Camarena shines, Delgado Stumbles!

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Roy Delgado fights to a majority draw with Brad Jensen, Donald Camarena wins by TKO and Kenny Lemos again shines.

(PRWEB) October 8, 2003

By David Finger at ringside

Moving from the Rivera Casino three blocks down the road to the Mountain High Casino, boxing fans in Blackhawk saw popular Roy Delgado, 144, suffer what can only be considered a setback as he was held to a draw with Estes Park journeyman Bran Jensen, 141.

Although Jensen found Delgado’s chin on several occasions with counter right hands, they were little compensation against the relentless pressure of Delgado, who exploded on Jensen in the final ten seconds of the first round.

By the second round Jensen had yet to find his “game” as Delgado continued to pressure him. However, both fighters would show something that would prove decisive over the next two rounds, namely holding and hitting.

By the third round the fight seemed to deteriorate into an ugly, dirty wrestling match, but Delgado still appeared to be in control, despite the alarming frequency that Jensen was finding his chin with the overhand right. But the tide began to turn in the fourth, as Delgado’s poor conditioning began to sink in.

Although the fourth appeared the closest round of the fight up to that point, it appeared that Delgado stole the round with an impressive flurry in the closing seconds (a flurry that Jensen tried to answer with his own).

Unfortunately for Delgado, it would be the last impressive flurry of the night for him, as fatigue (and a game and tough Jensen) would prove too much for him over the next two rounds. Jensen proceeded to pressure Delgado, whose punches were now little more than slaps, and cemented a solid round with an impressive flurry at the bell.

Delgado was unable to answer back in the sixth and final round, as Jensen put forth perhaps the best round of his career, pounding Delgado relentlessly. Halfway through the round Delgado and Jensen brawled willingly on the ropes, but Jensen appeared to win the exchange decisively.

Still, it appeared too little too late to most ringsiders, who felt that Roy won the first four rounds decisively. However, after some confusion with the scorecards, Jensen emerged with a majority draw after Stephen Blea and Ed Kugler scored the fight 57-57 (John Ulibarri scored the fight 59-55 for Delgado).

On the undercard undefeated Donald Camarena, 143, again showed why he is regarded as quite possibly the best prospect in the state of Colorado with another brilliant performance against tough journeyman Robert Howard, 146.

After starting the first round behind a lightning quick jab, Camarena soon discovered that Howard was just too slow to compete, and by the end of the first round began to tee off on a game, but ineffective Howard. By the second Howard began to stumble around the ring as the young prospect hit him at will.

Camarena continued to pound away at Howard over the third, staggering him several times before trapping him again on the ropes. Camarena then administered a frightful pounding on the tough, but defenseless, Howard before Thrasher stepped in (several punches too late) to rescue Howard at 2:14 of the round.

Camarena improves to 8-0 (5) while Howard slipped to 6-20 (3).

Heavyweight Kenny Lemos, 265, saw his fight with Frank Elizade scrapped at the last minute when Elizade pulled on Friday. However the popular journeyman John Kiser, 225, filled in for a four round exhibition. Lemos, who is coming off an impressive win over Lou Monaco, again shined as he stunned Kiser (who upset Andrew Maynard and Shane Sutcliffe over the years) in the second round en rout to an impressive unofficial decision victory.

Debuting Feliciano “Felix” Rios, 139 scored a shutout decision over tough journeyman Danny Almanza, 139. Rios, who possesses what can only be described as a Maurice Blocker frame, tried to flurry early on, but failed to hurt his rugged opponent. From that point on he attempted to fight behind a long jab, with mixed results. All three judges had the fight 40-36.

Denver native Tony Morales, 150, lost in a huge shocker to Colorado Springs Julio Lanzas, 152. All three judges had Lanzas winning (by one, two, and three points), while Fightnews gave the edge to Lanzas by a 38-37 margin. With the loss Morales fell to 3-1 (3), while Lanzas improved to 1-1.


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