De La Hoya Test
Photo by Ray Flores
Diego De La Hoya Wins and Cano Beats Abreu
By Igor Frank
INDIO, CA. – In the main event of the evening televised live by Fox Deportes Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Mexican welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano (29-4-1,21KO’S) dominated an action packed ten round battle over very determined but less experienced banger from Dominican Republic, Juan Carlos Abreu (18-2,17KO). Judges saw it differently they awarded Cano a majority decision. Score were 95-95, 96-94, 97-93. Capacity crowd of over 21 hundred applauded the action.
More experienced Cano landed bigger shots, but his opponent from Dominican Republic never wavered and continued to give back as well as he got. Aside from landing the better shots Cano’s body work was making a real difference in the fight. After a few rounds Abreu lost his speed, but he never lost his fighting spirit. High drama continued into the very end of the fight. Abreu hurt Cano with a left hook at the very end of the tenth stanza and tried to finish the job after the final bell, but referee Ray Corona made a timely intervention.
Undefeated super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (9-0,6KO) made his famous uncle and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya proud by winning an action packed eight round bout over battle tested former title challenger, Manuel Roman(17-4-3,6KO’S) from Paramount, California. All three judges scored the fight the same 80-72 in favor of De La Hoya. There were no knock downs in the fight, but lots of action.
Diego’s speed was a major factor in the fight, but he got all he could handle from a former world title challenger. Manuel Roman pressed the action in spite of getting hit repeatedly. Roman made life difficult for young De La Hoya especially in the late rounds and made a one sided contest an exciting one.
Gigantic heavyweight from China Taishan (3-0,2KO) dominated his opponent from Memphis Tennessee, Roy McCarry (3-3,3KO) over four one sided rounds. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Taishan: 40-34 twice and 39-35.Taishan dropped his opponent with the right hand at the end of second stanza and scored another knock down with the same right hand in the middle of the third round, but could not end the fight early.
Former amateur stand out from Brazil, Everton Lopes scored a unanimous decision win in his professional debut, a six round bout in lightweight division. He dropped his opponent, Evan Woolsey (2-7) from Kansas with a straight left in the first round, but could not finish the job. All three judges scored the contest 60-53 in favor of Lopes.
Undefeated super welterweight from Palm Desert, California Neeco “The Rooster”Macias (8-0 4KO) stopped Tavours Teague (2-2-1) from Paramount, California at 1:39 0f the 4th stanza.
In the opening bout of the evening, a six rounds super bantamweight contest which turned out to be a real war of attrition ended with a split decision victory for Colombian Oscar Negrette(8=0 3KO). 59=54 score card in favor of Fernando Fuentes (5-4 1KO) was overruled by two other judges who scored the fight 58-55 and 57-56 in favor of Negrette.