Local favorite Marcos ''Flaco'' Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) remained undefeated
as he outworked a lackluster 36-year-old Priest ''Tiger'' Smalls (17-8-1, 6
KOs), taking his NABO super featherweight title in an ESPN2-televised
bout at the Union Station, in Kansas City, Mo.
The flamboyant and lanky Smalls, who usually outworks his opponents using a
pesky jab followed up by slapping right hands, waited too long Tuesday night. He looked
more like a small kitten than a "Tiger" as he looked to counter, stayed on
the outside too much, and never let his hands go.
Meanwhile, Ramirez threw the
harder shots, carefully at first, but with growing confidence as the rounds
went on, nearly landing his vaunted right hand flush on occasion, while
piling up the points toward a lopsided 119-109, 116-113, 116-112 unanimous
In a highly entertaining co-feature that stole the televised fight card,
lightweight Silverio Ortiz (11-7, 5 KOs) dropped Daniel Seda (20-2-1, 16
times en route to a 10-round unanimous decision.
Seda was almost blasted out of the ring at the start of first round, as
Ortiz landed two shots on his off-balance foe. A surprised Seda managed to
make it out
of the round under very unsteady legs, while Ortiz looked for the one big
shot to end the fight.
Oritz sent Seda down hard on his back at the start of the second round by
landing a big, long range right hand upstairs, and again Seda made it up,
just to have a follow-up barrage of shots (most of them missing, with the
most effective punch being a left to the body) sending Seda on to his
knees in a neutral corner.
Seda made it up, held, wrestled a bit, used his legs and made it out of the
round, firing a few punches back.
Seda worked his way back in the fight by gathering his senses back, working
the combinations and making Ortiz miss with his wide shots in the third
round, and slowly turned the fight around by counter punching in the fourth
round, and pressing forward as he picked his shots carefully to back Ortiz
up at the end of the round.
Seda landed his best shots of the fight in the fifth as he cracked Ortiz
with a big right hand during an exchange. Moments later, Oritz returned the
favor by landing a big right hand of his own, which staggered Seda. Both
fighters ended the round by picking and throwing their shots carefully.
The naturally bigger Ortiz stood his ground and refused to be backed up, as
Seda did the best he could in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Ortiz once again scored big in the eighth, as a two punch combo briefly
staggered Seda at ring center.
The ninth round was a mixed bag, as Ortiz had his moments by pressing and
landing thudding shots, while Seda used his legs, pushed Ortiz down a couple
of times and ended up the round firing quick, short shots, keeping his foe at bay.
Ortiz went for broke in the tenth, throwing wide shots and catching Seda
against the ropes with a big left upstairs, pressing and hurting Seda to the
the game Puerto Rican fought off the ropes, just to be pushed back and
pounded once more to the bell.
Scores were 94-93, and 95-92 (twice) for Ortiz.
Seda's only other loss was a 12-round decision against then-WBA 130-pound
champion Joel Casamayor in 2004.
Fogle decisions Welsh in four
Seven time U.S Armed forces light heavyweight champion Julius Fogle (6-0, 4
KOs) outpointed Jeremy Welsh in a four rounder.
Scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37 for Fogle. Welsh, who took the fight on
a day's notice, dropped to 1-2 with 1 KO.