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Michael Dutchover Scores Third Straight KO at Ontario

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    By David A. Avila

    ONTARIO, Calif.-Michael Dutchover moved a step closer to contender status with a knockout win over veteran southpaw Ruben Tamayo on Friday.

    The Texas featherweight Dutchover (12-0, 9 KOs) collected his third consecutive knockout with an early stoppage of Mexico’s Tamayo (27-12-4, 18 KOs) in front of a loud supportive crowd at the Doubletree Hotel. The fight card was staged by Thompson Boxing Promotions.

    Dutchover, who just turned 21 on Thursday, trains in nearby Santa Fe Springs, Calif. and it has enabled him to spar with some of the best fighters in his weight division. Against Tamayo, it proved beneficial.

    The taller Tamayo has lefty awkwardness and power in his punches and knows how to use it. In the past he had faced three elite fighters including two who had worn world title belts in Jhonatan Romero and Oscar Valdez, He also had fought Jojo Diaz.

    Although Tamayo had experience, he could not match Dutchover’s ability to move in and out of danger. After finding the range for his punches, Dutchover connected with a right to the body that forced Tamayo to slump to his knees in the third round. Though he beat the count, Dutchover was able to slip that right to the body once again and down went Tamayo in pain.

    Referee Lou Moret asked not just one but two ringside physicians to take a look at Tamayo. After a brief conversation the fight was stopped at 2:15 of the third round giving Dutchover the win by knockout.

    Dutchover is a native of Midland, Texas and looks ready to move up another level.

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    Rancho Cucamonga’s Richard Brewart (3-0) used his speed and mobility to win a unanimous decision over Kansas fighter Antonio Luis Hernandez (1-6) in a super welterweight fight. Hernandez, a strong kid, had his best moment in the fourth round when Brewart opted to stay out of range. But overall it was Brewart’s combinations that allowed him to win 39-37, 40-36 twice.

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    Mario Hernandez (8-0) bulled his way to victory over the taller but willing Luis Montellano (0-4-2) after six rounds in a bantamweight clash. Hernandez put his head down and pushed Montellano against the ropes repeatedly and was able to out-land the taller and winless fighter from Tijuana. All three judges scored it 59-55 for Hernandez who fights out of Santa Ana, Calif.

    Arnold Dinong (3-0) swept all three judge’s cards in defeating Mexico’s Alex Solorio (4-5) by decision in a featherweight contest. Hawaii’s Dinong used speedy combinations to outscore Solorio who landed but was out-hustled.