Greenbelt, MD junior middleweight Norman "The Shadow" Allen lost a six-round unanimous decision to Hector Vasquez Saturday night at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX. Allen lost the bout by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Fightnews.com reporter Jeff Zimmerman describes the action.
Vasquez dominated every round using double and triple left hooks to
the body and the head with an occasional upper cut to easily outpoint
Allen. Allen had his moments in the 2nd and 4th round coming out the
aggressor and landed some nice combinations, but that only seemed to
energize Vasquez who would use his superior speed and footwork to take
back control of the fight. Although Allen appeared to have the size and
reach advantage on Vasquez, he was not able to do anything with it
allowing Vasquez to continually get inside without much effort and land
body shot after body shot.
In the last round, Vasquez stunned Allen with a triple left hook to
the body, followed by shots to the head and tried to end the fight, but
Allen withstood the onslaught and even landed an occasional counter of
his own to the body of Vasquez. The fight ended with a wild exchange as
both fighters were seeking the knockout, but instead they ended on their
feet as Vasquez came out with the victory in front of his hometown
Allen is now 6-7, three KO's while Vasquez is 9-1, two KO's.