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Speakboxing weekend wrap up!

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA

Jorge Acre W12 Julio Ler
Super Flyweight Contender Jorge "The Lollipop Cowboy" Arce pounded out an easy unanimous decision against a Julio Ler, who looked unspired to even be in the ring last night. Fighting defensively and choosing not to engage in combat, Ler fought more like a man trying to survive to the final bell rather than a man who was fighting for victory. Arce, who entered the ring on a horse, claims he had to work harder rehearsing his ring entrance than he did preparing for the opponent he had in front of him in the ring. Perhaps that's a sign that he needs a higher caliber of opposition in the near future. A showdown with IBF Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan would be a nice start for Arce, who is desparately due for a stern challenge in the ring. Judges scores: 117-109, 117-110 (twice). It appeared to me as though Arce pitched a complete shutout.

Kelly Pavlik KO8 Jose Luis Zertuche
Middleweight contenders Kelly Pavlik and Jose Luis Zertuche staged a thrilling, crowd pleasing fight, but it was rather one-sided in Pavlik's favor. Pavlik appeared to win every round of the fight, but Zertuche had his moments early when he landed some good shots the body and drove Pavlik into the ropes. In round 6, Pavlik landed a perfectly thrown straight right hand on a Zertuche, who was squared up, and produced a sensational knockdown at the end of the round. Zertuche made it to his feet, and went on for another two rounds before being stopped in the eighth round. One might choose to call this a crowd pleasing showcase, as fans got a chance to see a young contender turn in a dominance performance that certainly had its share of thrills. Pavlik against Edison Miranda would be a natural in the middleweight division. However, Miranda is already slated to face super middleweight contender Allan Green, who is coming down in weight to meet Miranda, later this spring.

televised: HBO Boxing After Dark


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Friday, January 26, 2007
Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, CT

Richard Gutierrez KO4 Teddy Reid

Teddy Reid's best days are clearly behind him, as appeared to be the case against Richard Gutierrez. Gutierrez took command from the outset, wobbing Reid on several occassions in the opening frame of their jr middleweight bout on Friday night. Gutierrez would continue to assume command, punishing a listless looking Reid enroute to a fourth round KO. The supposed body punch Gutierrez stopped Reid with appeared as if it could have been a low blow, but it got the job done for Gutierrez nonetheless, and brought an end to the merciless carnage that Reid had been subjected to. I do not think Reid should be fighting anymore. Gutierrez, on the other hand, only has one loss to date... that being at the hands of top welterweight contender Josh Clottey, who gave WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito all he could handle last month. Gutierrez must now determine whether he wants to campaign in the welterweight or jr middleweight division.

televised: ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights

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