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Caferro Turns in Dominant Two Round Performance, Defends Montana State Title

by on Aug.02, 2015, under Boxing News

Story and Photos By Ricardo Ibarra


Caferro, at right, shoots his right.

Caferro, at right, shoots his right.

One of the best young prospects to come out of the state of Montana in some time made his second defense of the state’s Welterweight title this past Friday night a the Eagles Lodge in Helena, Montana. Local favorite Duran Caferro successfully defended his belt with a dominating two round display, pushing St. Louis, Missouri’s Kelly Wright to retire on his stool at the start of the third round. The match-up was the main attraction of a six bout Pro/Am show put on by H-Town Eagles.

Caferro (13-1, 10 KOs), a rangy fighter with a good jab, began the fight by quickly taking control of the range and setting the tempo. Using his stiff jabs and lateral movement, Caferro found openings for his straight rights and left hooks, countering his opponent well as Wright (4-17) made an effort to get in close. As the first round neared the end, Caferro was firmly in control, landing with precise combinations, rocking his opponent back. 

At the start of the second, Caferro stepped in with a fierce left hook, dropping Wright to the canvas. Wright made it up fairly quickly,but he was visibly still on shaky legs. Caferro, showing his patience, went back to working at range, methodically breaking his opponent down and capitalizing on openings with quick flurries. In the final moments of the round Caferro stepped up his aggression and unloaded with a punishing onslaught of power shots along the ropes. The late flurry was enough for Wright. As the rest period ended in between rounds, he let referee Russ Hansen know he had enough, giving Caferro the TKO at the start of the third round.

Caferro, at left, lands the uppercut.

Caferro, at left, lands the uppercut.

With the win Caferro adds his eleventh straight victory since losing his only fight in his third pro bout three years ago and his tenth victory via the fast route. Caferro will be back in action once again August 22nd in Three Forks, Montana on a card headlined by former IBF Jr. Middleweight title holder Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas.

In the four round Super Middleweight semi-main event of the card, Three Forks, Montana’s David Otis (1-1) scored his first as a pro with a unanimous decision over come forward slugger Daniel Gonzalez, of Billings, Montana. Otis used a smart tactical plan to gain an early edge over the aggressive forty-seven fight vet. Using quick lateral movement and a solid jab, Otis quickly found his range and commenced to work from it, snapping brisk combinations on the onrushing Gonzalez (10-35-2, 3 KOs). Gonzalez, as is usually the case, remained determined to get inside and made it an entertaining fight, but it was the effective and busier pace of Otis that carried the majority fo the fight. As the fight neared the end, Otis was peppering Gonzalez with quick combinations, rocking him back with staggering uppercuts. The judges’ official scores read 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37, all for Otis.

In the evening’s first pro fight, Spokane, Washington’s Jacob Szilasi scored a first round knockout over Belgrade, Montana’s Brandon Little Coyote, in a Jr. Middleweight match-up between two guys making their pro debuts. Szilasi (1-0, 1 KO) pressured his opponent from the start, maneuvering his way in close behind his jab and working mercilessly to the head and body. Little Coyote (0-1) fired back, but his aggression was quickly subdued by Szilasi who countered well and unloaded with heavy artillery, traping Little Coyote along the ropes. A series of vicious shots to the body badly hurt Little Coyote with the last, a debilitating left hook to the ribs, dropping him to the canvass. Little Coyote would not make it up from that barrage. Referee Russ Hansen reached the count of ten at :37 of the first round.

Three amateur bouts rounded out the undercard.

In a three round Jr. Middleweight bout, Anaconda, Montana’s Anthony Curtis defeated Helena’s Louie Lopez Jr. with a unanimous decision. Curtis was the aggressor for the majority of the fight, stepping into the pocket with looping hooks and landing at a higher rate than his opponent. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Curtis.

Helena’s Mike Roope secured a three round unanimous decision win over Burt Rancier, also of Helena, in a heavyweight match-up. The bout was fought at a fast pace with both fighters landing their fare share of wild, looping shots. Roope came on late with the busier pace, doing enough to secure the win.

A bout between young novice 65 pounders Anthony Espino and Marcus Dennis, both fighting out of the H-Town Eagles boxing club, ended in a draw.

The H-Town Eagles have been holding Pro/Am shows in the Helena area for over two years now, drawing good sized crowds. They plan on holding another show sometime in the near future.


Duran Caferro after his well-deserved win.


Duran Caferro after his well-earned win.

Duran Caferro after his well-earned win.


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