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Jesus Cuellar Steals the Show on ‘Showtime Extreme’ with TKO Over Tamayo at the Little Creek Casino

by on Dec.26, 2014, under Boxing News

Story by Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair


Cuellar, at left, and Tamayo trade.

Cuellar, at right, and Tamayo trade.

Fast rising Argentinean power puncher Jesus Cuellar took another step up the featherweight ladder last Saturday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Showcasing his skills in the headline bout of Goossen Promotions’ Showtime Extreme quadruple-header, Cuellar scored an exciting fifth round TKO over tough Mexican challenger Ruben “El Canelito” Tamayo to defend his interim WBA featherweight title.

Cuellar (26-1 20KOs 126 lbs), of Buenos Aires, said before the bout he was looking to make a statement and, as the fight got underway, he certainly appeared to be working towards making that statement. The aggressive southpaw pressed from the outset, stepping in behind stiff right jabs and following up with hard combinations. He quickly set a fast pace to the bout, cutting the distance and pushing his opponent back. Tamayo (25-5-4 17KOs 124.8 lbs.), also a southpaw, met his opponent’s aggression with his own arsenal of punches, firing back as Cuellar got close and finding some success with short counter right hooks, but the tempo of the fight favored Cuellar and, although Tamayo made it an entertaining fight early on, Cuellar was clearly getting the better of most exchanges and winning rounds.

Mid-way through the fourth round Cuellar drilled a solid left to the ribs, sending Tamayo down to one knee. After the mandatory eight count Cuellar pressed with a relentless attack and nearing the end of the round, he finally cornered and once again dropped Tamayo with a barrage of punches. Cuellar wasted no time in the fifth round, stalking his opponent with heavy combinations, looking to punctuate the fight with a knockout. He found his opening with a series of hard body shots, sending Tamayo down to one knee. Referee Mark Nelson had seen enough and stopped the fight at 1:48 of the round , giving Cuellar the TKO win and the fourth defense of his interim belt.

Cuellar has had a great year, catapulting himself into the spotlight with consecutive impressive wins over top tier opposition, most notably his recent second round knockout of former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. The victory over Tamayo is his ninth in a row since suffering his only loss and his second straight stoppage win. After the fight Cuellar called out many of the top featherweights in the world, but expressed a particular interest in fighting former champion Abner Mares. Time will tell wether he gets his wish, but with Cuellar’s relentless style, it’s easy to see him giving any top featherweight problems.

Russell, at right, works his way in against Martin.

Russell, at right, works his way in against Martin.

In the semi-main event of the night, Gary Russell Jr. rebounded from his lone defeat last June at the hands Vasyl Lomanchenko with a near shutout win over Chula Vista, California’s Christopher Martin. Russell (24-1 14KOs 126.6 lbs.) outboxed his opponent for the majority of the fight, controlling the bout with quick combinations and good lateral movement. Martin (28-5-3 9KOs 126 lbs.) put up a game effort, having a particularly good round in the sixth, but the hand speed and superior technical skills of Russell were too much for him to counter. Two Judges scored the bout 100-90, while the third had it 99-91.

Williams, at left, presses Freeman.

Williams, at left, presses Freeman.

Top Jr. Middleweight prospect Julian “J-Rock” Williams scored an eighth round TKO over New Haven, Connecticut’s Jamar Freeman. Williams (18-0-1 11KOs 153.8 lbs.), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, took a measured and methodical approach to the fight early on, working patiently behind his jab and slowly stepping up his power punch output as the bout went on. Williams easily controlled the first six rounds, out-landing and outworking the mostly defensive minded Freeman (13-4-2 6KOs 153.2 lbs.).

In the seventh, Williams dropped Freeman with a counter right hand over a slow Freeman jab. A series of accurate right hands dropped Freeman once more nearing the end of the round . Williams wasted no time as the eighth round commenced, pushing his opponent back with a busy attack. After a number of well placed punches went unanswered, referee Robert Byrd wisely stepped in and called it at :29 of the round, giving Williams his eighteenth win as a professional and his eleventh by knockout.

Jackson, at left, sets up his right.

Jackson, at left, sets up his right.

In the Showtime broadcast’s opening bout, rising Super Middleweight prospect Julius Jackson, son of legendary former world champ Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, kept his unbeaten record intact with a ninth round stoppage of Johnathan Nelson. It looked like it might be a quick night’s work for Jackson in the first round. As the fight got underway, both fighters came out swinging hard, looking to land something of consequence early. Jackson (19-0 15KOs 168 lbs.) was the first to do so and dropped Nelson to one knee with a hard right hand. Nelson (20-2 10KOs 167.6 lbs.) almost didn’t beat the count, clearly dazed from the shot, but did so at the nine count and did a good job of backing his opponent off with good counter shots.

In the second round Jackson took clear control of the fight with a more consistent and deliberate attack. The jab was a big weapon for Jackson and he used it well to control the range and find openings for his right. In the eighth round a flush straight right dropped Nelson with seconds remaining in the round .

While there wasn’t enough time for Jackson to capitalize on the knockdown in the eighth, he quickly pressed the action at the sound of the bell for the ninth and was able to close the show with a left hook that left his opponent wobbling, prompting referee Jack Reise to stop the fight at :28 of the round. Jackson keeps his stock rising, adding another impressive victory to his unbeaten record.

In off-TV action, Super middleweight Dominick Wade (17-0 12KOs 162 lbs.) scored a second round stoppage of local favorite Eddie Hunter ( 10-12-2 3KOs ). Hunter, who hails from Seattle, got the loudest crowd support of the night with a large contingent cheering him on. The pace was brisk in the early going of the first round with both fighters stepping to each other and trading heavy leather. Wade had a slight edge in the round with a more accurate one-two, but the round was a close one. In the second round Wade’s superior punching power began to show. Early in the round a thudding left hook to the body sent Hunter down for a count. Hunter made it up and proceeded to fire back hard, trying to get himself back in the fight, but another body shot sent him down again. Wade would drop Hunter one more time with a hard right along the ropes before referee Robert Byrd stepped in and waved the fight over at 2:00 of the second round.

Undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (14-0 7KOs 126.4 lbs.) used a stiff jab and quick lateral movement to outbox rugged veteran Jose Araiza (34-10-1 25KOs 125.8 lbs.) over six rounds. Araiza was a resilient fighter, making his opponent work hard for the victory, but the quickness and superior technical skills of Flores secured him the victory.

Coming off a year-long layoff, Cuban heavyweight hopeful Yasmany Consuegra needed just 40 seconds to dispose of St. Joseph, Missouri’s Byron Polley. Consuegra (16-0 14KOs 239.2 lbs.) got off quickly and wobbled his opponent with the first solid one-two he landed. After a vicious right to the jaw dropped Polley (26-18-1 1KOs 259.8 lbs.) to a knee, the referee, clearly seeing Polley was outmatched, mercifully stopped the fight. Consuegra adds his sixteenth win as a pro and his fourteenth by knockout.

Highly touted Detroit prospect Tony Harrison scored arguably the most impressive victory of his career, needing just over a minute to stop former prospect Tyrone Brunson. Seconds into the fight Harrison (19-0 16KOs 154.8 lbs.) landed a sharp left hook that wobbled Brunson (22-4-1 12KOs 156.2 lbs.). Harrison quickly pounced, opening up with a vicious onslaught and dropping Brunson to one knee with a big right hook. Brunson would not make it up before the count of ten, giving Harrison his sixteenth KO at 1:02 of the first round.

In the evening’s opener Fabian Maidana, brother of former world title holder Marcos Maidana, scored a second round TKO over Ferndale, Washington’s Omar Avelar. Maidana (4-0 3KOs 152.4 lbs) took control of the fight rather quickly, dropping his opponent with a big left hook one minute into the fight. A precise right hook deposited Avelar on the seat of his trunks once again as the round came to a close. Avelar (3-12-2KOs 154.6 lbs.), who took the fight on two days notice, put up a good effort in the first round, but the superior strength and skill level was simply too much for Avelar. In the second round, after seeing their fighter take one too many punches, Avelar’s corner threw in the towel.

Former world title challenger Anthony Peterson was also slated to see action, but he was reportedly injured while warming up, forcing the cancellation of his fight.

The Little Creek Casino and Goossen Promotions once again delivered an action packed night of boxing for local northwest fight fans. The show marked the fifth of the year for the venue and plans are already underway for another busy year in 2015. The next show is penciled in for March 6th and will be an ESPN2 televised card.

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