Roberto Acevedo

Miami Herald boxing article by Santos Perez on Roberto Acevedo.
Puerto Rico’s Acevedo wins his fourth consecutive fight

Posted on Sat, Oct. 18, 2008


Motivated by new management and encouragement from an older brother who is a former Olympic medalist, Roberto Acevedo increased his victory streak Friday night.

Acevedo, of Puerto Rico, won his fourth consecutive fight with a majority decision over Miami resident Lenin Arroyo in an undercard bout at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.

”Hopefully this victory opens the door for bigger fights,” Acevedo said. “I am very satisfied with how my career is going on right now.”

Acevedo, whose brother, Anibal, won a silver medal in the 1992 Olympics, used effective boxing skills throughout the six-round junior-welterweight bout against a charging Lenin Arroyo.

Judges Mark Streisand and John Ruppert scored the bout 59-57 for Acevedo, and Rocky Young scored it 57-57.

”I was told that he was going to come right at me and initiate the action,” Acevedo said. “But I was able to trade as well as box with him.”

Acevedo (9-4-3) controlled the pace early, connecting with combinations to the head. Late in the first round, Acevedo scored with short combinations that temporarily staggered Arroyo.

Arroyo (20-8-1) tried to pressure Acevedo into the ropes but Acevedo slipped most of Arroyo’s shots by moving in angles.

In the fifth, Arroyo finally found shorter punching range and pinned Acevedo on the ropes, where he connected with combinations to the body and a right uppercut.

But Acevedo still found openings in the middle of the ring and forced Arroyo to briefly retreat with rights and lefts to the head.

Arroyo again pursued Acevedo in the final round, keeping him on the ropes with combinations to the body.

The card’s main event, between Mexico’s Jorge Lacierva and Colombia’s Feider Viloria for a regional super-bantamweight title, was fought late Friday.

In another undercard bout, Miami resident Sergio Garcia won a unanimous decision against Carlos Pena.

Garcia turned the tight four-round welterweight bout in his favor after staggering Pena with a right to the head. Pena briefly clinched but Garcia kept the pressure with rights and lefts to the head.

A six-round lightweight bout between Homestead resident Orlando Gonzalez and Pittsburgh’s Daniel Mitchell was canceled after Mitchell complained of back spasms hours before the bout.

In other bouts: featherweight Daniel Lorezano scored a technical knockout over Jose Martinez at 2:07 of the second round; lightweight Ricardo Reyes won by a unanimous decision over Jesus Garcia; junior welterweights Amaury Torres and Michael Mendez fought to a draw; junior welterweights Devaris Crayton and Jones Petit-Homes fought to a draw.

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