An Archive of Great Fights that Never Happened
Eusebio Pedroza vs Jeff Fenech
- R1: Fenech came out aggressively with crosses and uppercuts and gained momentum as the round wore on. In the final minute, Fenech scored heavily with combinations downstairs. Pedroza seemed overly-cautious and absorbed it all.
- R2: Pedroza turned the table. Fenech ate a tremendous straight shot to the face and stammered momentarily! Fenech tied him up, then missed with a wild punch and Pedroza landed a counter-jab. Fenech rallied in the final minute, but came up short in this round.
- R3: Fenech shifted gears and really seemed intent on hurting Pedroza. Pedroza looked for counter opportunities as Fenech marched forward throwing plenty of punches. A clean straight punch had Pedroza stunned, but Fenech was too wild to capitalize. Late in the round, Pedroza shrugged off another clean shot to the head. Big round for Fenech…
- R4 & 5: Through the next two rounds, Pedroza landed more often, but Fenech scored the bigger punches. It was becoming a bit of a chess match.
- R6: Pedroza went inside and seemed to throw Fenech’s rhythm off. Pedroza blocked shots and scored heavily to Fenech’s midsection. Excellent round for Pedroza…
- R7-8: Fenech tried to pressure, but Pedroza continued to stand his ground and land the better shots on the inside! Now Pedroza was finding Fenech’s head with his uppercut on a regular basis. Fenech was bleeding beneath the left eye by the middle of the 8th. Very interesting…
- R9: Fenech backed-up a bit and the gap served him well. He landed a clean hook early in the 9th and was able to land straight punches as Pedroza tried to get to the body some more.
- R10: Pedroza tried to brawl, but Fenech was content to pick his shots. There were a couple of even exchanges. Fenech landed a solid hook. Pedroza answered with a good uppercut. With a jab and a cross, Fenech seemed to gain the edge before the final bell.
This was a very close contest… Punch Pts: 55 Fenech, 56 Pedroza
Scores (1-pt must): 6-6 draw, 6-5 Fenech, 7-4 Fenech It all came down to how the judges scored Rounds 4 and 5, which were the slow, even rounds.
Juan Manuel Marquez vs Erik Morales
Rounds 1-3: Marquez was able to pick-through Morales meager defense from the start. Late in Round 1, Marquez straightened Morales with jolting uppercut! Morales held on to the bell. In the 2nd Round, a cross raked Marquez and opened a deep cut over his right eye. That proved to be a problem. But Morales was stunned again by a hook to the head in the 3rd. Aside from the cut, Marquez is building a lead.
Round 4-5: Morales stayed away and tried to pick his spots. The pace slowed down and that round was even. Morales came away with a small cut over his right eye. Things completely changed as Morales met Marquez inside and they exchanged toe-to-toe. Morales' heavy hands won that round and it looked like a poor tactic on Marquez's part.
Round 6: Marquez stuck with it and pounded Morales with a clean hook! The first minute was all Marquez. Morales connected with a jackhammer uppercut, but Marquez shook it off. Nonetheless, Morales rallied in the final minute to make it close.
Round 7: Again Morales went more elusive and he racked-up points with lighter shots. Marquez couldn't get much going here.
Round 8-9: Both close rounds with each fighter having an edge in one of them. Marquez scoring consistently, but Morales landing more heavily.
Rounds 10-11: With Morales slowing, Marquez seemed to be regaining a lead on the scorecards. Marques easily won round 10, landing solid punches on at least 5 occasions. Both fighters showed signs of fatigue in the 11th.
Round 12: Marquez chose to play it safe (Elusive) and Morales went all-out (Pressure). It worked-out well for Morales with solid hooks and combinations getting through. A clear round for Morales put the scoring in doubt.
1-point must: 7-6 Marquez, 7-5 Morales, and... 7-7 EVEN! It's a draw! The UBC Featherweight Title remained vacant. Rematch inevitable!
World Featherweight Championship
R1: Marquez was nicked above the right eye in the opening seconds of bout! About a minute in, Morales also jolted him with a clean hook! A good start for El Terrible.
R2: Marquez came out stronger, but at the 1:20 mark, Morales hurt him with a thunderous hook to the ribs, sending Marquez in retreat! Morales pursued with a combination! Marquez was in survival mode for the rest of the round. It’s all Morales early!
R3: The pace slowed in the first minute, but Marquez increasingly gained steam as this round progressed. Both men landed solid shots in the final minute, but Marquez had the edge.
R4: In a continuation of the previous round, they brawled inside, trading back-and-forth in an even round. Marquez came away with swelling around the left eye. (He was really unlucky with the cut chart in both these fights!)
R5: Disaster for Marquez! Morales blasted him to the canvas in the opening seconds! Marquez regained his feet (as he always did) and Morales stalked him, working him over with combinations and straight punches. A potential TKO stoppage was looming, but by the 2-minute mark, Marquez seemed to have weathered the storm and answered with some good shots of his own!
R6: Both men fighting outside. After an even exchange, Marquez cracked Morales with clean cross! Morales was DOWN!!! The action resumed and Marquez went for broke, strafing Morales with combinations. Marquez dominated the round and kept hammering away, finally a solid hook forced the referee to step in and save Morales! TKO 2:43
Amazing! Marquez had absorbed 8 TKO points through 5 rounds. His grit saved him in Round 5. Then he returned the favor in the 6th and Morales couldn’t endure it.
Very entertaining matchup both times!