Undefeated top Jr. Lightweight contender Javier Fortuna remained unbeaten in scoring a dominant tenth round stoppage of WBA number eight rated contender Carlos Velasquez on Tuesday night at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Fortuna dropped Velasquez with a short combination of right hooks in round two. Velasquez seemed to have trouble with the elusiveness and hand speed of Fortuna as Fortuna consistently beat him to the punch and avoided the majority of Velasquez’ offense.
Fortuna’s ability to be elusive and to throw punches from every conceivable angle was the story of this fight as he dictated how the fight was fought in almost every round. As the fight progressed the contest continued to be one-sided in Fortuna’s favor as he continued to gradually bust Velasquez up with combinations and counter punches. A combination from Fortuna brought an end to the fight in round ten as Referee Russell Mora stopped the contest. Official time of the stoppage was :35 of round ten.
Javier Fortuna advances to 29-0-1, with 21 Knockouts. Carlos Velasquez falls to 19-2, with 12 Knockouts.
Also on the card, in the Jr. Middleweight division undefeated prospects Dominique Dolton and Oscar Molina fought to a ten round majority draw. Both fighters were able to have periods of effectiveness throughout this fight and neither fighter in this observer’s view was able to stand out from the other. Official scores were 97-93 (for Dolton), and 95-95 (on two scorecards) resulting in the draw.
Dominique Dolton advances to 17-0-1, with 9 Knockouts. Oscar Molina advances to 13-0-1, with 10 Knockouts.
In a Cruiserweight bout undefeated prospect/knockout artist Andrew Tabiti scored a second round stoppage over Tamas Lodi. Tabiti dropped Lodi with a straight right hand late in the second round. Although the fight appeared to be over as Lodi did not get back to his feet until the count of nine, he was able to survive the round before the fight was stopped prior to round three.
Andrew Tabiti advances to 12-0, with 11 Knockouts. Tamas Lodi falls to 16-6-2, with 13 Knockouts.
In other bouts:
Super-Middleweight J’Leon Love (21-1, with 11 Knockouts) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Marcus Upshaw (18-15-4, with 9 Knockouts). Official scores were 98-92, and 99-91(on two scorecards) in favor of Love.
In the Jr. Welterweight division undefeated prospect Ladarius Miller (9-0, with 1 Knockout) scored a six round unanimous decision over Rondale Hubbert (10-3-1, with 6 Knockouts). Official scores were 60-54, and 59-55(on two scorecards) in favor of Miller.
In the Middleweight division Thomas Hill (5-0, with 1 Knockout) scored a six round unanimous decision over Alphonso Black (8-3-1, with 4 Knockouts). Official scores were 60-54, and 59-55 (on two scorecards) in favor of Hill.
In the Welterweight division Juan Heraldez (9-0, with 6 Knockouts scored a six round unanimous decision over Joaquin Chavez (9-17-3, with 2 Knockouts). Official scores were 60-52 (on all three scorecards) in favor of Heraldez.
In the Featherweight division Leduan Barthelemy (7-0, with 3 Knockouts) scored a six round unanimous decision over Michael Gaxiola (4-4, with 0 Knockouts). Official scores were 60-54 (on all three scorecards) in favor of Barthelemy.
All in all this installment of the Premier Boxing Champions series showcased fighters at various stages of their respective careers and it will be interesting to see what is in store for the rising prospects and contenders who fought on this card going forward. It will be of particular interest to this observer to see whether Javier Fortuna, who currently holds interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Jr. Lightweight ratings will face undefeated WBA world champion Takashi Uchiyama in the near future.
As the Premier Boxing Champions series continues to grow and serve as a stage for rising prospects, contenders, and world champions it is the hope of this observer that the series continues to provide the best fights possible for the sport. A bout between Uchiyama and Fortuna would be a very interesting fight and if it were featured as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series it would also continue to accomplish something else in putting the spotlight on fighters and weight divisions that do not always get the exposure or recognition they deserve here in the United States.
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