Jamal James stops Mahonry Montes in Two
By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer
Published: August 26, 2018
On a great night of boxing at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis Minnesota, Jamal "Shango" James (24-1-0-11 KOs) added another win on his resume in stunning fashion after stopping Mahonry "Russo Jr" Montes (35-8-1-24 KOs) in two rounds. Coming into this fight, there was a lot of hype surrounding James after he had won four straight fights after suffering his only loss to Yordenis Ugas and he was also expected to put on a show in front of his hometown. Montes was the underdog but he was not to be overlooked. Montes had a lot of experience on his side and had fought many big names before coming into this fight.
The first round started off pretty slow with both fighters not throwing any significant punches. James however, made his jab noticeable from the start throwing it constantly. Montes didn't throw much at all, he stayed in front James and once in a while threw a jab or two. By the end of the round, James managed to throw in a couple of good punches while Montes just brushed them off. It was clear that James had won the round.
In the second round, James immediately started off with his jab once again throwing it repeatedly. This time, James started off a little faster throwing a variety of punches to the body and head of Montes. James proceeded to land sharp right hands to the head of Montes which most of them landed clean. Montes had no response as he just took the punches and didn't throwback. Eventually, James started letting his hands go throwing combinations without stopping and backing up Montes which forced Montes to start throwing back finally. The fighters exchanged until James landed a clean body shot on Montes that dropped him and kept him down for the whole ten count.
The Armory in Minneapolis went crazy for their hometown fighter as James impressively made a statement. With a performance like that it puts James on notice in the welterweight division that is packed with lots of talent. A title shot wouldn't seem out of reach either with Keith 'One Time" Thurman hoping to make a comeback or Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao coming off an impressive win over Lucas Matthysse. James bounced back from his loss against Ugas and has been on a roll ever since only adding more wins and names to his resume.
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