Javier Maciel, Andy Lee, Felix Verdejo Get Wins In NYC, At MSG
Jorge Melendez met late Javier Maciel in a junior middle scrap which was enjoyed the the crowd at MSG. The Argentine underdog Maciel eked out a decision, via scores of 94-94, 96-92, 97-91, on June 7, before Cotto-Martinez, as he scored a knockdown and got love the judges despite being the less heralded man, arguably, entering.
The 29-3 Argentine took the fight on around a week notice, after Yuri Foreman pulled out.
Mel (now 28-4-1) came out looking to land power shots in one and two. In the third, Mel banged to the body. He was loading up, coming forward, banging in close on Maciel.
The ref took a point from melee for his seventh low blow in the fourth. It woke Maciel up, as he sent melee to the mat. He hopped right up, and the crowd sent their love. The right landed high on the head and sent the PR man to the mat.
Maciel had Mel backing up, on his heels. He came forward after they butted heads, though. Maciel was ripping low and hight to end the fifth.
In the sixth, Mel showed more zest and told the judges he wanted it more.
In the seventh, Maciel hurt him, bulled him to the ropes, and melee moved some to clear the cobwebs. The Argentine pursued, had him trapped in a corner to end the round.
In the eighth, Mel was the aggressor, taking the role of the grinder, moving forward, being first. Maciel did some nice suble work to the body, with both hands. A long right sent sweat spraying on Mel, but he landed a couple nasties to end the round.
In the tenth, Mel landed bombs and then they traded. Maciel ended the round flurrying and then raised his hands in exultation..as did Mel.
They went to the cards.
Andy Lee, the lefty from Ireland, took on John Jackson, in a junior middle scrap, and at 1:07, he unleashed a drop-n-stop right, a clipping shot which sent Jackson to the mat for the count at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
A right hand sent Lee down in the first. The Virgin Island-born JJ, working lefty, traded with Lee near the end. It was a long right, coming after Lee threw a left which did the damage. Now working righty, then lefty, as Lee was cautious in the second.
The 29-year-old Lee, entering at 32-2, got tagged with counter rights and was overly cautious in the third. The crowd wasn't digging all that much.
The 25-year-old JJ looked like the stronger guy from the start, and Lee wasn't fighting a strategy to get around that. Then again, JJ wasn't setting the world ablaze with his busyness.
Then, a counter right dropped and stopped JJ, after he sensed that he buzzed Lee. The clipping right, in tight, came as JJ was throwing his own. Lee's got there first, and down JJ went, face first, like he'd been tased, bro.
His dad, ex 154 and 160 champ Julian, was present and happy when his son got up. Dad was stopped in all six of his losses. Jackson's first loss came to Willie Nelson, back in 2012. "I ran into one, a bad one, a lucky punch..but a good one," the loser said. "My son will be back, and be a world champion," Julian said after.
Felix Verdejo got 'er done, taking out Engelberto Valenzuela in the first. It was filthy bunch of shots, but maybe Val deserved a bit more time to answer, before Arthur Mercante Jr. hoped in. The time was 1:17, and the 21-year-old Felix, now 13-0 (10 KOs) managed to land low and high on Val (8-2; age 30; from Mexico), with left and right, in that short span.
Matchmaker Brad Goodman said the stoppage was quick, and that Felix will be gloving up Aug. 9. They will be happy in the Los Gladiolas area of San Juan tonight...
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Re: Javier Maciel, Andy Lee, Felix Verdejo Get Wins In NYC, At MSG
Verdejo the sharp shooter, was a pleasure to watch and was really nice to see the crowd roaring for Verdejo. Verdejo is a brilliant combination puncher, isn't he..
I will never forget his opponent 'Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan' - that guy was an entertainer. It's nice to see Verdejo responding to that fight like a winner, getting 4 successive KO's.