Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by IntentionalButt, May 2, 2021.
No, I didn't score it because on the video of it I watched, the rounds didn't show up on screen and I missed a transition in the midway mark and thought I'd leave it. It's not like Zaragoza won many anyway.
Fenech and Zaragoza fights.
Zaragoza was such a fun fighter to watch. He gets overlooked nowadays but he's been in some great fights. His first 2 fights with Paul Banke is still one of the most exciting and brutal fights I've ever seen. Just an all out slugfest. IMO Zaragoza-Banke 2 would have been the FOTY of 1990 had it not been for the more well known Chavez-Taylor 1.
Daniel Zaragoza Reyna vs. Miguel Lora Escudero, 12 rounds @ bantamweight
Oh boy, this is gonna be fun!
I'm currently watching Zaragoza-Lee, about six rounds in.
Zaragoza is putting out the right jab and looking to establish mid-ring dominance with a pendulum left uppercut into the breadbasket should the Colombian elect to stand firm in front of him, as Lora instead dances literal circles around him. Lora is sidestepping the jab with an easy-does-it shift to his left and planting the rear foot with just enough buoyancy to swivel himself away from the arc of the body punches while feeding his counter right jab into the unmissable Alexandrian lighthouse that is Zaragoza's nose.
Had to switch to an even choppier quality series of vids as the other didn't have complete rounds. This one also has the ring intros, whereas the other picked up a few seconds into R1.
Damn, was Lora's amateurs record seriously 26-1, 18 kayos/RSCs?? In the headgear era that is an insane rate of stoppage, and would be for even a huge puncher. Hell, in the pros at this point he was 23-0 (13).
Lora introducing some head feints now, throwing high-five rights with his left carried suspiciously low, baiting the Mexican so he can exploit any counters with his own, more accurate countering fare. Zaragoza is nobody's fool, however, and is remaining at distance, giving Lora nothing easy, attacking with a high 1-2 and retracting each fist responsibly to its hangar bay after discharge. Lora just hanging back waiting for opportunities and so Zaragoza is able to put himself in a surplus just on cautiously restrained but still busy enough workrate, using the long right jab to brush above Lora's ear.
Lora creating his own shot a bit more willingly now, seeming to have tasted what Zaragoza dished out and deciding he wasn't too worried. Elastic-waisted daredevilry at ring center by Lora, performing yo-yo tricks with his gloves traveling in parabolic waves up and round-the-bend to crash into Zaragoza's temple, or down the other way into his ribs. Zaragoza tries earnestly with a hacksaw left and the southpaw jab to get something to stick on a target his instincts are telling him is directly under his nose but whose mercurial shimmies and twists his vision can not quite manage to keep track of. Lora turning himself into a one man cup game from the streets.
Daniel Zaragoza vs Seung Hoon Lee
Getting the second one of the day done, and I remember it being a good fight, but bad decison. Guess, we'll see. Lee was past his best, but he should've been the IBF champion and there to unify. He only wasn't because South Korea stopped entertaining the governing body. Lee was an awesome, little battler, and quite unheralded. He went the distance in a close fight with Callejas and had a war with Pintor, as well as making a good few defences of his title before he was stripped. Zaragoza on the other hand is making his first defence of his second title, and he's doing it in the opponent's backyard.
In the first couple rounds, Zaragoza seems to be in control, lining up his more powerful shots with a pawing jab and then stepping into wing his hooks. It worked, Lee didn't reply with much for the first two rounds. The war began but Zaragoza's lead hand and ring-generalship won them IMO.
The middle rounds were a brawl at times, and an undressing at others. Zaragoza controlled most of the rounds, and the patches where he didn't, he tended to gut out and shut down. Lee actually looked a little lost at times IMO, as he just couldn't seem to figure out what Zaragoza was gonna do next.
Zaragoza got a bit sloppier in the final third, and those rounds were the ones he gutted out and just waged war. The twelfth specifically was essentially an ego contest with both dropping their hands, goading one another and just letting their hands go. I didn't feel like he won these rounds, but I do think he showed what he's best known for.
Zaragoza - Lee
10 : 9
10 : 9
10 : 9
10 : 9 (40/36)
10 : 9
10 : 9
10 : 9
10 : 9 (80/72)
10 : 9
9 : 10
9 : 10
9 : 10 (117/111)
Gun to my head, robbery. Some close rounds in there - namely the second and the seventh - but I just can't find six rounds for Lee. Up until Zaragoza tired in the last few rounds, I thought this was his best performance. Obviously the difference in calibre of the opponent is astronomical between this and his previous fights, but Zaragoza looked way more skilled here and used his experience better.
Zaragoza coming a bit outside himself now, leaving his comfort zone of jabs up top and lefts on the body and trying a right hook off the jab, upsetting his own balance and leaving a clearer section of wall for Lora to spray his counter-punching graffiti, a veritable mural of blows - a right uppercut followed by a chopping right, then a left upper-hook, all while dancing to and fro, into and then away from the ropes, Zaragoza hooked by the nose and led down the garden path - SMACK into the most beautiful uppercut you'll ever see, just before the bell.
This freaking ref. Zaragoza had gone down hard to conclude the fourth, was essentially saved by the bell, and not half a minute into the very next round Lora, carving him up with jabs and overhand rights while quick-leaning and slip-sliding past the Zaragoza jab, times and drops him again with a sweeping uppercut as he's backing up. Then another half a minute, and Lora, ducking and dashing inside slashing at the champ's throat with short rights and stuffing lefts in his gob for good measure, plants a hefty left hook on the liver that folds Zaragoza up and puts him on all fours momentarily, until he rolls onto his back and then quickly beats a perfunctory count. This official doesn't seem like he is even thinking of stopping it, despite Zaragoza having been put down convincingly thrice in basically a minute of action. If fought today, it might be over now, TKO5 in favor of Lora. Instead they battle on, Zaragoza ragged but asserting himself with right jabs hopping in place and left uppercuts with his full weight behind them holding Lora off - at least from the aggression he was showing earlier. Lora content to dance halfway into range and score with a couple of pot shots here and there.
Zaragoza is shuffling in, reining up, and showing the right jab. Zaragoza able to keep Lora on the backfoot and reacting to jabs and feints without giving him any free shots by wildly rushing in. Zaragoza keeping the left hand sheathed for the most part, hurling a few underhanded into the body when Lora is touchable, and following up with a single right hook on the other flank, not getting too greedy, hopping in place and waiting for Lora to reset. Very patient and disciplined pressure from Zaragoza here, and he is having a very nice bounceback round considering the utter disaster of the previous two. Lora seems to almost be taking a vacation here, shoring up energy knowing he just banked a five point swing in his own favor.
Zaragoza is jabbing into the guard of Lora, then sneaking a left around into the cheek. A few graze, and then he catches him flush on the kisser. Lora meanwhile is tossing upward scything combos with both hands to keep Zaragoza honest when he ventures too close. Zaragoza using his reach now to peck at Lora with jabs and lefts, taunting him from a few paces off. Lora throws a lasso right, caught between the gloves of Zaragoza, leaving the short left hook that was Lora's true aim clear down the runway into the chin. Zaragoza controlling the ring and busier, Lora cleverer and more offensively versatile.
10-9 Zaragoza, very close
Zaragoza is keeping his elbows tucked in tight against his body to defend against the submarine torpedoing of Lora, knifing the right jab out into his moustache and keeping the left cocked to deploy in a sharp, long downward thrust on a diagonal when Lora tries cutting away in a rolling duck to his left. Zaragoza is shooting his right jab into the left of Lora, knocking it up and deflecting it aside, opening a lane for the straight left into the sternum. Lora ties up briefly and paws jabs as he mulls over Zaragoza's adjustments, figuring out what his own next move will be..
76-73 Lora, that big lead having a rather healthy chunk bitten out now!