By John Gregg
Welterweight Kermit Cintron needs an image consultant. Despite looking like a cross between "Ming The Merciless" and a graduate of the University of Mars, Cintron can bang just ask Omar Davila.
With a shaved skull and the Puerto Rican national flag painted into his head, Cintron separated Davila from his senses three times before referee Laurence Cole stopped the brief contest at 2:13 of the second round. Cintron dropped Davila once in the 1st, and twice more in the 2nd, before Cole called a halt to the scheduled ten rounder.
Cintron (13-0, 12 KO's) started the contest quickly by landing jackhammer left jabs off of Davila's (12-3, 6 KO's) face early in the first round. At the 2:07 mark of the 1st, Cintron (146) connected with a thudding three-shot combination that forced Davila (146 3/4) to give ground. Davila, San Antonio, TX. Attempted to cut the distance but he caught another stiff jab and two more clubbing right hands over the top. Davila did manage to connect with a solid left hook but Cintron kept firing leather. Cintron, Reading, PA. continued to unload heavy shots and Davila's eyes appeared dazed from the constant pounding. With 47-seconds remaining in the round and fighting off the ropes, Davila, 5'10", walked into a sharp three-punch combination and his knees buckled. At the 19-second mark of the 1st, Cintron, 22, tagged Davila with a left hook that landed high on the temple. Davila did a quick two-step backwards and collapsed to his hands and his knees, courtesy of a delayed reaction knockdown. Davila was up at the count of seven and his left eye appeared swollen. Cintron, 5'11", continued firing heat-seeking missiles as Davila was forced to give ground. The Texan managed to survive the round but his face was all ready looking like ground chuck.
Cintron opened the second round by drilling Davila with straight right crosses down the middle. With 2:08 to go in the 1st, Cintron tagged Davila with a wicked three-shot combination to the head and ribs. Midway through the 2nd, Cintron ripped Davila with a crushing right hand to the head that drove him halfway through the ropes. Davila rebounded onto the canvas and into the corner on his hands and knees. Davila rose at the count of seven with a face that was beginning to resemble ground chuck.
Moments later, Davila staggered badly after missing with a sweeping left hook and he careened across the ring. Cintron made Davila pay for his lack of balance with a searing right uppercut to the chin. Looking like a rag doll, it was all that Davila could do to just to hang on as Cintron pounded out shots. With 53-seconds remaining in the 2nd, Cintron nailed his opponent with a rapier-like right hand and then two more blows that drove Davila back into the ropes.
Davila sank down on his hunches and Cole mercifully waved off the contest. The veteran referee helped the defeated fighter back to his stool where Davila was comforted by his seconds.
Cintron extended his winning streak and continued to be impressive by scoring a convincing second round knockout. Now, if they could just do something about his choice of haircuts, he wouldn't look like the last clown out of the car in the circus.
--Guzman handles Guerrero--
Armando Guerrero proved too tough for his own good. He took a pounding from Joan Guzman over the 10-round distance in a super bantamweight encounter, and his only distinction was that he remained upright.
Guzman dominated Guerrero from the opening bell and seemingly won every exchange against his game but outclassed opponent.
Judge Rick Crocker scored it, 100-89, while Roy Ovalle tallied, 98-92, and jerry Wright had it, 100-90, all in favor of Guzman.
At times it didn't even seem that close. Guzman had far more experience, strength, and hand speed for Guerrero, who was reduced to following the bigger puncher around the ring and taking punishment.
Guzman (17-0, 13 KO's) started quickly in the first round and drilled Guerrero (17-3-4, 10 KO's) with a series of digging body shots. Guzman (123) set the tone for the night when just before the bell to end the round, he ripped Guerrero (122) with a rapid combination to the head. All Guerrero, Austin, Texas could do was turn on his heel and return to his corner.
Guzman, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic controlled the action in the early rounds with a snapping jab, punishing body shots, and hard uppercuts in close quarters.
With 16-seconds remaining in the fourth round, Guzman rocked Guerrero with a clean left hook to the head followed by a sharp right cross down the middle.
Guerrero returned to boxing and moving in the middle rounds but nevertheless, control the tempo of the contest. In the 7th, a series of withering body blows sapped the strength from Guerrero's legs and punches.
Comfortably ahead in the ninth round, Guzman began unloading heavy leather late in the fight. With 1:21 remaining in the 9th, Guzman caught Guerrero lingering on the ropes and caught him with a hard five-shot volley. Seconds later, Guzman nailed Guerrero with a brutal right hand to the head. To his credit, Guerrero withstood the blow but at the 48-second mark of the 9th, Guzman clocked Guerrero with a wicked left hook to the jaw. The blast caught Guerrero flush on the chin and rocked him but he remained upright. However, at the end of the round he slowly returned to his corner walking on the backs of his heels.
Guzman once again landed the heavy artillery in the tenth and final round but Guerrero remained on his feet. Guzman easily won going away and appears to be headed for larger venues.
No one can question Guerrero's heart or his chin but too many defeats like this one tend to shave IQ's and have a lasting effect on the boxer. And that's where Mr. Guerrero's valor would prove far too costly.