8/25/2017- Miami Ok.- On a weekend that promises a little of everything, PBC got things started with a trio of entertaining hookups. All three of these bouts will no doubt be more entertaining than that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor SIDESHOW. The ref should wear a clown’s outfit complete with a bubble nose and oversized shoes. He’ll NEED those shoes to help him wade through all the shit this thing promises to be.
Kicking things off tonight was a pair lightweights. Austin Dulay, just 21 years old (10-0-7K) faced Columbia’s Carlos Padilla. This started out like it was gonna’ be a quickie as the smooth, poised Dulay didn’t seem to have DELAYING anything on HIS mind. He rocked the game Padilla (16-5-1D-10K) three times in the first round. Looks can be deceiving though as thinking he had a ‘good thing’, Dulay got comfortable and before he recognized it, Padilla started returning fire. In the third, a combo along the ropes sat Padilla down. By this time he’d done the best he could but wasn’t working with enough tools. Wisely, his corner refused to send him out against this hot prospect and that was that. I’m sure the next time he has somebody ready for the ice house, the hard punching Dulay will seal the deal. It was good to see Padilla’s corner had good sense (more on the corner men later).
When WCB visited the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood a few times last week, Oxnard’s tall, rangy middleweight, Hugo (The Boss) Centeno Jr. was getting some excellent work in with Shawn (Showtime) Porter, EXCELLENT work. Centeno (25-1-13k) from Oxnard, trained by the very capable Eric Brown, faced unbeaten Immanual Aleem (17-0-10K). Aleem seemed to think he could punk Centeno as he got involved with him from the jump. Centeno, is a patient guy and doesn’t mind boxing a few rounds to get the info he needed. As Aleem charged in, the smiling Centeno just boxed, coolly, landing a few shots when the opportunity presented itself. In round two, the plan was starting to bear fruit as Hugo was able to reach Aleem with a couple of nice left hooks. In the third, that left hook landed again, but THIS was the REAL deal. Like a bolt of Oxnard lightening, it landed with force on the chin of Aleem and it was the dog’s dick. Aleem’s body hit the mat once, his head, three times. It was as clean a ko as one could order and left not a second of doubt. Afterwards trainer Brown was asking “where’s the belt” ? I’m sure the next time I’m at the Wild Card, the belt will be on display. I’ve seen Hugo several times live and he improves each time out. I recall him sending a guy out on a stretcher at Fantasy Springs a few years back. Hugo has a lotta’ tools to work with and really seems to enjoy himself inside the squared circle. Props to Brown and Hugo Sr. for their boy’s showing. LET’S GO, HUGO!
Man, there are some BRAVE corner men in this business. In the main event, tough, game, middleweight, Tureano Johnson (20-1-14K) took a bad beating from Sergiy Derevyanchenco ( I HATE these long ass names, drives spellcheck apeshit) 10-0-8K). Johnson’s corner surely didn’t seem to have his best interests at heart, allowing him to stay in there for 11 rounds and a minute of the twelfth. Sergiy is an up and comer and this was his first twelve rounder. He has quite an amateur background and it showed. The pattern for this rumble was established early. Johnson’s one of those guys that has only one gear and that gear will have him asking ‘what’s my name’ when his career is over. Round after round he was blasted with right hands, uppercuts, wicked body shots, you name it, he got hit with it. Johnson got his shit off, as well, but really was pretty much a heavy bag. Sergiy did show signs of fatigue at times because the one direction Johnson wasn’t offering up much breathing room. Whenever Sergiy DID slow down, Johnson pounced, drilling the youngster with strong uppercuts inside. This was really a hard ass fight and both guys showed the effects when it finally ended. Really, I wouldn’t ve let Turean out for the final three rounds, I don’t give a damn HOW durable he was. He got BEAT UP. Finally, in the twelfth after getting his second wind, Sergiy trapped a fast fading Johnson on the ropes and Turean had ‘ hell to tell the captain’ as he was met with a fusillade of shots. He finally went down, got up ate some more leather and the ref jumped in at the 1:40 mark. This was something he should’ve done around the tenth round, either THAT, or let him finish. The damage had long been done. This was an eliminator and now Sergiy is in line to face Jermall Charlo. He’ll do well, but I don’t think he’s quite ready. For sure, he’d better not show signs of fatigue after six rounds. Overall, a nice lead in to all the action scheduled for the weekend. I’m really looking forward to the Cotto fight. Also, Ronny Rios at the Stubb Hub in Carson. I’m also interested in seeing what hot prospect Jose Miguel Borrego (13-0-12K) looks like. Last I saw of him he stopped Palmdale’s Kevin Watts at the Pec Center in Lancaster. They’re showing his fight on the 3 o’clock card on Fox, leading up to the Mayweather Circus.