Abreu, De La Hoya and Taishan score wins on ‘Golden Boy Live!’
“Golden Boy Live!” made its return to FOX Sports 1 Friday night and featured Pablo Cesar Cano getting a majority decision win over Juan Carlos Abreu in a 10-round welterweight bout. The Golden Boy Promotions card was held at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, Calif.
Cano, a seasoned 25-year old Mexican, took a few rounds to figure out his puzzling Dominican opponent. Frustrated by Abreu’s surgical punching followed by some side-stepping, Cano couldn’t get inside, where his game is tailor-made. Seemingly every time he tried to get Abreu in a phone booth, Cano would get countered with a short uppercut. He had to find a different way to get inside and did so by being the more physical fighter by mauling Abreu with an overhand right.
Toward the end of the fourth, Cano took all of Abreu’s early momentum by moving inward toward Abreu. Having his opponent on the backpedal, Cano started controlling the fight and by focusing on the body, he eventually brought the fight into close quarters where he outboxed Abreu. There was a moment toward the end of the seventh round in which Cano had Abreu reeling and, had the round lasted a few seconds longer, the Mexican may have scored the knockout. The fight ended with a frustrated Abreu throwing an uppercut after the final bell and even giving referee Ray Corona an extremely misguided shove.
The judges’ scorecards made the fight look closer than it did on paper but Cano, 29-4-1 (21), still received a well-deserved victory. He continues to show that he is an entertaining fighter, which could bode well for him in order to get another shot at a 147-pound world title. Abreu, 18-2-1 (17), didn’t take advantage of fighting on a nationally-televised broadcast for the first time and will be lucky to get back into the spotlight after his unsportsmanlike actions at the end of the fight.
De La Hoya defeats Roman
According to the ringside judges, Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya, 9-0 (6), pitched a shut-out over Manuel Roman, 17-4-3 (6), earning scores of 80-72 and earning an eight-round unanimous decision victory in a junior featherweight match-up.
With his older cousin and promoter Oscar De La Hoya ringside, Diego seemed eager and wasted no time getting to work on Roman, the toughest opponent he has faced to date. Being the one looking to throw the first punch, De La Hoya threw them in bunches, overwhelming Roman early with combinations. Roman would try to negate the onslaught by clinching but as the rounds progressed, he would eventually find his space. Although Roman would seldom find holes in De La Hoya’s defense, the hand speed of the 20-year old prospect proved to be the difference in the fight. Flashing the best asset of his game, De La Hoya threw his combos with fluidity and for every one or two Roman landed, Diego would answer back, landing three or four. Both men consistently traded all the way through the fight, standing in the pocket, but Roman’s nose was bloodied midway through the bout, and the shut-out for De La Hoya was validated.
De La Hoya looks more polished every time he steps into the ring. He’s not afraid to fight and this is a solid win over a former world title contender. If there is anything glaring and begs for improvement, it’s the lack of pop in his punches. Roman was coming off a knockout loss in a world title fight against WBC 122-pound beltholder Leo Santa Cruz this past September. He didn’t get stopped or hurt, for that matter, but he was certainly overwhelmed by a young prospect.
Taishan gets his first decision win
Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight Taishan Dong, 3-0 (2), went to the scorecards for the first time in his fledgling career as he took a unanimous decision (40-34 twice, 39-35) win over Roy McCrary, 3-3 (3), in a four-round contest.
Using his size, accompanied by an 84-inch reach, Taishan had success by keeping McCrary at bay all night with a limber jab. As a result, McCrary’s only means of an attack were wild overhand rights that left him crashing into Taishan’s large body nearly every time. Near the end of the second, Taishan moved to his side while throwing a right hook and McCrary walked right into it, getting dropped to the canvas. Not fazed, McCrary barked at Taishan as the bell ended the round and came back in the third, landing some of those wild punches. Taishan answered back in the same round with a punch that caught the back of McCrary’s ear, sending him to the canvas for the second time. This time, McCrary felt it and was wobbly from then on; he kept trying to throw lunging shots but just couldn’t get around the one-two combinations from Taishan that followed his jab. The four rounds fought surpassed the previous total experience of which Taishan walked into the ring, having three rounds total accrued in his prior two fights. The experience was absolutely necessary.