Gutierrez stops Reid at Mohegan Sun
By Alex Pierpaoli
originally published 1/27/07 on KOFantasyBoxing.com
Junior Middleweight Richard Gutierrez defeated hard-hitting journeyman Teddy Reid by fourth round knockout in the ESPN2 Main Event of a Friday Night Fights card at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Gutierrez is the up and coming prospect promoted by DRL Promotions, whose Executive Director is the legendary Roberto Duran who was in attendance at Mohegan Sun for the fight card. Richard Gutierrez was making his first appearance in the Main Event of a Friday Night Fights broadcast and the enthusiastic crowd was treated to a bout filled with action despite a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.
Both men started fast, exchanging heavy shots when Gutierrez connected with a hard right hand to Reid’s temple with less than a minute gone in round one. Visibly hurt, Reid tried to slug his way out of danger but was nailed repeatedly by snapping jabs and mean, hard punches to his sides and belly from Gutierrez. Round two saw Reid fight his way off the hook but it seemed only a matter of time before the aggressive Gutierrez was able to get Reid in trouble again. With about a half a minute to go in round three Gutierrez bombed away at Reid with both hands but was unable to put the durable veteran on the mat.
During the rest period between rounds three and four ringside physician Dr. Michael Schwartz took a long hard look at Teddy Reid in the corner but determined he was all right to continue. It barely mattered.
Sensing the end was near the heavy-handed Reid came out slugging in hopes of landing his own power punches before getting stopped. With his back to the ropes and Reid pressuring him, Gutierrez landed a right hand on the hip that sent Reid staggering back and down. Complaining the punch was low, Reid was slow to rise, despite Referee Eddie Claudio’s ruling that the punch was a legal blow. Reid was counted out, all the while hoping the punch would be ruled low so that he could be given time to recuperate from the foul. A replay on the Mohegan Sun’s big screen showed the punch was just under the belt-line and more to the hip than to the groin. Either way it was likely Reid wasn’t going to last much longer under Gutierrez’s unrelenting attack.
The Colombian born Richard Gutierrez improved to 20-1 (13) with the stoppage victory. The all-action Teddy Reid, who currently fights out of Washington DC, fell to 23-9-2 (17) and has been knocked out in his last two fights, both appearances at CT casinos. In August, he was stopped by Verno Phillips in 12 exciting rounds at Foxwoods.
Puerto Rican junior middleweight prospect Yukeno Andino stayed unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Gilbert Venegas of East Moline, Illinois. The southpaw Andino used straight lefts and a heavy right hand to hammer away at Venegas who was never able to stymie the Puerto Rican’s attacks. Andino switched back and forth from the southpaw stance to orthodox during the fight which further complicated matters for Venegas. After eight rounds judges Don Trella and George Smith saw the bout at 79-73 while Judge Steve Epstein scored it 77-75, all for Andino.
Andino is now 9-0 (3) while Venegas falls to 9-4-2 (6).
Jose Colon got off the canvas in round two to defeat the spirited challenge of Jeff Farmer by four round unanimous decision. The Colon-Farmer bout was televised by ESPN2 after the abbreviated Gutierrez-Reid fight, which gave the two young fighters from Massachusetts a chance to show their stuff on live TV. Colon of New Bedford improved to 2-0 while Worcester’s Jeff farmer fell to 1-4.
Six foot one inch junior welterweight Hector Sanchez of Puerto Rico remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Marcus Brashears of Amarillo Texas. Although Sanchez’s lanky peck and poke style didn’t make any fans of the assembled, it was enough to control and to dominate the determined but outclassed Brashears. With the win, Sanchez improves to 9-0 (3) while Brashears drops to 4-4-1 (2).
Brockton, Massachusetts cruiserweight Anthony Russell got the night of boxing started with a win over Mike Bonislawski. Bonislawski was unable to answer the bell to start round six and fell to 18-23-2 (4) while Russell improved to 15-2-1 (4).
Other fighters in attendance at the Mohegan Sun event were current Junior Middleweight titlist Travis Simms, Lightweight title holder Joel Casamayor and former champion, Rhode Island’s own Vinny Paz. Roberto Duran, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York this June, signed gloves, photos and ticket stubs for many fans in attendance.
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