Boxing fans were treated to a number of interesting fights over the past weekend. Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor returned to the ring to attempt to regain his form from a few years ago, while up and comers Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares and long time bantamweight champ Anselmo Moreno were looking to add impressive victories to their resumes. Here’s a recap of the action:
Lara came out looking to avenge his only lose which controversial decision lose to Paul Williams that got two judges suspended. Lara quickly went to work on the over matched Hearns (oldest son of boxing legend Tommy Hearns), knocking Hearns down twice with hard left hands before halfway point of the first round and closing the fight out shortly after with another straight left.
Although this was only Lara’s 17th professional bout he made a great case for a shot at the light middleweight title. Lara’s speed, power and talent would make for a great match up for current champ Saul Alvarez, who is scheduled to defend his title against Shane Mosley May 5th in Las Vegas.
Taylor, who had been knocked out in four of his last six fights, came in to the ShoBox bout with Truax looking to re-establish himself as a hot name in the middleweight division.
Taylor looked decent but sluggish through the first 8 rounds, but to his credit was connecting enough to be ahead on the scorecards before Truax dropped him early in the ninth round with a solid right cross. Taylor managed to make it back to his feet and coasted through the 10th round to secure the unanimous decision.
Although Taylor is one a two fight winning streak, his mediocre performance and being knocked down late by Truax shows that the late fight collapses that have plagued Taylor over the last five years are still an issue. If Taylor manages to land a big name fight soon, it may not end well for him.
Panamanian sensation Anselmo Moreno (26) continued his dominance of the bantamweight division, where he hasn’t lost a fight in almost a decade. Moreno quickly went to work on the outclassed De La Mora, landing power shots early in the first couple rounds and causing De La Mora to scamper around the ring to avoid the punishment.
Once De La Mora stood still long enough for Moreno to take aim, Moreno continued to go to work on De La Mora’s body until De La Mora quit after the ninth round.
After a couple of close victories over Joseph Agbeko as a bantamweight, Abner Mares moved up to 122 to face Puerto Rican vertaran Eric Morel for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title.
Mares dominated the fight while looking noticeably stronger at the heavier weight. Mares displayed nice boxing skills, countering Morel whenever the opportunity arose as well as being the aggressor, stalking Morel around the ring.
Mares went on to score a unanimous decision victory over the older Morel and set up a possible match up with Moreno, should the Panamanian fighter choose to move up to 122, a weight Moreno hasn’t fought at since 2006.
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