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Great Championship Boxing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

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The Intercontinental Welterweight, WBC Featherweight, and IBF Bantamweight Championships were decided on Saturday night September 15, 2012. The boxing was fast paced at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jesus Karass (26 – 8 – 3) and Marcos Maidana (32 – 3) fought for the coveted Intercontinental Welterweight Title. The early rounds were hotly contested and Maidana was frustrated in the fourth round. He lost a point deduction from the referee. Maidana was at a disadvantage in reach although he displayed superior punching power. Karass had the reach advantage with a differential of four inches over Maidana.

For most of the fight, Karass avoided Maidana due to his longer reach, more
effective bobbing, weaving, and overall speed advantage. Both fighters struck
each other on the break in the fourth round. This event prompted the referee,
Kenny Bayless, to penalize each fighter by a point. For a brief time, Karass came ahead in the sixth round. The fight looked quite even at the end of the sixth round.

Karass was knocked down and through the ropes in the seventh round. He was bloodied in the seventh and eighth rounds. The referee stopped the fight in the eighth round after Maidana exploded with a barrage of punches leaving Karass unable to defend himself effectively.

The referee stopped the fight and the Intercontinental Welterweight Belt went to

Maidana. Karass had the boxing skills and footwork to win the fight; however,
he simply ran out of steam. To prevail over Maidana in the future, he will need a
more extensive elite athlete’s workout with more sprints and better quality sparring.

The defending world champ, Daniel DeLeon (44 – 4) fought against Jhonny Gonzolez (52 – 8) for the WBC Featherweight Belt. The opening rounds were very competitive with DeLeon suffering a head gash on the right side of the head. He was bloodied in the second and fourth rounds. Gonzolez prevailed in the second and third rounds with DeLeon picking up from the fourth round until the end of the fight.

In the seventh round, the fighters clashed with Gonzolez getting the worst of the situation with a cut over the right eye. The fight was stopped after the referee consulted with the ringside physician due to the injury. The judges voted the outcome by a unanimous technical decision in favor of DeLeon by scores of 77 – 74 ; 79 – 72 and 79 – 72. This boxing fan saw the outcome as 77 – 75 in favor of DeLeon.

Eric Morales (46 – 4), the former flyweight champ, fought Leo Santa Cruz (21 -0 -1) for the IBF Bantamweight Championship. The fight was even in the first and third rounds with Santa Cruz winning the fourth round onward very convincingly. After the third round, Morales, at age 36, simply could not keep up with Santa Cruz.

The fight was stopped in the sixth round. The IBF Bantamweight Championship belt went to Santa Cruz. Eric Morales needs to either retire or do a much more  extensive elite training workout with more running in the overall regimen.

Saturday night was a spectacular show for boxing fans. There was lots of action and the fights see-sawed back and forth until the more aggressive fighter came ahead. This show was boxing at its best.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.