LaMont Peterson vs Felix Diaz & Prichard Colon vs Terrel Williams
BY KID HERSH
From Fairfax, Virginia, came PBC on NBC. First up was Prichard Colon (16-0, 13ko’s) vs Terrel Williams (14-0, 12ko’s) in a battle of undefeated fighters. This fight made the card due to Dirrell vs Caparello dropping off the telecast. Williams is 31 years old and debuted as a pro in 2008 but has been very inactive compared to the 23 year old Colon. In the first round Colon was trying to use his speed to catch Williams off guard and it worked, but Williams was not deterred as he came forward and shot left hooks. In the second round you could see that the heavy pressure from Williams was getting to Colon, who was throwing less and moving more for the majority of the round while also complaining about the rough tactics that Williams is employing – such as hitting after the break and coming forward very strong and mucking it up. Williams wants to make it a fight and is doing just that. Colon is landing shots still but is not deterring Williams. In the third round Colon was able to slow the fight back down to the pace that he wants – which is a “boxing” pace. He continued this into the fourth round, where Williams was looking very frustrated since he is not landing his shots and Colon seems to have him figured out at least a bit. Trainer Joe Goosen told his fighter the right thing in between rounds – to go to the body and throw some lead right hands. He came out in the fifth and promptly hurt Colon with right hands after some body shots – which prompted the youngster to want some time so he threw a low blow that had Williams rolling on the canvas. The referee didn’t issue any warning and instead docked two points from Colon, likely because it was so low and looked very intentional. In round six Williams backed up Colon further and was landing some good shots but nothing really flush because Colon is fighting very defensively and looking to score points. In the seventh round Williams had Colon backing up and looking very tired, nearly like a beaten man. Then further fiasco for this fight came when Williams had Colon hurt and was going for the kill when he landed a blow on the back of the head that had Colon on the canvas and clutching his head. Theatrics or genuinely hurt? Hard to say, because from Colon’s perspective yes – a punch was clearly landed behind the head. From William’s perspective his man was clearly hurt and looking for a way out – because he was turning away from a punch in motion that caused it land on the back of his head. In any case a point was docked from Williams and Colon looked refreshed after the break and going into the eighth round where Williams was trying to rough up his man again – almost like the middle rounds were starting all over again. Then in the ninth round Williams dominated and managed to empty Colon’s gas tank yet again, scoring two knockdowns at the end of the round that may have been due to exhaustion as much as punching power. Then, more confusion and pandemonium ensued (as if this fight needed more?!) when Colon’s corner took his gloves off in between rounds, claiming that they didn’t know there was a tenth round to go! This was likely to buy their hurt man more time he needed, and so when they started throwing them back on and time was ticking into the tenth round the referee disqualified Colon and called the fight – rightly so. Williams was ecstatic, crying and shouting that he finally won his big fight.
Main event time with undefeated gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-0, 8ko’s) vs LaMont Peterson (33-3-1, 17ko’s). Diaz is hailing from the Dominican Republic as the 2008 gold medalist and stepping up in class here about x10. Still though, this is a dangerous fight for Peterson because you never know what these types of guys have to offer or what they can muster up for one given night. Side note: Peterson looks like a cast away with his massive beard that I am surprised they didn’t force him to shave off. In the first round we saw some interesting back and forth action as Peterson was trying to establish himself as the veteran and get Diaz’s respect. Diaz, on the other hand, would not give any (El Tigre!) and would chase back Peterson or throw punches straight in line with Peterson as he backed up in a line after throw his shots – such as two minutes into the round. Peterson even tried to unload a bolo punch (it landed to the body) but Diaz got his respect back right away as he bull rushed Peterson straight back into the ropes and unloaded shots – basically directly telling his man to not pull anything like that. In the second round Peterson really turned up the heat, tracking Diaz around the ring and landing powerful shots. Diaz was answering back but not with authority – instead firing off and getting away. He carried this success into the third round, but in the second half of the third Diaz started to take back over by fighting from the outside – firing off shots and moving. It’s interesting because Diaz is the shorter, stockier man but he is not doing anything with the inside fighting and is better off on the outside! Probably takes it from Joan Guzman – who is in his corner for this fight. Diaz was getting his confidence back further in the fourth round where Peterson was having trouble getting off and Diaz was using his legs while firing his outside shots. Diaz had an extremely strong fifth round to piggy back off of the fourth as he moved and fired shots and had Peterson stiff and frozen. Peterson put the pressure up more in the sixth round, throwing more jabs and looking to press harder and get on the inside but still I felt that Diaz was really controlling the action in the ring more of the two. Diaz has great movement in there and is very slippery, hard to hit, and that still has Peterson tentative to throw shots. In the seventh round Diaz was having further success – even showboating at the end of the round by dropping his hands and slipping punches and enticing Peterson to throw at him. Peterson had his spots in the round, but it is still fun to watch Diaz as he tries so hard to control the action and does at times with his interesting style. The eighth round was a tough one as the action slowed just a bit and neither guy landed big shots, with it being a mix of Peterson coming forward and trying to get off while Diaz was still punching from the outside and moving but not with the same success as in earlier rounds. The ninth round was a very active one compared to the eighth. Diaz was at first pushing back Peterson, surprisingly, but then suddenly Peterson came on strong at the end of the round and was walking down Diaz. What was surprising to me was that Diaz was fighting on the inside and not getting the worse of the action for the first time in the fight. He didn’t necessarily win the round but he made his presence known on the inside and made a good scrap of it. Peterson usually gets the better of late rounds with this style but is still having a hard go at Diaz – maybe because Diaz is so short and awkward with good instincts on defense. The tenth round was a tough one to score, with Peterson following Diaz around the ring more than cutting the ring off, while getting off punches in spots but nothing of note really. Diaz on the other hand was on his wheels, moving around the ring and also not throwing many shots for this round. He was showing great movement and good defense though. Diaz showed that he in tremendous shape in the eleventh round as he had one of his best of the fight – even pushing Peterson around the ring and into the ropes while unloading shots. Amazing, considering Diaz’s lack of experience compared to the grizzled veteran in Peterson who is typically always the fresher fighter in the late rounds. Peterson was loading up on shots in the championship rounds, trying to land one big one that would stop Diaz in his tracks.