In boxings first full month back since the COVID outbreak in march many top-notch prospects returned to the ring. However, given the state of the sport perhaps no one needed their prospect to shine brighter than a midsize promotional outfit like Thompson Promotions and one of the companies most touted young studs handed in an A+ performance. The West Texas Warrior Michael Dutchover, originally of Midland, Texas scored a highly impressive one-sided unanimous decision over Jorge Marron Jr on July 26th in a warehouse in Corona, California. Dutchover was coming off of his first career loss, a fight that Dutchover was winning handly but was stopped early due to a cut that was sustained by a legal blow. The referee’s controversial decision to stop the bout ruined Dutchover’s west Texas homecoming fight and handed him his first career loss. Dutcover’s performance last Sunday was perhaps the best of his young career and the 22-year-old reestablished himself as one of the must-touted prospects in the talent loaded lightweight division.
The West Texas Warrior entered the ring determined to get his good name back. He knew his fight against Jorge Marron was a make or break fight and he needed to not just win but look sensational in doing so. He needed to wash away the image of his last performance a loss to Thomas Mattice due to a cut. Marron was the best opponent of Dutchover’s young career and he caught the attention of the Texan with a right hook at the midway point of the opening round that staggered the young prospect. Dutchover realized just how good his opponent was and took a step back and became more cautious. Until he caught Marron with a straight right in the third that seemed to hurt him. The two traded in the center of the ring beginning in the fourth. Marron getting the better of it early on but Dutchover hung in attacked the body and established his position. By the sixth round, the writing was on the wall and Dutchover began to take control of a very even fight and cracked Marron with a straight right hand and punished him devasting body shots. Dutchover kept swarming in the last two rounds of the scheduled eight-rounder looking for the stoppage, Dutchover blasted Marron with an overhand right 40 seconds into the final round and kept up the pressure for the remainder of the round. Taking the hard-fought by clear unanimous decision by scores by a way too wide 80-72, and a more reasonable 78-74 twice. Improving his record to 14-1 (10)
The Lone Star State has become a hotbed for young boxing talent. Dallas, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley are producing world-class fighters and future world champs at breakneck speeds. Midland, is not one of those hotbed cities, in what is an oil town Dutchover had to travel to Dallas, a five hour drive each way to get solid sparring. He eventually signed with Thompson Promotions and moved out to California. It turned out to be a wise decision for the West Texas Warrior who is emerging as a star in the 135-pound division at 14-1 (10) and coming off that level of performance Dutchover has proven that he is ready for the next level and should be facing top 20 type talent and veteran fighters in 202, Names Like Francisco Fonseca, Petr Petrov or a Diego Magdaleno would be a good step up opponent. should Dutchover pass that test with flying colors, which he certainly should, he should be fighting top 10 fighters and potentially for a world title as early as 2022.