Carlos Chuko Diaz vs Samuel Gonzalez & Miguel Beltran vs Francisco Pina

Carlos Chuko Diaz vs Samuel Gonzalez & Miguel Beltran vs Francisco Pina

BY KID HERSH

beIN boxing card from Distrito Federal, Mexico.  First up was Miguel Beltran (31-4, 21KO's) vs Francisco Pina (17-12-5, 5KO's).  In the first round Pina was walking down Beltran and out-throwing him.  Beltran was mostly going to the body but really was not getting active at all.   In the second round Pina returned the favor by digging body shot after body shot on Beltran, who was noticeably hurt and slowed down by the body attack onslaught.    Pina continued outworking his man in the third round and then finally in the fourth Beltran got a bit of an offense mounted.  Pina was following Beltran in the fourht and not getting his punches off first like in previous rounds, so Beltran was able to stick and move a little bit.  I just hesitate to call it stick and move because it was not quite the most slick stick and move you will see.   Pina went back to pressing and out throwing Beltran in the fifth round and carried that over into the sixth as well.  Beltran just does not seem to have a fire lit under his ass, he seems very sapped of energy in this fight.  Maybe its the body shots from the second round kicking in though.  In any case Pina was able to swarm him and hit home more to the body as well as the head in the coming rounds.  Beltran started to bleed and swell up around his right eye by the end of the seventh round.  It was hard to tell if it was from punches or clashes of heads, with replays showing that it could have been either so perhaps it was a combination of both.  Beltrans body language was not good at all until the end of the fight came in the eighth round and both fighters went to work on each other, unloading the gas tank and putting everything left into their punches in bunches.  Beltran may have won the eighth round but it was too little too late as Pina won the deserved UD.  

 

Main event time featuring Carlos "Chuko" Diaz (20-0, 10KO's) vs Samuel Gonzalez (11-3, 8KO's).  Chuko was leading the action in the first round by getting off his punches first.  You could tell right off the bat that he is not just the man with the far quicker hands but that he is simply more skilled because he is able to put Gonzalez into the position or spot that he wants to get his quick shots off.   Gonzalez is no doubt the stronger man and bigger man but his hands are very slow and technique is not very good so he doesn't carry a whole lot of power in his punches.  He started to press forward in the third round in an attempt to establish some sort of dominance but he was the worse for wear for his efforts as he got nailed with uppercuts but also accidental headbutts that left his cheek swollen and bleeding.  The war continued and got even better in the fourth round, with Gonzalez showing great conditioning in not skipping a beat while Chuko Diaz looked a bit tired.  He was pushed backwards for the first time in the fight to this writers eyes it did not look like he was in any sort of serious danger because Gonzalez just did not seem to be doing a whole lot of damage to him.  My opinion of this would change in the very next round, however, because in the fifth round Chuko started off very well by backing up Gonzalez with right hands that appeared to stun him but then it was Gonzalez who came back and took the wind right out of Chuko with body shots.  The two fighters slugged it out in what has become a very, very good fight that is closely contested.  Diaz would come out boxing in the next round and it turned the tide easily back in his favor as he moved about the ring and had Gonzalez following him while mostly swinging and missing.  It makes me wonder why Diaz did not employ this strategy much earlier in the fight.  That comment is made from a pure analyst perspective though I should note, because from a fans perspective of course this fight was absolutely thrilling when he was standing toe to toe and slugging it out with the slugger.  Chuko would continue boxing very beautifully though for the coming rounds while Gonzalez was huffing and puffing like an angry bull because he could not get Diaz to stand and trade with him anymore.  He also did not know how to effectively cut off the ring - although perhaps his nearly swollen shut right eye also has something to do with that.   Diaz would continue boxing through the end until in the waning moments of the tenth and final round he started to stand and trade again.  Good thing he did not do this earlier as he got slugged into clinching just like earlier in the middle rounds when he tried this tactic.  He got nailed with a right hand in particular that stopped him in his tracks with about thirty seconds left in the fight.  He held on though and won the UD.  To me this win is both good and bad for Diaz.  On one hand it shows his ceiling, perhaps, in saying that he should be able to easily beat a guy of Gonzalez's caliber.  On the other hand it shows that he is a fan favorite because he will stop to mix it up instead of just outbox his man to an easy decision.  One thing that he is lacking that I believe he will need for the very top level though is a hard punch.  He likes to mix it up and that is going to get him in trouble as he lacks a powerful blow to turn things back in his favor should he get hurt against a real finisher.  

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