By Ryan Burton at Ringside
SILVERDOME, PONTIAC, MICHIGAN - We are just moments away from the evening's first undercard bout that will up to the battle of undeated fighters. In the main event, WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley was face his unbeaten rival Devon Alexander, the WBC champion, in a high-stakes battle where the winner will become the recognized top-dog at 140-pounds. After years of trash talking, the two young boxers are ready to put everything on the line in the first HBO televised event of 2011.
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Vernon Paris (24-0) defeated Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6) via unanimous decision. The scores were 76-73 and 77-72 twice. Augustus, who took the fight on less than two weeks notice had previously announced that this would be the final fight of his rollercoaster career. Paris started out strong in the first round display good handspeed. He rocked Augustus on a few occasions with quick check left hooks. Augustus came out as the agressor in the second round and Paris was very effective with his counter punching. Augustus had trouble adjusting to Paris' speed.
Despite his limited success Augustus kept coming forward in the 3rd round. Augustus was able to land punches but he couldn't match Paris' in the accuracy or power category. Things got a little chippy in the fourth round as Augustus complained to no avail about being pushed. Paris threw a punch as Augustus was talking to the ref and Augustus retaliated by pushing Paris into the turnbuckle. The fighters were tangled up again as the bell sounded to end the round and Paris ended up falling flat on his back.
The comedy continued as the bell sounded to begin the 5th round and the ring card girl was only about 3/4 of the way through her ring walk and the referee had to call for time to give the ring girl time to leave the ring before she ended up in the middle of the action. The action definitely heated up in the 5th as the visibily upset Augustus had his most active round of the evening trading punches at will with Paris. As Augustus waited for the 6th round to start he lept out of his stool and began dancing. The Drunken Master had awakened. Paris seemed a little gassed in the 6th and Augustus took advantage of it as he threw combinations to the body and the head and Paris had to resort to holding.
Augustus was deducted a point for hitting on the break at the end of the round when both men should have just been given a warning. Paris went back to work landing several power shots to begin the 7th round but gassed again towards the middle of round. In another bizarre twist Paris was deducted a point for holding in what appeared to be a make up call for the previous point deduction. Moments later Augustus was deducted a 2nd point for pushing on the break as the comedy continued. Both men were visibily tired in the 8th and final round as they both abandoned their defense and chose to just slug it out. If this was truly Augustus' final fight he left everything he had in the ring and entertained the fans one final time in the type of bizarre fight we have grown accustomed to seeing him in.
In an entertaining heavyweight battle, Bermane "B-Ware" Stiverne (20-1, 19KOs) picked up the vacant WBC International, WBC/USNBC and WBA Fedelatin heavyweight belts when he knocked out previously undefeated Kerston Manswell (20-1, 15KOs) with a vicious left uppercut at the 1:52 mark of the second round.
Stiverne should make a big jump in the WBC and WBA's rankings next month. Stiverne, who is from Haiti and now fights out of Las Vegas, displayed a crisp left jab in the first round. He flashed the same jab to begin the second round and then landed a left hook and followed it up with an overhand right that sent Manswell to the canvas. Manswell, despite being on shaky legs was allowed to continue. Back to back left uppercuts put Manswell to sleep to end the fight.
Marcus Olveira (21-0-1) made his return to the ring successful when he defeated Demetrius Jenkins (21-18-1) via unanimous decision in a snoozer. The scores were 60-54 on all three cards. Olveira looked sharper than expected considering it was only his second fight in the past 18 months. The action began slowly as Olveira worked his jab and concentrated on going to Jenkins' body. Oliveira started putting his punches together in the 2nd round and Jenkins face began to swell from the punishment he was taking. Olveira began to put his foot on the gas towards the end of the 3rd round and kept it up throughout the fourth round as the pace somewhat increased. A cut opened up over Jenkin's left eye in the fifth round. Oliveira ended the fight by putting together a solid 6th round against his overmatched opponent.
Welterweight prospect James De la Rosa's (20-1) near 15 month layoff was evident when he was upset by Allen Conyers (12-4) via unanimous decision. The scores were 95-92 on all three judges scorecards. De la Rosa was slow and lethargic throughout the contest. De la Rosa was wobbled badly on a couple of occasions in the first round and was fortunate to survive the round. The second round wasn't any better for De la Rosa as a right uppercut sent him to the canvas early in the round. The fight turned in De la Rosa's favor in the third round as he began to land several power shots and he followed it up with a strong fourth round as Conyers began to slow down. Conyers landed a few hard shots in the fifth round but it wasn't enough to win the round.
De la Rosa's lackadaisical defense caught up with him again in the 6th as he went down from a big right hook to the head. The seventh round was a lot closer round as the action slowed in comparision to the previous few rounds. De la Rosa went down again in the 8th round as Conyers began to dominate the fight like he did in the opening rounds. A left hook to the head was the punch that sent De la Rosa to the canvas. Conyers followed that up with a strong 9th round as De la Rosa's punches began to lose steam. De la Rosa came out with a sense of urgency in the 10th and final round but it was too little too late.
Kendall Holt's (26-4) first fight under Gary Shaw Promotions ended with a bang as he knocked out Lenin Arroyo (20-15-1) at the 1:50 mark of the 1st round. Holt unloaded with a vicious left hook to Arroyo's temple and the fight was waved off a few seconds later. The fight was fought at a catchweight of 144 lbs. as Holt looks to make a run in the welterweight division.
In a clash of junior middleweights, Julian Williams (5-0) kept his perfect record intact when he stopped Alan Moore (2-10) at the :28 mark of the opening round. When the opening bell sounded Moore came out aggressive and tried to bring the fight to the Philadelphia based prospect. His stratagy proved to be flawed as Williams displayed lighting quick hands and sent Moore face first to canvas with a right cross. Moore rose to his feet but an uppercut quickly send him back down and this time for good. Williams is one of the newest additions to Gary Shaw's stable.
Detroit native Darryl Cunningham (22-2) delighted his hometown crowd when he defeated Alberto Mercedes (16-15) via decision in their super middleweight clash. The scores were 60-53 on all three judges cards. Cunningham had the Dominican on wobbly legs in the fourth round and dropped him in the sixth as he cruised to the easy decision victory.
In the evening's opening bout former IBF lightweight champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz (38-6) won his second fight in a row when he defeated Pavel Miranda (16-7-1) via TKO at the 2:17 mark of the 8th round. The action started slowly as Miranda put up a spirited effort and actually had Diaz momentarily hurt in the third round. Diaz seemed to awaken in the fourth as he began fighting more aggressively and really started to land on Miranda. Diaz rocked Miranda early in the 6th and appeared to be on his way to finishing off Miranda when the two fighters heads collided, opening up a gash in Diaz's hairline. The extra rest from the headbutt helped Miranda survive the round. Diaz dropped Miranda twice in the 8th round. Miranda rose to his feet both times but was still hurt. Diaz landed a three punch combo after Miranda rose to his feet for the second time and the referee had seen enough and waived off the fight.