Sunday, October 22, 2006
Daniel Ponce De Leon successfully defended his WBO Junior Featherweight title, stopping Al Seeger in the eighth round when his corner opted to throw in the towel and save their fighter from sustaining anymore damage.
Ponce De Leon pulled away early in the contest - It seemed as if he was connecting with power shots at will throughout the first three rounds of the fight. Seeger was dropped to the mat in the fourth round and continued to be peppered with shot after shot after he got back up.
Frustrated with not being able to finish off Seeger, Ponce De Leon then reportedly started to use dirty tactics such as elbow, low blows, and rabbit punches while referee Lawrence Cole just looked on without a reaction.
The eighth round began with Cole taking a point away from Seeger because he continually clinched and held onto Ponce De Leon. After taking more abuse throughout the final round, a final flurry of power shots forced Seeger’s corner to toss the fluffy white object into the ring and half the proceedings.
Apparently towards the end of the bout, Seeger used some of Ponce De Leon’s strategy as well…
“He didn’t want to fight,” De Leon said. “He was just grabbing and holding. He also fouled me quite a bit.”