No JCC Jr? No Problem. Top Rank Card A Success
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 12.05.2010
Donaire, Soto and Wolak all score victories in action bouts at the Honda Center.
Photos by Chris Farina / Top Rank
Nonito Donaire, (25-1, 17 KOs) knocked down opponent Vladimir Sidorenko four times en route to a fourth round stoppage to become the WBC Intercontinental Americas champion in front of a small yet lively crowd in Anaheim, California as the main event of a Top Rank pay per view card.
"We worked really hard for this fight… I know I'm in shape, and my trainer told me to keep going," said Donaire.
Donaire brought the pressure early, landing big hooks and straight right hands that constantly rocked Sidorenko. A left hand sent him down to end the first round. He beat the count but the dominance continued in the second as Donaire played ring general, bloodying Sidorenko in what was another round for the ‘Filipino Flash'.
Another left hand again dropped Sidorenko near the end of round three in what slowly became a rout.
Donaire proved to be too quick and powerful, and again dropped Sidorenko in round four from a right hand; Siderenko actually took a knee after a flurry that proved to be too much to handle. The referee finally waived off the contest 1:48.
"I felt like I could take him out with one punch so that's what I stuck to."
Donaire will now be in line for a showdown with Fernando Montiel in what will be a HBO televised card in February of next year in Las Vegas. Along with many fans who are clamoring for this match up of top little fighters, Donaire himself is looking forward to it.
"I'm excited. Fernando Montiel, I'm coming for you," proclaimed Donaire.
Montiel himself has a fight next week before the two will meet.
This night however, belonged to Donaire, who was bumped to the main event by promoter Top Rank after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. dropped out due to illness. Donaire now will have greener pastures in the future.
When people speak of Donaire some point out his similarities to his fellow countryman; the pound for pound champ Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao.
Donaire is no stranger to Pacquiao comparisons.
Being of Philippine descent, Donaire dons the moniker "Filipino Flash" and is the same age, (28 years old) that the Pac Man was before he made his ascent in weight and into super stardom.
Donaire now looks to his showdown against Montiel in Sin City next year.
If he wins that, the sky is the limit, and Donaire already sees the recipe to success that Pacquiao laid out; all he has to do is follow the leader.
SOTO AND ANTILLON BRING THE GOODS
Fight of the night honors go to Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon.
Soto defended his WBC lightweight title by way of decision in a raucous affair that was a tough fight for both, and each fighter was hurt many times.
The two traded almost non stop while on the inside, with both getting in meaningful shots against each other in what was a see saw battle. The early rounds were action packed and filled with exchanges on the ropes as well as in the middle of the ring.
The fighters swapped uppercuts and body shots in a brutal third round with barely any let up from either boxer. Soto seemed to land first, yet Antillon would immediately answer with big shots of his own.
Antillon pressed hard in the fourth, but got caught coming in by Soto and was forced to absorb three to four punches before he landed one. However, when Antillon did land, it was felt. Soto loaded up with uppercuts and had Antillon backing up in what looked like a round scored for Soto.
Again, Antillon pressed forward into the danger zone, opting to fight an inside, gritty fight. Soto welcomed the challenge yet stepped aside when he could. The referee felt Antillon's punches were south of the border and deducted a point before round four ended. Soto threw a combination to end the frame. Antillon took out his frustration on Soto in the following three minutes, knocking Soto against the ropes as Soto swung back in defense. The round closed with Antillon scoring and backing up Soto in what was the nest round of the fight to that point.
Antillon ran to meet his opponent to begin the seventh, and plodded forward while eating punches jut to get Soto against the ropes. Soto danced to he middle of the canvas but found himself again backed up against the ropes and eating both head and body shots. The fight found its way to the middle of the ring to end the round, and Soto got the better of a last minute exchange.
After a whirlwind start, the fighters slowed down in the eighth. After the pace they set, it wasn't hard to see that both fighters began to feel the fatigue. This was the first lackluster round of the fight, which Soto may have won due to setting the pace.
Soto complained of an elbow throw from Antillon in the ninth, then elected to return to the uppercut to rock Antillon's head back. Antillon still stubbornly pressed forward into the action. Another combination followed by a wicked body shot ended the round strong for Soto.
The championship rounds were just as action packed as the first few rounds, and Antillon showed signs of wear when Soto unloaded near the end of round ten. It led you to believe the fight may be ending soon due to the amount of punishment Antillon had already had taken by continually moving forward. Then it was Antillon ending round eleven strong as the crowd got to their feet in anticipation of a stoppage.
By the twelfth the fighters were awarded a standing applause from the crowd. There were chants of both "Soto" and "Antillon" during the round. Antillon backed up Soto with a minute left and Soto clinched his way out of trouble and motioned to the middle of the ring to avoid trading on the inside and with his back against the ropes. The round ended with both fighters hugging, both acknowledging the good fight they just put on.
The end result was 114-113, 115-112 and 114-113 in a unanimous decision in Soto's favor.
Soto will now defend against Brandon Rios next year.
WOLAK DOWN EARLY, BUT NOT OUT
Despite not being able to fight the son of a legend, Pawel Wolak, (28-1, 18KO) still brought the goods in his fight against Jose Pinzon in an action affair in which Wolak was down early, but fought tough and eventually stopped Pinzon.
The pair traded early on the inside with Pinzon opting for uppercuts due to Wolak's style: pressure. Wolak lead in with his head, so Pinzon found success with uppercuts in the first frame.
A right uppercut set up a well placed left hook lead to a knockdown to start the second, and Pinzon loaded up when Wolak got up to beat the count. Wolak stuck in tough, absorbing blow after blow and eventually landing shots of his own after a break in action. Wolak had a better third round as Pinzon let up a bit, and Wolak kept lunging forward ‘Katsidis Style'.
The fourth stanza was also a good round for Wolak, who landed a combination at 1:30 in the round. AS the round continued the so did the combination throwing from Wolak, who was gaining steam after the opening round in which he gave up a 10-8 score from the early knockdown. Wolak ended the fifth in combination fashion, and he undoubtedly was even if not up on the judge's scorecards at this juncture.
After two more lopsided rounds, Wolak, who touched the canvas in round one, scored a stoppage in round seven after referee Jack Reiss waived off the bout at 2:24.
MIGUEL ANGEL GARCIA
Featherweight standout Miguel Angel Garcia, who is guided by Antonio Margarito trainer Robert Garcia,
Garcia hurt Lontchi early, yet showed composure by letting the fight unfold instead of going in for the kill. It was a wise move from the young fighter as Lontchi was stunned, but not ready to go down. Garcia stayed cautious and chose to fight on the outside in the outset.
A left hand finally dropped Lontchi in the fifth round, and Garcia again sent his opponent to the floor and was counted out by the referee.
Garcia, (24-0, 20KO) continues to make progress in the featherweight division and could be in line for a big fight in that weight class.
Hometown favorite Jessie Roman, (5-0, 3KO) outpointed Johnny Frazier after four competitive rounds in the lightweight division.
Joe Hanks calls Los Angeles home, and he may be soon lighting up Hollywood style if things continue the way they are.
Hanks, (15-0, 10KO) pot-shot his way past a willing yet limited opponent in Vili Bloomfield en route to his tenth professional stoppage inside four rounds. Hanks is a tall, long armed, well muscled heavy man who is quick with both hands and can throw solid punches.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, (7-0, 5KO) pummeled opponent Francisco Javier Diaz, scoring a knockdown off a right hand to end the first round, and again dropped Diaz midway through the second frame, and the fight was waived off at 1:08.
Ruiz is trained by Freddie Roach.
The night started out in knockout fashion as Indio, CA's Gabino Saenz notched his second knockout in as many fights over fellow Californian Jesus Adams; the official time was 2:45.
The crowd at the Honda Center is sparse, yet lively. Beers are in hand, fists are being thrown and ring card girls are keeping things interesting.
- The night's ring announcer talked through a raspy voice throughout the night, and the crowd had their own fun with mocking the poor sick guy!
- Michael Buffer took over once the televised, or the ‘pay per view' portion of the fights began.
- Fighters Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Lopez were in attendance.