Saturday, December 16, 2006

Anyone Know Where Jose Hernandez Goes To Law School?

In a stunning boxing upset, law student Jose Hernandez (22-3, 14 KOs) came from behind to knockout rising star Jason Litzau (20-1, 18 KOs). Hernandez is no tin can (he was the 1997 Golden Gloves champion), but had no marquee wins in his professional career and was not seen as being fully committed to boxing (he took a semester off of law school to train for the fight). The fight was definitely billed as a showcase for the power-punching Litzau, a flashy St. Paul native who was looking to become the next big American star.

Hernandez scored a first round knockdown and seemed to have "The American Boy" hurt as the round came to a close. After that, however, Litzau appeared firmly in control, unleashing devastating power shots that rocked Hernandez from bell to bell. Hernandez fought back gamely and hit with some strikes of his own, but he was clearly on the defensive, and so busted up that the HBO commentators were wondering when the fight would be stopped.

For his part, Litzau's corner begged him to start minding his defense, clearly worried that Litzau's desire for action would leave him vulnerable. Litzau didn't listen, and in the 8th round Hernandez, down on all cards, came out looking for a knockout. After a wild round, he found it with a textbook devastating right hand that floored Litzau for good.

In the post-fight interview, Hernandez indicated that it was back to boxing--at least for the moment. Looks like law school is on the backburner as Hernandez comes up with a huge upset win on a national stage for the first time in his career.


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