July 10, 2011 by staff
Paul Williams, Paul Williams insisted that this was not a comeback fight for him after his stunning second round knockout of Sergio Martinez last November. Turns out he was just half. Williams, with the bloodied face of a relentless barrage of hands above the head of the Cuban hard-left rival Erislandy Lara seemed to fail in his attempt to return to the height according to the man who was once known as the “man Boxing avoided. ”
In a surprising result that drew boos from the crowd of 2176 in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall, Williams won a majority decision against Lara in his light middleweight (154 pounds) bout.
“It was a tough guy,” said Williams, Lara. “He came to fight and he motivated me. He caught me with some shooting, but I kept throwing combinations to the body and a lot of people did not see the blows and was added.
“You saw the knot on his head. The conclusion is that I have exceeded a. eager for bigger and better things. In fighting a man in his level, you will not go up.”
Lara was a little different.
“It was a good fight, I do not know what the judges saw,” said Lara. “The fight Martinez was a plan for this fight, which comes with the left over the head. That is what is practiced in the gym. I want a rematch.”
One judge scored it 114-114, while the other two judges scored 115-114 and 116-114 that for Williams. U.S. TODAY scored 116-112 for Lara.
Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) connected on 200 of 1,047 hits, according to CompuBox, while Lara, who lost for the first time as a professional, connected to 224 of 530 (42%). Lara also connects to almost 50% of his power shots (178 of 363).
As for a rematch with Lara, now 15-1 with 10 KOs, Williams’ promoter, Dan Goossen, said: “There is always a good reason for a rematch after a good fighter. It’s something we should consider.”
In a battle of southpaws, Lara looked good from the start, winning the first round by capturing several times with hard left Williams as Williams apparently gave his four inch height advantage of squatting and the fight against 6.1 per under its framework. Williams also left open up to the speed of Lara
In the second round, Williams Lara caught with a left hook that staggered the former champion.
In the fifth round, Williams seemed to be cut over his right eye, and Lara developed a lump in my left temple, both from an accidental head butt.
Williams had not fought since the devastating second round knockout at the hands of Martinez on Nov. 20, a stroke that left him in a heap on the canvas, apparently unconscious, but with open eyes.
Lara, 28, defected from Cuba in the Pan American Games in Venezuela in 2007, before the Olympic Games in Beijing, where he was expected to win the gold medal for Cuba.
Billboard: In the televised undercard bout, Rico Ramos, who was badly beat through the first six rounds of the Japanese apparently faster Akifumi Shimoda champion, surprisingly fell Shimoda with a vicious left hook at 2:46 of the seventh round to take the WBA super bantamweight title and remain undefeated.
I’ve been waiting for this moment for 16 years, “Ramos said 24-year-old.
Shimoda was the busier fighter, connecting on 105 of 424 punches (25%), while Ramos hit 80 of 273 (29%).
Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who had a cut over his right eye with a head of two previous rounds, was behind on all three scorecards, lost the first six rounds of one and five of six in the other two.
“During the first five rounds I was frustrated and I knew I could not let that happen,” said Ramos. “I was behind the cards, but after the fifth round I have my energy back.
“I was not looking for a knockout, I just knew I had to keep going and I had to take the fight.
Shimoda was unsuccessful in his attempt to become the first Japanese boxer to be to defend his title in the United States.
In the first of two title fights on the undercard, Jhonny Gonzalez, Mexico City compatriot Tomas Villa stopped at 49 seconds of the fourth round to retain his WBC featherweight.
Gonzalez used a powerful shot from the left to the ribs Villa, followed by a right to the head of Villa retreated to his corner and referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight.
Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) was very accurate with his punches throughout the fight, connecting on 49 of 93 shots in the first round en route to the easy win against Villa (04/08/23, 14 KOs). Gonzalez called Villa down after a combination in the fourth round before finishing his run.
In a heavyweight fight non-title match, a slimmed Chris Arreola had his hands full with veteran Friday “The 13″ Ahunanga, but gave the 39-year-old from Nigeria their third straight loss. Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) of Riverside, California, who weighed 236 pounds, used punishing body blows throughout the fight 10 rounds to subdue Ahunaga (03/08/24, 13 KOs) who has only been stopped once in his career, seven years ago.
Arreola, staying busy in his attempt to return to prominence in the heavyweight division, fought for the third time since May 14 and the fourth time in 2011. His only two losses are two heavyweights at the top, Vitali Klitschko and Thomas Adamek, who will meet on September 10.
Despite the mixed results, which saw Arreola win all 10 rounds on two judges cards and nine of 10 on the other, Arreola was disappointed in his performance.
“I could not pull the trigger,” he said. “There is no way this fight should have lasted so long. No offense to (Ahunanga) has a solid chin, but I’m very disappointed in myself. It seemed almost as bad as David Haye (who lost his heavyweight title heavy last week to Wladimir Klitschko). ”
Arreola said he would like a shot at Wladimir Klitschko, the unified champion, who has expressed interest in coming to the U.S. Arreola to fight.
“I would like a chance to Klitschko,” he said, “but after the show tonight. It was one of the fight (the worst) I’ve had.”
Arreola said he plans to stay busy. “I would like to fight again in another six or seven weeks,” he said. “But I’m very disappointed in myself tonight.
“I want to be a champion. I want to give the best chance to be champion.”
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