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Monday, May 28, 2012

Cleotis "Mookie" Pendarvis vs Robert "Red Hot" Frankel - Jr Welterweight Title Fight

On Friday May 25, 2012 Cleotis "Mookie" Pendarvis and Robert "Red Hot" Frankel squared off in a title fight at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. At stake was not only the vacant USBA Light welterweight Title, but also the WBC United States (USNBC) Light Welterweight Title. Frankel from Denver CO, entered the ring with 30-11-1 w/ 6 KO's record while Pendarvis from South Central Los Angeles entered with a 14-3-2 w/ 5 KO's.
A hard fought 12 rounder, that went the distance. Pendarvis the quicker of the two was able to dictate the pace. In the end all three judges agreed, Pendarvis had won by unanimous decision 117-111, 118-110, 119-109. Cleotis "Mookie" Pendarvis record improves to 15-3-2, and now is the holder of two belts.

Here are some images I took, pre-fight in Pendarvis' locker room , and ringside.

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In the locker room. 

Mookie start to get wrapped.

An official monitors the wrapping, while the Referee gives instructions.

After the hands are wrapped and are signed by an official, the gloves are put on.

The same official who has monitored the whole process then tapes over the laces, in this case with blue tape since Pendarvis fought out of the blue corner.

Then the wait, 

Just heard, previous bout over, Title bout is up next.

Pendarvis dominated early with punishing blows to the head,

and body.

Some advice in the corner.

The fight went the distance.

Pendarvis and Frankel pose for the camera.

The decision is in,

and the belts go on!!!

All shots with Canon 5 D mkIII, or Canon 1D mkIV cameras with Canon 24-70 f2.8 & Canon 70-200 f2.8 lenses. My thanks to 'Team Mookie', 'PitBull Boxing Promotions' and Canon CPS.

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