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Farenas Defeats Davis

By Stephen Tobey

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Mark Davis’ nickname is “Too Sharp,” but on Wednesday, Michael Farenas was sharper.


Farenas, of the Philippines, stopped Davis, of Cleveland, in the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title eliminator at Foxwoods Resorts Casino’s Grand Theater.


The end came at 59 seconds of the eighth, after Farenas (37-4-4, 29 knockouts) landed a hard right hand, driving Davis into a corner. Referee Steve Smoger stepped in to stop the fight with Davis on wobbly legs and bleeding from the nose.


Davis (18-1, 5 knockouts) sustained a cut along his right eye in the first round, caused by a legal punch. In the second, Farenas worked on it, landing uppercuts and straight left hands.

In the fourth, Davis had two good spurts of activity. Early in the round, he fought his way off the ropes and landed a hard right hand, driving Farenas into the ropes. Later in the round, he landed a right uppercut that made Farenas take a step back. Between those two flurries, Faernas landed the harder punches and controlled the action.


Farenas landed three hard right hooks in the final 15 seconds of the fifth, staggering Davis with each one. The first almost forced Davis to take a knee. Earlier in the round, Davis gave as good as he got, landing some hard 1-2 combinations.


After Smoger and the ringside physician visited Davis’ corner between the sixth and seventh rounds, Davis stayed on his bicycle for most of the seventh. Farenas landed a right hook to the side of the head early in the round, but Davis stayed far enough away to avoid too much punishment during the seventh.

At the time of the stoppage, Farenas led, 70-63 on Don Ackerman and Glen Feldman’s cards and 69-64 on Clark Sammartino’s.


Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib of Sydney, Australia won a 10-round unanimous decision over Alberto Garza of Mexico City in a 130-pound bout. Ken Ezzo scored it 98-91, while Glen Feldman and Clark Sammartino scored it 96-93. Dib is now 37-3-0-1 with 21 KO s; Garza is 26-8-1 (21).


Dib controlled the first four rounds, landing the harder shots when he had his hands free. He finished the second with a straight right that landed flush on Garza’s jaw. In the third, he landed a left hook that drove Garza into the ropes. Dib’s jab also landed with more force.


The fifth was a good round for Garza, who landed a solid left hook early in the round that dislodged Dib’s mouthpiece. In the sixth, Garza knocked Dib’s mouthpiece out again with a left hook, after which referee Shada Murtaugh cautioned Dib. Later in the sixth, Murtaugh deducted a point from Garza for a low blow.

Dib regained his momentum in the final four rounds, landing a stiff ja and some hard right hands to the body.


Lightweight Ryan Martin of Chattanooga, Tennessee won a four-round unanimous decision over Matthew Baca of Albuquerque, New Mexico. All three judges scored to 40-36. Martin improved to 6-0 (3); Baca dropped to 4-2-1 (2).


Shelly Vincent of Providence, Rhode Island won a six-round majority decision over Nydia Feliciano of Bronx, New York at super bantamweight. The scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 57-57. Vincent is 12-0 (1); Feliciano is 7-6-3.


Super welterweight Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Connecticut won a six-round unanimous decision over Stephon Owusu of Bronx, New York. The scores were 60-53, 59-53 and 57-56. Williams (7-0-1, 3 KO s) dropped Owusu in the second round with a right hand. Owusu dropped to 8-7 (4).


Junior Younan of Brooklyn, New York won a four-round unanimous decision against Azamat Umarzoda of Las Vegas at super middleweight. All three judges scored it 40-46 for Younan, who improved to 5-0 (4). Umarzoda dropped to 0-4-1.


Luis Cruz of Bronx, New York outpointed Ryan Picou of Las Vegas in a six-round junior welterweight bout. The scores were 59-55 (twice) and 58-56. Cruz is 8-0 (4); Picou is 1-3.


Nicholas DeLomba of Providence, Rhode Island won a six-round majority decision against Edwin Soto of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico at welterweight. The scores were 58-56, 59-56 and 57-57. DeLomba’s record, 4-0; Soto is 9-2-2 (4).


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