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Peterson Halts Cayo in Final Round of IBF 140 Pound Eliminator

By German Villasenor

The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada- Former WBO super lightweight world title challenger Lamont Peterson, 29-1-1 (15), struck gold in the 12th and final round against game Victor Cayo, 26-2 (18), scoring a stoppage win in an IBF super lightweight eliminator on Friday night’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” main event.
Cayo boxed early as expected, looking like the first round was already in the bag. Cayo would be sent to the canvas late in the round as Peterson landed a shot behind the head. Cayo got caught with another big shot as the fighter had not fully recovered.
Peterson slowly closed the gap, going to the body against the slickster, with neither man having a clear edge by the end of the second round.
Hands low, Cayo came out swinging in the third while Peterson blocked many of the shots. Both fighters closed the round strong fighting it out against the ropes.
The tighter-punching Peterson landed a very good shot to the gut in the fourth, Cayo would keep getting caught with hooks to the head, with referee Kenny Bayless warning Peterson for a low blow within the last seconds of the round.

Peterson’s tempo picked up as he loosened up in the fifth, landing from the outside, as the wily Cayo did some good work on the inside, landing with uppercuts and short head shots in the last minute of the frame.
Peterson became the boxer in the sixth, popping his opponent with light shots from the outside, as Cayo looked a bit uncomfortable coming forward and looking for the fight. Cayo managed to close the gap at the end of the round.
For lunging in headfirst, Cayo was warned in the following round before Peterson landed the harder shots against Cayo’s flashier ones. A big cross right during an exchange stunned Cayo at the end of the round.
Going to the body, Peterson gunned it once more in the eighth, a close round, as Cayo kept landing the lighter, yet flashier shots against the bombs-away blows from his foe.
Both fighters used the jabs well in the next round, with heavy trades taking place mid-frame as the fight looked to get closer in the scorecards.
Peterson was urged to pick it up between stanzas before the fight went into the championship rounds.
Peterson did just that, going to the body as both men traded hard in spots, with a flurry of body shots landing on Cayo, who was visibly winded at the bell.
Smelling the win, Peterson landed several hard right hands upstairs, which wobbled Cayo in the final round. Gathering just enough of his senses, the latter came back well enough to land his fair share before Peterson downed Cayo once more. Bayless would reach the ten-count at 2:46 of the final round as Cayo remained on one knee.
Despaigne Defeats Miranda via DQ
Former world title challenger Edison Miranda, 34-6 (29), now campaigning as a light heavyweight, fell to dubious disqualification after three low blows were called against him while facing Cuba’s Yordanis Despaigne, 9-1 (4), with the bout ending in the fifth of a scheduled ten.
Despaigne began carefully pumping his jab, slowly building into slick combinations. The shots would ultimately get the hard-punching Colombian in deep trouble in the closing seconds of the stanza.
Getting beat to the punch by the Cuban, the crystal-chinned Miranda traded mid-frame in the second, getting stunned repeatedly by the very light-punching Despaigne.
At the bell, Miranda barely tapped Despaigne with a borderline low blow, from which the Cuban dropped to the canvas, causing referee Vic Drakulich to dock a point from Miranda.
Despaigne was on the receiving end of a legit low blow in the third, as Drakulich took off another point.
Despaigne teed off in the fourth, with Miranda taking several clean shots to the face toward the end of the round. Miranda came back to land some hard shots of his own in the closing seconds of the round.
The Cuban began to flash his hand speed at the onset of the fifth, when Miranda landed a low blow on an inside exchange while Despaigne held the Colombian’s head down.
Drakulich immediately stepped in and halted the bout 45 seconds in.
Jack Rips into Hall in One
In another light heavyweight bout, Badou Jack “The Ripper,” 7-0 (6), looked like a million bucks in stopping Timothy Hall, 6-12 (4), in one.
Jack showed very good hand speed, completely outhustling and dropping Hall with a body shot late in the round. A flurry of follow-up shots dribbled off Hall’s humanity in the corner moments later. With the fighter falling to the canvas, referee Kenny Bayless called for the stoppage at 1:31 of the round.



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