FS1 results: Leduan Barthelemy silences Reynaldo Blanco
Leduan Barthelemy remained unbeaten after forcing a ninth round corner stoppage of a spirited Reynaldo Blanco on Tuesday night. The junior lightweight contest was the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised live on FS1, and held at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.
Barthelemy, 13-0 (7), a Cuban fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, showed off a precise, accurate jab in the beginning of the match but Blanco forced a fight out of what could’ve easily had been a boxing lesson. Blanco, a Dominican fighting out of Puerto Rico, got chippy with Barthelemy in the third round and began to time a left hand in the third round, while barking at his foe at the same time. One of those shots momentarily stunned Barthelemy after Blanco timed it perfectly on his chin in the fourth round and it made Blanco supremely confident going forward.
Blanco, 14-4 (8), even pumped his chest at Barthelemy, after eating a few right hands in a corner, but knowing Blanco was trying to bait him into another left hand, Leduan smartly stayed away from getting into an exchange. Instead, the Cuban backed off and, by way of his precise jab, Barthelemy started to impose his will on Blanco with some really fine right hooks. One of those shots hurt Blanco in the eighth and it seemed like Barthelemy’s follow-up jab was the cause of him falling on his backside but referee Ed Collantes ruled it a slip.
Those right hooks turned into uppercuts from the hip in the ninth and, after eating two of them with his back against the ropes, Blanco went to a knee for a knockdown. As Barthelemy started to follow up on a fighter in his shell, it was only a matter of seconds until the white towel from Blanco’s corner flew into the ring.
In the FS1 co-feature, Kyrone Davis edged Mark “Mad Dog” Hernandez with a split decision in an exciting, competitive junior middleweight contest. Two scores of 96-93 were the winning numbers for Davis, while Hernandez won a card by the score of 95-94.
Davis, 12-1 (5), played the aggressor to start and, while having early success in the first round, Hernandez found a counter uppercut that wouldn’t quit. The shot helped Hernandez slow his surging opponent down momentarily but a left hook stunned Davis in the second round that really started an exciting back-and-forth battle.
Hernandez, 9-1 (2), couldn’t miss with that left hook throughout the remainder of the fight but Davis repaid him every time with shots to the body. With persistence, Davis slowly chipped away at Hernandez downstairs and, while effective, he garnered a few warnings for straying low from referee Dan Stell until the seventh round. Hernandez was in pain after one of those shots landed right on his cup and Stell proceeded to dock a point from Davis in the seventh round. That didn’t keep Davis from keeping his focus , as keeping the fight on the inside was his best way to stay away from the left hook. It was his most successful tactic but Hernandez still managed to rally late.
The left hook reared its ugly head again for Davis in the 10th. It slightly buckled by Hernandez and it made for an exciting round, in which both men dug deep for the win. Both did enough to earn it but only one can win and Davis’ overall body of work, for the majority of the rounds, edged it for the 22-year-old fighting out of Wilmington, Delaware. Hernandez, Fresno, California, received the first loss of his career but it certainly wasn’t a bad one.
In the opening bout of the TGB Promotions card, Malcolm McAllister earned the unanimous decision (58-55, 58-55, 58-55) win over Alejandro Torres but, for the fight’s final two minutes, he hung on for dear life.
McAllister, 26, was hurt badly by a desperation left hand from Torres in the sixth and final round. The middleweight prospect stood there stunned before stumbling forward in desperation for something to hold onto and eventually fell to the canvas for the first time in his young career. He was still hurt, once time resumed, and it became a test of survival for McAllister, who was desperately seeking the clinch for what was probably the longest two minutes of his life.
Beforehand, McAllister, Long Beach, California, dominated the fight but gave off early indications of the passiveness that found him in that situation. By the second round, his hands were down and he sometimes used his peripherals to toy with Torres. A few times, Torres, 9-3-2 (4), landed some straight rights as a result but McAllister didn’t have to worry much as he answered back with an accurate flurry every time. In the final seconds of the fifth round, McAllister hurt Torres badly with a body shot and, had the bell not rang immediately afterward, the dangerous sixth round may have never happened.
McAllister, 9-0 (8), went into the sixth looking for the knockout and was caught in a lackadaisical moment. While he stays undefeated, his turmoil at the end of the fight overshadowed an otherwise dominant performance.