Joel Julio stops Lucero in 1st round KO

joel julio16.05.07 - By Scott Frake: Junior middleweight contender, Joel Julio (31-1-29 KO’s), won his fourth consecutive win on Thursday night in stopping boxing veteran Mauro Lucero (42-12-1, 28 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida. Julio, 23, after starting out slowly for most of the first round, suddenly opened up with blistering combinations late in the round, knocking Lucero down twice before the referee stopped the bout with Lucero unable to make it up after the 2nd knockdown.

The first knockdown came after Julio landed a powerful right uppercut followed by two lefts and another right that dropped Lucero on the canvas. He made it up with little more than 20 seconds left in the round but was badly hurt and on the defensive immediately. Julio, seeing that Lucero was still hurt, backed Lucero up to the ropes with a hail of punches, catching him with a hard body shot and two right hand head shots that sent Lucero down for the final time.

This is an important win for Julio, who is still in the process of rebuilding his career after experiencing a shocking 12-round decision loss to Carlos Quintana on June 24, 2006, the loss erasing Julio’s undefeated record and taking away a possible title shot. Continuing his problems with boxer/punchers, Julio won a controversial split decision over Cosme Rivera on October 27, 2006, a bout in which Julio faded badly in the later rounds and was knocked down in the 12th. Since then, Julio has won three straight victories by impressive knockouts, albeit against much lower competition than Quiantana and Rivera, I might add. If all goes well, Julio hopes to challenge for a title in late 2007 or early 2008.

Article posted on 17.05.2007

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