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Juarez unleashes cotrolled furry. (Showtime)    

Young Guns All Victorious

February 1, 2003

Uncasville, CT ( – 2000 US Olympic Silver Medallist Rocky Juarez (15-0, 11 KO) totally dominated Jason Pires (20-3, 9 KO) Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on SHOWTIME scoring a 9th round TKO. Referee Frank Cappuccino finally stopped the fight after Pires took a six-punch combination without fighting back early in the round.

“I was breaking him down,” said Juarez. “But I don’t take any of my opponents lightly”

Juarez used his slick defense and lighting fast combinations to beat Pires, who was a game, but slow opponent. Juarez did show off something tonight he really hasn’t let out of his repertoire as of yet…POWER. Juarez hurt the taller Pires many times throughout the fight with only one-punch shots, leading to knockdowns in the 2nd and 8th rounds. Juarez peppered Pires all night landing combinations and big bombs at will. Juarez won every round and the fight appeared to go too long without being stopped as Pires took tons of punishment.

Bojado lands a good shot. (Showtime)    

On the undercard, “The Baby Faced Assassin” Francisco “Panchito” Bojado (11-1, 10 KO) scored a lackluster TKO at 0:45 of the 10th round over a game, but less skilled Frankie Santos (15-2-2, 7 KO). Bojado started out very slowly, but then got his timing down to start picking at Santos, not doing much damage, but scoring with quick combinations. The fight started to heat up finally in the 6th round, when toward the end of the round both fighters stood in the middle of the ring and slugged it out, with Bojado clearly getting the better of the action. Then in the 8th round, Bojado finally came out very aggressive, the way boxing fans had grown accustomed to seeing Bojado. He had Santos hurt, but could not finish him in the round. But it did not take long into the 10th round, for Bojado to finish off his overmatched opponent. Bojado landed a quick, but perfectly thrown, left hook to Santos’ chin right at the beginning of the 10th round. It took Santos till 9 to get up, but he lasted only a few more seconds after that as Bojado pounced on him landing 12-15 unanswered power shots. Bojado was clearly ahead in the fight at the time of the stoppage, but his performance still has to be looked at as lackluster and his dedication/focus needs to be questioned. The official scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 87-84, 87-84 and 88-83 all for Bojado. had the fight scored 88-83 Bojado.

Diaz displays some power. (Showtime)    

In a Lightweight attraction, “The Baby Bull” Juan Diaz (20-0, 10 KO) easily walked thru former toughman competitor “The Macho Midget” John Bailey (21-10-2, 13 KO) scoring a TKO at 2:16 of the 7th round. Diaz came out dedicated to working his jab, mixing in a dose of effective uppercuts to take control of the fight from the opening bell. “I stuck to my gameplan,” said Diaz. “Using my jab and my uppercut.” Diaz, ranked #14 by the WBC in the Lightweight division, was winning every round and had closed up Bailey’s right eye by the time referee Frank Cappuccino stopped the fight due to Bailey taking too much punishment.

Here are results from another fight card tonight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on HBO PPV:

Juan Manuel Marquez TKO 7 Manuel Medina (For Vacant IBF Featherweight Title)

Miguel Cotto TKO 11 Cesar Bazan

Carlos Hernandez TW 8 David Santos (For Vacant IBF Junior Lightweight Title)

Dimitry Salida KO 2 Richie Ueding


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