Bengal Bouts: Semifinals 133 pounds
Observer Sports Writers | Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Jack “Rico Suave” Lally def. Joe “Sweet Cheeks” Decker
In the first match of the night, junior Jack Lally showed his smooth technical style, landing himself in the finals after defeating fellow junior Joe Decker.
In the first round, Lally used his quickness and agility to find the holes in Decker’s defense. Decker was opportunistic early on in the match. After biding his time, he started using quick combinations to try to catch Lally. Lally moved more in response, leading to an uncharacteristic slip late in the first round.
Lally started to take full control of the match in the second round with his dominating footwork. He combined accuracy with movement, creating angles to help his attack.
The third round started off with another fall, as Decker’s aggressiveness caused Lally to trip while backing away. Decker attempted to make up lost ground by closing in on an evasive Lally. But as the round went on, Decker tired out and Lally closed the match with a solid showing late in the round.
Lally’s smart fighting gave him the unanimous decision.
‘Tough as” Niels Seim def. Tony “Lucky” Lucisano
Junior Niels Seim pulled out a slim victory against junior Tony Lucisano. The entire fight was a tight matchup, with neither fighter gaining a clear advantage.
Seim started the fight by taking advantage of his small size. Despite Lucisano’s presumed size advantage, Seim went under his opponent’s reach to get to him. Seim’s quickness in the close quarters was key to his early advantage.
In between rounds, Lucisano adjusted his body to stay away from Seim’s jabs. The adjustment helped keep Seim at a distance.
In the final round, Lucisano attempted to be the aggressor. After catching Seim off guard early in the round, Lucisano started to let his guard down and allowed Seim to make big counters. Seim cornered Lucisano twice and landed long combinations, ending the fight.
Seim won in a split decision due in part to his success in close quarters. The win sets up a rematch of last year’s final with Lally.