Perhaps the rarest event in the sport of boxing is when two fighters land punches at the same time and fall to the canvas because of it. It’s so rare that it’s the kind of thing that most people only associate with the Rocky film franchise.
But that strange event happened in real life on Thursday night during the non-televised undercard of the Top Rank Boxing card on ESPN. Luckily, the cameras were already rolling by then so you can watch welterweights Peter Cortez and Corey Champion land huge punches on each other at the same time before both fall to the mat.
Cortez stopped Champion in the first round despite going to the mat three times in total. Cortez improved to 2-1 while Champion fell to 2-2.
While neither fighter appears to be on his way to competing for a world title anytime soon, it sure looks like both made good on their opportunity to compete with the ESPN cameras round.
That rare double knockdown got them some TV time that they weren’t scheduled to receive, and that can only help each man’s boxing career moving forward.
While it wasn’t quite as dramatic, the double knockdown that happened on Thursday night in Las Vegas was eerily similar to the fictional event depicted in the 1979 movie “Rocky 2” featuring Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers.
You can watch that clip below to compare.
Main Event Featured Late-Replacement Heavyweight
The main event featured heavyweight Carlos Takam defeating Jerry Forrest via 10-round unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93 for the 39-year-old Takam.
Takam was a late-replacement for Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller who failed another drug test but maintains he’s never willingly taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Last year, Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) was supposed to face unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York, but the Brooklyn-born heavyweight lost that opportunity after testing positive for a banned substance.
That happened again before his scheduled bout against Forrest, so some have wondered whether the fighter will ever make it back into a boxing ring as a professional.
“I have never, ever willingly taken a steroid for performance-enhancing purposes,” Miller told Fight Network. “Did I take something for healing properties, for injuries? Yes, I have. But to win a fight and during a training camp? No, I have never done that.
Miller added that he’s “outraged” over the allegations that he’s intentionally cheating.
“Nobody can be more outraged than me,” Miller said. “I’m the one that’s lost millions of dollars. I’m the one that’s had his career on the line. … But I have to think about it with a straight mind. I have to figure it out. Sit down with my team. Get everything in order and get everything done in the right way.”
Miller has twice failed drug tests as a boxer and failed another one back in 2014 when he was a pro kickboxer.
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Other Action on the Card
In the co-feature, rising featherweight Carlos Castro stopped Cesar Juarez after the fourth round. Castro improved to 26-0. Juarez fell to 25-9.
In a six-round junior lightweight bout, Joshafat Ortiz defeated Joshua Orta via majority decision. Judges scored the bout 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57.
In the opener, middleweight Donte Stubbs handed Fred Wilson Jr. the first loss of his professional career via unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 58-54, 58-53 and 58-53 for Stubbs.
Of course, all that action was completely overshadowed by the rare double knockdown scored by Cortez and Champion.
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