Tag: Sergio Montes De Oca
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Round 3 Productions
U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox
Doors 6pm CT
By Juan C. Ayllon
Photos courtesy of Hitz Boxing/ Tomba-Images
HAMMOND, IN, March 1, 2014 – It could have been him facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tonight on HBO instead of Brian Vera – but for a translation error.
In a compelling seesaw battle televised by ESPN last March, the Lithuanian Donatas Bondaravas suffered cuts to the bridge of his nose and the inside of his right eye, prompting referee Charlie Fitch to ask him between rounds if he could still see. His trainer, Sam Colonna, who was acting as interpreter, translated his response as “not good” and then despite protests, the bout was halted in the seventh round in favor of Vera, who ironically lost a controversial decision to Chavez last September in his biggest payday and faces him again tonight. (continue reading…)
Television: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Promoters: Round 3 Productions, 8 Count Productions,
Warriors Boxing, Blue Wave Boxing
Venue: UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL
On March 22nd at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago’s Sergio Montes de Oca (7-1-1, 2 KOs) makes his television debut against Miami’s Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (6-0-1, 5 KOs) in a bantamweight clash that should add to the growing Mexicano vs. Cubano rivalry.
Although Montes de Oca is the one making his television debut in front of his hometown and has not lost a fight since 2010, most boxing experts view Socarras as the one more likely to win. (continue reading…)
Castillo Can’t Keep Up with Smith, Heavyweights Bring the Fire
By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2013–On ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, presented by 8 Count, Warriors, and Round 3 Promotions, last night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, Carlos Molina demonstrated again why he should be in contention for a title, showing great poise and effective offensive and defensive skills in dismantling former title-holder Cory Spinks. Antwone Smith stymied a game but faded Jose Luis Castillo. Local heavyweight Mike Mollo, returning to ring for the first time since 2010, showed lots of heart and decent power against Polish upstart Artur Szpilka, who bloodied and ultimately knocked him out after an entertaining brawl.
The Main Event featured Carlos Molina (21 [16 KOs]-5-2, 153.5 lbs.), who had put one fight between himself and his latest loss, a controversial disqualification against James Kirkland in a fight he was winning, against another southpaw, former title-holder Cory Spinks (39 [11 KOs]-8, 153.25 lbs.) in an IBF Light Middleweight eliminator bout. Spinks holds victories against some respectable opponents, including Ricardo Mayorga and Zab Judah, but has struggled lately, and last night’s bout proved to be no exception. Though the bout began quickly, with both fighters looking to make their mark, Molina found his rhythm in the first round, while Spinks could not get close to Molina. When he tried, charging in with his head low, Molina pushed him down and countered with a flurry of hooks. By round’s end, Spinks was being driven back into the ropes and trying to stop Molina’s onslaught by grabbing Molina arond the waist. Spinks came out behind his jab in the second, a good strategy that initially kept Molina from finding a home for the left hook that proved his best weapon in this fight. By the end of the round, Spinks was again clinching, and sometimes grappling, to avoid punishment from Molina, who was effectively outboxing and outhustling him. The third round was the most competetive of the fight. After a slow start, both boxers engaged and landed some solid blows. Molina started effectively going to the body and continued to counter Spinks with his left hook. (continue reading…)