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Jonathan Guzman vs. Daniel Rosas
Round 1Benjy Esteves is the referee for this IBF bantamweight title eliminator. A couple of jabs by Rosas right away, followed by a sharp left hook. Guzman is stoic, seemingly unfazed by the shots. Guzman is backing away, looking to counter the somewhat aggressive Mexican, who digs a shot to the body and then one upstairs, though its blocked. An overhand right by the Dominican, but it’s not the fierce blow he’s known for. Rosas counters with a nice left hook after he’s tagged by another right. A three-punch combo to the body by Guzman late. They briefly trade leather off the ropes, but nothing lands cleanly from either. Guzman’s late rally might have been enough to win the round. 10-9 Guzman.
Round 2Rosas comes out of his corner behind the jab, backing away his foe. Guzman rips him with a right uppercut but it’s mostly blocked, as is his follow-up left hook. Rosas charges at Guzman but he’s tagged by a short right to the head off the ropes. He takes it well, though. Rosas pins him in the ropes and slugs away but the Dominican absorbs it all. Guzman just barely misses with a monster left hook at the midway point, a punch that would have ended the fight. Rosas is undaunted as he digs a shot to the body and then one up top, but it’s countered by a sharp right to the skull. A left-right rocks Rosas with about 35 seconds left, but he keeps coming. Guzman backs off and winds up in the ropes, allowing the Mexican to dig to the body. Just before the bell, Guzman drills him with another right, ending the rally. 10-9 Guzman.
Round 3Rosas misses a few loopy left hooks but Guzman isn’t close enough to counter him. Guzman continues to back away, looking to counter, as he’s tagged by a glancing left hook. A right-left to the face backs Rosas up and before he can regroup, a laser of a right stiffens his legs. Rosas is tougher than leather, though, and he keeps coming. A right to the jaw buckles Rosas’s legs and Guzman tees off. Rosas stumbles into the ropes and fights back. A few more shots come in and Guzman backs off. With 40 seconds left, the Mexican is nailed by a sharp left hook, buckling his knees again. Surprisingly, Rosas survives the round as he narrowly avoids a killer of a left hook at the bell. 10-9 Guzman.
Round 4Rosas comes right at his foe and lands a hard left hook. Guzman walks through it but misses with his counter left. Rosas throws a right upstairs but he’s countered by a short left to the ear in return. Daniel digs a left to the guts of the Dominican and then follows it up with one to the head. Guzman continues to back away, looking to end the fight with any number of counters. Huge left hook to the face by Rosas with definitely gets Guzman’s attention with a minute left. Rosas’ aggression and higher volume of punches nabs him the round rather easily. 10-9 Rosas.
Round 5Rosas picks up where he left off in the fourth and quickly reestablishes his pressure, landing a pair of rights to the noggin. Guzman is backing away still, looking to land one at a time. Guzman opens up a little bit, jabbing to the body and then cracking him with a short left hook to the melon. Rosas keeps charging after his foe, looking to dig shots to the body and head on the inside. With 30 seconds left, Guzman drills him with a wicked right to the body, a combo to the head and then a dynamite left hook to the jaw. Rosas is rocked and stumbles across the ring, into the ropes. He’s not ruled down but Guzman is all over him. Rosas tries to come back but a sniper shot to the head drops the Mexican just before the bell. 10-8 Guzman.
Round 6There is some swelling around the left eye of Rosas to start the frame. Guzman is much more active early, rocking his foe with a sizzling right upstairs. Guzman digs to the body and head, forcing Rosas to back up and recover. A pair of left hooks 10 seconds apart snap Rosas’ head back violently. Still, the Mexican continues to stand in the pocket and trade with Jonathan. Rosas throws a flurry but he walks into a check hook, though he takes it well. Two rights to the face along the ropes from Guzman, but Rosas is right there to slug with him. Terrific action late. 10-9 Guzman.
Round 7The super bantamweights meet in the center of the ring and exchange blows. A right to the head rocks Rosas, but he recovers quickly to the return the fire. Guzman backs his prey into the ropes and digs to the body and head, but Rosas is right there fighting back. Blood is trickling from the Mexican’s nose and mouth at the midway point but he snaps the Dominican’s head back with a pair of jabs. Rosas is slowing down with a minute left and gasping for air as he swallows a left hook. Guzman is dominating his opponent late and it seems like a matter of time before this one is over. 10-9 Guzman.
Round 8Rosas comes out with a few jabs to the head. Guzman doesn’t flinch and tags his foe with a left to the head. Another. They trade blows against the ropes but Guzman’s left hook punctuates the action. Guzman peppers him with a pair of jabs before popping with a nice one-two. Rosas stumbles forward and leaps for a left hook but he misses badly. Guzman is boxing and moving beautifully, pot-shotting the Mexican. With a few seconds left, a glancing blow drops Rosas but he looks more off-balance than anything. He’s ruled down. 10-8 Guzman.
Round 9Just before the ninth round starts, Rosas’ corner has decided to stop the fight. They inform Esteves that it’s over, giving Guzman his 21st consecutive knockout to start his pro career.
The Official ResultJonathan Guzman def. Daniel Rosas via TKO (Corner Stoppage) R8, 3:00
Anthony Dirrell vs. Caleb Truax
Round 1Harvey Dock is the third man for this 10-round super middleweight contest. Dirrell fires off a series of rapid-fire jabs to the head. Truax eats a left hook as he comes in, but he shakes it off. A hard right to the chin rocks Truax badly and he sags into the ropes. He tries to stay up but another massive right floors him. He is up with 1:28 left and as soon as the fight continues, a huge left hook drops him again. Dock rushes over and doesn’t bother to count. Huge knockout for Anthony Dirrell.
The Official ResultAnthony Dirrell def. Caleb Truax via TKO at 1:49 of Round 1
Andre Dirrell vs. Blake Caparello
Round 1David Fields is the ref for our main event, a 10-rounder in the 168-pound division. Caparello eats a few jabs as Andre stays at a safe distance. A minute in, Dirrell catches him with a stiff left to the face, forcing the Aussie to stagger. He stays upright and regroups, only to swallow a few more jabs. Caparello is backing away, not looking to engage the American. The action is slow going as the round wears away. Caparello is pounded by a wild right in the corner just before the bell. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 2A straight right through the guard pops Caparello early and he stumbles into the corner. Dirrell follows it up with a left but Andre backs off. Caparello is laced by a short right to the forehead as he shuffles to his right and already there is some swelling around the Aussie’s left eye. The two just misses monster left hooks but Caparello comes right back with a left to the head. They trade blows and as Dirrell backs into the ropes, he is nailed by a short left hook and he is down. Dirrell climbs back to his feet and looks okay but when the fight continues, he stays on the ropes and looks gun shy. 10-8 Caparello.
Round 3Dirrell comes out and winging heavy bombs one at a time, but Caparello easily avoids them. Dirrell walks into another counter left and he slides through the ropes, though he is not hurt by it. Caparello backs into the ropes and allows his foe to dig to the body. Caparello explodes off the ropes with a short combo to the head, but Andre takes it well. Dirrell shoe-shines the Aussie’s body and then nails him with him a powerful left. Caparello buckles briefly and Dirrell is all over him. Andre can’t put him away and decides to back away just as the round ends. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 4Dirrell pops out a few jabs early while Caparello comes inside. Andre misses a loopy overhand left but he’s not countered. The two start clinching at the midway point as the action slows a bit. Caparello lands a few jabs and is quickly tied up by Dirrell. They continue to clinch and fight on the inside, though nothing is happening for either man. With 25 seconds left, Caparello is popped by a nice left hook to the head but he is able to shake it off. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 5Caparello fires off a few jabs but Dirrell quickly tags him in return and pins him in the corner. Andre peppers his foe’s arms and the top of his head with sporadic shots, but the Aussie is covering up nicely. Dirrell won’t let him out of trouble and smothers Caparello along the ropes. Caparello is slowing down quite a bit at the midway point but he is able to unfurla three-punch combo to the head. Dirrell digs a right to the intestines before coming up top with a left. Caparello is languishing on the ropes late as he swallows a loopy left hand over the top. It’s all Dirrell late. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 6Dirrell tags his foe with a pair of straight lefts to the head. Caparello has some swelling under his left eye even more now but he continues to come forward. A right to the belly by the Aussie but Dirrell comes back with a few jabs. Caparello is backing away as Dirrell walks after him, suddenly not throwing as many punches as he needs to. Dirrell plods forward, following Caparello around the ring. Very little action as the round wears to a close. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 7Caparello throws a few jabs early but he’s content with backing up as Dirrell follows him around. Andre tags him with a left but there’ not much behind it. Caparello backs himself into a corner, allowing Dirrell to come alive with a five-punch flurry to the head and body. Caparello remains on the ropes, allowing the American to dig to the ribs. Caparello finally leaves the ropes but he quickly ties his foe up. It’s getting testy in the clinch and Fields issues a stern warning to Blake to keep it clean. Dirrell tosses out a few jabs at the bell. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 8Dirrell follows him around and paws with a series of jabs to the body and gloves. Caparello opens up with a decent left to the dome but Dirrell shakes it off. Again, Caparello backs into the ropes and does nothing, forcing Dirrell do very little. Andre misses with a wild right hook and is quickly tied up. Caparello backs up to avoid a few shots and finds himself in a corner. Dirrell flurries with a series of punches high and low, but nothing of significance lands. 10-9 Dirrell
Round 9Caparello goes with a few jabs before digging a left to the stomach. Dirrell follows the Aussie around, occasionally tossing out a jab here and there before missing with an overhand left. Caparello swings and misses with a massive overhand but Dirrell is too far to counter. Blake backs into the ropes and has to absorb a plethora of punches to the body and head. Caparello decides to stay in a corner and swallow several rights to the head and rights-lefts to the ribs. Andre backs off and finishes the round with a pair of jabs. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 10Caparello obviously needs a knockout in order to win this one but with only six career knockouts, it seems unlikely. Caparello tags him with a left to the gut but misses with his follow-up right to the head. The Aussie doesn’t appear to be desperate as he allows the American to get off a few punches upstairs. A few jabs by Andre before Caparello backs into the ropes again. Dirrell closes in and digs shots to the body and head, but Dirrell – like he’s done all fight long – is smothering his own offense. They clinch briefly before Dirrell tags him with a nice left to the head. Caparello digs to the body with a minute left and they tie each other up again. Caparello misses with five straight wild rights and lefts. Dirrell presses him into the ropes but can’t do anything. They clinch again just before the bell ends the fight. Easy win for Andre Dirrell. 10-9 Dirrell.
The Official ResultAndre Dirrell def. Blake Caparello via Unanimous Decision (98-91 x3) R10, 3:00
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