By Dave Spencer
Lightweight contender Tony “Lightning” Luis (24-3, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Irish” Cam O’Connell (15-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant NABA lightweight championship on Saturday at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Canada. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 98-82.
Luis is expected to be ranked in the WBA top-15 with the victory and had a message for lightweight champion Jorge Linares after the dominating performance. “He has a voluntary defense coming up and I volunteer myself.”
Luis was fighting for the second consecutive time in front of his hometown fans after having to travel for the first nine years of his professional career. In O’Connell, he renewed acquaintances with somebody he shared the ring with ten years as an amateur where he posted a victory at the Canadian Nationals in 2007. “It was long ago but not long enough that it wouldn’t matter,” Luis told Fightnews after the fight. I think the biggest changes since then is that we filled out and physically matured but our basic styles and natural gifts didn’t change. The advantages I had over then I had over him tonight. He was looking for revenge and I was looking to repeat and I was out to prove that some things don’t change.”
Luis was able to dominate with his jab and speed and by the 4th round had his Alberta opponent busted up, bleeding from the right eye, mouth and nose. O’Connell took a while before slowly lowering himself to his stool in the fourth and had the look of a boxer who didn’t have things going his way.
“He couldn’t get past that jab; that was allowing me to open up with my other shots. I didn’t get to work as much as I would have to wanted to on the inside, he was a little awkward. But from the outside I kept him at the end of my jab to set up other shots and I saw the outside game was working really well.”
After a war of body shots in the opening frame, Luis controlled he action from the outside with his jab and had constant leather in the face of Red Deer Alberta opponent. O’Connell managed some left hooks to the body in the 7th while Luis was seemingly looking to load up with a big shot, but by the point, the steam had well evaporated from the visitor’s blows.
Luis was defiant in the eighth, peppering his guest with left hooks and putting his arms down to his sides daring O’Connell to try and answer back.
By the ninth, Luis had O’Connell hurt and his corner yelled encouragement to finish things then and there but O’Connell showed a lot of heart making it out of the round and eventually to the scorecards.
“It was just sticking to the basics and controlling the center of the ring and using my hand speed,” said Luis of his performance. “The jab was working really well and I really thought I had him in the ninth round, but I’ll give him credit, he toughed it out, he held on, At the end I think he was fighting to survive instead of fighting to win which presents less openings, but I left no doubt and won every round and ready to move onto the next step.”
Cronin wins split decision
In the evening’s co-feature ‘Irish’ Tim Cronin (10-1-1) escaped with a split decision win over Louisbert Altidor (5-2) in hotly contested light-heavyweight bout. The scores of 77-75, 74-78, 77-75 were roundly booed by fans who preferred Altidor’s more straight-forward aggressive attack. Fighnews had the match a draw, 77-77 giving four rounds a piece in the inter-provincial Canadian battle. Altidor looked to have tired down the stretch as Cronin was able to work effectively from the outside in the 7th after some frustrating rounds previous to that in what was often a clench filled contest. Altidor was able to work the body in many of those clenches and was at his best when in close to his opponent. While opinions varied on the eventual winner and the scorecards, those at ringside were unanimous with the opinion that this one screamed for a rematch, hopefully sooner than later.
Madera ends things quickly
Super-lightweight Will Madera moved to a perfect 10-0 with his 5th stoppage win at 1:09 of the second round versus an outmatched Rolando Mendivil (10-5) of Mexico. The Albany New York fighter delivered a nice counter left hook to the chin of Mendivil to floor his opponent early in the second and quickly pounced on the opening to bring him down again moments later where the fight was halted by referee Donovan Boucher.
Robidoux forced to the scorecards
Ronnie Robidoux (4-0 2KO) dominated the action but was forced to the scorecards as the local Akwesasne middleweight scored a 40-36 (x3) victory over Argentine fighter Ivan Banach (4-2). A loud Cornwall Civic Complex crowd tried to will their man to the KO victory but Banach proved to be a hard nut crack over the four rounds. Robidoux cracked hard to the body in the early going and utilized the jab nicely in the second while a fading Banach was saved by the bell to end the third. Robidoux who was fast and furious with the left hook connecting constantly admitted he may have been guilty of punching himself out as the fight came to an end.
Brandon impresses with KO win
Junior middleweight Michael Brandon (6-0) made quick work of opponent Rene Fernandez (6-11) as the Mississauga scored his 3rd career knockout at 1:48 of round two. After a non-eventful first where the Ontario fighter started to land in the final seconds, Brandon wasted no time in the second landing a solid right hand and when he threw the punch again, Fernandez went down like he fell off a ladder securing victory for Brandon.
Andujo solid in KO win
California Bantamweight Daniel Andujo (5-2 2KO) dominated Mexican opponent Ramon Parra (2-2-1) following up a knockdown with a perfectly placed left hook that quickly dropped the fighter for a ten count at 2:05 of the 3rd round. Andujo’s corner asked for more pressure coming into the third and the fighter had little problem in delivering on the request. A right-left body combination followed by an uppercut weakened Parra along the ropes and when Andujo delivered a similar volley seconds later, he quickly had his opponent on the canvas. Seizing the opportunity, Andujo quickly delivered the finishing left hook moments later leaving no doubt.