Maidana KOs Cayo; Guzman's Nine Pounds Wins a Weighted Decision
Posted by Ryan Bates on 03.28.2010
Results from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Photos by Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / GBP
The story of tonight's main event could be called "Where In The World Is Marcos Maidana?"
When the answer was "In the center," that was great for challenger Victor Cayo. However, more often than not, the answer was "On the ropes" and for that, Cayo would pay the price.
Cayo boxed well, and in the center of the ring, Cayo handled business, moving, countering, and pelting Maidana with combinations. But when Maidana got Cayo up against the ropes or in the corner, Maidana landed heavy, painful body shots that even we in the press felt in the pit. In the second round, Maidana threw a straight punch before the bell that landed after the bell. Cortez correctly ruled it a knockdown. Cayo kept his hands low, leaving him open to Maidana's uppercut. However, throughout the fight, if Cayo could maneuver Maidana to the center of the ring, Cayo was still into the fight.
Cayo's defense was his demise; when Maidana landed the body shot as he had all through the fight, he followed it up with a hook to raise Cayo's hands, then a body uppercut straight to the gut that crumpled Cayo. Cayo was busy trying to catch his breath when referee Joe Cortez reached the count of ten at 1:38 of round six.
Marcos Maidana retains his WBA Interim Light Welterweight belt, and improves to 28-1 (27 KO). Cayo fought valiantly, but takes home his first loss, making him 24-1.
On the co-feature, Joan Guzman, who came in two weight classes over Ali Funeka, used his advantage to beat Funeka up. However, Funeka helped Guzman's cause by executing a terrible fight plan.
Guzman's aim looked to be to knock Funeka out from the opening punch. He was throwing all that weight behind every punch. In the first fight, this would be the part where Ali Funeka would step back, use the distance and the reach and counter all night. Instead, Funeka looked insistent on fighting an in-close fight, ignoring the reach and trying to trade with Guzman.
For his part, Funeka was not 100% ineffective. Every time Funeka landed a good solid punch, Guzman would look at referee Robert Byrd as if to say, "Why's this cat hitting me? Make him stop!" Actually, that would have to be Guzman's job, which he did in the sixth round, as he put Funeka down with an overhand right.
Throughout the fight, Guzman would not score any etiquette points, complaining about head butts, rabbit punches, and everything else he could. Toward the end, every Funeka punch seemed to warrant a "That's it?" kind of hand gesture from the Nine-Pounder. In round twelve, Guzman simply went on the run, assuming the fight was a lock. 411Boxing had a scorecard reflecting a scant Guzman victory, 115-112. Judges split the vote, with both Joan and Ali receiving a 114-113 scorecard, and the third judge giving it 116-111 to Guzman.
Guzman won, but karmic justice still awaits him down the line. Guzman snatches a win and goes to 30-0-1 (17 KO); Funeka solidifies his position as a "Hard Luck" fighter, falling to 30-3-3.