Argentina's Matthysse KOs Olusegun; Las Vegas Fighters All Win Too

BY David A. Avila ON September 08, 2012
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006AjoseandMatthysseIMG 1857LAS VEGAS-Lucas Matthysse finally cracked the iron head of Ajose Olusegun to win by knockout in the 10th round and capture the WBC interim junior welterweight title on Saturday.

After a constant sledgehammer attack by Argentina's Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs), the fast-moving Olusegun (30-1, 14 KOs) was obliterated in front of a couple thousand raucous fans at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. When the end came it was brutal.

Matthysse started slowly as the hard-chinned Olusegun used his speed and agility to win the first round convincingly. Fans of Matthysse knew that their fighter is a slow starter.

Round two saw Matthysse open up the big guns and scored some pinpoint right hands to Olusegun's chin. The Nigerian never blinked.

“I thought I had him a few times,” said Matthysse, whose prior win was a knockout over Mexico's Humberto Soto. “It was a tough fight.”

In the third Matthysse began attacking the body and that opened up the firing lanes for the Argentine. Olusegun kept moving around firing combinations but the effect of his punches didn't seem as potent as before.

It was all Matthysse from there on.

The bombs flowed freely for the next six rounds but despite some eye-wincing blows Olusegun kept fighting. Finally, in round 10, a right hand snapped the Nigerian's head violently and that was followed with a pair of big right hands and down went Olusegun with a thud. Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight at 2:59 for a technical knockout win for Matthysse.

“He was a hard puncher, the hardest puncher I ever fought, but I'm disappointed with myself,” said Olusegun. “A good champion comes back and fights again.”

Matthysse won the WBC interim title and was very pleased by the accomplishment.

“I finally got my belt,” said Matthysse. “Now I have my dream and it's going to be tough to take it away from me.”

Love

J'Leon Love (13-0, 7 KOs) faced the unorthodox style of Ramon Valenzuela (7-2) and let the Chicago middleweight self-destruct in the eighth round. After Valenzuela attempted to lift Love's leg in the seventh and again in the eighth, referee Jay Nady stopped the fight and disqualified Valenzuela.

“Man, he was awkward. I just took my time and had fun,” said Love who lives and trains in Las Vegas. “I just took what he gave me.”

Love connected often against Valenzuela but the square jawed ruffian was able to absorb the blows and continue fighting. Combinations flowed freely from Love who never lost his stride throughout the fight. In round seven, a three-punch combination punctuated by a left hook staggered Valenzuela. Love unleashed a blur of punches and Valenzuela held on. Then he tried to lift Love and the referee stopped the action and deducted a point from the Chicago fighter for the attempt.

With pound for pound champion Floyd Mayweather watching in the front row, protege Love returned to a calculated attack that forced Valenzuela to look for cover. When he couldn't find refuge he attempted another left. Nady immediately disqualified Valenzuela at 37 seconds of round eight.

“There was no pressure at all. I love it,” said Love about fighting with his mentor Mayweather watching. “It's what I do every day in the gym.”

Melinda

Melinda Cooper (22-2, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas used accurate combination punching to scrape out a majority decision against San Antonio's Celina Salazar (4-1-2) after six rounds of a junior featherweight bout.

Cooper used distance and pinpoint combinations in the first round, but Salazar never stopped moving forward and that was the theme of the fight.

Salazar closed the distance in the second round after sustaining some jabs from Cooper, but soon closed the distance with some busy work inside. A few times Salazar was able to catch the Las Vegas boxer with right hands as Cooper pulled away from exchanges. A counter left hook landed for Cooper near the end of the round.

Cooper started a little quicker in round three and fired off some good three-punch combinations. Salazar scored a solid right hand in the round and some inside fighting exchanges looked close.

Salazar had her best round in the fourth and seemed to land the right hand frequently. Cooper landed a clean left hook but Salazar landed several more right hands in the round to clearly give her the round. Cooper's braid dangled loose and it seemed to bother her.

A counter left hook from Cooper who kept the fight at a distance against Salazar opened the fifth. Several counter left hooks and a clean right uppercut scored for the Las Vegas fighter. A three-punch combination landed for Cooper who returned to form in the fifth by using distance.

Cooper entered the sixth round by continuing the form used in the prior round and kept Salazar at a distance. The Texas fighter kept pressing but was unable to close within striking range for long. At the end of six rounds one judge scored it 57-57, and the others 60-54 and 59-55 for Cooper. It was her first win after back-to-back losses in world title fights. Salazar suffered her first pro loss but looked good in moving to the contender class.

Other bouts

Ishe Smith (24-5, 11 KOs) hacked out a 10 round junior middleweight decision over Irving Garcia (17-8-3) with an assortment of combinations. A combination to the body and head dropped Irving in the first round but the Puerto Rican stiffened up his defense and lasted the distance. Two judges scored it 100-89 for Smith and another 99-90 for the Las Vegas-based Smith.

Daquan Arnett (7-0, 5 KOs) had some resistance from Mexico City's Jesus Tavera (3-3) but after three rounds of power shots the dam broke at 1:37 of round four. A blistering combination snapped back Tavera's head and referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight. Though the Mexican never was floored, he absorbed a lot of shots in all three rounds of the junior middleweight fight scheduled for six rounds.

Comment on this article

the Roast says:

Fight of the night for me. Seek and destroy Matthysse is a man on a mission. He is coming for the KO from the first bell. Ajose showed tremendous heart. I don't know how he took those bombs for all those rounds. He fought back with all he had. I'm sure he could have continued had Ref Mora given him a count after that knockdown but he was a beaten man. No reason to take any more punishment. Matthysse is a wreaking machine!!

Radam G says:

I'm not with you on this one, the Roast hiding in Italy and probably peeping at those meany nuns' @asses, along with all those damsels and dames that you gettin' peep on. Hehehe!

Double fudge these sissy referees. Let the pugilistic cats go out on their sheilds. Boxing is about taking more than the average bytch -- the referees, who don't have the minds of Steve Smogger and Arthur Mercantee Jr. Holla!

dino da vinci says:

Fight of the night for me. Seek and destroy Matthysse is a man on a mission. He is coming for the KO from the first bell. Ajose showed tremendous heart. I don't know how he took those bombs for all those rounds. He fought back with all he had. I'm sure he could have continued had Ref Mora given him a count after that knockdown but he was a beaten man. No reason to take any more punishment. Matthysse is a wreaking machine!!


Again, I'm with Radam on this one. Interesting thing Roast, was even with all the shots he gobbled up, he was still firing back with crisp shots. Ajose beats a lot of people, including Jr.

Had nice seats for this one. Even though it started to be a bit one-sided on the scorecards, it was Mayweather, Jr v Cotto close with plenty of action albeit with one fighter piling up rounds. One of the better fights I've seen in recent years.

the Roast says:

Maybe I didn't express myself properly Radam and Dino. This was not a one sided fight. Ajose was in it all the way. Matthysse was winning but not by that much. It was give and take, just the way I like it. This was a much better fight than Ward-Dawson and I am shocked and appalled that just the three of us saw it. Glad you had good seats Dino, did you see the Coal Miners Daughter? I watched the Showtime card live since it started first then I watched the HBO card on DVR. I had no intrest in Vitali's fight so I fast forwarded thru it. I was very happy when DeMarco won in 44 seconds cuz I really didn't care. Ward-Dawson was one sided but fun. Matthysse-Ajose was the best fight of the night. Back to my original point. I was not Happy to see that Russel Mora was the ref for the fight. I cringed at the sight of him. Why is he here after he blew that Marelow blow fight? I thought Mora was out of position alot and when he chose to wave the fight over after the knockdown without a count I was pissed. But then I thought,"Oh well, Ajose had taken alot of punches and maybe that is a good place to end it." If Mora would have given Ajose the eight count and let the fight continue, that would have been good too. Any way, I have rambled long enough. Matthysse will be a very tough fight for anyone at 140. Don't miss his next fight TSS.

Schteeeve says:

Matthysse can crack.

dino da vinci says:

Maybe I didn't express myself properly Radam and Dino. This was not a one sided fight. Ajose was in it all the way. Matthysse was winning but not by that much. It was give and take, just the way I like it. This was a much better fight than Ward-Dawson and I am shocked and appalled that just the three of us saw it. Glad you had good seats Dino, did you see the Coal Miners Daughter? I watched the Showtime card live since it started first then I watched the HBO card on DVR. I had no intrest in Vitali's fight so I fast forwarded thru it. I was very happy when DeMarco won in 44 seconds cuz I really didn't care. Ward-Dawson was one sided but fun. Matthysse-Ajose was the best fight of the night. Back to my original point. I was not happy to see that Russel Mora was the ref for the fight. I cringed at the sight of him. Why is he here after he blew that Mares low blow fight? I thought Mora was out of position alot and when he chose to wave the fight over after the knockdown without a count I was pissed. But then I thought, "Oh well, Ajose had taken alot of punches and maybe that is a good place to end it." If Mora would have given Ajose the eight count and let the fight continue, that would have been good too. Any way, I have rambled long enough. Matthysse will be a very tough fight for anyone at 140. Don't miss his next fight TSS.


The Roastest with the Mostest. Ms. Martin sat two rows in front of me for a little bit, then she relocated.

the Roast says:

The Roastest with the Mostest. Ms. Martin sat two rows in front of me for a little bit, then she relocated.


I'm still shocked and appalled that nobody saw this fight! During the Maidana fight this weekend the broadcasters were saying that Arentina is looking for a fight between Matthysse and Maidana. That would be explosive! Matthysse would prevail by KO at 140 or 147. Speaking of the Showtime announce team I thought Paulie did a really good job. I can live without the MMA guy Mauro whatever his name was. Good to see Brian Kenny back to boxing.

dino da vinci says:

I'm still shocked and appalled that nobody saw this fight! During the Maidana fight this weekend the broadcasters were saying that Arentina is looking for a fight between Matthysse and Maidana. That would be explosive! Matthysse would prevail by KO at 140 or 147. Speaking of the Showtime announce team I thought Paulie did a really good job. I can live without the MMA guy Mauro whatever his name was. Good to see Brian Kenny back to boxing.


Brian Kenny is a monster. Also love Paulie. Nice to hear he did a good job. We had Mancini, then the Pazmaniac, now Paulie. Evidently we're rationing our Italians in small doses, you know, just in case...

the Roast says:

Brian Kenny is a monster. Also love Paulie. Nice to hear he did a good job. We had Mancini, then the Pazmaniac, now Paulie. Evidently we're rationing our Italians in small doses, you know, just in case...


Dino, you can have those guys. You have forgotten the best Italian fighter ever and my drinking buddy here in Milan, the one and only Nino LaRocca!!

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