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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals, 189 pounds

Chris Allen, Megan Finneran, Kaitlyn Murphy, Allan Joseph and Matthew Robison | Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bernardo “Blue” Garcia def. Jim Hasson
The fight between the two juniors was a bout of two very similar styles, two tall fighters using a stiff left-handed jab to set up a straight right that went to the head of the opponent. At the end of the first round, the two exchanged a flurry of punches that put both fighters off-balance, and the two ended up in a heap on the map. For rest of the fight, each was patient, picking and choosing their spots, when to attack, when to counter.

Finally, in the third round, Hasson charged at Garcia with a punch and a push, sending Garcia flying through the ropes, over the table, and onto the floor. Garcia was unhurt and unfazed, however, and came back into the fight with a renewed intensity. After an even bout all the way through, Garcia won in a split decision.
Timothy Wallace def. William “The Italian Stallion” Straccia

Both juniors came out with a patient approach before Straccia unleashed a combination of punches. Wallace came back quickly, however, and landed a combo of his own.

In the second round, the two participated in equal exchanges for most of the round. Straccia tried to attack several times, but missed. Wallace, on the other hand, remained hesitant, unwilling to fall into a trap.

Both landed solid shots back and forth in the third round, and neither was fazed by shots to the head. After more of the same back and forth action, Straccia landed a good left to the chin. Despite Straccia’s constant attempts to deal a blow that would leave Wallace unsteady, Wallace never left himself in a position in which Straccia could do so, and Wallace claimed the unanimous decision.