting with a right to the side of the head. Diaz stumbled for a second but crumbled to the canvas.
To his credit, got and survived the round despite Hernandez’ ferocious attacks. Diaz continued to score with sneaky shots on the inside for the remainder of the fight, but it was Hernandez’ speed and activity that got him the win. The judges scored the bout 57-57, 58-56 and 59-55 for Hernandez.
The fireworks started with the first bout of the evening as junior middleweight Meegal Harper (2-0-0, 2 KOs) wasted little time in destroying Scott Allen Wilson(1-1, 1 KO).
Harper managed to put Wilson away in the first round by punishing him with thudding blows to the head and body from the start. Wilson looked to impose his own will by dishing out his own combinations but he was no match for Harper, as after taking a heap of punishment, the action had to be stopped at 2:14 of round one.
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