By Bill Calogero – Ringside – April 13, 2013
Fernandina Beach, Florida – For the first time in over twenty-five years, former top ten world ranked contender, Sal “Rocky” Cenicola, returned to the ring, setting a pro boxing record, as well as a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Nate Petty in the main event of the Comeback To Reality Boxing card promoted by Elite Promotions, in association with LDLTV, Nine5Four Magazine and benefiting the Queen of Hearts Foundation.
Cenicola, 53, used the first round to shake off twenty-five years of ring rust, but by the time the second round started, Rocky put on a display of great defensive head movement and a fierce body attack that kept Petty off balance.
During the final round, Cenicola was snapping his jab and landing solid shots to Petty’s head completing a show that dazzled the sold-out crowd with his hand speed, body attack and head jarring uppercuts.
One judge scored the fight 39-37, while the other two had it the same at 40-36, giving Sal Cenicola the victory while improving to 19-2 (11 KOs). When asked if he planned on continuing his career after the fight Sal said, “I will think about it…maybe two more.”
Nate Petty, who came to fight and was in great shape, drops to 1-7 (1 KO).
The co-main event was a scheduled ten-round Heavyweight fight between Glendy Hernandez and Dieuly Aristalde. The fight was action-packed from the opening bell until the end.
Hernandez used his superior boxing skill to systematically breakdown the rugged Aristalde, who put Hernandez down early. As the fight wore on, Hernandez landed the harder shots including a vicious uppercut followed by a right hand that finished the fight at 2:58 of the eighth round.
Glendy Hernandez improves to 10-0 (6 KOs) and is a young heavyweight to keep an eye on.
Dieuly Aristalde, who is always fun to watch, drops to 9-6 (2 KOs).
Nat Heaven improved to 6-0 (5 KOs) when he over powered Terry Cox with several impressive shots during the first round of a scheduled four-round Heavyweight contest. By the time the clock hit 31 seconds into the second, the fight was over. Terry Cox drops to 2-2 (1 KO).
In a battle of winless Super Middleweights, Steven “Rocky II” Chadwick KO’d Cleavon Bradley with a devastating shot at 1:24 of the second round to improve to 1-4 (1 KO). Bradley drops to 0-2.
In an exciting featherweight bout featuring two pro debuting fighters, Brandon Ryals stopped Jason Somchay at 1:31 of the fourth and final round to get his first win and first KO as a pro.
Somchay drops to 0-1.
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