Fraza stops Delgado in final round

Originally Published: July 16, 2004
By Stephen Tobey | MaxBoxing.com

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. -- Micky Ward-Emanuel Augustus it was not.

Koba Gogoladze remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Lamar Murphy in a 10-round lightweight bout Friday at the Casino Ballroom. Judge Norm Champagne scored it 97-93, Frank Wells scored it 98-92 and James Finnegan scored it 100-91 for Gogoladze, who is 15-0 with seven knockouts.

Though he landed the majority of the punches, Gogoladze fought defensively for most of the fight, staying on his bicycle, but getting close enough to land some quick straight left hands often enough to win almost every round. There were no knockdowns, though Gogoladze slipped to the mat in the fourth round.

Murphy (29-8-1, 20 KOs) landed sporadically and connected with some solid body punches in the fifth, but didn't let his hands go often enough to do any damage.

"He's a very good opponent," said Gogoladze, who grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and now lives in Philadelphia. "I wanted to go some rounds and work on technique, hit and move."

In the co-feature, Jeff Fraza of nearby Haverhill, Mass., stopped Paul Delgado of New Bedford, Mass., in the final round of a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.

Fraza (16-2,10 KOs) rallied in the final three rounds of the fight, knocking down the fading Delgado in the ninth with a left hook. In the 10th, Fraza landed a series of left hooks, prompting Delgado's corner to stop the fight at 2 minutes and 25 seconds.

"I wanted to start early and set a fast pace, then try to take him out late," said Fraza. "I'm an inside fighter and when we fought on the inside it gave me a tactical advantage."

Delgado (10-4-1, 2 KOs) got off to a fast start, fighting effectively from the outside and landing straight right hands to Fraza's face.

"He didn't do anything to frustrate me," said Fraza, who is trained by Micky Ward. "He didn't hurt me, but he was tough."

Said Ward, "He's coming along. He's improving on the little things, but he got in great condition for this fight."

Fraza led on all three cards at the time of the stoppage, 85-84, 86-84 and 86-83. In the eighth round referee Joe LaPlante took a point away from Delgado for a low blow. In the third, Delgado was cautioned for hitting low.

Light heavyweight Hector Sanjurjo of Taunton, Mass., won his second straight fight when Ronald Bodie of Philadelphia failed to answer the bell for the fourth round of a scheduled six.

In a battle of Philadelphia junior middleweights, Avtandil Khurtsidze won by TKO at the end of the first round when Gary Drayton retired in his corner, doubled over from a series of body punches.

Jason LeHoulier of West Nottingham, N.H., won a six-round unanimous decision against Mark Norge of Youngstown, Ohio in a junior middleweight fight. The scores were 60-53 (twice) and 60-54.