The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 18, 2012

Donovan George finds 'bomb' range

MIAMI, Okla. — Donovan “Da Bomb” George took advantage of his chance at redemption.

George, a super middleweight from Chicago, scored a technical knockout Saturday night when Dionisio Miranda did not come out of his corner for the seventh round of their bout at Buffalo Run Casino.

“Once I found my range — it took me three rounds — I knew I could wear him down,” George said after the fight that was televised by ESPN2. “He had a great chin. I hit him hard, and he punched hard, too.”

The bout preceeded a 10-round unanimous decision by Carlos Molina of Chicago over Damian Frias of Miami, Fla. in a junior middleweight bout that also was televised on the season finale of Friday Night Fights.

George, 23-2-1 with 20 knockouts, had trained to fight Adonis Stevenson, but Stevenson injured his left hand about a week ago and Miranda agreed to take the fight instead.

The bout marked George’s return to Buffalo Run after his first loss as a pro in a technical decision to Francisco Sierra two years ago for the North American Boxing Organization title.

George began to find his range in the third round against Miranda, nicknamed “Mr. Knockout,” who came into the fight with a record of 18-1 and 15 knockouts. George drove Miranda into the ropes with a combination in Round 3, then stayed on the offensive in Round 4.

George scored again late in Round 5 with an overhand right, then sent Miranda into the ropes with a left to the body. George landed an overhand right in Round 6, and a flurry of punches sent Miranda staggering into a corner.

After the round, Miranda was sitting on a stool when his corner stopped the fight. George responded by doing a backflip in the middle of the ring.

“I made an adjustment,” George said. “I showed I’m a pro and beat him down. It turned into a pretty good fight. His heart wouldn’t let him fall down. While he was hurting, I hit him with some pretty good shots.”

Molina, 20-5-2 with six knockouts, was scored as the winner of all 10 rounds against Frias by the three judges. He is ranked No. 6 by Ring magazine and the International Boxing Federation. Frias, originally from Cuba, is 19-5-1 with 10 knockouts.

“I expected a tough fight from him,” Molina said. “We had a good game plan. I wanted a knockout, but this is all right. Thank God I came out healthy and I’m not hurt or anything.”

Molina won the early rounds with flurries of punches just before the bell. In Round 6, Molina staggered Frias with a right to the body, then struck Frias with a combination of body blows.

In Round 9, Molina pinned Frias in a corner midway through the round and landed a series of punches to Frias’ midsection. He trapped Frias against the ropes again in Round 10 but was unable to drop his opponent as the fight ended.

In the last bout Saturday night, Tyler Asselstine of Ottawa, Canada (10-0-0, five KOs) scored a unanimous decision in a six-round junior lightweight bout against Roberto Bonilla (22-12-0, 13KOs) of Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua.

In other bouts, middleweights Chris Barnes of Tulsa, Okla. and Willie Gilbert of Oklahoma City fought to a four-round draw, lightweight Shi Wone Gortman won by unanimous decision against Octavio Garay, and super middleweight Vilier Quinones scored a unanimous decision against Eddie Tigs.

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