David Lemieux vs Curtis Stevens & Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Rene Alvarado
BY KID HERSH
From the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona New York came a night of HBO Boxing After Dark from Golden Boy Promotions.
First up was Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17KO's) vs Rene Alvarado (24-7, 16KO's). Referee was Benjy Esteves. In the first round Alvarado was very cautious of Gamboa and sticking out a stiff jab for the majority of it that landed in spots. Gamboa was patient as well, looking for a way to get inside on the Nicaraguan. in the second round Gamboa got moving around the ring on his toes very well and was picking his punches. We have not seen the old Gamboa burst out just yet with powerful combinations but it looks like he is pacing himself after being out of the ring for so long. Gamboa was showing great movement and defense - showing that old skill set of amazing reflexes as Alvarado just could not find the target through the first three rounds. The crowd started to get restless in the fourth round and then there was excitement early in the fifth round when Gamboa landed a cuffing left hand that may have stunned Alvarado momentarily. But it was right back to slow fight that has been going on in front of us, with the majority of excitement being Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr debating over inactivity/ring rust and how Gamboa should or should not be fighting. In the seventh round Alvarado had himself his first good round in the fight as he buzzed Gamboa early in the round with a beauty of a right hand. Gamboa did what he has done in the past; exactly what he shouldn't when he is hurt by dropping his hands and leaving himself even more open for further right hands throughout the round. There were some flashes of activity in the final rounds but nothing that really resembled a real fight, including the knockdown that Alvarado scored which was more of an off-balance issue. It was a very very dull fight that Gamboa won via UD.
Main event time featuring David Lemieux (36-3, 32KO's) vs Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21KO's). First a ten count tolled for Lou Duva. Referee was Charlie Fitch. In the first round Lemieux went to work with his extremely hard power punches that you can see and hear crack home with extreme power. Stevens was frozen in place multiple times in the first round but he fought back just when he needed to at times, landing his great left hook that would back off Lemieux. Stevens was hurt by excellent powerful digs to the body at the end of the first round. In the second round it was more power punching right away from Lemieux and one had to wonder if he was going to punch himself out at this rate, as he is putting everything he has into his shots and has a high work rate going. Stevens was biding his time and picking his spots very well but taking quite a bit of damage thus far. In the third round it was all over in knockout of the year fashion when Lemieux landed a left hook that put Stevens out cold. Stevens was down for a long time and ended up leaving the ring on a stretcher.