News September 2013

Aging former champion stops opponent quicker than Chisora on comeback


By Michael J Jones

12 years ago vs Nelson

Last Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a former cruiserweight champion and fan favourite continued his low-key comeback with a decent win.

Marcelo “El Gordo” Dominguez the former WBC cruiserweight ruler from the late 90’s is now 43-years-old and 3-0 in his comeback after a smashing seven-round dismissal of countryman Hector Alfredo Avila. UK fight fans will remember Avila lasting into the ninth with world rated Dereck Chisora last April at Wembley.

Although “Del Boy” was clearly attempting to shed some ring-rust in that fight, the fact Dominguez finished the same man two rounds earlier is still impressive. The win takes Dominguez’ record to 44-7-1 (24) and he looked in decent shape for the scheduled ten-rounder at 233½lbs.

The come-backing local, who stands just 5’9” tall, was edging a competitive fight when he exploded into life in the sixth. Fighting off the ropes, the stocky veteran thumped in a big right-left to Avila’s chin to send him stumbling back. A follow up flurry brought a standing count from the ref and, although 38-year-old Avila bravely tried to fight back, was hurt again at the end of the round by a series of lefts and rights to be given another standing count.

Out for the seventh and the pumped-up Dominguez wasted little time in hurting his foe again with a big right. The ref jumped in less than a minute into the round with the former champion teeing off on the dazed Avila. The beaten man falls to 22-15-1 (14) and its safe to say the Chisora result flattered him somewhat. In between his losses to Chisora and Dominguez, the limited Hector has also suffered a one-round defeat in Brazil.

Dominguez is dwarfed by Valuev

Dominguez turned pro way back in 1991 and claimed the WBC crown in 1996 after holding the interim belt. He held the title two years before Cuban southpaw Juan Carlos Gomez claimed the belt with a points decision to end his reign.

After a second defeat to Gomez, Dominguez would also be out-pointed by WBO champion Johnny Nelson in Sheffield in 2001 before moving to the heavyweight division with mixed success.

The battle-scarred Argentine would return to cruiserweight five years after the Nelson loss to face Welsh puncher Enzo Maccarinelli at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff. The bout for the interim WBO crown would see Dominguez suffer his one and only stoppage defeat when blasted by a huge right-uppercut in the ninth round.

After a farewell win a few months later he retired for six-and-a-half years before making his return in May of this year. After his third win in four months, don’t be surprised if Dominguez lands a fight with one of the emerging heavyweight talents in the near future.

Strangely, in 52 professional bouts, Dominguez has yet to fight in the USA at any point in his career spanning 22 years.

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