Sunday boxing recap: Maidana-Lopez caps off boisterous night of fights!

My thumb hurts.

The “Channel recall” button on my remote control is nearly illegible.

Last night was an amazing night of fights. It started nice and early from Germany as Marco Huck settled the score against Nigerian born British contender Ola Afolabi with a thrilling unanimous decision victory. Huck started at a nice pace — tagging Afolabi with his snapping right hand continuously. Through six – Huck remained in full control of the duel and nearly had the fight in the bag.

Afolabi didn’t leave without a fight. The humble challenger touched down with his own wrath — matching Huck’s work and beating the tired WBO beltholder to the punch. In the end Huck fought through to take a majority-decision win. The judges scored the contest 114-114, 115-113 and a less realistic 117-111 for Huck. Corey Quincy scored the fight 115-113 for Huck.

Later that night things spiced up again as in separate televised cards Marcos Maidana took on Josesito Lopez and Adonis Stevenson challenged “Bad” Chad Dawson. Both events provided their fair share of shock, suspense and awe.

Opening up the televised broadcast from the Bell Center in Montreal was a lackluster performance by a returning Yuriorkis Gamboa — who barely slipped past Colombian Darley Perez in a twelve round bout. The judges scored the fight 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112 for Gamboa. Corey Quincy scored the fight 115-112 for Gamboa.

Later on, a star was made. Adonis Stevenson, a 34 year old Haitian-Canadian, screeched the career of Chad Dawson to a sudden halt with a single left hook. Chad Dawson climbed to his feet — barely — only to have the referee Michael Griffin smartly stop the oncoming punishment. This was after just months ago Stevenson was fighting for respect as a top twenty Super Middleweight. Some thought his wide punching and one dimensional style wouldn’t let him amount to much. He proved these folks wrong.

On the undercard, prospects David Lemieux, Jose Pedraza, Sebastian Bouchard, Arthur Beterbiev, and Didier Bence scored stoppage victories!

Just as this heart-stopping event was taking place in Canada, Golden Boy Promotions brought a standing ovation to a Carson, Calafornia crowd at the Home Depot Center.

That show had an exciting undercard in it’s own right featuring an upset victory of Venezuelan contender Johan Perez over Japanese boxer Yoshihiro Kamegai and a clear-cut decision victory of Jermell Charlo over Demetrius Hopkins in boxing clinics. Gerald Washington, Joseph Diaz, and Jamie Kavanagh also came away with victories.

It wasn’t the undercard which made this show; In two fights we saw two more fight of the year contenders. Firstly, providing chief support Cuban boxing marksman Erislandy Lara came back from multiple knockdowns against heavy handed Mexican Alfredo Angulo to finish Angulo in round 10 of the twelve rounder.

Lara, who’s hard southpaw jab and crisp straight left kept Angulo honest through a close battle; wasn’t looking good. In round 9 he was beaten to the floor by a facially disfigured Angulo out of sheer exhaustion. In round ten, Lara had regained his composure. Knowing he may have begun to fall behind on the scorecards; Lara dished out combinations at a fast pace. A couple jabs lined up by “one, two, THREE!” straight lefts defeated Angulo. Leaving him in pain — retreating to the corner. The fight was stopped upon the retreat of a battered Angulo. He had no more left and doctors feared he may have fractured his orbital bone.

Finally, in an exchange filled battle, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana beat down the hard fighting local Josesito Lopez through six rounds. Neither man hit the canvas despite both fighting through hard punishment. At the stoppage one judge had Maidana up 48-47 while the other two had Lopez up 48-47. I for one had Maidana up 48-47. These cards reflect on the competitiveness of this fight.

Other boxing results

From Italy: Michele Di Rocco UD 12 Lenny Daws. 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 all for the local fighter and European boxing champion Di Rocco; Mohammed N’Diaye D12 Chris Rabarasse; Dominico Spada TKO 5 Norbert Szekeres

From Indiana, USA: Fres Oquendo UD 10 Derric Rossy. 98-92, 97-93, 97-93 for experienced Puerto Rican fighter Oquendo.

From Germany: Robert Woge UD 12 Darius Sek; Eduard Gutnechkt UD 12 Rickard Vidal;

From Nebraska, USA: Juan Carlos Sanchez UD 12 Roberto Sosa; Michael Finney TKO 6 Raul Tovar; Jessie Magdaleno TKO 4 Henry Maldonaldo; Andy Ruiz Jr KO 1 Carl Davis; Gabino Saenz UD 6 Giorgi Mtchedlishvili.

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