John Bauza’s boxing ability was too much for Larry Fryers on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The unbeaten southpaw from North Bergen, New Jersey, spent much of their eight-round junior welterweight fight picking apart an aggressive Fryers with straight left hands. Fryers tried to be physical with Bauza, but Bauza effectively established distance and easily out-pointed Fryers on the scorecards of judges Adalaide Byrd (80-72), Patricia Morse Jarman (79-73) and Dave Moretti (80-72).
The 22-year-old Bauza improved to 14-0 by winning the second fight ESPN aired as part of the Alex Saucedo-Sonny Fredrickson undercard from MGM Grand Conference Center. The 29-year-old Fryers fell to 11-3.
Bauza landed numerous straight lefts in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds, and continued to make Fryers miss in those three rounds.
Fryers backed Bauza into the ropes early in the fifth round, but Bauza established some distance and continued to out-box his aggressive opponent. Bauza repeatedly hit Fryers with left hands in the first minute of the fourth round.
A straight left by Bauza snapped back Fryers’ head about 15 seconds into the third round. Several seconds later, Bauza caught Fryers with a right hook.
Bauza continued catching Fryers with counters throughout the third round.
A counter right hook by Bauza knocked Fryers off balance just after the halfway point of the second round.
Fryers got off to a strong start in the first round, when he was aggressive and tried to rough up Bauza.
Fryers straight right backed up Bauza just after the halfway point of the first round. Bauza’s straight left moved Fryers backward with about 40 seconds to go in the opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.