On Friday, August 1, Jorge Teron (22-0-1, 15 KO), the WBO lightweight champion and contender to other belts in his weight class, scored an impressive 6th-round TKO victory over Michael Lozada (29-5-1, 22 KO) at the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center located at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
The fight was broadcast live on the popular ShoBox series shown on Showtime Sports.
“Lozada is a traditional Mexican fighter,” noted Teron, shortly before the fight. “He just comes forward and has some power. It should be a good fight.”
And it was. Both fighters came in at 135-pounds and immediately got started with the action. Lozada pressured Teron, wanting to fight inside in an effort to negate Teron’s height advantage.
Lozada had scouted Teron well, seeing how the Bronx boxer used his height to unseat the former WBO lightweight champion Santos Marcos on February 28.
But height was not all on Teron’s side. The young boxer kept Lozada away for the most part in the early rounds, with his stinging left jab, straight right, and left hook.
However, Lozada trapped Teron against the ropes in the third round and scored with lefts and rights. Despite this offensive flurry, Teron wasn’t in any trouble, as Lozada received a warning about low blows toward the end of the round.
Teron seemed incensed about the fouling but didn’t resort to any payback, instead working with a plan put to him by his trainer, Mark Breland. He jabbed, hooked, shot straight rights, as well as working the body with thunderous lefts. The fourth round saw Teron start to impose his will on Lozada who stopped moving forward and began backpedaling.
In the sixth and final round of action, Teron dropped Lozada with a left hook to the liver, and dropped him again with another heavy body punch.
Due to the heavy blows, Lozada’s corner threw in the towel at the 1:23 mark of the sixth round in the scheduled 10-round bout.
Wharton Hall, the matchmaker for the ShoBox series, said he was impressed with Teron before seeing the fight, even more so after his decisive victory. It appears boxing fans will be seeing more of Jorge Teron on Showtime in the future.
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