by Cliff Rold
The finals are set and fans could have an exceptional clash on their hands on May 23. Petr Petrov and Fernando Carcamo, in different fashions, each posted impressive semi-final wins on Friday night at the Four Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, to advance to the championship round of the “Boxcino” tournament in the Lightweight division.
31-year old Russian Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 16 KO), 1356 ½, of Madrid, Spain, was dominant from bell to bell in beating down 29-year old Christopher Rudd (13-2, 8 KO), 135 ½, of Covington, Tennessee to score a stoppage in round four. Rudd was never dropped but the accumulation of punishment was deemed too much as the gutsy Rudd had no answer for the technically superior Petrov.
Despite natural advantages in height and reach, the best work of the first round was almost all Petrov. The Russian veteran used quick punches, smart head movement, and steady pressure to keep Rudd off balance and uncomfortable.
Rudd did his best to slow the surging Petrov in the second but he didn’t appear to have the firepower to make Petrov flinch. That was readily apparent in the third as Petrov backed Rudd to the ropes and began to really let them fly. With Rudd trying to fight with him on the inside, Petrov blasted him with right hands to the cheek. Rudd wobbled a couple of times but managed to weather the blows and was still winging back at the bell.
Petrov picked up where he left off in the fourth, trapping Rudd in the corner and landing one short, straight power shot after another. Rudd, full of heart, did his best to fire back but his long limbs and wide angles were all wrong for the contest in front of him. Rudd never went down but he was eating clean shots in abundance, forcing a humanitarian stoppage from referee Billy Johnson was :51 second of round four.
In the opening semi-final, 23-year old Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KO), 135 ¾, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, went to seven consecutive wins but went the distance for the first time in the streak, still scoring a knockdown in earning a majority eight-round decision over 28-year old Miguel Angel Gonzalez (23-4, 16 KO), 136, of Cleveland, Ohio. The referee was Wayne Fox.
Just a minute into the fight, a huge left hand from Carcamo had Gonzalez sprawled over the top rope and in trouble. Gonzalez didn’t go to the floor but the referee ruled a knockdown and tolled eight while taking a look. Gonzalez nodded to go on and showed no hesitation in getting right back in the trenches with the taller Carcamo.
Gonzalez stayed in the trenches for the next three rounds, Carcamo working off the ropes for long stretches with both men digging to the body. Gonzalez was able to smother some of the leverage in Carcamo’s power upstairs, but the hooks to the ribs remained fully thumping.
There was more action at center ring in the fifth, giving Carcamo more room to extend blasting shots to the face. Late in the frame, Carcamo went back to the ropes but Gonzalez appeared to be flagging. In the closing moments, the action moved back towards the center and Carcamo landed a stiff shot to the head.
A right hand put Gonzalez on his heels in the sixth as Carcamo continued to grind away. The seventh round started with two echoing lefts to the body of Gonzalez and shortly he found himself on the ropes being worked over. None of it deterred Gonzalez as he stayed afoot and looking for a spot. A big left hook at the end of the seventh gave Gonzalez increased resolve heading into the final round.
Gonzalez brought that with him in an early burst to start the eighth but the fight mostly returned to form from there. It was a game effort but the size and physicality of Carcamo looked like too much as the final bell tolled.
Carcamo had a moment’s pause as the first score came in at 76-76, overruled at 78-74 and 77-75 for Carcamo.
The semi-finals of the “Boxcino” tournament at Middleweight take place on April 18th.
The card was broadcast on ESPN, promoted by Banner Promotions.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at email@example.com