Gradovich dominates Dib
LEDYARD, Conn. (March 1st, 2013) – Shelito Vincent and Jimmy Williams made easy work of their opponents Friday, winning every round of their respective bouts to earn shutout victories at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater.
Vincent (8-0) and Williams (2-0, 1 KO), both part of Jimmy Burchfield’s stable at Classic Entertainment & Sports, starred on the undercard of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and rap mogul 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.
Vincent, a New London, Conn., native, followed up her impressive win over Nydia Feliciano in January with another dominant performance Friday, out-boxing the scrappy Mikayla Nebel (0-4) of Ohio to earn a 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 decision in the female bantamweight division. Williams, a New Jersey native who now lives and trains in New Haven, Conn., followed suit with an equally-impressive, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 win over Georgia’s Raynard Younger in a four-round welterweight bout. For Williams, it was his second nationally-televised bout; his debut win over Noel Garcia aired live on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series.
Russia’s Evgeny Gradovich (16-0) upset Australia’s Billy Dibb (35-2) in the main event by split decision, 114-112, 112-114, 114-112, to win Dibb’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title while Cleveland’s Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KOs) destroyed Michael Medina (26-4-2) via first-round knockout to retain his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light middleweight title in the scheduled 10-round co-feature. Nelson sent Medina to the canvas twice and finished him for good at the 2-minute mark.
Also on the undercard, light welterweight Luis Olivares (1-0, 1 KO) debuted with a first-round knockout win over Rafael Munoz (1-2) at the 1:38 mark while New England’s Luis Rosa (13-0) and Ryan Kielczewski (16-0) each kept their perfect records intact with eight-round, unanimous-decision wins. New Haven’s Rosa stood toe-to-toe with Jhovany Collado (4-7-2) of Queens and earned an 80-71, 80-71, 80-71 win in the super bantamweight division while the 23-year-old Kielczewski, a Quincy, Mass., super featherweight, dominated Texas’ Gil Garcia (5-4-1), 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
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