Teon Kennedy vs. Alex Becerra

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2010-09-25 : Teon Kennedy 122 lbs beat Alex Becerra 120 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 10 of 12

  • NABA Super Bantamweight Title (Vacant Title)
  • Time: 3:00


In the main event of a six bout card by Russell Peltz Boxing Promotions held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 25, 2010,, Teon 'The Technician' Kennedy of Philadelphia, unbeaten through seventeen professional bouts, won the vacant NABA Super Bantamweight title with a tenth round corner stoppage of outmatched Alex ' El Diablo' Becerra, a Mexican fighting out of El Paso, Texas. Kennedy's USBA Super Bantamweight title was not at stake in this bout. Kennedy gave Becerra as beating. Becerra refused to fall despite the ongoing brutal punishment being meted out. The bout, which appeared to be a good workout for Kennedy, probably could have been stopped much sooner. Becerra, now 20-9, and Kennedy, now 16-0-1, 6 kayos, both fought a feeling out jab cautious first round of fast tempo but of little consequence. The first round and the fifth were as close as Becerra would come to doing anything. Kennedy realized after the first round he could use height and reach advantage to keen effectiveness, and his limited opponent could be hit with leads and power shots whenever he tried to come inside to make a fight of it. As such the bout was unpleasant to watch, and the Bally's crowd was mostly quiet. There were, unfortunately, a few disruptive fans at ringside screaming like crazy at the fighters urging them on all night, but the pattern of the bout was set early. Kennedy won rounds two, three, and five through ten with aggressiveness, coming forward and throwing the left jab frequently and accurately. Becerra, getting hit far too much, tried to clinch, but Kennedy stayed out of range, forcing Becerra to remain on the move. Becerra tried to get on the inside and throw combinations, as it appeared Kennedy was not going to 'get him out of there'. In the fourth, Becerra won his only round by throwing body-body and body-head shots with great effectiveness. Becerra also tried wrestling with Kennedy in the center of the ring. Kennedy, who enjoyed height and reach advantage, appeared to be the better of the two standing wrestlers in the 'mixed martial arts' portion of the round. Kennedy fought patiently and won the next six rounds, outboxing Becerra without punching himself out, and it wasn't close. Becerra slowly but surely slowed down and faded. In the fifth, a frustrated Becerra leaned on the inside and paid a huge price. His attempts to wade in and fight wildly from a low stance failed. Kennedy nailed Becerra with a lot of ugly looking head shots for half a round, forcing Becerra to return to the outside for the second half of the round. In the sixth, Becerra returned on the outside, but continued to pay a heavy price when he tried to go inside. Kennedy continued landing well placed left jabs, and left and right hand power shots. Kennedy landed two thunderous rights to the side of Becerra's head near the end of the round. In the seventh and eighth, Kennedy landed left-right combinations all over Becerra, who began to tire along the ropes. Becerra tried throwing some jabs here and there, but they had no power, forcing Becerra to hang on to Kennedy just to try to survive. In the ninth round, Kennedy landed big right hand leads and power shots at will. Becerra was not bleeding or seriously injured, but he had a swollen right eye and was taking a bad beating, hardly throwing punches and again just hanging on to survive. Nonetheless, referee Steve Smoger and the ringside physician gave Becerra 'one more round'. The tenth and final round offered more of the same, forcing referee Smoger to wave a merciful halt to the contest between rounds. No quarrel from Becerra's corner. However limited, Becerra tried hard. Kennedy appeared worthy of much better opposition. Nice refereeing job by Steve Smoger, who oversaw a clean bout throughout, with no fouls or warnings in the contest. Introduced celebrities in attendance ringside at Bally's included Vinny Pazienza, Harold Lederman, Mike Jones, Chuck Zito, Ronald Cruz (whose welterweight bout was scratched from the card), and Pennsylvania promoter Joe Hand Sr., who helped Smoking Joe Frazier reach the heavyweight championship in 1967.

Preceded by:
Rigondeaux vs. Andrade
NABA Super Bantamweight Title Fight
# 16
Succeeded by:
Terrazas vs. Viloria