Mike Dallas Jr. bounced back from a disastrous 2011 by dominating his first bout of the year – a shutout 10-round decision over Miguel Gonzalez in a Friday Night Fights main event in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas (18-2-1, 7 knockouts), whose “prospect” status was jeopardized after losing back-to-back fights to rugged fringe contenders Josesito Lopez (via seventh-round KO) and Mauricio Herrera (by disputed majority decision) last year, defeated Gonzalez by scores of 100-89 and 100-90 (twice).
The 25-year-old former amateur standout from Bakersfield, Calif., suffered a bad cut over his left eye in the second round but the bleeding gash was not a factor in the fight. Neither was Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Cleveland, Ohio, who entered the ESPN2-televised bout with a 14-bout win streak.
Dallas, who landed 153 of 403 power punches thrown, ended the streak in decisive fashion. The athletic boxer, who often relied on his speed and was sometimes skittish when he was unbeaten, said he learned his lesson after the Herrera fight last June.
“I learned you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges and you can’t have close rounds,” Dallas told ESPN2 before the bout.
Dallas was the busier of the two junior welterweights, who took the bout on three weeks notice, and the aggressor throughout. Apart from the fourth round, which was marred by two low blows (for which Dallas drew a stern warning from the referee), the Californian dominated Gonzalez by stepping forward behind a sharp jab and hard right hands, and by going to the body when in close.
In the co-featured bout of the ESPN2 broadcast, 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada dominated what was supposed to be an eight-round light heavyweight bout against Terrance Woods, but the 26-year-old East Los Angeles native came in grossly overweight (196 pounds to 177).
The added weight helped Estrada (14-0, 13 KOs), who won by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 78-74, impose his body and will on the game journeyman from Bay City, Texas, but it also made for a sluggish effort and a sloppy bout.
Estrada landed a heavy jab and hard right hands throughout the fight, heaping a lot of punishment on Woods (9-4, 6 KOs), who remained upright but was probably too tough for his own good.