Lakeland Events Center, Lakeland, Florida, June 12
By Peter Lim
This intriguing cross-town match-up between two Houston area light heavyweights is as dead-even a match-up in actuality as it is on paper. The
winner propels himself from prospect to contender while the loser takes a
U-turn back to the proverbial square one. Being from the same Houston area, they have sparred before so neither will be
too much of a mystery to the other.
Both boxers favor using jolting jabs to set up potentially lethal right hands and both will find a measure of success deploying that mode of combat against each other. But Lovett, at six-foot-two, sports a slight height advantage over Baker, which ultimately tips the balance of the fight. Lovett is first on the trigger just a tad more often enough to eke out a split decision win.
It's almost inconceivable to me how Lovett was so flawless
for the first five rounds but unraveled so completely like a ball of
yarn in the second half of the fight. Kudos to Baker for hanging tough and making the right adjustments.