ESPN Undercard Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs Jesus Silveira, Mikaela Mayer vs Baby Nansen, Jamel Herring vs Juan Pablo Sanchez, and Teofimo Lopez vs Vitor Jones Freitas
By Kid Hersh
From the mecca of boxing; Madison Square Garden in New York came Tops Rank and Golden Boy Promotions boxing broadcast on ESPN.
First up on the undercard was gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (3-0, 1KO) vs Jesus Silveira (8-5-2, 3KO's). Ron Lipton was the referee. The first round was pretty measured between the two men with Silveira coming forward and throwing punches while Faz was looking to measure his man. It was in the second round that Faz broke out with punches and was noticeably wearing down Silveira with his accurate, hard shots by the end of the round. In the third round, Faz was still hitting the mark with his heavy shots but he was also getting tagged by Silveira at times and really having to work hard to keep Silveira off of him. Silveria was landing some good stuff and making Faz work but he was also walking into shots and it mounted up in the fourth round when az landed a left hook that Silveria walked straight into. He went to the canvas off of a delayed reaction, surprisingly rose to beat the count, but was put down for good shortly afterwards with referee Lipton waving off the fight instead of counting Silveira out. Great win for Faz here; Silveira came to fight and pressed the prospect instead of the usual easy knockout victory.
Next up was Jamel Herring (16-2, 9KO's) vs Juan Pablo Sanchez (30-15, 14KO's). In the first round, Herring hurt Sanchez with straight left hands immediately. Sanchez was not reacting well to punches and I was actually surprised that he made it through the first - although that could be due to Herring being a very sharp puncher but not heavy-handed one. Sanchez showed that he is indeed a 45 fight veteran as he came out after the first round and made the fight more of an inside, dirty one, while giving Herring some troubles. The fight was slowed a bit by accidental headbutts in the third and Jamel had blood flowing from his right eye as the dogfight ensued. In the fourth round, the fans in attendance were getting to see a very good fight break out between the two men in the ring as Sanchez was really starting to put it all on the line, going for broke. In the fifth round, Herring landed a right-hand midway through the round that put Sanchez on the ropes and while he did not look extremely hurt it appeared that Herring knew he had his man in a spot. Herring unloaded a flurry of shots and the referee stepped in to halt the bout as it looked like Sanchez simply was not going to respond. Good win for Herring - is back in the ring and back in the win column.
Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3KO's) vs Baby Nansen (6-2-1). In the first round Mayer was landing very heavy shots - namely left hooks to Nansens head that she did not seem to see coming. She did see Mayers right hand that she was trying to land. In the second round, Mayer landed a couple of hard right hands that were missing in the first and they really were doing damage on Nansen, who was starting to look a little beat up. Nansen was doing her damndest to fight back in the coming rounds but she simply did not have the firepower to keep Mayer off of her. She had a good chin, however, and that was getting her through the rounds. Nansen gutted out the hard shots by Mayer and tried to put in her best - although she does not have the punch to get Mayers respect - so the fight went the distance with Mayer winning the UD. Mayer does appear to have pretty heavy hands to me, however, as we have heard from the gym stories.
Teofimo Lopez (8-0, 6KO's) vs Vitor Jones Freitas (14-1, 8KO's). This fight did not last long at all as the first right hand Lopez threw and landed hit a bit behind the ear/back of the head and put Freitas down and out for the count. The crowd booed a bit because it did not look like a devastating punch, but it was the type of punch that likely completely threw off Freitas' equilibrium due to where it landed.