Nobody can accuse Premier Boxing Champions of actually benefiting from their time slots on FOX, however it could even be unimaginable for a struggle fan to have watched tonight’s present from Minneapolis and never had fun with what we noticed.
In the principle occasion, Cuban tremendous middleweight David Morrell Jr improved to 5-0 (4 KO) with a primary spherical knockout win over Mario Cazares, a 30-year-old Mexican greatest (solely) recognized for his upset final yr over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Cazares (12-1, 5 KO) undoubtedly got here to struggle right here, nevertheless it was clear actually quick that he didn’t have the ability to compete with Morrell. To Cazares’ credit score, he tried to tough it up, even make it slightly soiled, get into Morrell’s head and frustrate him.
However he didn’t get the time to make that repay, as Morrell caught him with a left hand, adopted up with one other, and it was over at 2:32 of the opening spherical.
This was an absolute warfare, can be on the quick checklist for Battle of the Yr with out query, and the second upset on the cardboard.
Apochi (11-1, 11 KO) was coming off of a monster knockout win over Deon Nicholson in April, and Glanton (14-0, 11 KO) is a 29-year-old former school soccer participant, a man who weighed practically 300 lbs as a defensive sort out however has labored all the way down to with the ability to make the 200 lb restrict as a boxer.
Glanton additionally seemed higher than Apochi technically fairly shortly on this struggle, however the backside line is that this turned an absolute slugfest. I assumed the precise man undoubtedly gained — BLH had it 97-92 for Glanton — nevertheless it was aggressive, and you may’t ignore the center and grit proven by Apochi, and the chins each of those guys displayed. This was simply hard-hitting your complete means. Apochi was dominated down on the finish of the sixth spherical, as he slumped towards the ropes. It was the precise name, and it made the distinction.
Two judges had this 95-94 for Glanton, the knockdown making the distinction, and the opposite had it 96-93 Apochi, which I believe is an terrible card.
This one may get booked as a rematch and I don’t suppose anybody would actually argue with that, however perhaps not instantly.
An upset right here, as Juarez (11-1, 5 KO) has been a pushed 140 lb prospect on these FOX exhibits for some time, however he got here up quick right here on scores of 95-93 and 95-94 for Rivera, and one even at 95-95 for almost all determination.
The 22-year-old Juarez took a stable step up right here, as Rivera (22-5, 18 KO) is hard, can punch, involves struggle, and is prepared to get soiled. We noticed the dirtiness come into play with a fourth spherical sort out and a really low blow within the seventh, however extra importantly we noticed the ability come into play when he dropped Juarez on a proper hook within the ninth spherical, catching Juarez making an attempt to throw a proper uppercut and letting his left hand drop.
Dangerous Left Hook really had this 96-93 for Juarez, however there have been additionally two rounds I gave to Juarez that I may simply have given to Rivera (the second and eighth), and that might make it a 95-94 Rivera card for me. Juarez will even most likely be kicking himself not only for the knockdown, however principally giving the tenth spherical and the struggle, because it turned out, away by placing in little effort within the remaining three minutes. His nook had advised him the ninth, the place he was dropped, was the one spherical he’d misplaced. They have been unsuitable.