Karim Guerfi vs Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, Enrique Tinoco vs Mario Barrios & Alfred Tetteh vs Miguel Flores
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from Austin Texas on a Tuesday night (Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays as PBC calls them)!! First up was Alfred Tetteh (19-4-1, 15ko's) vs Miguel Flores (17-0, 8ko's). In the first round Flores completely controlled the action from the outside, with Tetteh walking forward but his shots were tight and missing - typically hooks - while Flores had excellent range and variety of punches. In the second round Flores continued throwing hard left hooks to the body and he floored Tetteh with one a little over a minute into the round. Tetteh was in noticeable pain and would not beat the count, getting KO'ed. Amazing showing Flores who looks great and loves throwing body shots.
Next up was Enrique Tinoco (15-2-2, 11ko's) vs Mario Barrios (12-0, 7ko's). In the first round Barrios was keeping Tinoco on the outside with his extreme length, but Tinoco came out guns blazing in the second round and midway through was nailing Barrios with overhand rights and then switching to southpaw and landing straight lefts and right hooks. He was alternating between the two stances and showing great aggression as well as a good offense in not allowing Barrios to establish any sort of rhythm all the while making him gun-shy and not wanting to throw lead punches. This was making him not utilize his best area of the ring: the outside. The third round showed Tinoco coming out and landing another hard right hand. Barrios was trying his best to keep Tinoco on the outside for the remainder of the round and succeeded better than in the last round but still could not prevent the random (but yet accurate) power punches from either stance coming at him. In the fourth Barrios finally was able to keep Tinoco on the outside and out of range for the most part although he was not landing anything of note himself. Tinoco might simply be tired! The fight was close in the coming rounds. Just how close would show a little over a minute into the sixth round when Tinoco landed an overhand right while pressuring Barrios hard, to which Barrios threw a left hook to the chin that hurt Tinoco for the first time in the fight - causing him to back up. Barrios did not seem to know how hurt he had his man because he rushed at him once, Tinoco clinched, and then he went back to boxing his man. In the final two rounds Barrios was able to quell the earlier aggressiveness of Tinoco. Either Tincoco faded, or he didn't realize just how close of a fight it was in my eyes. Although my eyes would prove wrong as Barrios would end up winning six of the eight rounds.
Main event time with Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6ko's) vs Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15ko's). Gonzalez Jr. is the man that surprised the boxing world when he knocked down Carl Frampton twice in his first American televised fight (despite losing the fight by UD). In the first round Gonzalez landed a left hook to the liver that dropped Guerfi for the count. He rose and was on his bike, with Gonzalez chasing him around the ring and landing another hard left hook to the body that thudded loudly and had Guerfi wincing in pain but not dropping to the canvas. Gonzalez said that he learned from the Frampton fight to not let someone offthe hook when he has them hurt and claimed before the fight that he would not make the mistake again but Guerfi managed to dig deep and not only get on his wheels but stop Gonzalez from pressing hard as he fought back and nailed his man with good shots to get out of the round. Guerfi would come back strong in the second round, going to the body of Gonzalez (just as he had done in the first round!) and looked had he had a new tank of gas as he was getting off his shots first and being much quicker than the slow of foot and hand Gonzalez. This continued right on through to the fourth round when he came out and nailed Gonzalez with an overhand right that had the sweat flying off of Gonzalez's head as you could hear the punch slam home. Guerfi would continue his success into the fifth round via excellent use of the jab and body shots, even backing Gonzalez into the ropes! Shocking for a guy who has a very, very low knockout percentage and is not a pressure fighter all, with his opponent being a pressure fighter that is known for his toughness. Perhaps Gonzalez has an injured right hand again like he did in the Frampton fight when he suddenly dropped off the map with having any sort of success. Or, maybe he just gets figured out easy because he is 1D? In the coming rounds we would find out from Gonzalez's corner (in between rounds) that his right hand was in fact hurt again to the point where he said he couldn't throw it. We did see him throw it at times but like Paulie said sometimes it causes you more harm to throw with a bad hand because you brace it and the timing is completely off. In the eighth round Guerfi would pour the damage on, even hurting Gonzalez with body shots. He couldn't miss with anything and Gonzalez was still trying his best by the end of the fight but just couldn't do anything as a one-handed fighter (despite hurting Guerfi near the end of round nine when he managed to land a nice left hook). Geurfi, under these conditions, managed to win the UD but only by a point on one card!