By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
New York, NY (April 5th, 2013)– In the featured bout of a nine bout prospects boxing card promoted by DiBella Entertainment at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on April 5, 2013, broadcast on tape delay on SportsNet, welterweight contender Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Pavel Miranda in a Puerto Rico versus Mexico stay busy fight.
Bracero, now 22-1, 4 knockouts, fought his unusual consistent technical fight for all eight rounds, jabbing and countering, moving side to side with superior foot movement, and outboxing Miranda from all possible angles. At times the bout went to the inside in center ring, with bracero and Miranda mixing it in heated exchanges. Bracero is not a power hitter, but his hand speed remains fantastic, and Miranda could not compete in terms of either accuracy or the punch count. Miranda landed a few decent counters to remain competitive, but missed his important punch attempts, and thus could only provide Bracero with a decent workout.
Miranda, a trialhorse journeyman opponent, is now 17-10-1, with eight knockouts, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Miranda has won only one of his last 12 bouts, after winning 15 of his first 16 bouts in California, Baja California, and Las Vegas.
Bracero has expressed an interest in fighting welterweight Dmitry Salita, or in fighting the winner of the Barclays Center Brooklyn April 27 WBA and WBC World Light Welterweight title bout between Danny Garcia and Zab Judah. Bracero has not fought at 140 pounds since his NABF bout with former WBO World Light Welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley at Roseland Ballroom in January 2012, a bout won by Corley by ten round decision. If Garcia beats Judah and looks towards Floyd Mayweather (if Floyd gets past Robert Guerrero), then Bracero’s best bout in late 2013 might be a rematch at Roseland with Corley.
Scoring: 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 for Bracero.
Referee: Gary Rosato