Undefeated Jr. Middleweight prospect Richard Brewart scored a six round split decision over previously unbeaten Nathan Weston on Sunday Night at Omega Products International in Corona, CA. The bout, which headlined a 3-2-1 Boxing card promoted by Thompson Boxing saw Brewart get dropped with a short left hook to the jaw in round one. Brewart was able to get up and the fight continued. Although Weston had an edge in hand speed and was effective in countering Brewart with hooks and right hands throughout the fight, as the bout progressed, his overall activity gradually declined.
This created an opportunity for Brewart to make up ground on the scorecards by being the more active of the two fighters offensively. At the conclusion of the six round bout, Brewart had made up enough ground to earn the nod of two of three official judges giving him the split decision victory. Official scores were 57-56 (Weston), and 58-55 (On two scorecards in favor of Brewart). Richard Brewart advances to 9-0, with 4 Knockouts. Nathan Weston falls to 6-1-2, with 3 Knockouts.
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Undefeated Featherweight Katsuma Akitsugi scored a six round split decision over previously unbeaten Arnold Dinong. A very close and competitive fight from start to finish, it was Akitsugi’s effective counter punching, quick hands, and lateral movement that ultimately earned him the nod of two of three official judges. Official scores were 58-56 (Split between Akitsugi and Dinong on two scorecards), and 59-55 (Akitsugi). Katsuma Akitsugi advances to 5-0, with 1 Knockout. Arnold Dinong falls to 7-1, with 1 Knockout.
Middleweight Nelson Oliva began the evening by scoring a second round stoppage of veteran Uriel Gonzalez. In his professional debut, Oliva quickly scored a knockdown of Gonzalez in the opening seconds of the fight with a left hand. It was quickly evident that Oliva was the stronger of the two fighters as he kept Gonzalez on the defensive. Late in round one, Oliva dropped Gonzalez for a second time with a combination of body shots. The punishment continued in the second round until the fight was stopped. Nelson Oliva advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Uriel Gonzalez falls to 5-7-1, with 5 Knockouts.
This card, which was the first 3-2-1 Boxing card for Thompson Boxing in 2021 gave a look at four rising prospects, and one fighter making his professional debut. One might say that the two fights that went the distance on this card could have gone either way. From a Boxing traditionalist point of view, I feel the Brewart-Weston and Akitsugi-Dinong bouts were close and competitive enough to warrant rematches. It should not be overlooked however, that these two fights will serve the development of all four fighters well regardless of one’s perspective regarding the results. For the winners, they will be able to look back on these bouts and see what they can improve on in the gym that might make a rematch more convincing in their favor. On the opposite side of the equation, the two fighters who did not get their hands raised will also be able to review these fights and work on what ended up working against them in these bouts.
While no fighter likes to come out on the losing end of close fights or on the losing end period, such fights often serve as a tool that fighters and their respective teams will be able to work on and hopefully improve. Similarly, fighters who come out on the winning end of the equation often will want to remove any doubts they or fans might have simply because a fight might have been too close to call. No matter what side a fighter happens to be on, the greatest benefit for all is the experience they will gain, which will only help them going forward.
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