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Boxing results from the weekend: Jermaine Ortiz; Connor Coyle; Nathan Decastro

Jamaine Ortiz continued to climb the ladder Friday with a victory even more impressive than his last.


The undefeated Worcester, Mass., native kept his perfect intact with a first-round knockout win over Brazilian Vitor Jones (15-5) on Friday night at Twin River Casino Hotel, stopping his opponent at 1:50 of the opening round. The event, promoted by CES Boxing, featured nine bouts, five ending by knockout.

Two months after capturing the WBC World Youth Lightweight Championship with a win over Ricardo Quiroz, Ortiz (11-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of his next victim, sending Jones into the ropes with a hard, overhand right. Jones got to his feet, but stumbled as he tried to make his way back to the center of the ring, prompting referee Danny Schavione to stop the bout.


In what might’ve been the most impressive performance of his career, Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (7-2, 5 KOs) won his fifth consecutive bout, stopping previously unbeaten Southbridge native Wilfredo Pagan (6-1) at the 2:34 mark of the third round. Bates dialed up the intensity in an action-packed second round, peppering Pagan with overhand rights, but Pagan fought back and started to find his groove by sneaking a series of rights through Bates’ guard.

In the third, Bates finished the fight for good with a right hand to the midsection, knocking the wind from Pagan, who couldn’t get to his feet in time. Bates now has three knockouts during his five-fight winning streak.

The co-feature saw featherweight Ricky Delossantos (8-0) of Pawtucket, R.I., stalk down Mexican veteran German Meraz (62-55-2), who had 119 bouts on his resume entering Friday. Delossantos got the better of the exchanges and worked the body effectively, earning an 80-72 decision on all three scorecards.

Stepping up in his toughest test to date, Providence super welterweight Lamont Powell (4-0) handled the challenge with ease, cruising past seasoned Lazio, Italy native Luca Podda (7-3) for a 39-36, 40-35, 40-35 unanimous decision win. Powell scored a knockdown in the opening round and established a consistent pace the rest of the way. Podda opened the third with a hard-charging flurry, but Powell regained his composure and continued to work the jab to keep Podda from attacking the body.

In an entertaining lightweight scrap, Providence’s Michael Valentin (6-0) kept his perfect record intact, narrowly defeating the game Charles Johnson (0-3-4) of Saint Louis by majority decision, 38-38-, 39-37, 39-37. Johnson got off to a strong start, using his height and reach to keep Valentin at a distance. Valentin eventually turned on the pressure and got the better of the exchanges over the final two rounds to pull out the victory.

StablemateVictor Reynoso (4-0, 4 KOs) of Providence also remained unbeaten in the super welterweight division, earning his fourth knockout when Miami’s Yasmani Pedroso (2-6) quit at the end of the second round due to a neck injury. Reynoso scored a flash knockdown earlier in the round to build a comfortable lead on the cards. Pedroso rebounded by finishing strong over the final minute, even taunting Reynoso toward the end, but was ultimately unable to continue onto the third round due to the injury.

Also on the preliminary card, New Bedford super lightweight Wilson Mascarenhas (1-1) earned his first career victory, outworking and outboxing the game Stacey Anderson (0-6) of Virginia for a clean sweep on all three scorecards, 40-36 across the board.

Making his Twin River debut, Providence super welterweight Anthony Concepcion (3-0, 3 KOs) earned his third knockout victory in as many nights, stopping Leonard Ladeira (0-1) of Revere, Mass., at the 2:28 mark of the second round. Super welterweight Nicholas Briggs (4-0, 3 KOs) earned his third career knockout win, stopping Virginia’s Latorie Woodberry (2-9-2) with a body shot at 43 seconds of the opening round.

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It may have been unseasonably cold, OK but still seasonly wet, in Lincoln on Saturday night but the inclement weather didn’t prevent fans of the pugilistic arts turning out in force to watch local hero Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro challenge Ghana’s Daniel Adjei Sowah for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight Championship of the World at the magnificent Engine Shed venue at the University of Lincoln.

I say local fans, but it wasn’t just local fans in attendance as I see so many people I know, including media, and not just from down south, where I’m from, but from all over the UK, Europe and Africa. That’s how much interest there was in this particular showdown or perhaps the event itself, as the whole card had an international flavour, with fighters from Europe, Africa and South America competing.

I can understand the interest, after all Decastro is not just unbeaten but has a 90% knockout ratio and is famed for sending Chris Eubank Jr to the canvas with just one punch back when the pair locked horns in the amateur ranks, and on the other side of the ring Sowah has an almost equally impressive knockout ratio, albeit in his case he’s stopped the same amount of opponents as Decastro has had pro fights!.

OK, enough scene setting let’s get down to the action, and there’s plenty of that.

Right from the off there was no no pussy footing about with this pair, oh no both protagonists went straight on the attack, the action was intense, both men digging deep into their arsenal of power shots for the first half of the round.

As the round entered the second minute Decastro started targeting the Ghanaians body with some incredibly powerful hooks, so much so you could see Sowah wincing each time an Exocet landed on his lower ribs, after one such assault Sowah stepped back, which left the perfect opportunity for Decastro to switch his attack and let rip with a huge right to the temple that sent the Ghanaian down.

Sowah tried to prevent himself going fully down by grabbing Decastro’s shorts, however the force of the shot was too much and instead of remaining on his feet, this action led to not only Sowah going down but also Decastro being pulled down on top of him… with his shorts around his knees.

Sowah made the count but looked a bit dazed, luckily just after the fight resumed the bell rang to end the first round, otherwise I am sure Decastro would have at least put him down again, if not KO him.

Sowah came out strong at the start of the second, but as soon as Decastro landed another huge right, changed tactics and started surreptitiously holding Decastro every time the opportunity arose out of Referee Lee Murtagh’s view.

Decastro didn’t say a word, instead started working the body on the inside, especially the lower rib region, which appeared to be troubling the Ghanaian. On the occasions that some space opened up Decastro would let rip with big head shots, before making slick excursions to the body to let rip with big hooks and vicious uppercuts.

Round three was more of the same, some fantastic boxing from Sowah, but as soon as Decastro lands a big shot to the head the Ghanaian grabs hold which opens up other opportunities for Decastro to target the bottom rib area. It was like a vicious circle every time there’s space Sowah boxed his socks off, but the moment Decastro lands a big shot he grabs hold or tries to get on the inside.

Around about the thirty second point of the break between rounds three and four, Sowah’s coach summons Referee Lee Murtagh and retired his charge in the corner.

At point of retirement, the scorecards of Judges Charlie Cardona (Malta), Roger Barnor (Ghana) and Stephen Smith (England) were all identical reading 30-26 in favour of Decastro.

Following being presented the WBU Championship belt by British & Irish Boxing Authority’s Secretary General David Smith, Decastro made a statement on air aimed at Colchester’s Tommy ‘Sweet T’ Jacobs, who had been calling Decastro out on social media, during which he announced that he will make a voluntary defence against Jacobs on June 22nd.

Have to say when Decastro-Sowah was announced I thought that it would be a fantastic fight, which it was, albeit short, but Decastro-Jacobs, well that is mouthwatering prospect for all fans of the pugilistic arts.

Preceding Decastro-Sowah was a heavyweight contest between Cumbria’s Lee Kellett and Ireland’s Ryan Kilpatrick.

Cracking four rounder for the fans, some great boxing from both lads, whilst yes there was the occasional attempt to land a knockout blow, the majority of the fight was just nice boxing.

Kellett had the upper hand for the vast majority of the fight, Kilpatrick showcased his boxing skills when the opportunity arose. Mind you the Irishman seemed to be battling with not just Kellett but also a rather loud mouth spectator, whom he would beckon in to the ring on numerous occasions, whilst defending against the ever moving forward juggernaut better known as Lee Kellett!

After four entertaining rounds Referee Roger Barnor’s scorecards read 40-36 in favour of Lee Kellett.

As a side note, there was also a battle of the corners going on, as Kellett was cornered by multi-World Champion Lee McAllister, whilst Kilpatrick had no less than the aforementioned World Boxing Foundation (WBF) European & International Champion Tommy Jacobs.

Prior to Kellett-Kilpatrick see Scotland’s Nathan Beattie in a four rounder against Ghana’s Michael Barnor

For the first couple of rounds there really wasn’t much to separate the pair, other than Beattie was slightly more busy than his Ghanaian counterpart. Cracking rounds, my notes scribbled at the time described them as ‘technical war’, which pretty much described them I suppose.

There were some notable moments in round three, Barnor stepped up the pace and landed a big right, that he followed up with a clinical combination that backed the Scot towards the ropes allowing the Ghanaian to control the proceedings for the first time.

However as the round progressed Beattie began to claw back his advantage with some equally slick combinations of his own before landing a series of thunderous shots to wrestle back control of the round.

Right from the opening bell of the fourth stanza Barnor seemed to be on a mission, taking the fight to Beattie, and once in range switched stance and let rip with some crisp combinations that forced Beattie to box of the back foot.

Beattie once again wrestled back control of the round in the second minute, forcing Barnor back with each attack. With about thirty seconds or so remaining Barnor stepped it up again, however this time Beattie just stood his ground and much to the delight of the crowd so began a toe to toe war until the final bell tolled.

After four highly entertaining rounds Referee Lee Murtagh’s scorecard read 40-36 in favour of Nathan Beattie.

The opening fight of the night pitted debuting Sugar Atahasan (Turkish Republic of Cyprus) against Pablo Narvaez (Nicaragua).

Atahasan started hard and fast taking the fight to his more experienced opponent, Atahasan keeping Narvaez at bay with good strong jabs and slick combinations, Narvaez only able to demonstrate flashes of his undoubted talent, so much was the Cypriot’s domination of the first couple of the rounds.

In the third though, Narvaez began to get the crowd behind himself, entertaining the crowd as he tested Atahasan to the limit with some sensationally slick hooks to the body and crisp lightning fast combinations.

Fourth and final round was a cracker, both lads really going for it for the entire three minutes.

After four truly enjoyable rounds of boxing Referee Lee Murtagh’s scorecard read 40-37 in favour of Sugar Atahasan.

Have to say really, really enjoyed this fight, without doubt Atahasan has a serious future in the sport, I know it was his pro debut, but believe me he fought like an established pro, not a novice.

To the same degree I hope I get to see Narvaez in action again as was impressed with him at times too.

There may have only been four contests on the night, but they were four highly entertaining fights and my pugilistic thirst was well and truly slaked, they were that good!

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Last night, Irish middleweight prospect Connor “The Kid” Coyle (10-0, 3 KOs) turned in an impressive Las Vegas debut, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Robert Burwell in the main event, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

The fifth installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS Coyle vs. Burwell, was streamed live under an agreement between the event and Coyle’s, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live-stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.

The 28-year-old Coyle, fighting out of Derry, Northern Ireland, dropped Burwell (8-3, 3 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, in the opening round with a straight right, won the first three rounds on all three judges’ scorecard, and fought his way to a unanimous decision win.

Coyle displayed his vast boxing skills, mixing in some pop, en route to arguably the most impressive victory of his young career.

A legacy prizefighter, Coyle’s great grand-father and great-uncle, both named Spider Kelly and out of Derry, were both British Empire and Commonwealth featherweight champions, 16 years apart. They had 256 combined bouts between 1928 and 1962.

Referee Eddie Cotton raises Connor Coyle’s hand in victory

“It was an amazing experience to represent RJJ Boxing Promotions for the first time under UFC Fight Pass,” a happy Coyle said after the fight. “Fighting in Las Vegas has always been a dream, of mine and fir it to come true was overwhelming. I’d like to thank everyone involved with RJJ Boxing for these opportunities.”

The eight-round co-featured event between unbeaten Fort Lauderdale, FL lightweight Antonio “Bang” Williams (9-0-1, 4 KOs) and Texan Eduardo “Thunder” Garza (13-2-1, 7 KOs) was a back-and-forth match that ended in an eight-round split draw.

Houston welterweight Jerrico “Hands of Stone” Walton (13-0, 7 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with an eight-round unanimous decision victory over his tough Mexican opponent, Jesus Zatuetta Anaya (6-4-1, 4 KOs).

The opening FIGHT PASS bout was a shutout as world-rated Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs), of Miami, out-classed Hungarian bantamweight Martina Morgasz (6-41, 4 KOs) won all six rounds on each of the three judges’ scores cards for a one-sided decision.

On off-FIGHT Pass card, Japanese junior featherweight Kastsuma “El Cuete Japonecito” Akitsugi (2-0, 1 KOs), fighting out of Hollywood, California, had an easy time against Ricard Lucio Galvan (0-2), of Belgium, taking a four-round unanimous decision in an International match-up.

Shurretta Metcalf (5-4-1, 2 KOs), of Dallas, won a four-round unanimous decision over Las Vegas bantamweight Mikayla “MK Ultra” Nebel (2-7).

Official results below:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT – MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Connor Coyle (10-0, 3 KOs), Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
WDEC8 (77-74, 77-74, 77-74)
Robert Burwell (8-3, 3 KOs), Orland, FL

CO-FEATURE – JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS
Antonio Williams (9-0-1, 4 KOs), Fort Lauderdale, FL
D8 (77-75, 75-77, 75-75)
Eduardo Garza (13-2-1, 7 KOs), Mission, TX

WELTERWEIGHTS
Jerrico Walton (12-0, 7 KOs), Houston, TX
WDEC8 (79-73, 78-74, 77-75)
Jesus Zazuetta Anaya (6-3-1, 4 KOs)

FEATHERWEIGHTS
Katsuna Akitsugi (3-0, 1 KO), Hollywood, CA by way of Japan
WDEC4 (40-46, 40-46, 40-36)
Ricardo Lucio Galvan (0-3), Schazrbeck, Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium

FEMALE BANTAMWEIGHTS
Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs), Miami, FL
WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Martina Horgasz (5-3, 4 KOs)

Shurretta Metcalf (5-4-1, 2 KOs), Dallas, TX
WDEC4
Mikayla Nebel (2-7), Las Vegas, NV

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