PETERSON SAVES THE BEST FOR LAST
With a likely big payday on the line, IBF #4 ranked Lamont Peterson left no doubt in anybody’s mind as to who wanted it more with an impressive 12th round knockout tonight at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino against IBF #3 ranked Victor Cayo. In a fight that was televised live on ESPN 2 from the heart of the Las Vegas strip, both fighters knew the winner would likely get a shot at 140 lb. champion Amir Khan and the much larger bank account that accompanies that fight.
In the first round Cayo was knocked to the canvas by Peterson, but referee Kenny Bayless correctly waived off the knockdown as the puch that did the damage was to the back of the head and obviously illegal. The next five rounds were competitive with both fighters landing shots and exchanging flurries. Cayo spent much of the night with his hands very low and his head forward which Peterson started to reach consistently. By the sixth round Peterson had figured out Cayo’s style and dominated the rest of the fight. After the eleventh round, Peterson’s corner sensing a victory encouraged him to finish strong and he looked determined to win by knockout. In the twelfth round, after two minutes of punishment and Cayo weakening, Peterson landed a hard body shot that hurt Cayo. A few more direct punches to the head and Cayo went down with a stunned look on his face as the referee counted him out. The official time was 2:46 of the 12th round.
Edison Miranda vs Yordanis Despaigne
A scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight fight between veteran Edison Miranda and Cuba’s Yordanis Despaigne preceded the main event. The opening round was dominated by Despaigne who ended the round with a barrage of punches that found their mark. The second round was exciting with both fighters landing scoring punches, but as the bell sounded to end the round Miranda landed a late low blow that caused referee Vic Drakulich to deduct a point. The third round saw Miranda’s punches start to find their mark, but again Miranda landed another low blow and referee Vic Drakulich deducted a second point. In the fourth round, Miranda started finding his target and the crowd started to sense a momentum change. Near the end of the round Despaige hit Miranda with a couple of direct head shots, but instead of ducking or even moving his head, Miranda stood toe to toe with his hands at his side as the tough Cuban fighter continued to pummel his face. Miranda’s bobble head antics got the crowd loudly behind him and also made a statement to Despaiges that even with his hands intentionally down, Despaiges punches could not hurt him. In the fifth round with both fighters landing punches and the crowd really into the fight, Miranda again landed a very low blow that forced referee Vic Drakulich to stop the contest. As the crowd booed the referee’s decision loudly, Miranda decided to jump onto the ropes in all four corners to the loud cheers of the crowd. After the fight, Despaiges said Miranda was “fighting dirty with headbutts, lowblows and elbows.”
The ever approachable Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin stopped by to say hello and also stated that a cigar lounge might be in the works for the casino in the near future. My fellow cigar friends and I would be estastic if it does get built.
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