Guerrero outpoints Smith in tough fight
Middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero survived a stern test from Ishe Smith, getting up from a knockdown to win a hard-fought unanimous decision in the 10-round main event of a Showtime-televised card from Southaven, Miss., on Friday.
Guerrero (19-0, 15 knockouts), who was dropped by a right hand in the eighth round of the entertaining ShoBox main event, outpointed the Las Vegas native by scores of 96-93, 95-93, and an absurd 97-91.
Smith (21-5, 9 KOs), who was penalized a point for excessive low blows in the sixth round of the bout, utilized a relentless body attack in the early rounds of the bout and pressed the action down the stretch of the brisk-paced bout.
Guerrero, a former U.S. amateur star from the Dominican Republic who now lives in Salisbury, Maryland, out-worked and out-maneuvered the 31-year-old veteran in the middle rounds of the bout. However, Smith landed the harder punches in the action-packed late rounds of the bout.
In the ShoBox co-feature, former U.S. amateur standout Shawn Porter out-pointed fellow prospect Ray Robinson in 10-round welterweight contest that was competitive even though the official scorecards didn't reflect it.
Porter (16-0, 12 KOs), a junior middleweight prospect fighting at welterweight for the first time, dropped Robinson with a series of right hands at the end of sixth round. The 22-year-old Akron, Ohio, native was clearly the stronger man and the aggressor for the first half of the bout.
However, Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs), who boxed and counter-punched well in the early rounds of the bout, survived the sixth and seventh rounds with lateral movement. The southpaw from Philadelphia hung tough and came on strong in the final two rounds of the bout, outworking Porter and forcing the bigger man back on his toes.
In the opening bout of the broadcast, Mike Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) outboxed fellow undefeated welterweight prospect Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs) over eight rounds, winning a unanimous decision by unanimous scores of 78-74.