Report/gallery: Trout vs. LoPorto
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
If this past Saturday night was a test of Austin “No Doubt” Trout ‘s (24-0, 14 KO’s) TV marketability, he passed it with flying colors. In fact, most at ringside would agree that he was the frigid night’s valedictorian.
Making his debut on Showtime’s ShoBox, Trout completely dismantled his Australian opponent Frank “The Italian Stallion” LoPorto (15-5-2, 7 KOs), taking home a TKO win at 2:32 of the sixth round.
“I didn’t think he’d be effected by my punches as much” said WBA Super Welterweight champ Trout in a post fight interview at homeplate inside Cohen Stadium.
The effect of Trout’s punches were seen from the first round forward as he caught LoPorto with a short right that dropped the Aussie. LoPorto got right up and continued coming, but never seemed to find his balance or Trout the entire fight.
Trout’s left hand found its home on LoPorto’s face throughout the six round beatdown.The Las Cruces resident Trout did use his slickness to keep the Aussie from finding him displaying incredible defense.
Round two through six were a blur for the Aussie who seemed to have lost track of the punches that were coming his way. To his credit, he never backed down until ref Rafael Ramos stepped in to stop the carnage close to the end of the sixth. LoPorto’s corner threw in the towel almost simultaneously to the referee stoppage.
“Most think he’s just a slick puncher, but he’s not, he’ll stand in front of you and trade punches” said Louie Burke, Trouts trainer. ”Now, we want Mundine the mandatory challenger. Get him out of the way – he talks a lot but hasn’t produced.
“Then we want Cotto or ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.”
Oliveira wins by DQ
Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (16-0, 13 KO’s) overcame an early punching spurt by his opponent Xavier “X-Man” Toliver (23-8, 15 KO’s) to win by disqualification in round eight of their middleweight bout. After coming out like a madman in the first round Toliver slowed down significantly after that allowing Oliveira to take control of the bout.
The 21 year-old Brazilian took control by outpunching his opponent and using his defense to avoid the power punches coming his way. Referee Robert Chapa deducted a point from Toliver in the fifth for repeated headbutts. As the fight continued Toliver started using his veteran tactics to survive the contest. Oliveira kept digging to the body and causing the 31 year-old Toliver to tire.
In the seventh Oliveira landed a hard right that staggered Toliver. Seemingly frustrated by the faster, stronger Oliveira threw and landed a punch after a referee break in the eighth. The referee had seen enough of Toliver’s ring antics and waived off the fight at 1:31 of the round giving Oliveira a DQ win.
Marquez continues decline
Whether it was the bitter cold El Paso night or his highly mobile opponent Albuquerque’s Archie Ray Marquez (12-2, 8 KOs) never was able to warm up and let go any punches in his second straight loss. Bahodir “Fierce” Mamajanov (5-0, 3 KO’s), his opponent, wasted no time in bringing to Marquez landing left right combinations in the first round. The bout had to be paused in the middle of the first round to place Marquez’ mouthpiece on. He had forgotten to put it on before the start of the fight.
Marquez seemed to also forget about throwing punches. Mamajanov kept coming forward, landing punches and moving away not allowing Marquez to sit down and land anything. As the rounds went by the Uzbekistani never really seemed to hurt Marquez with his punches, but was well ahead on scorecards.
That would change in the sixth and final round when Mamajanov connected with a hard left cross to the mouth of Marquez that sent him to the canvas. Marquez got right up and complained of a slip. Mamajanov was calm and collected, but still tried to finish off Marquez. Marquez used movement and defense to stave off his opponent. Marquez landed a straight right close to the end of round. Mamajanov slipped and fell, but it was not ruled a knock down.
Marquez’ corner implored him to throw punches throughout the bout, but he never budged. At the end of six it was a clear unanimous decision win for Mamajanov with scores of 60-53 times three.
Grimaldo takes care of ol’ Bernardo
In a six-ound welterweight contest, John Ryan Grimaldo (8-1, 5 KO’s) was unable to finish off El Paso’s Bernardo Guereca (16-13-1, 3 KO’s), ten years his senior. He came close to it in the first round dropping Guereca with a hard left hook, but Guereca rose up and beat the count.
Guereca became the aggressor in the middle rounds using grit and guile to keep his younger opponent from landing any knockout punches. He started switching stances to confuse Grimaldo. Both men seemed to tire in the fourth and fifth rounds spending them in clinches and inside fighting with little movement.
In the final round Guereca brought it Grimaldo landing hooks to the body and face that had Grimaldo hurt. Unfortunately for Guereca, the final bell rang and the judges gave the unanimous decision win to Grimaldo with scores of 50-44 times three.
Pedraza wails on Wampash
Puerto Rico’s Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (5-0, 4 KO’s) used his longer reach effectively in making it a short night for Ecuador’s John Wampash (1-5-1, 1 KO). Pedraza had speed on his side also to help keep the shorter Wampash out of the fight. Pedraza was able to set up his punches with a stiff jab throughout the fight and then come in and land to the body. Wampash had his moments when Pedraza rested during the rounds, but never landed anything significant.
The end would come in the fourth round when Pedraza would sneak in a hard left hook to the body that forced Wampash to fall to his knees. Wampash would not be able to recover in time and the Pedraza took the KO win at 2:11 of the fourth.
Ballpark Franks easy win for Han
El Paso’s sweetheart Jennifer Han (6-1-1, 1 KO’s) got her fifth straight W this year against 39 year-old Tammy Franks (2-18-1) with a 40-36 unanimous decision win.
Franks offered little in return other than spit and sweat against Han. Han was able to display her quickness, defense and dominate all four rounds of the super featherweight and to the scant crowd that stuck around after the two televised TV bouts.