Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions and Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment co-promoted WBA Super World championship boxing at the Barclay Center Saturday night over Showtime.
WBA World Super Welterweight Champion Brian Carlos “El Boxi” Castano, 15-0-1 (11), of Bueno Aires, ARG, made his first title defense fortunate to get a draw against former WBA Super Welter champ southpaw Erislandy Lara, 25-3-3 (14), out of Houston, TX, over 12 rounds.
In the first round southpaw Lara kept his distance using his reach with his jab. It was a feeling out round with Lara ending the round with a 3-punch combination. In the second round Lara landed several lead lefts to the chin as Castano kept his hands high with little offense. Inside the final minute Lara landed a good leaft left on the chin. In the final half minute Castano finally threw some punches.
In the third round Lara did well for the first minute but Castano dis good body work the rest of the way. In the fourth round Lara kept going backwards with hands low still landing his jab. With just over a minute left in the round Castano landed a flurry to the body. Lara had some swelling under the right eye.
In the fifth round Lara continued to outwork Castano. Castano did little until the final twenty seconds of the round getting in body shots. In the sixth round Lara continues landing more than Castano. Castano opened up inside of the final minute with Lara in a corner but Lara came right back.
In the seventh round Lara continued pin pointing his punches while Castano threw more but landed less. In the eighth round Lara’s experience has controlled the fight. Castano didn’t seem to do much until the final thirty seconds of the rounds.
In the ninth round Lara continued to counter Castano well. Castano seemed to try to steal rounds opening up in the final twenty seconds landing body shots. In the tenth round Lara continued landing more punches. Lara ended the round with a good left on the chin.
In the eleventh round Lara keeps Castano at bay with his jab. Castano finally opened up in the final minute. In the twelfth and final round Castano throwing, but not landing as much as Lara. Lara rocked Costano with a straight left on the chin. Lara landed the final two punches with lead lefts on the chin.
Scores were Julie Lederman 114-114. John McKaie 115-113 Lara and Kevin Morgan 115-113 Castano. This writer had it 118-112 Lara. Ricky Gonzalez was the referee.
WBA No. 1 ranked Featherweight Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia, 24-2-1 (20), of David, PAN, stopped by WBA No. 3 ranked southpaw Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez, 22-1-3 (9), of Sinaloa, MEX, at 2:10 of the ninth round winning the WBA Gold Featherweight title.
In the first round after half a minute Ramirez landed a left to the mid-section. He would continue doing this throughout the round. In the second round Ramirez kept one step ahead of De Gracis up until half a minute left in the round when De Gracis landed a lead right against the southpaw Ramirez.
In the third round Ramirez counters well standing in front of De Gracias starting this round. Ramirez halfway through the round landed a good lead left to the chin. Ramirez was just too fast a hand and feet for De Gracia. In the fourth round De Gracia finally got in a power shot on the chin making Ramirez hold. Inside of a minute left in the round Ramirez landed a lead left on the chin. De Gracias landed a good right uppercut to the body.
In the fifth round De Gracia halfway through the round finally caught up to Ramirez with a flurry of body punches. With about twenty seconds left in the round De Gracia hurt Ramirez with a leadright on the chin. In the sixth round Ramirez kept up out boxing De Gracia until the halfway point when De Gracia rocked Ramirez with a right to the chin. De Gracia threw more but landed less.
In the seventh round Ramirez was slowing down but still landing the jab well and landed a good combination to the chin with about a minute left in the round. In the eighth round with Ramirez staying in front is taking body punishment from De Gracia.
In the ninth round Ramirez landed a solid counter left on the chin after a minute in the round. Halfway through Ramirez landed a solid left on the chin. De Gracia landed a good combination on the chin. Ramiez landed a right uppercut on the chin hurting De Gracia. He then landed a windmill number of punches having De Gracia out on his feet when referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., wisely halted the fight.
Two of the judges had De Gracia ahead and one even. This writer had Ramirez ahead 77-75.
Cuban Heavyweight southpaw No. 3 WBC ranked Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, 31-1 (26), of Miami, FL, won a lackluster decision over Romanian Christian Hammer, 24-6 (14), of Hamburg, GER, over 10 rounds.
In the first round it was more of a feeling out round. Ortiz didn’t open up probably wanting some rounds. In the second round Ortiz went to the body with a left. Hammer and Ortiz banged headswith the legs of Ortiz buckling and a glove touching the canvas. The action picked up with both opening up a bit.
In the third round Ortiz started moving around still using just a jab.. Hammer landed a lead right after hearing the crowd showing their displeasure. Inside of a minute Ortiz finally landed on the chin. Hammer landed a low right with but a warning. In the fourth round Hammer landed several lead rights. Ortiz brought blood from the nose of Hammer with a left uppercut.
In the fifth round Hammer was missing with wild rights but landed a right bringing blood from the nose of Ortiz. Half a minute left and Hammer landed a right on the chin. In the sixth round Hammer raised his hands and even landed a combination to the body. Ortiz got Hammer in a corner but let him out.
In the ninth round a double jab from Ortiz was followed by a left on the chin. Inside the two minute mark Ortiz landed a good body shot. Ortiz landed a left with Hammer countering with a right. The fans are not pleased.
In the tenth and final round Hammer knowing he was far behind starts throwing rights looking for a knockout. How Hammer survived ten rounds with Ortiz doesn’t say much for Ortiz. Who would have thought it would have gone the distance?
Scores were 100-90 and 99-91 twice. This writer had it 98-92.
Dominican Cruiserweight Edward “La Bomba” Rodriguez, 31-2 (20), of Stafford, TX, defeated southpaw Mitch “King Kamm” Williams, 16-7-3 (11), of Jackson, MI, over 10 rounds.
Bantamweight Antonio Russell, 13-0 (11), of DC, stopped Jose Maria “Chema” Cardenas, 16-3 (13), of Tijuana, MEX, at 0:22 of the sixth round in a scheduled 8.