Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team

Boxing Champions |  Boxing Schedule |  Boxing Video  |  Boxing History   |  Pound For Pound  | The Wire |  Audio  |  Arcade
Rances Barthelemy One Punches His Way to Title Shot - Boxing News
 
Follow BoxingScene
 
Advertisement
BoxingScene Archive
• Boxing Articles
• Boxing Interviews
• Breaking News
• Boxing Press Releases
• Boxing Results
• World Boxing News
Search BoxingScene

>>>Advanced Search<<<
                                                                                                                                                            ...............

 Last update:  6/22/2013       Read more by Cliff Rold         
   
Rances Barthelemy One Punches His Way to Title Shot
Mobile Version Share Click Here To Email   Search BoxingScene Database 

by Cliff Rold

With a mandatory title shot on the line, 26-year old Cuban Jr. Lightweight Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KO) of Miami, Florida, scored his first knockout since November 2011, with a vicious right uppercut to the body of 31-year old Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-4-1, 21 KO) of Chiang Mai, Thailand, in round two on Friday night at the Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was only the second stoppage loss of Sakkreerin’s career, the other coming in his sixth start in 2005

Both men came below the division limit of 130 lbs., Barthelemy at 128 ¾ and Sakkreerin at 129.  The referee was Mark Nelson.

The length of Barthelemy was evident in the first round, his 5’11 frame allowing forcing Sakkreerin to step hard with his jab to cross the distance.  The Thai handled the task well, getting close enough to land some early left hooks.  It turned out Barthelemy was merely getting his measure.

In the second, Barthelemy had his gloves in place to defend against the hook and was ready, countering with short hooks and crosses before returning to his jab to keep Sakkreerin outside.  Leaning back as Sakkreerin attempted a right hand, Barthelemy turned a right uppercut into the solar plexus area.  The action froze in time for just a second, Sakkreerin collapsing in a delayed reaction, his face a mask of pain.  There was no attempt to rise,

Translated in the ring after the fight, Barthelemy was asked about the shift and outcomes since his last fight, a controversial decision over Arash Usmanee.  Barthelemy stated that fight left him a lot of learning experiences and those were lessons he could apply on Friday night.  Looking forward, Barthelemy expressed excitement about a looming title chance, a reflection of why he sacrificed to defect from Cuba to the U.S.

With the victory, the former Cuban Amateur Jr. National Champion Barthelemy rises to the mandatory position in the IBF ratings.  The current IBF titlist at 130 lbs. is Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 KO). 

It wouldn’t be the only crushing finish on the night.

Picking up his fourth win in a row since a loss to former Middleweight Champion last April, 29-year old Super Middleweight Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 13 KO), 162, of Osseo, Minnesota, started strong and stayed there en route to scoring a sixth round knockout of 28-year old Don George (24-4-2, 21 KO), 161 ¾, of Chicago, Illinois.  

Truax had him rocked badly in the final minute of round one and did some excellent, clear contact work in the third to seize early control of the contest.  George, who seemed flat from the outset, did little to get back into the fight in the next two rounds.  Truax, sharp and lively, kept his jab working and exploited multiple holes in the defense in front of him.

In the sixth, a crushing right hand in the final minute brought matters to an end.  George went down, his face towards the floor.  One could see the part of him that wanted to rise being overruled by the rest of his beaten body.  Referee Gary Miezwa halted his count at eight and waved the fight closed at 2:24 of round six. 

The fight was only the second knockout loss in the career of George following a knockout loss in the final round to then-future lineal World Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson last October.  George is 2-3-1 in his last six starts.

Also Televised

Jr. Middleweight: Ken Glenn (3-0, 1 KO) UD4 Gavin Quinn (1-1)

The contest was televised in the U.S. on ESPN2 as part of its “Friday Night Fights” series, promoted by Seconds Out and Warriors Promotion.

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com

Tags: Donovan George , Rances Barthelemy , Caleb Truax



 User Comments and Feedback (must register to comment)

comment by RyunosukeRonin, on 06-22-2013
[QUOTE=chubano]Barthelemy is like Paul Williams, tall guys that love to go forward :boxing:[/QUOTE] When you see him slap his way through fights it reminds more of a better boxing version of Caballero.

comment by CubanGuyNYC, on 06-22-2013
[QUOTE=chubano]Barthelemy is like Paul Williams, tall guys that love to go forward :boxing:[/QUOTE] Yes. I'm not a big fan of Barthelemy, but I like him more all the time. He showed a lot of heart in the Usmanee fight (both men did). It'll be interesting to see how far Rances goes in his caree...

comment by chubano, on 06-22-2013
Barthelemy is like Paul Williams, tall guys that love to go forward :boxing:

Post A Comment/View More User Comments (3) 

   
 Top Headlines
 Advertisement
 
 MMA Headlines
 
 Related Articles
  Cardona, Estrella, Galvadon, Di...
  BoxingScene Ratings Update: Fur...
  Adonis Stevenson Lands 42% of P...
  Dan's Late Connect Rally Sealed...
  CompuBox: Herrera Outworked Ben...
  CompuBox: Tim Bradley Landed Mo...
  Amir Khan-Devon Alexander: Post...
  Khan Outlands Alexander 243 To ...
  Photo: Bradley vs. Chaves Contr...
  Khan-Alexander: CompuBox Histor...

 Latest Active Forum Threads
Latest Active Threads
 Advertisement

 


Advertisement



Privacy Policy - Submit News - Feedback - Site Map - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2003-2014 BoxingScene LLC. All rights reserved.