BY: Diane Bennett
Let’s take a few seconds to go through last Saturdays fights. The big one of course was Juan Manuel Marquez 11th round TKO over Joel Casmamayor. With the win Marquez claimed the WBO Lightweight Championship. Marquez looked great in beating down Casamayor, he was systematic in his attack and beat Casamayor to the punch the whole night. Marquez who never stopped punching landed a few big shots in the 10th round which helped him establish complete control going into the 11th round. In the 11th round Casamayor tried to fight back but it was the tough Marquez who landed a big right with about 30 seconds left in the round send Casamayor to the canvas. Casamayor was able to beat the count but the relentless Marquez nailed him again with another right several seconds later and Casamayor once again was on his back. After the second knockdown referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight. Marquez improved to 49-4-1, 36 KOs
www.Diamond Boxing.com “The Bling of the Ring” was on target with this one predicting a late round knockout by Marquez.
We were totally off track in the WBC Super Lightweight clash between Champion Timothy Bradley and Edner Cherry. Diamond Boxing “The Bling of the Ring” was looking for an upset in this one calling for a Cherry Bomb knockout over Bradley. However, it was the dominating Bradley landing and landing punch after punch. Bradley floored Cherry in the 8th round with an over hand right to the face. Cherry recovered from the knockout but could not mount any sort of attack the remainder of the fight. Bradley easily won on all three judge’s cards to retain his title.
The anticipated fight between Joan Guzman and Nate Campbell was called off when Guzman who had trouble making the 135 pound lightweight limit became ill. Guzman who was 3.5 pounds overweight at Fridays weigh-in refused to fight telling his promoters that he was not healthy enough to go into the ring with Campbell. Guzman who has issued an apology blaming only himself for coming in overweight. Guzman thought he would be able to make weight based on previous training camps were he would come in overweight and then slim down by fight time. We will have to hold on for a while to see what will be next for Campbell.