Daniel "El Ratón, aka Guerrero del Camino, aka Zurdo de Tacubaya" Zaragoza Reyna

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  1. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    Round 9

    Zaragoza is sticking with the pair of attacks that brought him into the proverbial dance and have been his bread and butter through eight (in his moments of success) - the right jab and left uppercut. The problem is there is a bit of diminished pep now, just enough loosening of his guard between punches and slowing down of hand speed for Lora, who already had an edge in that department, to now find the mark with incisive combos thrown into the gap separating Zaragoza's arms. Lora taking hemispheric leaps around Zaragoza, smacking him with looping rights and left hooks up top, forcing the champion to swerve and trip over himself attempting to square up, and retreat into a ducking shell when Lora really bites down on his gum shield and sets to with a fury swarming in.

    10-9 Lora, back on track now, clearly taking an insurance round to make his lead more comfortable again

    86-82 Lora
     
  2. IntentionalButt

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    Round 10

    Zaragoza is forcing the issue, right jabs setting up a machete left across the broadside and then a right hook in the belly as they collide in the middle of the ring, Lora flurrying to head and body himself as the larger man comes bearing down. Zaragoza has a second wind and is largely dispensing with the jab now, throwing power shots in triplets and forcing Lora to clinch as his straight rights (both conventional and upside-down, letter-opener style) fail to prevent Zaragoza from crowding his way in.

    10-9 Zaragoza

    95-92 Lora
     
  3. IntentionalButt

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    Round 11

    Zaragoza is jabbing and pumping lefts at the head, but Lora is able to make him miss in bunches while pressed up against him, chest to chest, and getting off with rapid combinations downstairs in between catch and release clinches. Wild right hook at the body from afar by Zaragoza, desperate to hurt Lora now, sensing his belt possibly easing from his grasp. Lora takes advantage of Zaragoza's impassioned state, keeping his back & shoulder muscles slack and loose, neck bent, and feet moving. Lora taking some of Zaragoza's hard lefts on the bicep while diving in and coming up firing, zapping the chin of Zaragoza with a two-fisted uppercut frenzy.

    10-9 Lora, close

    105-101 Lora
     
  4. IntentionalButt

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    Round 12

    Zaragoza is chopping at the occipital lobe from the jump with his right hook, going for a come from behind KO, devil may care if half are rabbit punches. Lora is having none of this mess, however, and refuses to have terms dictated to him, rolling into a deep bow to ride the hooks and using quick subtle footwork to change his positioning and take most of the body shots' edge off, all while introducing the Mexican to his brand of fluid above-the-hipline wizardry, slipping in a constant serpentine writhe and countering effectively with left jabs and doubled- or tripled-up rights from angles Zaragoza's never dreamt of before. School has been in session, and Zaragoza despite being an ornery student, the sort to smoke in the boys room and flaunt his disdain for matters nerdy, is now having some wisdom pounded into him.

    10-9 Lora

    115-110 Lora
     
  5. IntentionalButt

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    So then, I reached the same final score by a slightly different route than METALHEAD123 from Eyeonthering (he saw the seventh for Lora, eleventh for Zaragoza) - both of us in sync with Lou Filippo. I guess if you gave him the benefit of every doubt, you could have it a loss for El Ratón by a score of 114-111, meaning it would've been a draw if you subtract the knockdowns. I'd caution, however, that giving Miguel the seventh is a nearer proposition realistically than R11 for Daniel.

    Poor guy, had no idea (nobody did yet) that he was in with a, what, top 15 all time smooth defense guru?

    Heck of a world stage debut for Happy. :applaudit: Up the vueltaios! (Colombian answer to a sombrero... I think Lora was the first person to rock one for an international TV audience)

    You'd think a demoralizing experience like that, in one's first defense (in what very much felt like a nearly accidental reign to begin with) might have seen Zaragoza's spark fizzle out - but this is literally just the start of his filmed/notable run of competition. So credit to him as well for rebuilding from this and letting the adversity make a better fighter of him going forward, a`la Barrera versus Jones.
     
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  6. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Daniel Zaragoza vs Valerio Nati

    I first dismissed Nati as a bum, but just looking at his record, he's a pretty decent little fighter. Two weight Euro champion, very popular in Italy and England, beat Billy Hardy, was five years undefeated and would be one of the early WBO champs not too long after this fight. Not particularly mouthwatering, but a decent little win, and certainly one good enough, IMO, to warrant being called one of Zaragoza's best performances.

    Zaragoza hasn't got the style to give you a dominant, completely non-competitive fight but I think this is the closest you'll get. Nati was a fun, little pressure fighter and kept coming, but Zaragoza shut him down with his specialist attributes and skills. It's definitely his best defensive showing.

    I don't have a score card because not all rounds were shown, but I definitely had Zara winning the ones I saw.

    Early in the fifth, Zaragoza to forced Nati back with his shoulder and a forceful stiff arm, then quickly shifted his weight onto his back-foot. Nati started coming forward as soon as Zaragoza stopped pushing back and walked straight into a long left hand and was flattened by it. Nati got up and fell right back into the ropes, Ref waved it off.
     
  7. George Crowcroft

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    Daniel Zaragoza vs Paul Banke I

    The first of an all-time great trilogy, with a fair bit of needle between the two guys. Rare you get two high level southpaws in there together, rarer still that they have such a great rivalry. This series is dear to me for that reason. Banke was a more physically talented fighter than Danny, but wasn't as skilled. I actually remember thinking Banke won this one, but we'll see. Ooh, great work by our own Mario Sanchez here. 720p HD? English commentary? Excellent.

    In the first, Paul came out incredibly aggressive, moving inward and ducking under Zaragoza's offense; prying open Zaragoza's guard and finding the body. Zaragoza is coming back with some bombs, but they aren't as crisp as Paul's. Zara showed his movement and good lead in the second, and also his Bazooka Limon-style body shots. War in the third, hard to split. Excellent aggression by Banke in the forth, really nailing Zaragoza with the cross-counter. Again, Paul is punching much more crisply.

    Five and six were both anarchy. Pick 'em rounds that were full of action, I went with Zara in the fifth due to his overhand, lead and work off the ropes. Then went with Banke in the sixth because I thought he landed cleaner. Banke clearly landed the better shots in the seventh, and they seemed heavier. Excellent showing from Zaragoza in the eighth, working the jab and walking Paul onto the overhand.

    Banke beat him bad in the ninth, battering him around and dropping him. Zaragoza fighting back bravely, but he was lucky to survive the tenth and even more lucky to survive the ninth. Great turn around by Zaragoza in the eleventh. I thought Zaragoza nicked the final round too, by keeping it at range, but I can definitely see a case for Banke.

    Zaragoza - Banke
    9 : 10
    10 : 9
    10 : 9
    9 : 10 (38/38)
    10 : 9
    9 : 10
    9 : 10
    10 : 9 (76/76)
    8 : 10
    9 : 10
    10 : 9
    10 : 9 (113/114)

    I don't think this a robbery or such, but I've again got it for Banke.

    Great, great fight, though. Definitely need to watch it if you haven't.