By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
The nine-bout card in Petionville, Haiti was a resounding success as local fans packed the Karibe Convention Center to watch two regional title bouts. For the WBA Fedelatin featherweight title, Nicholas Walters(13-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica won a unanimous but hard fought eleven round decision over rugged Carlos Reyes (13-1,7 KOs). Walters controlled the bull-like rushes of Reyes with crisp counterpunches but did get caught in the eighth round, suffering a flash knockdown. By then, however the Jamaican had built up a solid lead. Reyes desperately tried to turn the tide in the last three rounds but it was too little too late. The victory will now propel Walters in the top 15 of the WBA.
The second title match saw French-Haitian middleweight Jimmy”Pitbull” Colas( 28-6, 12 KOs) delight the local fans with a two round blowout of Dominican Junior Ramos (10-5, 6 KOs). Colas just let Ramos punch himself out in the first round, using an intriguing rope-a-dope tactic then come out in the second round and knock out his spent foe.
Also, WBA #2 and former 122lbs world Champion Ricardo Cordoba (36-2-2, 23 KOs) kept busy while waiting for an upcoming title shot by outclassing Luis Felipe Murillo of Colombia and forcing a stoppage in the 4th round.
An interesting bout on the card was a controversial draw between prospect Ramon Ayala of Mexico and Franklin Frias of the Dominican Republic. Ayala applied constant but untidy pressure while Frias used precise but somewhat sparse counterpunches.
Another attraction on the card was the presence of Brazilan middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira(11-0,9 KOs), loudly supported by Brazilian soldiers based in Haiti, facing hard-punching Eduardo Mercedes(5-2,5 KOs). Oliveira gave his fans somewhat a scare as he was twice buckled by overhand rights in the first round but the 19-year-old showed a warrior’s heart as he came back, pinned his opponent against the ropes and mercilessly punished him with a flurry of punches. The battered Mercedes was unable to come out for the second round.
The rest of the card was as follows:
Evens Pierre TKO3 Leonel Segura, lightweight
Azae Augustama TKO3 Aneudis Marte,light-heavyweight
Johny Orisme W4 Luis Hinojosa, jr featherweight
Wilky Compfort TKO4 Daniel Beato, jr middleweight