Advertisement

Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Orlando Cruz Flattens Alejandro Delgado In 11

By Jake Donovan

The last time Orlando Cruz appeared on the Boxeo Telemundo series, he delivered a career-resurrecting performance, scoring a first-round upset knockout of Michael Franco last October.

His latest showing featured a similar ending. He just took much longer to get the point.

Overcoming a slow – and rough – start, Cruz prevailed in the later rounds, putting away a game Alejandro Delgado in the 11th round of their Telemundo-televised main event Friday evening at Palm Bay (FL) Community Center.

The official time was 2:59 of round eleven.

While the ending was emphatic, the fight was by no means a cakewalk for Cruz, who fell behind early on as Delgado fought like a man with something to prove. The Mexican had lost three of his last five contests and on the verge of journeyman status should his losing ways continue. 

The final box score will show yet another defeat, but Delgado showed in the first two rounds that he’s capable of putting his skills to use. Cruz struggled to deal with his opponent’s natural aggression, as Delgado didn’t appear to have any problems adapting to his opponent’s southpaw style.

Cruz picked up the pace in the third round and from there found himself in a back-and-forth battle that would prove to be a war of attrition. Delgado refused to give an inch for as long as he could keep up, but unfortunately lacked the extra gear to contend with Cruz once the bout made its way into the deep end of the pool. 

By the ninth round, it was clear that Delgado’s punches lacked the zip necessary to swing things back in his favor. Cruz was well aware of this fact, and considerably stepped up his attack. The Puerto Rican was in full control down the stretch, but gave the crowd a thrill just when it appeared he would be content with coasting to the finish line.

Instead, yet another highlight reel moment came, though one barely caught by the Telemundo cameras. Cruz scored two knockdowns late in the 11th round, the latter putting Delgado down and out for the night. The second knockdown left Delgado flat on his back just before the bell, though the timing of the sequence was nearly missed as producers immediately cut to a commercial break in anticipation of the end of the round.

Fortunately for the staff on hand, not another punch would be thrown.

With the win comes a winning streak for Cruz, who has scored knockouts in each of his last two contests. The hard-hitting southpaw – though you wouldn’t know it by his KO to win ratio - advances to 18-2-1 (9KO). 

Delgado drops his second straight and now four out of his last six as he heads back to Mexico with a mark of 15-6 (7KO). 

The pair of knockout wins for Cruz come on the heels of a 20-month hiatus that was prompted by consecutive knockout losses. Cruz suffered a shocking 5th round loss at the hands of perennial spoiler Cornelius Lock on the pay-per-view televised undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s ’09 ring return, when he pitched a virtual shutout of Juan Manuel Marquez.

Five months later came more bad news, as a road trip to Mexico resulted in a three-round blitzing of former titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon in Feb. ‘10. The back-to-back losses were enough to force Cruz to the sidelines to regroup before returning with a vengeance last October in his opening round stunner of previously unbeaten Michael Franco. 

TELEVISED UNDERCARD

Melbourne (FL)-based super middleweight Fadoul Louis (3-0, 1KO) has a very long way to go before even garnering a modicum of consideration for his "Brown Bomber" nickname. Still, the unbeaten Puerto Rican impressed in pitching a near-shutout over Orlando's own Danny "El Bebo" Pastrana (4-3, 1KO). Scores were 40-35 and 39-36 (2x).

Albany-born prospect Amir Iman, now fighting out of Florida, had no problem taking care of journeyman Devarise Crayton in their televised swing bout. Iman (3-0, 2KO) bumrushed the Orlando fighter early, ending matters in the 2nd round when a right hand and left hook left Crayton (7-12-2, 3KO) defenseless along the ropes.  

The show was presented by All-Star Boxing, who plans five more Florida-based Telemundo shows in 2012, along with five more live from Mexico. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELHURACAN58 on 02-11-2012

Cruz might be the David Tua type, he is good, but might never have the title to show for it.

Comment by gibo on 02-11-2012

Cruz refried the delgado in the 11th.

Comment by damit305 on 02-11-2012

This Amir Iman kid wow! 5' 10", fights @ Welter only 21, does things fundamentally right at an early stage. Maybe not prospect status yet but seems like he soon will be.

Comment by damit305 on 02-11-2012

[QUOTE=War Aficionado;11770252]Oh SHYT didn't even kno telemundo aired boxing on friday nights! Just got home from work.. :headbang:[/QUOTE] Was a good showing by Telemundo. Lol I have the same problems but with Saturday nights, I find myself rushing home pretty…

Comment by Hyper Knuckles on 02-11-2012

Oh SHYT didn't even kno telemundo aired boxing on friday nights! Just got home from work.. :headbang:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Photos: Quigg-Simion, Campbell-Perez, Taylor-Meinke - Presser Photos: David Lemieux Grinds Hard For Return on Canelo-Chavez Photos: Joshua, Klitschko - Face To Face at Final Presser Lee Haskins vs. Ryan Burnett IBF Title Clash on June 10 Michael Conlan, Top Rank Chicago Card on May 26 - Ticket Info Joshua: I Took Klitschko Fight Because Our Division Needed It Jacobs' Trainer Would Like Gennady Golovkin Rematch - Next Team Andrade: Lara Turned Us Down Twice; Never Talked Money Koncz: Brisbane Crown Will Be Cheering For Pacquiao, Not Horn Joseph Parker's Handlers View Razvan Cojanu as Dangerous Fight Kevin Johnson Vows To Break Down Kubrat Pulev, Make Him Quit Catterall Feels Walsh is Capable of Shocking Gervonta Davis Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face in Melbourne Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Already Down To 169.5-Pounds Video: Hearn on Joshua-Wilder, British Scene, Brook-Spence, Fury Horn: I Can Stop Pinching Myself - The Pacquiao Fight is Real! Vitali Klitschko: I'm More Than Sure My Brother Knocks Joshua Out! Video: Johnny Nelson Talks Joshua vs. Klitschko Anthony Joshua - Is He Really Ready For This? Video: Loeffler Discusses Golovkin's Future Path, Joshua-Klitschko Chavez Jr. Down To 169.5-Pounds With 10 Days To Canelo Fight! Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Klitschko-Joshua, Canelo-Chavez Loeffler: Golovkin Will Wait, Focus on Canelo-Chavez Winner Video: Errol Spence Discusses Kell Brook Showdown, Training Video: Tony Bellew on The Future, Possible Opponents, More Video: Vitali Klitschko Talks Wladimir vs. Anthony Joshua Bout Joshua's Coach: Our Job To Prove Klitschko is No Longer Dominant Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime Giovani Santillan Will Face Juan Garcia Mendez on May 19, Ontario Roach: Golovkin Exposed a Bit in Last Fight, Cotto Can Beat Him Joshua Can Be a Nasty Motherf***er in The Ring, Says Mentor Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Open Workouts Emmanuel Folly, Unbeaten Prospect, Arrested on Child Porn Charges Joshua: Klitschko's Chin Can't Be Bad; He Reigned for 10 Years Heather Hardy, Charles Conwell Return on May 18, Broadway Boxing Zolani Tete is Now Elevated To FULL WBO Bantamweight Champion Klitschko Brothers vs. British Fighters - A Review and Analysis Frank Bruno: Joshua Could Potentially KO Klitschko "Very Early" Helenius Pounds 'Chisora' Heavy Bag in Camp, Vows Repeat Win Arum: American Fans, Writers Are Warming Up To Pacquiao-Horn
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement