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HBO Boxing After Dark September 30, 2012
HBO Boxing after Dark presented three bouts on Saturday evening September 29, 2012 from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. The three fights promote new boxing talent in three weight divisions. The announcing team of Bob Papa, Roy Jones Jr. Max Kellerman and Harold Lederman gave intelligent and informative commentary throughout the show.
The first fight was a welterweight contest between thirty year old Alex Perez (16-0-0, 9 KO’s) from Newark, New Jersey and twenty-four year old Antonin DeCarie, (26-1-0, 7 KO’s) from Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Antonin DeCarie took charge of the fight from the first round. He was the more experienced and better trained boxer. DeCarie’s aggressive style gave Alex Perez problems. DeCarie hit his opponent Perez with constant combinations to the body and head. In the fifth round, Perez managed to deliver two good power punches to the face of DeCarie. In the sixth round, DeCarie knocked down Perez with a left hook and hard right punch to the head. Referee Danny Schiavone stopped the bout rewarding DeCarie a technical knockout at 2:54 of Round Six. The HBO commentators agreed with the referee’s decision to stop the bout.
The second bout was a super-bantamweight contest between thirty-six year old Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KO’s) and twenty-five year old Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0-0, 11 KO’s).
Darchinyan was the senior citizen boxer of the evening. He was the former flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight champion. He is noted for a constantly aggressive style of fighting. Vic always wants a knockout. However Darchinyan fought a strategic, carefully orchestrated bout against the younger and physically stronger Orlandito Del Valle. During the first five rounds Vic kept both his hands up protecting his face from power punches thrown by Del Valle. He completely dominated the fight through eight rounds. In the ninth round, Del Valle rocked and staggered Darchinyan with a combination to the head and jaw. Darchinyan dominated the tenth round and won the fight by unanimous decision.
There was a disagreement during the Darchinyan, Del Valle prize fight between Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. whether the referee should stop the bout. Darchinyan hit Del Valle with extremely hard power punches to the body and head. He did damage to Del Valle’s face and ribs. Jones felt that the fight should continue because Del Valle’s legs never wavered when he was hit. Orlandito also is bigger than Vic and has a knockout punch from either hand. Jones related this fight to the Martinez, Chavez Jr. bout where Martinez dominated the fight but Chavez Jr. almost knocked Martinez out in the twelfth round. Kellerman’s point of view was to save the young fighter from a severe beating and stop the bout at the end of round eight. Del Valle almost knocked out Darchinyan in the ninth round therefore Roy Jones. probably won the argument. I tend to agree with Kellerman.On my thirteenth birthday I saw Emile Griffith knock out Benny Kid Paret in Madison Square Garden. Although Paret died in the hospital ten days later, I saw the fight live. Benny died in the ring that night and they carried him out on a stretcher. That vision bothered me the rest of my life.
The third fight was the main event of the evening. This was a super-middleweight bout between twenty-seven year olds, Edwin Rodriguez (21-0-0, 14 KO’s) and Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO’s). Rodriguez started round one by hitting Escalera with tremendous combinations to the body. He almost knocked Escalera out and Harold Lederman awarded Rodriguez a 10-8 round. For the next six rounds the onslaught of punches by Rodriguez connected with the head and body of Escalera. Escalera’s mouth and ear were bleeding. Finally at 12 seconds of the eighth round, referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout. The HBO commentators agreed with the stoppage.
I thoroughly enjoy HBO Boxing after Dark. These bouts show the artistic skill and bravery of the fighters. I applaud HBO Sports for the excellent show and commentary.