08/25/2018- In the hot desert town of Glendale, Az. the wily ‘ol vet, WBO lightweight champion, Ray Beltran (35-7-1D-21K() surrendered his title to a fired up and on point, Jose (Sniper) Perdraza (24-1-12K(). Beltran who’s never an easy night for ANY body, was in a battle from the beginning. He was cut over the left eye as early as the second round. The cut was nothing new to Beltran, actually, they’re more of a habit. In fact, Ray was lucky to finish in an upright posture as he was being battered from a two-fisted assault just as the final bell rang. The ref knew the bell was about to ring and gave the former champ a shot at finishing on his feet. That was ‘noble’ of him, but it caused Beltran to accept unnecessary punishment, bell or NO bell. The once-beaten Pedraza ( stopped by Tank Davis) was in great shape and on his game as he beat Beltan up, insisde and at distance. Beltran, as usual, put in his night’s work but tonight was all about the Sniper, as Jose is called. To put n exclamation point on things, Pedraza dropped a tiring Beltran in the eleventh with a short left uppercut. Beltran survived that but he was pretty much done at this point. The smooth, switch hitting Pedraza kept Beltran in check with his constant stance switching. He does it very effectively and was always two-three steps ahead of Beltran. In the twelfth round, Pedraza didn’t wanna’ leave ANY doubt and at the two minute mark, pinned a defenseless Beltran in the corner and fired both hands, nearly stopping the champ. After a long and successful career and many hard fights and loss of blood, this was probably (I hope(), Beltran’s swan song. The decision was unanimous and there were no dissenters. Now, there’s already talk of a year’s end hookup between the skilled Pedraza and the undefeated WBA boss Vasyl Lomachenko, which will be worth watching.
Can boogymen stand about 5’2 and weigh 122 lbs? If NOT, how do you explain African bomber, Issac Dogboe (18-0-13K)? This is a ferocious punching and strong African that seems to enjoy punishing folks. The smooth, articulate Dogboe dissected poor Hidenori Otake in one round. Dogboe hit Otake as if he were a heavy bag. Otake was hit with sizzling left hooks, air-sucking body shots and thudding rights to the head. This was pretty sad, actually. The brave Asian did all he could to keep from getting killed and it was damn near not enough. After landing at will to start things, Dogboe sent a rocket of a left hook Otke’s way and unfortunately, Otake was there when it landed and down he went. Up and in bad shape, he was pounced on by the champ and rocked on several other occasions. At one point, I was HOPING he’d go down. After being dropped again, he was erect and telling the ref he wanted more. Well, damn if he didn’t get it as the bombs were landing again from Dogboe and FINALLY the ref called things to a halt. This was about as one-sided as it gets to last just one round. Afterwards, the little monster called out all 122 pounders, NONE of which I think has much of a shot at beating this guy. Vargas gets cut at the contract signing and talented Danny Roman doesn’t seem to have the power to keep Dogboe off his ass. Dogboe has the stuff stars are made of, talent, looks, ferociousness and personality.
Call me chauvinistic, but I’m not wasting much time on that women’s fight, it was PITIFUL. Makaela Mayer beat up and dropped a helpless Edina Kiss (as in ‘kissed’ the canvas). Mayer is now 7-1-4-5k as she stopped Kiss in the third.