Eugene Hill defeats Joseph Harris again!
By Vikram Birring at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 21, 2010)  
Eugene Hill needed a confidence boost. After four nonchalant victories, his once explosive punching power needed to rise from the abyss, for the sake of his fan base and his career.

Joseph Harris was the antidote.

Eleven months previous, Harris made the fatal mistake of standing in front of Hill, and paid the price, as Hill stopped him in the fourth round.

In this fight, Harris (10-12, 7 KO) did the same. Showing a flailing jab, he had little success, but yet avoided serious damage, until Hill (23-1, 16 KO) landed a startling uppercut in the second round.

Harris, staggered, then seconds later, fell backwards.

“I was doing in the uppercut. After the uppercut, I started seeing sideways.”

Seeing sideways against a power puncher is not a good omen.

In the third, Hill used the legendary solar plexus punch made famous by Bob Fitzsimmons to freeze Harris in the corner, and send him crashing down to the canvas in pain. Harris made the foolish mistake of rising, only to be returned to the floor courtesy of a crippling body shot to the left side of his ribs.

Harris somehow survived to the end of the fight, lasting through twelve minutes of brutalizing punishment, losing 40-33 on all cards. Hill made a statement, that he can blast out opponents who foolishly stand in front of him and trade punches, but it’s unknown what will happen when he faces a fleet footed boxer again. Time will tell.

San Antonio’s Terence Anderson was fighting a decent fight against imposing Terrence Woods of Bay City. He was moving around the ring, landing his punches first, and generally outfoxing his lumbering him opponent.

That all came crashing down with one right cross. Woods’s (8-1, 6 KO) right hand sent Anderson (2-4, 1 KO) crumbling to the canvas, and he couldn’t rise. Just like that, the fight was over, proving the old boxing axiom true: all it takes is one punch. Official time was two minutes, fifty-three seconds.

Jermall Charlo (7-0, 3 KO) was just getting started. In a relatively blasé opening round, neither him nor his opponent Dion Nash (5-14, 1 KO) had a chance to get anything of note started.

Then, Nash decided he wanted to be somewhere else at that moment in time. Not sure exactly where, but seemingly any place other than a boxing ring. Official time was ten seconds into round two.

Jerren Cochran, who was royally screwed by USA Boxing months earlier, let out his anger on poor Eric Morin. He countered everything Morin had with blistering speed. Within seconds, a one-two from Cochran (2-0, 2 KO) hit Morin (1-4, 1 KO) so fast that he was flat on his back seeing stars before he realized what happened. For some odd reason, he decided to get up. Cochran obliged him with fifteen unanswered punches along the ropes before the referee stopped the beating at one minute, twenty-four seconds.

Erik Manriquez is an excellent boxer. He is the chosen sparring mate of world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire. That makes it all the more startling that the handlers of young Marc Perales chose him as an opponent for a professional debut.

Perales (0-1) had a huge heart, but was wholly not skilled enough to compete with the far more experienced and polished Manriquez (2-0, 1 KO). After each Perales flurry, Manriquez’s lit afire with rage, and he put hell in each punch, trying his hardest to knock Perales unconscious, particularly with right crosses to the skull. Why the referee allowed the slaughter to last the distance is disturbing, but thankfully Perales made it out relatively healthy, facial bruising and swelling aside. Final scores were 40-36 on all cards.

John Arellano is the victim of unsubstantiated hype. Just eighteen years old, he was hyped by his trainer Anne Wolfe as the next James Kirkland. To be compared to such a figure is not fair, and ultimately unnecessary pressure.

When the bell rang for his bout against DeShaun Williams, such comparisons were thrown out of the window, for Arellano (3-1, 3 KO) was still a very raw boxer, throwing raw, looping punches. Williams (1-2, 1 KO) discovered the opening was to land straight punches, for a straight line is shorter than a curved one. Eventually, he caught Arellano in the corner with nearly thirty punches unanswered, before a dumbfounded, smiling Arellano fell over. He tried to rise, and as a result fell again. Thankfully the bout was stopped, and hopefully Arellano takes a long look in the mirror before stepping into a boxing ring again. This is a dangerous sport, one in which a combatant can be killed, and sometimes it is better to be lucky than brave.

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