Derric Rossy vs Trevor Bryan, Juan Ubaldo Cabrera vs Decarlo Perez & Joey Dawejko vs Natu Visinia
BY KID HERSH
ShoBox from Las Vegas. First up was Natu Visinia (11-1, 9ko's) vs Joey Dawejko (15-4-2, 8ko's). Dawejko has been seen before on Friday Night Fights, where he made a very good showing of himself after being brushed off as just another fat heavyweight. Truth is that he is a gym rat and really does have some skills to go with a good amateur background. Visinia on the other hand is green and stepped way up in class to fight Steve Cunningham who promptly stopped him for his first loss. The fight didn't last long at all as Dawejko landed a chopping right hand - the first right hand that he threw - that put Visinia on Queer Street as Dawejko went in for the kill and the referee broke the action to give Visinia a count (likely because the ropes were holding him up). Visinia was still hurt and Dawejko got the stoppage shortly afterwards and went nuts in the ring screaming and stomping his feet, a beautiful thing to see from this very underrated fighter who doesn't have the record or looks butt really is one skilled dude.
Next up was Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16ko's) vs Decarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 ko's). Cabrera is 36 years old with an extensive amateur career but has just not gotta his pro career going as of yet. Right when the announcers were talking about how well preserved he has been in the first round I was thinking that he looks every bit his age, as he is very relaxed but also very slow of foot and hand. He was landing good counters in the first though as Perez was looking to use his youth to pressure his man. In the second round Cabrera was still getting off first, being the ring general, as Perez was trying his best to press forward but reacting to the older man in front of him who was slower but accurate with his shots. The third round was fought in a telephone booth as Cabrera obliged Perez by bringing the fight inside and not only got off first and was more accurate - as he was in the previous rounds - but he also outworked the younger man who was getting the fight fought where he wanted now! In the next couple rounds Cabrera was not as dominant. Although the pace of the fight was still favoring him he looked even slower and looked like he was pushing his shots on the inside fighting with Perez landing more of his own. Perhaps the 98 degree heat in this outdoor venue is getting to the older fighter! In the seventh round Cabrera was deducted a point for holding behind the head and hitting, which he has been warned for by veteran referee Vic Drakulich. Perez had his best round of the fight to boot, as he was tagging Cabrera with solid shots and ended the round sending him backwards. In the eighth round Perez really took over, hitting Cabrera easily and even double and triple jabbing his opponent to keep him from being the ring general as he has been for the first half the fight or longer. Perez is going to make this fight interesting in these late rounds! The final rounds were also good for Perez, who was the fresher of the two, and likely snatched them to make for some interesting scoring considering the point deduction in the seventh. I thought that Cabrera took the first half the fight from being the ring general both on the outside and the inside - so just being the ring general in general. Perez would win the fight in very wide fashion, surprising me how wide the cards were with two of them 98-91
Main event time with Derric Rossy (30-9, 14ko's) vs Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11ko's). It didn't take long for Bryan to nail Rossy with a left hand to the temple that put him on queer street and down for the count. He rose and recouped very quickly, as Rossy typically does. He also fought back valiantly in the first round, as the fighters traded big shots for the remainder of it with Rossy pressing Bryan backwards and into the ropes at times. They ended the first in fashion by trading huge shots on the ropes - we got ourselves a fight! In the second round Rossy pushed forward and took control of the action by surprising Bryan with a high work rate and unpredictable shots that were hitting home, with some of them noticeably slowing the younger man down while Rossy also put in excellent body work by putting some huge left hooks to the body in the bank. Rossy was trying to grind the fight out in the third as well, but his arms were getting heavy from the high work rate and he was breathing very heavy. In the coming rounds it was more belabored action, with both men dead tired and the punch output going down much farther than earlier in the fight, but despite this there was no clinching and it was still a fairly fan-friendly fight for heavyweight, who usually end of clinching when this exhausted. In the sixth round Rossy almost went down from exhaustion more than anything but he managed to stay on his feet through the Bryan onslaught as he was trying to score a knockdown since Rossy was wobbling and very very tired. Rossy made it through the round on his feet to surprise us yet again (unless you know Rossy is one helluva fighter that has no quit in him). Rossy stilll had not quit in him late in the fight, as he was trying to press Bryan backwards early in rounds when he had energy and trying to pour on what hurt he could while completely exhausted. In these later rounds Rossy was landing shots here and there that were impressive but really he had no mustard on them and they were fleeting images. Bryan, on the other hand, was not very impressive in winning the rounds but it is a huge test for him as he is in there against a very very tough veteran that is not going anywhere and still landing some big shots through Bryan's first ten rounder. The cards came in very wide for Bryan, with two judges giving him 8 of the 10 rounds and the other 7. The right guy won but yet again Rossy would make a very good account of himself as he always does.