Latin Welterweight Tourney:Semi:Results
Madison Square Garden is the site for the Semi Finals of the Latin Welterweight Tourney. In the opening bout Luis Rodriguez of Cuba faced off against Carlos Palomino, fighting out of Los Angeles, California. Rodriguez comes out strong & establishes the jab. Carlos tries to work inside, but is met with stiff resistance from Luis. Rodriguez works from the outside moving around in the early stages. In the fifth Palomino gambles and is more aggressive, left hooks to the body land. Rodriguez lands a jarring counter right. Palomino is staggered! Carlos survives the round, but is getting fustrated. Rodriguez moves around, keeping a good distance. Palomino is taking alot of punches. In the later rounds Carlos has to gamble to turn things around. He attacks, trying to get inside. another counter right hook lands flush Carlos wobbles back & Luis doesn't let him off the hook this time. Punch after punch lands & the referee is forced to intervene!
LUIS RODRIGUEZ . 13 TKO. CARLOS PALOMINO
In the Main event Puerto Rican wonder boy Wilfred Benitez has a huge following! Jose "Montequilla" Napoles is unfased by the partisan crowd for Benitez. Napoles coumes out strong & is missing badly against the defensive master. Benitez takes most of the earlly rounds. Napoles slightly fustrated, switches his attack to the body. especcially his powerful left hook, which is digging into Wilfred's ribs. Benitez is fighting briliantly, sticking & moving. A hard left hook in the seventh floors Benitez, for a flash knockdown! Napoles starts to switch his attack to the head in the later rounds. Benitez is fighting back, The power advantage for Napoles is starting to show. Benitez is staggered in the thirteenth! Benitez backs into the ropes & is able to make Napoles miss. Montaquilla is rolling now & can't be denied! Benitez is furiously trading punch for punch! But as he feels the sting of Napoles' punches, he has to back off! Jose closes strong as the final bell rings!
144-143 Benitez 144-142 Napoles 144- 141 Napoles
JOSE NAPOLES . 15 SPLIT/DEC. WILFRED BENITEZ