Showtime Errol Spence Jr vs Carlos Ocampo, Daniel Roman vs Moises Flores, and Javier Fortuna vs Adrian Granados
By Kid Hersh
From The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, came Showtime Championship Boxing.
The card kicked off with Brian Custer announcing that the WBA title was on the line for Roman but that even if he lost he could not lose the belt. Incorrect - he made weight so the title is on the line for him. If he loses, the title goes vacant.
Then the card went to Granados and Fortuna in the ring - with Mauro Ranallo announcing that Fortuna had a controversial technical decision at the end of the first round against Rigondeaux that ended in a technical decision - obviously, he is mixing up Moises Flores with Javier Fortuna. Ugh, not a good way to kick off the card.
First up was Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23KO's) vs Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12KO's). In the first round, Fortuna was catching Granados with punches as Granados was wading in with no guard and taking hard punches from the southpaw. In the coming rounds, Granados pressed forward heavily and was using his larger frame to bully Fortuna into the ropes. In the fourth round, Fortuna was docked two points - one for hitting behind the head and the other for holding. Fortuna then violently fought back and was putting everything he had into his punches and buzzed Granados with some good shots but then the fight ended abruptly, but also it lingered for a while as Fortuna was pushed through the ropes and appeared to hit his head on the camera box. Replays would appear to show that he did not hit his head at all, but he was carted away with a neck brace on as they feared he either had a head injury or whiplash to his neck. To me, it looked like Fortuna was looking for a way out because Granados ate his best punches and was bulling him around and ready to take him out - at least eventually.
Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9KO's) vs Moises Flores (25-0, 17KO's). In the first round, Flores was extremely awkward as he lanked around the ring awkwardly and was lunging and looping with his punches - which oddly enough were landing at times on Roman who should have been able to see them coming. There was more of the same in the coming rounds, with Roman focusing on the body while Flores was wailing away to the head on his stilts. Roman was really focusing on the body while Flores continued throwing heavy, looping shots, that for his part were landing at a decent frequency. Flores appeared to be getting more and more tired as the fight went on, however, likely due to both having issues at the weigh-in (coming in well overweight) and also all of the body punching from Roman. The fight continued in very much the same pattern, with Flores showing great durability as sometimes his legs would buckle from solid punches from Roman but he would then dig deep and fight Roman off (the end of round eleven showed this well). Roman would win the unanimous decision 116-112, 118-110, 120-108.
"I was a little disappointed, we were disciplined and fighting for a championship"
"I tried to box him but i had to watch out for his head. It became difficult, its a hard style, but we went to the body"
Errol Spence Jr (23-0, 20KO's) vs Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13KO's). Left hook to the body and the night was over with one second left in the first round. Easy nights work for the phenom that is "The Truth"