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Austin Trout Hammers Frank LoPorto Over Six Rounds

By Jake Donovan

Austin Trout left absolutely no doubt in his demolition of Australia's Frank LoPorto in their Shobox-televised main event Friday evening at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. 

The official time was 2:32 of the sixth round.

Full report to come...

In the televised co-feature, unbeaten Brazilian prospect Michael Oliveira made a successful American TV debut of his own with a strangely ruled stoppage in the 8th and final round of his middleweight bout with journeyman Xavier Tolliver.

The fight jumped out to a rocky start for Oliveira, who was under siege early on by an incoming Tolliver, determined to make a statement. The effectiveness of the strategy didn’t stretch out very long, as Tolliver was all but punched out by the second round.

His only saving grace in lasting round was the fact that Oliveira is not big on the sight of his own blood. Frequent headbutts throughout the fight left the Brazilian cut over his eye, with the action occurring often enough for Tolliver to be docked a point midway through the fight.

The deduction hardly mattered, as Tolliver was taking a beating round after round. His corner threatened to stop the fight going into the eighth round, before letting the Georgia-based fighter continue under the condition that they’d pull the plug if he took any more punishment.

Oliveira did his best to put those words to the test, but it was Tolliver’s action that brought about a close. Hitting on the break drew the ire of referee Robert Chapa, who called off the fight yet ruled it a technical knockout rather than a disqualification.

The official time was 1:31 of the 8th round.

Oliveira’s record moves to 16-0 (13KO), though he could stand to use some more polishing before being advanced to the next level.

Tolliver drops his second straight as he falls to 23-8 (15KO). A return to the ring in 2010 after a four-year hiatus saw the former amateur standout score two straight wins, but that came to a vicious end when he ran into Anthony Mundine this past June, suffering a 7th round stoppage after losing every round to that point.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mshap on 11-12-2011

totally agree that farcical 'fights' like this do Trout's legitimacy as an elite fighter no good....

Comment by tenPt on 11-12-2011

Not a meaningful defense for Trout but at least he is keeping busy and got to do it before his hometown.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 11-12-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11405050]this is set up perfect. two american light middleweights with 6 round tkos in their previous bouts. trout/kirkland, let's make it happen. trout did say "anyone who feels that i don't deserve this belt, come get it" (or something along…

Comment by EAAE on 11-12-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11405050]this is set up perfect. two american light middleweights with 6 round tkos in their previous bouts. trout/kirkland, let's make it happen. trout did say "anyone who feels that i don't deserve this belt, come get it" (or something along…

Comment by Hamaru on 11-12-2011

Geez people, how is it that we seen Austin aim for tougher fights for months yet, for some reason, on the other side, the fights don't get made; however, he takes who he can to keep the Showtime date and…

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