“I just need to go out there, dominate, and finish quick.” It may have taken till 3:34 in the second round but Al Iaquinta did just that last night. Dominate. After a first round that went back and fourth it was Iaquinta who turned it on in the second, scoring a big TKO win over Joe Lauzon. It was a combination followed by a big right hand that stung Lauzon, leaving him staggering around the octagon attempting to hang on. Iaquinta remained calm picking his shots. The referee was forced to jump in and stop the fight. Lauzon was out on his feet, and Iaquinta was victorious.
Round one went back and fourth with both fighters landing some solid shots. Iaquinta caught several punches from Lauzon but none that did any significant damage. Lauzon was able to stand toe to toe with Iaquinta early on, controlling the center of the octagon. Lauzon connected with several shots on the tough chin of Iaquinta. Al took more then one opportunity to shoot in on Lauzon, setting up some technical punches to follow. Lauzon briefly caught Iaquinta in a guillotine, but Raging Al was able to keep his composure and fight his way back to his feet. Iaquinta ended the round with some big body shots and head kicks.
Both fighters came out swinging in round two. Lauzon just missed on an uppercut that could have been damaging. Iaquinta continued to keep up the solid movement, staying light on his feet moving like a boxer. Iaquinta continued to put the pressure on Lauzon connecting with some brutal combinations. A big right hand hurt Lauzon and dropped him. Iaquinta quickly smelled blood and landed several hammer fits to the head of Lauzon. The Boston based fighter was able to briefly get back on his feet. Iaquinta continued to stalk him, lining up Lauzon and landing some monstrous blows sending him across the cage. The official was forced to jump in and stop the fight.
Another impressive victory for Iaquinta who continues to impress. Not only is this “Raging” Al’s third straight win but each victory was by TKO. Each win more impressive than the next. “I’m getting better every time I go out there” Iaquinta said after the fight. This win against yet another top ranked opponent brings Iaquinta’s record to 11-3-1 and undoubtedly moves him further up the light weight division. Expect to see another well known opponent Al’s next fight. This victory proves one thing Raging Al is here to stay and make his mark on the light weight division.