Friday Boxing Recaps: A Big Upset in El Paso; Roy Jones Soldiers On

FRIDAY BOXING RECAPS — Jose Felix Jr., a consensus 9/4 favorite, stumbled badly on Friday night in El Paso where he was taken to school by unheralded 33-year-old Jonathan Maicelo (pictured on the left), a native of Peru fighting out of North Bergen, New Jersey. Felix, who had a 35-1-1 record coming in, had designs on fighting the winner of the forthcoming lightweight title bout between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla. Now it’s back to the drawing board for the fighter from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Felix had no antidote for Maicelo’s left hook. It deposited him on the canvas five times. The Mexican showed spunk in lasting the distance, but the scorecards told the tale: 97-88, 96-90, and 95-90. Maicelo, who was raised in poverty in the impoverished Peruvian coastal town of Callao, is a good human interest story. He improved to 25-2.

In the co-feature, local fan favorite Jennifer Han (16-3-1) pitched a shutout over Canadian veteran Olivia Gerula, winning by scores of 100-89 on all three cards. Han was making the third defense of her IBF women’s world featherweight title.

The 33-year-old Korean-American Han, a UTEP graduate, is the most celebrated athlete in El Paso. Veteran El Paso Times sports journalist Bill Knight gushed over her performance vs. Gerula in words that stirred memories of Willie Pep. She is trained by former lightweight contender Louie Burke. In another bout of note, Esquiva Falcao, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Brazil, won a lopsided 8-round decision over Costa Rica’s Jaime Barboza.

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As part of the hype for his match against Roy Jones Jr. on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, Bobby Gunn was ornamented with a record of 72-0 in clandestine bare-knuckle bouts. His performance against Jones cast more doubt on that attestation. The 48-year-old Jones (65-9) won every round en route to an eighth round stoppage. The 43-year-old Gunn slumped to 21-7-1 in documented fights.

Jones stunned Gunn with a left hook in the waning seconds of round seven. The bout was stopped seven seconds into the next round with the approval of Gunn’s corner. After the fight, Jones was vague on the question of whether this was his farewell fight.

In the chief undercard bout, junior middleweight Kanat Islam made short work of Robson Assis, dismissing him in the opening round. Assis was 16-3 going in, but all 16 of his wins came in his native Brazil and his three prior losses were all by stoppage.

Although Islam (23-0, 19 KOs) was matched soft, he is yet an intriguing prospect. Born in China, the fighter now based in Pahokee, FL, pays homage to his ancestry with his nickname: “The Kazakh.” If he keeps on winning, he will join Triple-G and Double-Z (Zhanat Zhakiyanov) in the pantheon of outstanding fighters from Kazakhstan.

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In another Friday fight of note, junior welterweight Robert Manzanarez made an impressive U.S. debut with a fourth-round stoppage of Gamaliel Diaz at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. For further details, check out David A. Avila’s ringside report.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

RJJ is not quitting boksing any time soon in this lifetime unless the grim reaper holla at him in some sneaky way. Old dude for boksing got a pug itch that he won't scratch for a moon or two yet. Holla!


-oubobcat :

If memory serves me correct, before his fight with Eric Lucas in 1996 Roy Jones gave several interviews about wanting to get out of boxing early. He stated that he'd rather leave in the prime of his career then hang around just a little too long in the sport. I remember at that time thinking how sincere he sounded and that we'd probably only see him a few more years. Well obviously here we are in 2017 and he is still sadly an active pro... I did meet one of his old opponents today in Buffalo, Vinny Pazienza. Pazienza looked terrific and had a great time interacting with fans during an autograph signing. I can only hope Roy Jones gets out soon while he still has his facilities and can go on one doing such events with fans like Pazienza was enjoying doing today.


-Kid Blast :

If memory serves me correct, before his fight with Eric Lucas in 1996 Roy Jones gave several interviews about wanting to get out of boxing early. He stated that he'd rather leave in the prime of his career then hang around just a little too long in the sport. I remember at that time thinking how sincere he sounded and that we'd probably only see him a few more years. Well obviously here we are in 2017 and he is still sadly an active pro... I did meet one of his old opponents today in Buffalo, Vinny Pazienza. Pazienza looked terrific and had a great time interacting with fans during an autograph signing. I can only hope Roy Jones gets out soon while he still has his facilities and can go on one doing such events with fans like Pazienza was enjoying doing today.
Paz is a personal friend and is an awesome guy as accessible and humble as it gets. I have been plugging his movie lately and it's pretty darn good. It looks as if Roy will outlast Glen Johnson, Green, Toney, Hopkins, Enzo, and possibly even Tarver. If he stays in the right groove and fights guys like Mayfield, he can go on for another year or two. He actually looked pretty sharp against Gunn who, of course, offered nothing back. At this point, he will decided for himself---and maybe the tax man has some say in the matter. I too recall the Lucas fight and he did say those things. He helps G-Man but is afraid to visit him in person because he doesn't want to see the results of what happened against Benn. One other piece of trivia, Roy played in a semi-pro basketball game before beating Lucas---and Lucas was no slouch.


-oubobcat :

Paz is a personal friend and is an awesome guy as accessible and humble as it gets. I have been plugging his movie lately and it's pretty darn good. It looks as if Roy will outlast Glen Johnson, Green, Toney, Hopkins, Enzo, and possibly even Tarver. If he stays in the right groove and fights guys like Mayfield, he can go on for another year or two. He actually looked pretty sharp against Gunn who, of course, offered nothing back. At this point, he will decided for himself---and maybe the tax man has some say in the matter. I too recall the Lucas fight and he did say those things. He helps G-Man but is afraid to visit him in person because he doesn't want to see the results of what happened against Benn. One other piece of trivia, Roy played in a semi-pro basketball game before beating Lucas---and Lucas was no slouch.
Paz was awesome yesterday and after meeting him I was on cloud nine. The guy truly cares for his fans and took time to not only sign yesterday but have personal conversations. I talked with him some about his fight with Harry Arroyo back in '86. Personally, I believe Paz should be inducted in the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota. And he may have a window in 2018 to get in. Its a class that could be similar to the 2016 with not a lot if big names appearing on the ballot. Maybe with the movie publicity along with the lack of names can help him get to his rightful place enshrined in Canastota. I do remember Jones playing basketball the day of the fight and how HBO made more a story about that than the actual fight itself. And remember the undercard fight? Kevin Kelley-Derrick Gainer I which was a brutal back and forth war and one of the best fights of the 90's. It doesn't get the publicity it deserves but is an all-time classic.


-Kid Blast :

Paz was awesome yesterday and after meeting him I was on cloud nine. The guy truly cares for his fans and took time to not only sign yesterday but have personal conversations. I talked with him some about his fight with Harry Arroyo back in '86. Personally, I believe Paz should be inducted in the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota. And he may have a window in 2018 to get in. Its a class that could be similar to the 2016 with not a lot if big names appearing on the ballot. Maybe with the movie publicity along with the lack of names can help him get to his rightful place enshrined in Canastota. I do remember Jones playing basketball the day of the fight and how HBO made more a story about that than the actual fight itself. And remember the undercard fight? Kevin Kelley-Derrick Gainer I which was a brutal back and forth war and one of the best fights of the 90's. It doesn't get the publicity it deserves but is an all-time classic.
These kinds of memories fuels the passion I have for this sport. And exchanging them with a fellow fan who appreciates them is icing on the cake.


-oubobcat :

These kinds of memories fuels the passion I have for this sport. And exchanging them with a fellow fan who appreciates them is icing on the cake.
Same here, I love this sport and interacting with fellow passionate fans.


-Radam G :

If memory serves me correct, before his fight with Eric Lucas in 1996 Roy Jones gave several interviews about wanting to get out of boxing early. He stated that he'd rather leave in the prime of his career then hang around just a little too long in the sport. I remember at that time thinking how sincere he sounded and that we'd probably only see him a few more years. Well obviously here we are in 2017 and he is still sadly an active pro... I did meet one of his old opponents today in Buffalo, Vinny Pazienza. Pazienza looked terrific and had a great time interacting with fans during an autograph signing. I can only hope Roy Jones gets out soon while he still has his facilities and can go on one doing such events with fans like Pazienza was enjoying doing today.
RJJ is addicted too being in dat sqaured jungle. He has been jiving and conniving about hanging it up since his amateur days. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

By outgunning Gunn (an old 43) at will, Jones did what he now enjoys best; namely, taking part in a circus-like spectacle that allows him to do something that?s been part of his professional livelihood since 1989. That said, who am I to tell him he must stop. That?s his decision. And for a 48-year-old man, he seemed to be in great shape, while Gunn came in paunchy in the middle.


-dollar bond :

Jones will end up with dementia if he is not careful. And that's always been his biggest fear.