Michael Dutchover returns from ‘perfect punch’
On the night of July 20, lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover was matched with the usually durable Sergio Ramirez Martinez, who, coming in, had a record of 5-2 and had never been stopped. However in the second round, this happened:
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“That punch landed perfect,” said Dutchover, recalling that eye-opening stoppage. “The results were we came out with a knockout. We worked on that shot; it landed perfect in the fight.”
The vicious stoppage even surprised the native of Midland, Texas, and really that isn’t his ring identity. Dutchover is a boxer-puncher who tries to blend a physical and cerebral approach to his fights. “I don’t go for one-punch knockouts,” he stated. “I want to defeat my opponent mentally, physically and I just want to show my skill level is better than the fighter that I’m fighting.”
Dutchover, who returns tonight to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, says, “Once I connected to his chin, I knew it landed flush and, once I seen he was down, I knew it was over at that second.” And Dutchover, 10-0 (7), wasn’t necessarily looking for the KO, “I was just letting my hands go. We work on technique, form and and it landed flush and it just shows I’m growing into my man power.”
Despite the display of power, his own trainer Danny Zamora tells UCNLive.com, “He’s strong; he’s not a one-punch knockout artist. He’s one of the type of kids that has to put his punches together and wear a guy down.”
But at age 20, Dutchover is now getting his man-strength and is power is coming along. “Yeah, we see that. He’s growing into his age; he’s going to be 21 in October. So he’s not going to have that young teenager body and then just the type of workouts he does with (strength-and-conditioning coach) Jerry Arias. He’s finally developing; his body is developing,” Zamora said.
Alex Camponovo, the general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing Promotions, prides himself on matching his boxers tough. He expected this bout to be one which would go rounds but says, “Knockouts like that are always surprising but really satisfying. The guy that he was fighting was a tough challenge. He had never been knocked out like that – never been knocked out, period. It just looks like he’s developing and going in the right direction.
“He’s solid; he’s got top-notch sparring, helping (WBA junior featherweight titlist) Danny Roman and the guys at Legendz (Boxing). But yeah, I guess you expect it because if you don’t expect those things from them, then you don’t have a prospect and it looks like Michael’s well on his way to being a prospect and being something interesting in the division.”
As for Bergman Aguilar, 14-3-1 (4), who is paired with Dutchover in tonight’s main event, Camponovo says, “It’s going to be an interesting fight for the fans, just for the fact that (Dutchover)’s going to have to adjust to Bergman’s movement. He’s a rangy kind of a guy; he’s a left-handed guy. This was not the original intended opponent. The one that I had was a little more of an opponent that would have been good, in terms of giving us a little more action in the show but he had an injury that prevented him from being here.
“So Bergman is going to be an interesting guy, for the fact that we have to see how Michael adjusts during a fight. If his training was for a totally different style, he’ll have to switch it all around in the last few days.”
This match-up might be a bit of a dose of reality, coming off that spectacular smash-up. Most of Dutchover’s fights will not have that type of ending.
“What I’m looking for is the same thing that we saw in his last,” stated Zamora. “The first round was very important. He was loose; he was calm, not just going in there straight at a guy. And that’s what we’ve been working on – having fun in there. Not being so tense in there and just fight his fight.”
Dutchover makes it clear, “We trained for the eight-round fight in the last one. I was ready for eight rounds; I’m ready for eight rounds right now and if the knockouts come, they come. I don’t go looking for them though.”
The goal is always to win but there is something different about icing a guy like Dutchover did back in July.
“I felt like I had a ‘SportsCenter’ Top 10 play,” he said smiling, “because everybody kept re-posting. I never had so many views and it was, ‘Dang, look at this kid from Midland, one-punch KO,’ and it was like my first fight, kinda like that. It was exciting.”
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