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 his opponent’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.