By Francisco Salazar
How does Johnny Frazier know he should have won his scheduled four round bout against lightweight Luis Hernandez?
He heard boos from fight fans in attendance near Hernandez’s hometown.
Hernandez won a disputed four round majority decision over Frazier at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA on Saturday night.
After both fighters exchanged blows during the bout, it looked as though Frazier would get his first victory in over four years. Or at least add another draw to his record.
Instead, Hernandez received the nod on two of the judges’ scorecards. Even Hernandez looked somewhat surprised by the decision.
It was all Frazier in the first two rounds of the fight, as he continuously landed counter right hands to the head of Hernandez. On at least one occasion in each of those rounds, Hernandez was wobbled by a Frazier right hand and had to hold on.
In the second half of the bout, Hernandez was able to beat Frazier more to the punch. He also found success throwing and landing more to the body. Frazier began to slow down in the final round, as he took the fight on short notice and weighed eight pounds more than Hernandez. Both fighters had their moments right before the final bell sounded.
One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 for Hernandez. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 38-38.
Hernandez, from nearby San Bernardino, goes to 2-2-1. Frazier, from Las Vegas, NV, drops to 2-14-4, 2 KOs. He is winless in his last 18 bouts after winning his first two bouts of his career.
Hyde knocks Gray out
In a bout between middleweights making their professional debuts, John Hyde survived a knockdown to knock Trace Gray out in the third round of a scheduled four round bout.
The southpaw Gray, from Corona, was getting the better of the exchanges with his awkward, yet effective style. Gray boxed around the ring, continuously landing counter right hooks to the head of Hyde.
Whenever Hyde, from nearby Riverside, tried to mount offense, Gray would lean his head back, which is a big no-no in boxing circles. He also had his chin up, instead of tucked, which made it more enticing for Hyde to want to throw to the head.
In the second round, Gray dropped Hyde with as left hand to the head. Hyde got up and tried to fight back, even with blood seeping out of his nose. Gray kept landing repeatedly to the head of Hyde until the round ended.
Gray awkward style was working, even in the opening minute of the third round, until he ran into a counter left hook from Hyde. From the impact of the punch, Gray fell slowly face-first to the canvas. He got up on very shaky legs, prompting referee Jack Reiss to stop the fight at 1:18.
Meraz tops Moya
Super welterweight Carlos Meraz was successful in his professional debut, winning a four round unanimous decision over Antonio Moya.
The southpaw Meraz, from nearby San Bernardino, was busier and more accurate than Moya, even though he was somewhat wide with his punches. His activity was rewarded as he dropped Moya with a counter right hook to the head. Moya was able to get up and finished the round.
Moya was busier in the second round, landing repeatedly lead or counter right hands to the head of Meraz. Both had their moments in the third round, although Meraz was beating Moya more to the punch.
In the final stanza, Meraz began to slow down considerably. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Moya pressed the action, attacking the body and landing more right hands to the head. However, it was not enough as all three judges scored the bout in favor of Meraz, 39-36, 39-36, and 38-37. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Meraz.
Moya, from Pomona, falls to 0-2.
- Unbeaten John Amuzu (13-0, 13 KOs), of Accra, Ghana and now living in Riverside, was scheduled to fight Pablo Batres in a six round bout. However, Batres medical records were not available, so the promoters sought veteran Adolfo Landeros, but his medical records were not done on time.
- Nine mixed martial arts bouts were also on the card.
- Promoter Craig Zimmerman said that he will likely return to the Fairplex with another boxing/ mixed martial arts card on June 1st.
Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. His twitter handle is Salazar_soccer and could be reached at [email protected]