Albert Bell Beats Up Carcosia and Howard Decisions Salomon
With the possibility of a title shot next, WBO #2 ranked junior lightweight contender “Prince” Albert Bell (24-0, 7KO) made a statement in stopping Presco “The Iceman” Carcosia (11-3-1, 9KO).
Prince came out extra aggressive, fighting behind that long jab and attacking Carcosia relentlessly with a flurry of punches. He couldn’t miss with the right hand that was landing repeatedly, hurting his opponent early and often.
In round five, Bell landed a punishing left hook at mid-range that put Carcosia on the canvas. He continued to beat the Filipino from corner to corner by marching forward and landing several unanswered shots.
At the end of the round, The Iceman’s corner had seen enough and signaled to the referee the fight was over. Despite the Filipino not being a world-class opponent, Bell needed this type of performance going into a possible title fight.
In the post-fight interview, the WBO #2 ranked contender wasted no time in making it clear he wants the winner between WBO champion Emanuel Navarrete and Oscar Valdez, which takes place live on ESPN at August 12.
TYLER HOWARD ESCAPES WITH A NARROW VICTORY OVER RAUL SALOMON
In a middleweight showdown, Tyler Howard (20-1, 11KO) narrowly defeated Raul Salomon (19-2, 11KO).
This fight started as if it was going to be a shootout as Howard landed a short, compact counter left hook that dropped Saloman in the first round.
After surviving the knockdown, Salomon started using the jab and landing those sneaky uppercuts. Moreover, he took advantage of Howard’s lack of head movement with solid left and right hook counters.
Howard came back by scoring good counter shots to the body and overhand rights whenever they got in close quarters. Moreover, he closed the gap down the stretch in the middle rounds with a high work-rate as Salomon began to slow down.
In the final round, both men came out as if their lives depended on it. Howard attacked early and aggressively, landing hard counter shots. Yet, Salomon landed powerful hooks that wobbled his opponent before the bell sounded.
One judge scored 76-76, overruled by the other two judges’ scorecards 76-75 in favor of Howard. This fight screams rematch, as it was a tough fight to score and fun to watch.