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Vincent defeats McPhee

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Nov. 2nd, 2013) – Looking for his second consecutive win after capturing the North American Boxing Association (NABA) featherweight title two months ago, Hartford’s Mike Oliver fought to an entertaining draw against Brooklyn challenger Cornelius Lock on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The eight-round bout between Lock and Oliver was the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s “Connecticut Classic” pro-am card, featuring six amateur and six professional bouts. Following his disqualification win over Eric Hunter in September, Oliver (26-5-1) came out aggressive against the stronger Lock, but was at his best when weaving in and out of trouble while Lock was the better fighter toe-to-toe.

The two staged a tremendous finish over the final four rounds, exchanging blows along the ropes and in the center of the ring. Lock (21-6-2) earned a 78-74 decision on one card while the other two judges each scored the bout 76-76, resulting in a majority draw.

Fighting for the first time since capturing the Women’s International Boxing Association bantamweight title in May, New London’s Shelito Vincent (10-0, 1 KO) showed no signs of rust whatsoever in the six-round co-feature, coming out firing against the undersized Alisah McPhee (2-1) of British Columbia, Canada, who moved up in weight from 118 pounds to put her unbeaten record on the line against Vincent.

McPhee fought hard, but didn’t have the strength or speed to match Vincent, who looked just as sharp Saturday as she did in her previous win against Angel Gladney in May. Vincent caught McPhee early and often and eventually caught her in a flurry in the neutral corner late in the fourth round, forcing referee Shada Murdaugh to stop the bout with 2:08 remaining.

Worcester, Mass., heavyweight Donnie Palmer (3-0-1, 3 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, stopping New Haven’s Solomon Maye (1-1) with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth and final round. Palmer agreed to fight Maye early Friday morning, 24 hours before the event, after Maye’s original opponent, Zeferino Albino, was forced to withdraw Thursday due to personal reasons.

The 6-foot-10 Palmer had the distinct height advantage over the shorter, 6-2 Maye, but Maye looked sharp early, working the body aggressively while Palmer backpedaled looking to avoid sustaining any damage. As the fight wore on, Palmer ultimately wore down Maye, using his 267-frame to keep Maye against the ropes while landing clean blows to the head. Murdaugh deducted a point from Maye in the fourth for spitting his mouthpiece out a third time and eventually stopped the bout moments later when Maye could no longer defend himself.

In one of the most entertaining fights of the night, female bantamweights Marcia Agripino (1-0-1) of Groton, Conn., and newcomer Michelle Cook (0-0-1) of upstate New York battled to a majority draw following four action-packed rounds. Cook, a highly-regarded amateur from the Adirondacks, dominated the early rounds with sharp, effective counterpunching against the aggressive Agripino, but Agripino fought back in the latter half of the fight and began landing cleanly while avoiding Cook’s counterpunches. One judge scored the bout in favor of Cook, 39-37, while the remaining judges each scored it 38-38, resulting in a majority draw.

Super welterweight Christian Lao of New Haven (5-2-1) won for the first time in more than a year, outworking Hartford’s Joe Wilson Jr. (1-1) to earn a 39-37, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision. Lao’s speed and footwork were too much for Wilson, as he ducked in and out trouble and landed cleanly without taking much punishment. Following a year-and-a-half layoff, Lao returned to the ring Oct. 5, fighting to a draw, before beating Wilson on Saturday night.

New Haven welterweight Jimmy Williams (5-0-1) bounced back from a draw in early October with a unanimous decision win over the slick, elusive Evincii Dixon (2-3-1) of Lancaster, Pa., 39-37 on all three scorecards. The two spent most of the opening round posturing while trying to find an opening. Dixon seemed intent on counterpunching while Williams was the aggressor looking to press the action. The pace picked up in the third round as Williams opened with his most effective flurry of the night, forcing Dixon to exchange. Williams continued to press in the fourth round while Dixon landed several effective counterpunches, but not enough to sway the judges, resulting in his second loss in his last three fights dating back to September.

Nottingham show report

The Ingles’ gym has previously brought us Paddy O’Reilly and Slugger O’Toole – and now there are ‘The Three Amigos.’

Dominic Ingle says unbeatens Jordan Gill, Sam O’Maison and Leigh Wood are known as ‘The Three Amigos’ in the gym and six days after Gill and O’Maison extended their unbeaten records, the third amigo was in action in home-town Nottingham.

After Ashley Lane pulled out of a scheduled Midlands title fight, matchmaker Jason McClory put together a match between Wood and Genilson De Jesus Santos for the vacant International Masters super-bantamweight title.

Santos came with an impressive-looking 23-5 (22) slate compiled against novices in South American – but Wood was too good and forced him to retire after three one-sided rounds.

Santos had an awkward, hands high, jerky style and Wood, who walked to the ring wearing a sombrero, had a look for a minute or so, assessed the job, then set about opening him up with body shots.

In the final minute of the round, Leigh switched his attack upstairs to turn the Brazilian’s legs rubbery with a slashing right hand to the jaw and he did well to survive until the bell.

Santos started to lose ambition in the second and with little coming back at him, Wood did as he pleased, pot shotting from both stances and bringing “ooohs” from the crowd with corkscrew shots and uppercuts.

Finally, Santos was sent to his knees late in the third by a chopping right hand late in the third. Up at “eight,” he got through to the bell, but showed little interest in carrying on and was pulled out by his corner.

Another unbeaten Ingle fighter, Atif Shafiq, made it six straight wins with a shut-out six-twos points win over Youssef Al-Hamidi.

The Rotherham teenager had Al-Hamidi in some discomfort with body shots and was a 59-55 points winner.

Newark light-welterweight Fergus Taylor was too big and too fresh for hard-as-nails Ryan McNicol in a four threes.

McNicol clearly felt body punches, but as he usually does, the Scot toughed it out to hear the final bell.

In a good four threes show opener, referee Grant Wallis couldn’t separate Nottinghamshire light-middleweights Terry Maughan and Nathan Capeness.
He scored it 39-39.

Capeness, from Hucknall and cheered on by ex-British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin, is now without a win in three fights, but is much better than that.

Gordon Watson has a title fight to look forward to after outpointing Joe Walsh over four threes.

Watson didn’t have things all his own way against Walsh – his nose was bloodied in the last – but the Belper boxer still won 39-37 and now meets Jake Dyer for the vacant British Masters Bronze super-middleweight title in Newark on Sunday, November 17.

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