30 July 2010
From the Auckland Boxing Association
By Craig Bailey @ NZFighters.com
On the heels of the highly successful ‘Last Man Standing’ back in May came ‘Underground Operation 6’, from Lurkers Entertainment and D.C. Entertainment. Tonight we would be provided with 8 corporate fights. The DJ spun tunes and the A.B.A, which provided a more intimate setting compare with the ASB Stadium, slowly filled to capacity. Ring announcer “Lieutenant” Daniel Hennessey kicked off the event introducing us to the three lovely ring card girls. From there we were right into the action….
Sammy Anae v. Sam Davis
Both fighters start fast and Southpaw Anae lands a left hand early. In close, Davis rips two uppercuts and Anae goes to the body. Davis continues to go up stairs including a great parry followed by a right hand. Anae connects with a lead left and the crowd reacts. Davis, the larger fighter, is using his size advantage well where he lands from the outside. Anae rips a couple to the body before landing a pair of 1-2’s.
Action is wild at the beginning of the second stanza where Davis gets home a right. Anae is coming forward, in an attempt to close the distance and go to the body, but is getting tagged on the way in. Another Davis right hand prompts a left hook from Anae that gets his attention. Anae applies pressure where connects with a lead hook. Davis catches Anae coming in with a right before the round is out.
Anae ducks a right hand before eating another before they both start winging punches. After a hard exchange Davis implores Anae on, who obliges to shoot it out in the middle of the ring. Davis is buckled during the exchange that prompts the referee to issue a standing 8 count. Once action resumes Anae seems intent on making the most of the opportunity. A pair of stiff Anae rights forces Davis to clinch. Anae seems intent on leaving it all on the field and unleashes his arsenal on a covering Davis who survives to the end of the round.
By bringing late pressure and a southpaw style Sammy Anae comes away with a unanimous decision.
Gerardo Aguilera v. Raoul Whitford
Whitford tries to establish that long jab early. Aguilera is throwing but most is caught by the gloves of Whitford who continues to stick out his stiff jab. Aguilera jabs to the body but is having trouble getting inside. Whitford’s jab is dictating the action at the moment but some late pressure sees Aguilera land a right hook and a two-punch combination upstairs.
Aguilera switches strategy early in the second where he looks to counter but Whitford is still in control of this fight. Whitford is getting home with the 1-2 and Aguilera connects with a left hook. Both are trading jabs where Whitford’s reach advantage really shows.
A Whitford right hand opens the round and he follows it up with a stiff jab. Aguilera is trying to be proactive, throwing a lot of leather and closing the distance well. Whitford covers from the aggression and his own shots are being caught by Aguilera. Aguilera lands three big right hands that changes the pace of the round before ripping to the body. Whitford attempts to regain control by boxing lands a right hand before the bout closes.
By utilizing his reach and boxing skills, Raoul Whitford earns a decision.
Stefan Paladin v. Kara Gordan
Paladin brings a lot of early aggression to the much larger Gordan. It’s all on as both swing for the fences. Gordan attempts to jab but can’t keep the tenacious Paladin off him, who is closing the distance well and landing big hooks. A Paladin uppercut rocks Gordan and the follow up pressure sees the referee step in with a standing 8 count. A bloodied Gordan is able to continue but Paladin ducks his attempts.
Gordan seems to have settled as the second round resumes but Paladin is back trying to bring the heat. Gordan is attempting to control the distance however Paladin is closing easily and landing powerful hooks. The round is all Paladin who has aggression for days and is landing on the inside at will, including a big right hand at the bell.
Paladin continues to come forward to begin the third and Gordan is doing a better job of picking him off. This does not last however and Paladin’s relentless attack sees him landing big shots. A huge Paladin right hand knocks Gordan’s mouthpiece out. There is just no stopping Paladin at this point and he continues to batter Gordan with hooks and right hands.
In a relentless display of aggression and power punching, Stefan Paladin wins a unanimous decision.
Marcus Maxximus v. Flowy the Plumber
Maxximus lands the first meaningful punch with an overhand right. They trade jabs before Maxximus begins to up the pace of the fight and lands a big right hand. Flowy returns the favour with a right and Maxximus responds with a flurry. Two overhand rights from Maxximus force Flowy to the ropes but he lands an uppercut before the end of the round.
Flowy shoots an uppercut and Maxximus begins winging the overhand right. It is landing consistently and he puts his back to the ropes in order to lure Flowy in. Another overhand shot forces some sloppy action and both tumble through the ropes. Flowy lands a left hook and the crowd applauds the end of the round.
A stiff jab for Maxximus lands and Flowy seems to be a lot more wise about the overhand right. Maxximus lands with both hands while Flowy’s back is to the ropes. Exchanges from both are well blocked at this point until Maxximus gets home with an overhand. Flowy is looking to load up the right hand but the bout ends.
On the strength of his connections, particularly the overhand right, Marcus Maxximus gets the unanimous decision.
Glenn Altman v. Glenn Barrett
Altman comes out wild and is pressing the action. Barrett begins to land the right hand and Altman gives it respect. Barrett connects with a right hand followed by a lead hook and just appears to be landing the harder and cleaner punches. Altman attempts to use his feet but eats numerous right hands and a shot to the body.
Hard exchanges mark the start of the second. Barrett connects with a straight right, an overhand and a right hand lead. He lands a stiff jab and a 1-2 and Altman just can’t adjust his strategy. Barrett gets home with a left hook before the round is out.
Altman comes out with some purpose for the third but Barrett ducks a shot before shooting a right hook. Barrett is simply the busier fighter as he peppers Altman with straight punches and overhand rights. Barrett begins to land combinations and Altman, although aggressive, seems ineffective.
In controlling the fight from start to finish, Glenn Barrett wins a unanimous decision.
Big Mo v. Kapital J
The much larger Mo goes right to work utilising his size and lands a couple of right hands. He seems confident and is dictating the fight early. Another Mo right hand spurs J on and action becomes a little wild. Mo is the far more effective puncher as he lands a 1-2 and is generally getting the better of the exchanges.
They exchange furiously and Mo is coming out better. J is still coming forward but is getting tagged by straight punches. Mo lands an uppercut and J responds with a rip to the body. J seems gassed at this point and Mo connects with an overhand right, uppercut and left hook.
J comes out with renewed resolve and connects with a 1-2. Mo attempts to get back into his groove but J won’t let him settle. They trade rights and J seems to have found his second wind. A Mo right hand, followed by hooks, seems to bring some order but J is still coming forward. Mo is going a great job of slipping and blocking and is relieved to hear the final bell.
Even though the crowd’s reaction was mixed, by having the all round better skills Big Mo goes home with a unanimous decision.
Mike the Muss v. Paul Davis
Muss comes out, connects with a 1-2 and seems to have the better hands and movement at this early stage. Davis straight shots are thrown right down the pipe where he lands a stiff jab. A Muss lead hook sparks a hard exchange where the Muss lands another hook.
The Muss goes to work with a three punch combination. Both land hard, winging shots however the Muss seems to be landing the more meaningful punches and is pushing the action. Davis is trying to come forward and they trade right hands.
The final round begins with fire and they exchange hard punches. The Muss fires off a 1-2 followed by a lead hook. He connects with a couple of right hands with the second buckling Davis. The Muss doesn’t attempt to close the show at this point and Davis survives to see the final bell.
Mike the Muss wins a unanimous decision.
Ricky Hita v. Dizzle
After trading jabs, the action turns wild and not much lands. Dizzle gets home with a right hand to the body. He continues his attention to the body and the rest of the round is relatively uneventful.
Wild action continues in the second. Hita connects with a body rip and both steal shots during the hard exchanges. Hita lands a left hook and a right hand counter later in the round that hurts Dizzle.
The action doesn’t let up in the third. Hita lands a heavy jab and both load up wild punches. Although there haven’t been many clean lands, the crowd is heavily entertained. Hita fires an uppercut and follows up with a couple of lead hooks. Both are pawing their shots as the bout ends.
Dizzle wins a majority decision.
Another quality night of boxing from the Lurkers and D.C. crew. Although there were no stoppages bouts were highly contested affairs that didn’t skimp on the action. Stefan Paladin was particularly impressive with his aggressive, non-stop action style. I last saw him drop a decision at ‘Fists of Steel’ and he seems to have responded positively since then. Marcus Maxximus also performed very well and that overhand right of his is a grenade when it lands.