A bout billed as a fight fan’s genuine main event instead marked the end of the once-promising career of James Kirkland.
Juan Macias Montiel become a long way too online game for the event, overwhelming the 36-12 months historic Kirkland en route to a 1st circular knockout Saturday evening at Shrine Expo hall in la, California. Kirkland become floored three times, the latter of which forced referee Jerry Cantu to cease the contest at 1:56 of circular one.
The bout become an supposed make-up call for Kirkland, combating for the third time on the grounds that returning to the ring closing August following more than four years inactive. The 36-yr old from Austin, Texas turned into because of face Marcos Hernandez this previous March, only for the bout to get canceled immediate due to the initial wave of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
There isn’t any telling what would have come of that evening, although nothing about Kirkland’s look on Saturday evening advised he had anything else left for the lengthy haul.
Montiel—the nephew of the legenadary former champ Fernando Montiel—exploited his opponent’s latest state, connecting with a left hook which floored Kirkland barely 0:30 into the opening circular. Kirkland beat the count number but boasted horrible balance and had already drawn the situation of the third main. Montiel endured on the assault, with the Los Mochis, Mexico-bred knockout artist pinning the southpaw along the ropes and unloading with vigor photographs in as soon as once more forcing him to the canvas.
There became a degree throughout the obligatory eight count number and subsequent security verify the place Cantu regarded stopping the contest. He would were well within his appropriate, even though the choice grew to become less difficult to make seconds later. Kirkland turned into as soon as once again despatched to the canvas, this time with the fight halted immediate.
Montiel advances to 22-4-2 (22KOs) with the win, his first considering the fact that a 4th circular stoppage of Marco Reyes last February. It also marked his first win on U.S. soil, as he turned into held to a 10-circular draw by using Hugo Centeno last December at Toyota area in Ontario, California.
The end of the road has arrived for Kirkland, who falls to 34-3 (30KOs). as soon as upon a time one of the recreation’s most enjoyable ring warriors, the all-offense southpaw not boasts the capacity to beat his opponent to the punch nor does he possess the steadiness or punch resistance justify carrying on with his profession.
The bout aired the executive assist to a 10-circular tremendous middleweight conflict between David Morrell (3-0, 2KOs) and Mike Gavronski (26-three-1, 16KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox