January 13, 2001
UNCASVILLE, CT -
In the opening bout of the Judah-Green undercard, Emmanuel Lucero, 121 ½, of Bronx, NY played yo-yo with
Len Martinez, 122 ¾, of Lincoln, NE until putting him down for the 6th and
final time at 2:14 of the 4th round of a scheduled 8-rounder. Lucero, a
former Mexican native administered his version of a body beating until
resorting to chopping head shots. Lucero improved to 15-0 with 10 KO's
while Martinez dropped to 17-10-1 with 6 KO's.
Daniel Judah, 168, brother of Zab knocked out Steve Detar of Brockton, MA
to improve his overall record to 9-0-1 with 5 KO's. Detar, 168, wasn't able
to defend himself and submitted to referee Ken Ezzo after being dropped for
the second time at 1:52 of the 3rd round. Detar's record slips under the
.500 mark to 8-9-1 with 1 KO.
Justo "Sensational" Sencion, 135, of Washington Heights, NY was so-so in
winning a unanimous decision over ordinary but tough Atlantan, John Trigg.
Though Sencion landed the more telling punches he didn't appear willing to
pull the trigger against his opponent when Trigg tried to accommodate him.
As a result, Sencion did nothing to live up to his nickname or impress the
audience but what counts: winning by scores of 77-74 twice and 78-73.
Sencion improved to 16-0 with 9 KO's while Trigg is now 6-9-4 with 2 KO's.
In Showtime's first installment of the Olympic class of 2000, three
promising Latino hopefuls made statements of their own in three co-featured
bouts. Super-middleweight hopeful Jeff Lacey of St Petersburg, FL was left
without an opponent when fellow novice Kevin Butts of Toledo, OH walked out
(possibly to join up with Jim Holly's stable) and eager replacement, Tommy
Attardo, a jr. middleweight from South Boston was scratched when his medical
tests could not be confirmed. The opportunity for opening up the first of
four fights on Showtime was given to Francisco "Panchito" (no relation to
Frankie "Panchito" Warren) Bojado of Guadalajara, Mexico. One of two
17-year-old, baby faced assassins appearing on the card, Bojado was paired
with a competitor from West Monroe, LA named Detrick Castor. Castor, 132 ½,
showed a lot of head and upperbody movement but it wasn't enough to throw
off the sharp punching Bojado. With seconds left in the first round,
Bojado, 132 ½, dropped Castor with a quick right cross, a punch Castor didn'
t see then or in the second round. Bojado cornered Castor midway through
the 2nd round and blasted him into the canvas. Referee Johnny Callas saw
fit to stop the one-sided fight at 1:38 of the round giving Bojado his first
win as a pro. Callas is now 0-2-1.
Olympic Silver medallist Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez of Houston, TX also made
his professional debut last night when he was paired with Pascali Adorno,
123, of Morovis, Puerto Rico in a tough four round bout. Adorno brought
with him not only 2 wins in as many bouts but the ability to switch from a
conventional stance to a southpaw stance. The switching by Adorno did
enough to frustrate Juarez but Rocky was still able to grind out a
convincing unanimous decision. Judge and former world champion Harold
"Chubby" Gomes as well as Frank Lombardi had it 40-36 while Melvina Lathan
scored it 39-37 for the U.S. Olympian. Juarez was the Olympian who was
duked out of a gold medal in Sydney in a match with the late Bekzat
Sattarkhanov of Khazakstan.
Perhaps the most intriguing as well as the most exciting match of the night
took place between Juan Diaz, another 17 year old native of Houston who
nearly competed on the Mexican Olympic team last year but turned pro in the
United States because of his tender age. Diaz was matched with rugged Brad
Jensen of Denver, Colorado. What made Jensen such a compelling opponent
wasn't the fact that he brought with him a 7-1 record, it was his ability to
absorb the Mexican liver shot that was perfected by the aggressive Diaz.
While Diaz, 140 ½, was dishing out punishment it was the Denver native who
was showing mile-high heart. In their 6 round contest, Diaz' sting never
softened up as the crowd winced each time his shots landed to the
midsection. But Diaz' surprise, it was Jensen's will that never let up
either. Though the judges awarded Diaz each round (as the CBZ also did), it
was a moral victory for Jensen who showed Kevin Butts what it's like to make
the most of your televised opportunity. Diaz won his 7th bout and was
extended the distance for only the second time.
Main Events rep Gary Shaw was calling Bojado, Lacy, Juarez and Diaz part of
Judah's "Hit Squad" and hopes to bring these fighters back to Showtime up to four times
Promoter - Main Events
Network - Showtime
Venue - Mohegan Sun Casino