Michael Dutchover’s first fight following his lone loss wasn't exactly easy Sunday night.
Technically sound southpaw Jorge Marron Jr. gave Dutchover difficulty at times in their eight-round junior welterweight bout, but Dutchover out-worked him to emerge victorious. The 22-year-old Dutchover (14-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision in the main event of a three-bout pay-per-view broadcast from Omega Products International Event Center.
Judge Rudy Barragan gave all eight rounds to Dutchover and scored him an 80-72 winner. Judges Carla Caiz and Fernando Villarreal better acknowledged Marron’s competitiveness, as they each scored the fight 78-74 for Dutchover.
Dutchover snapped Marron’s six-fight winning streak. The 26-year-old Marron (18-2, 6 KOs) hadn’t lost since he dropped a six-round majority decision to Mexico’s Jorge Zapoteco (7-5-3, 2 KOs) in July 2018.
His victory over Marron enabled Dutchover to bounce back from his first professional defeat 10 months ago.
Dutchover led Thomas Mattice on two scorecards entering the eighth round of their scheduled 10-round lightweight bout September 20 in Midland, Texas, Dutchover’s hometown. A cut above Dutchover’s left eye led to the end of their fight at The Hacienda Event Center.
Referee Robert Velez ruled that one of Mattice’s punches caused the cut, thus Mattice won by eighth-round technical knockout in a main event Showtime televised.
Dutchover blasted Marron with an overhand right about 40 seconds into the eighth round. Marron took that shot well, however, and made the remainder of the final round competitive.
Marron landed a right hook with about just under 20 seconds left in the seventh round. Dutchover pressured Marron throughout that seventh round, but Marron’s movement made it tough for Dutchover to hit him cleanly.
Dutchover cracked Marron with a right hand 30 seconds into the sixth round. Dutchover tried to slow down Marron with hard body shots during the sixth round as well.
Marron countered with a right to the body as Dutchover backed him into the ropes about 50 seconds into the fifth round. Dutchover connected with five straight right hands in the final minute of the fifth round.
Marron stood and traded with Dutchover early in the fourth round. Marron landed three left hands in the final minute of the fourth round, when he also clipped Dutchover with a right hook toward the end of it.
Dutchover’s straight right hand backed up Marron 40 seconds into the third round. Marron’s counter right hook clipped in the final minute of the third round.
Dutchover’s left hook caught Marron clean with just under one minute remaining in the second round.
Marron landed a right hook to Dutchover’s head just after the midway mark of the opening round. Dutchover was the aggressor throughout that opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.