7.3.09

Kirkland v. Julio: Round by Round

The third and final fight of the night is between James Kirkland and Joel Julio. The fight is at 154 pounds. Both fighters are 24 years old. Both fighters are considered the future of the junior middle-weight division. Julio is 34-2 with 31 KOs, while Kirkland is undefeated with a record of 24-0 with 21 KOs.

Intos are finished, here we go.

Rd 1
The action starts right away. Kirkland is throwing all kinds of punches. He's just smothering Julio. Julio gets one left hand in. Kirkland is landing a lot of punches upstairs, mostly hooks. Julio looks like he doesn't know how to handle this. Kirkland is mixing up his punches to the head and body. Kirkland lands a good jab. Julio lands an uppercut. Now Kirkland comes back with a mean combo to the head. Julio comes back with a combo of his own. A cut opens over the eye of Julio from a punch. That looks like trouble. Great first round.

Spartan117: 10-9 Kirkland
Uatu: 10-9 Kirkland

Rd 2
Kirkland mouths "I'm comin" before he comes out for round 2. Kirkland wastes no times and lands some great combos. Julio gets in a two punch combo that looked hard. Julio misses with a wide right hook. Julio lands a good uppercut. Kirkland is still applying the pressure. Kirkland dodges another wide hook with good body movement. Julio has a better second round than the first. Kirkland lands 2 shots to the body. Another good round for the viewers.

Spartan117: 10-9 Kirkland
Uatu: 10-9 Kirkland

Rd 3
Julio throws the first punch and misses. Kirkland establishes the jab. They both trade massive shots in the corner. Kirkland gets the best of the exchange. Julio throws a punch to the head and body. Kirkland lands a good left straight. Now Julio lands a huge power shot and Kirkland goes on the defensive. It's amazing Kirkland shook off that combo. Kirkland comes back with a great power combo of his own. Julio lands another great left hook. Best round so far.

Spartan117: 10-9 Kirkland
Uatu: 10-9 Julio

Rd 4
The ref stops the action to warn Kirkland for punching in the back of the head. Kirkland comes right back and rocks Julio with a combo. Julio is punching and moving well. he's been landing one punch and getting out of the way often. The commentators say that Julio looks tired. I disagree. He's still moving around on his toes. Julio now lands some good combos. Julio is starting to hold which shows signs of fatigue.

Spartan117: 10-9 Kirkland
Uatu: 10-9 Kirkland

Rd 5
Kirkland is still applying the pressure. Kirkland leans in to a big right hand from Julio but it doesn't phase him. Kirkland goes to the body with a 2-punch combo of hooks. Julio tries to clinch and Kirkland lands 2 left hooks to the chin. Julio's eye looks like a mess. Kirkland digs away to the body again. These punches look like they are really adding up. Kirkland lands a straight right hand. Julio lands 2 nice right hands. Kirkland is landing his jab at will.

Spartan117: 10-9 Kirkland
Uatu: 10-9 Kirkland

Rd 6
Julio's eye is cut and is now swelling shut. Kirkland is really taking it to Julio. Julio isn't backing down which is amazing. Kirkland is stalking Julio with big punches and is walking through everything that Julio is throwing. Kirkland keeps landing the jab. Julio lands a left to the body. Julio follows with a jab. Julio turns it on now with some good hooks and straights. Kirkland comes right back with stronger punches. Kirkland's hand speed is great too. Kirkland lands a huge left straight. Julio is holding on for his life. He makes it out of the round.

The ref sees that Julio can't take any more damage and stops the fight in the corner.

The winner by TKO at the end of Round Six... James Kirkland.

Kirkland says that he didn't feel any power from Julio. He trained hard to take power. Kirkland's trainer says that you need to be in shape to take a beating and Julio wasn't in shape. James says that he will take anyone they want him to fight next.

Uatu says...

I am happy to admit that I was dead wrong about Kirkland not being able to take Julio's power. Kirkland looked like he is going to be a handful for anybody out there at 154. He has some serious star potential, and he will be must-watch in his next appearance.

Posted by spartan117

7 comments:

uatu said...

awesome first round. kirkland is rolling him but julio is getting in some punches here and there.

kirkland looks stronger after 1 round

uatu said...

julio had a nice round 3, but his conditioning could be his undoing down the stretch

The Franchise said...

He has faded late in fights before...

uatu said...

kirkland is looking fresh. i think he is wearing julio down.

uatu said...

kirkland shook off some decent shots and never looked to be bothered the whole fight.

great chin, great conditioning, great win.

The Franchise said...

Kirkland is a beast. His style may not lend itself to longevity, but he should be a handful for anyone he faces.

uatu said...

could a fighter like Vernon Forrest keep Kirkland off of him well enough to win?

Forrest would get his straight head shots in, but Kirkland is so strong and active