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Diaz stops Jordan in five; Marrone gets decision

2/25/2006 - Boxing

San Antonio welterweight Oscar Diaz badly wanted a knockout after going 19 months and five fights without one. With steady pressure and some well-placed power shots, he got one at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York Friday night, stopping Russell Jordan in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday Night Fights
on ESPN2.

The win was Diaz's seventh in a row since a 10-round decision loss to Ebo Elder in March of 2004.

After a fairly uneventful start to the bout, the lanky Jordan woke up Diaz at the end of the first round with a right hand on top of the head, and Diaz responded in kind early in the second by hurting his foe with a left hook. But Jordan settled in and fought well from long distance for the rest of the round.

Diaz kept the heat on in the third and started pounding the slight frame of his opponent. But the Rochester, N.Y., southpaw did his best to put Diaz on the defensive as he shot in a long jab at every opportunity.

This pattern continued in the fourth, with the action heating up for both fighters late in the round.

Diaz struck paydirt midway through the fifth round, as a right followed by left hooks put Jordan on the canvas. Jordan gamely rose, but Diaz was all over him, and a series of flush head shots caused referee Ken Zimmer to halt the bout at 1:56 of the round.

With the win, Diaz improves to 24-1 with 12 knockouts. Jordan drops to 12-3 with six KOs.

In the Friday Night Fights co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Mike Marrone was cruising to an easy win in his eight-round bout with journeyman Zack Page, sending the Ohio native to the canvas in rounds five and six. But in the seventh, Page struck with a looping right hand that sent Marrone down and almost out.

But the Vero Beach, Fla., prospect survived his trial by fire, making it through the round en route to a razor-thin eight-round majority decision win.

The Scores were 75-74, 76-75 and 74-74 for Marrone, a Lou Duva protégé who improved to 13-0 with 10 KOs. Page fell to 9-5-1 with three KOs.

Former Venezuelan Olympian Pat Lopez moved to 5-0 with five KOs with an impressive first-round knockout of Mexico City-native Cristian Lozada in a junior welterweight bout. The southpaw Lopez dropped his foe twice, with the second knockdown putting Lozada (10-3-1, 3 KOs) down for the count at the 2:46 mark.

Utica, N.Y.'s Jamar Patterson lifted his record to 5-0 (3 KOs) with a four round majority decision win over Sheldon Rudolph (4-4, 2 KOs) in an entertaining junior welterweight slugfest. Scores for Patterson were 39-37, 38-38, 39-37.