Brazilâ€™s Mesquita Throws His Card Into Welterweight Pot
ONTARIO â€“ Brazilian welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita overpowered Santos Pakau for the knockout victory. Then got roughed up by the referee.
Mesquita extended his unbeaten streak to 33 fights before a frustrated audience at the Hilton Hotel in Ontario. The fight was televised by ESPN but was held up for an hour because of a lack of a ringside physician.
Pakau began the fight using a jab and some quick combinations. Mesquita seemed stuck in mud while firing some clumsy right hands.
After a slow first round, Mesquita (33-0, 27 KOs) dropped Pakau with a one-two combination in the second round then proceeded to pressure the Spokane-based fighter for the next four stanzas. The overhand right did most of the damage for the Brazilian welterweight. Though Pakau had equal quickness, he just couldnâ€™t match Mesquitaâ€™s power.
A double-overhand right hand dropped Pakau (27-3, 10 KOs) for the count in the eighth but he survived the round. Finally, a three punch combination by Mesquita had his opponent helpless and referee Jack Reiss jumped in between to stop the fight and inadvertently kneed the Brazilianâ€™s thigh and down he went writhing in pain.
No matter, the fight was over for Pakau. Mesquita was declared the victor at 1:08 in the sixth round while twisting and turning on the floor from the injury. He was carried out of the ring by a friend and later was able to walk with a limp.
Luis Tapia, who manages Mesquita, said his protĂ©gĂ© is ready for a world title shot.
â€śWe want Antonio Margarito,â€ť said Tapia, who trains Mesquita in Las Vegas. â€śTony will fight him in a phone booth.â€ť
Mesquita, 33, canâ€™t wait for a big fight. But lucky for him, the welterweight division is loaded with talent. He should be able to pick up another marquee fight, perhaps on television.
In other bouts
Arkansasâ€™s Sarah Goodson (20-15-1) captured an eight round unanimous decision against Sandra Ortiz (7-4-1) Kansas City in a strawweight contest. It was a rematch between the pair. Ortiz won the previous fight held in Kansas City.
Goodson couldnâ€™t miss with the right hand. From round one through eight the Filipina fighter landed rights like clockwork on Ortiz.
The judges scored it 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 for Goodson.
Arizonaâ€™s Malcolm Tann (19-2, 11 KOs) scored a technical knock out over Riversideâ€™s Derek Barry (12-6-2) at 1:02 in the third round of a heavyweight fight. Tann had problems with Barryâ€™s slick defense, but simply overwhelmed him with punches. A right uppercut in the second round began the demise for Barry.
David Johnson (5-18-4) of Los Angeles scored a six round split-decision over Willie Chapman (20-26-3) in a heavyweight bout. Johnson has improved since suffering blowouts against Chris â€śThe Nightmareâ€ť Arreola in one and two rounds several years ago.