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Home Boxing Undercards Provide A Great Opening Show!
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Undercards Provide A Great Opening Show!

guillermo-rigondeaux-boxerJones Wins Close Decision in A Slugfest

On the last undercard fight prior to the main event of the night, the Pacquiao - Margarito showdown, Philadelphia’s Mike Jones, 23-0 (18), met up with Antonio Margarito’s main sparring partner Jesus Soto Karass, 24-5-3 (16), and it proved to be as tough a fight as it sounded on paper. Fighting for three minor belts, Jones came out swinging in the first round and had referee Rafael Ramos looking very closely as he pounded Karass along the ropes, but somehow Karass survived the onslaught and it seemed that Jones had used a lot of energy to try to finish off his opponent.

The next few rounds went the way of the heavier hitting Karass, pushing the action and Jones around the ring in most of the middle rounds but  Jones seemed to stem the tide towards the end fight. Jones really came on during the 10th round, and in this writers eyes, salvaged the fight as a 95-95 draw. I was proved wrong as the much more experienced judges found in favor of Mike Jones by majority decision. Scores were 94-94, 95-94, 97-93. With the win, Jones retained his NABA, NABO and WBC Continental Americas belts.

Rigondeaux Escapes With Split Decision Victory!

As one of the main rising stars taking part on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao - Antonio Margarito fight, the highly touted Cuban super bantamweight sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux, 7-0 (5), seemed to take the night off and it almost cost him against perennial title contender Ricardo Cordoba, 37-3-2 (23). In a very technical, boxing first style, Rigondeaux used his amateur experience to keep backing around the ring.

Cordoba tried to press the action, which worked in his favor, but did not seem to be enough as Rigondeaux used the full ring to his advantage, and stayed on the outside. In the fourth round, Rigondeaux put Cordoba down for the count and showed the aggressiveness that has been the hallmark of his short career. But the almost bored response of Rigondeaux seemed to inspire the veteran Cordoba and he started to press the action and chase the 30 year old prospect, gaining the judges respect, even scoring the first knockdown of Rigondeaux in the very next round, as Rigondeaux’s knee touched the ground. The crowd booed the lack of action during the fight and seemed very bored.  At the end of a basically uneventful fight, the judges ruled in the favor of Rigondeaux by the scores of 114-112, 117-109 for Rigondeaux and the last judge ruling 114-112 for Cordoba.

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