Boxing results from the weekend: Peter Manfredo, Mykal Fox, More
Peter Manfredo Jr. wanted a tougher challenge and a few more roads in his unexpected return to the ring Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino, but the end result was more of the same for “The Pride of Providence.”
Fighting for the second time in two weeks, Manfredo (42-7-1, 23 KOs) earned a fourth-round stoppage in the main event of CES Boxing’s 2019 season finale on UFC FIGHT PASS® against Milton Nunez (37-23-1) when Nunez’s corner threw in the towel at the 1:39 mark.
Manfredo weathered an early storm against the hard-hitting Nunez. The Columbian veteran with 32 knockouts on his resume actually wobbled Manfredo twice in the opening minute with overhand rights, but Manfredo survived and began to outbox his opponent over the next two rounds while avoiding Nunez’s dangerous right hand.
Midway through the fourth, Manfredo began to pour it on, boxing effectively on angles and peppering Nunez to the body. Having seen enough, Nunez’s corner stopped it with just under two minutes remaining, handing Manfredo his second win of the year since he ended a three-year layoff with a first-round knockout win over Melvin Russell on November 23.
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In the co-main event, super featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (13-2, 10 KOs) of Worcester, MA, made quick work of the overmatched Omar Etheridge (3-3-1) of Greensboro, NC, dropping Etheridge three times in the opening round en route to a first-round knockout win at the 3:00 mark.
Featherweights Nathan Martinez (6-1) of New Britain, CT, and Yeuri Andujar (5-2) of Reading, PA, stole the show in the special attraction with Andujar earning a 58-56, 58-56, 59-55 unanimous decision win, handing the 20-year-old Martinez the first loss of his career.
It was all action from the opening bell as the two traded shots for six hard rounds. Martinez got off to a strong start, but Andujar rallied in the middle rounds and simply outworked his opponent by throwing more combinations despite Martinez landing more effectively at times. Martinez rallied late, but could not close the gap on the cards. The win was Andujar’s second in his last three fights.
Female lightweights Marcia Agripino (4-2-1) of New London, CT, and Michelle Cook (1-2-2) of Massena, NY, staged another epic battle in their rematch from 2013, this time with Agripino earning the win after the two fought to a draw six years ago. Cook, who hadn’t fought in five years prior to Saturday, got off to a slow start before fighting back in the later rounds, but Agripino remained the aggressor to earn the win on the scorecards.
In preliminary action, New Haven, CT, super lightweight Carlos Ojeda-Perez (1-0) earned the win in his pro debut, defeating fellow debut DelQuan Dennis (0-1) of Columbia, SC, but unanimous decision, 40-36, on all three scorecards. Welterweight Joe Goss (2-0) of Bridgeport, CT, fought for the first time since 2018 and shook off some early rust to beat Matt Probin (2-4) of Lewiston, ME, by majority decision, 40-36, 38-38, 39-37.
Mykal Fox Defeats Johnny Arellano in Main Event this past Friday Night at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
World Ranked welterweight Mykal Fox won a eight-round unanimous decision over Johnny Arellano in the main event of a seven bout show at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The card was promoted by King’s Promotions.
Fox of Forestville, Maryland, controlled the action by keeping his jab in the face of Arellano. Arellano tried to get inside, but it was the experience of the fighter known as “The Professor” that was able to thwart the offense of Arellano.
In round five, Fox was able to score a knockdown on shot that landed while both fighters were on the inside.
The number-14 ranked welterweight in the world by the IBF and number-15 by the WBA, Fox won by scores of 80-71 twice and 78-73 to run his winning streak to three in a row and raise his overall mark to 22-1. Arellano of Conroe, Texas is 10-2.
“Johnny is tough. He was awkward. He has some height on him presented some challenges, but we made the adjustments like we are supposed to,” said the 6’4″ Fox. “In 2020, we are looking for good fights, and just keep moving forward. That’s the biggest thing. We are going to go back to the gym, and work on the things we need to. I am going to work on what we did bad, and improve on what we did good, and look for a big 2020. We are going to keep working.”
Kalvin Henderson and Genc Pllana battled to an eight-round majority draw in a super middleweight bout.
Pllana took a card 79-73, while two cards read even at 76-76.
Henderson of Fayettville, AR is 12-0-1. Pllana of Hagerstown, MD is 7-1-2.
WBA number-10 ranked super bantamweight Marcus Bates won an eight-round unanimous decision over Francisco Pedroza.
In round eight, Bates dropped Pedroza with a left hook to the head.
Bates of Washington, DC won by scores of 80-71 twice and 78-73 and is 11-1-1. Pedroza is 13-10-2.
“It was a good performance. I could have done better. I have to go back to the gym and talk with my team, put the work in and get better,” said Bates.
“Whatever my team and promoter want me to do next is what I am going to do.”
Tyrome Jones stopped previously undefeated Shamar Fulton in round two of a scheduled six-round lightweight bout.
Jones dropped Fulton in round two with a hard right hook. Fulton was hurt, and Jones scored some vicious follow up shots and the but was stopped at 2:10.
Jones of South Bend, IN is 5-6-1- with two knockouts. Fulton of Philadelphia is 4-1-1.
Shinard Bunch won a six-round unanimous decision over Vicente Morales in a welterweight bout.
Bunch of Trenton, , NJ won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 and is now 5-1. Morales is 3-5-2.
Martino Jules won an six-round unanimous decision over Eric Manriquez in a junior lightweight bout.
In round three, Jules dropped Manriquez with a hard right hook. Jules scored another knock down in round five, and cruised home to the victory by scores of 59-53 and 60-52 twice.
Jules of Allentown, PA is 8-0. Manriquez of Houston is 8-10-1.
Devar Ferhadi stopped Vincent Baccus in round five of a scheduled six-round bouts of undefeated super middleweights.
Ferhadi rocked Baccus in the 3rd with a left hook to the head. In round five, Ferhadi dropped Baccus with a hard 1-2 combination. Ferhadi continued to beat down Baccus until the bout was called off at 1:45.
Ferhadi, who just granulated from Medical school is from Frederick, MD via Iraq is now 8-0 with seven knockouts. Baccus of Oklahoma is 4-1-1.
“We had to take our time in there, it was out 1st six-round fight. I had to listen to my corner and patiently walk him down, get the jab going, figure out what punches he was throwing, and try to get the caliber of his power, and respect it accordingly,” said Ferhadi. “The Philly fans are great. Hopefully I will be back soon.”
Ronald Ellis Wins Majority Decision over Immanuwel Aleem
This past Saturday night, Ronald Ellis moved down in weight successfully and won a 10-round majority decision over Immanuwel Aleem in a bout that took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and was streamed live on SHOWTIME Sports®
Ellis boxed well behind a nice jab, and landed the sharper punches throughout the fight. Ellis won on two judges scorecards 98-92, 97-93, while a 3rd judge somehow saw that fight even at 95-95.
With the win, the native of Lynn, Massachusetts raises his mark to 17-1-2.
“It was a good performance for Ronald. The fight was supposed to be his introduction to the middleweight division, but Aleem could not make the weight, and asked for a heavier weight. Ronald was on the card with Chris Eubank Jr. and Jermall Charlo, and we would love to fight either of them. Ronald is not out of the super middleweight business either. If a fight with one of the champions or top contenders becomes available, we would gladly take those opportunities,” said Vito Mielnicki, the promoter of Ellis, and CEO of GH3 Promotions.
Janelson Figueroa Bocachica Remains Undefeated
plit-T Management’s welterweight Janelson Figueroa Bocachica remained undefeated with a eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Luis Eduardo Florez in a bout that took place on Saturday night at The Performance Arts Center in Dearborn. Michigan.
Bocachica got the better of the action in a fight where the fighters stood toe to toe on several occasions, with the 21 year-old Bocachica landing the sharper and harder punches.
Bocachica of Detroit won by scores of 90-72 on all scorecards, which raised his perfect mark to 15-0.
Battle at the Banks’s Round-up
Walsall’s James Beech Jr became a two-weight Midlands Area Champion on Saturday evening thanks to a hard fought victory over Luke Jones.
The local duo, Jones is from Chasetown, met in an absorbing ten round contest at the top of BCB Promotions’ ‘Battle at the Banks’s’ show at Walsall Football Club.
Beech just about managed to edge out the ambitious Jones 96-95 in a late candidate for Fight of the Year.
The two former sparring partners wasted no time getting stuck into each other and, full credit to both men, the pace of the tussle continued from first bell until last.
Beech started off well and looked to counter and tag Jones at every opportunity. The 22 year-old managed to just sit out of range of Jones’ shots or blocked them whenever he came straight forward.
Up close though, Jones produced the better work and had some success in those middle rounds. Naturally stringer, the 25 year-old looked to close the distant and work on the inside.
Beech regained momentum and his rhythm down the stretch and boxed beautifully at times as he picked his host, landed, and then moved out of range. Jones continued to push forward and the two styles gelled well to create a small hall classic.
After ten rounds, referee-for-the-evening Kevin Parker gave Beech the nod and crowned him Midlands Area Featherweight Champion. The fight also doubled up as an English Title Eliminator meaning the Bloxwich boxer will have eyes on national honours in 2020.
Five fights made up the undercard in a sell-out Stadium Suite at the Banks’s Stadium.
Tipton’s Ricky Summers returned to the ring with a bang. The 32 year-old former British Title Challenger made light work of the usually durable Raimonds Sniedze. ‘Digger’, looking to put a disappointing draw against Lawrence Osueke behind him, claimed the centre of the ring and worked off his trademark spear like jab. As the fight progressed, Summers began to put his shots together and caught his Latvian opponent with a short hook to the head that took him off his feet. Sniedze beat the ten count but simply postponed the inevitable as Summers pounced and referee Parker waved this one off in the third round. Summers will have his eyes on a return to title action in the New Year.
Burntwood prospect Troi Coleman put on a classy performance against Lancashire’s Sam Omidi. The 24 year-old middleweight extended his record to 6-0 with a confident display.
Coleman came out strong from the first bell and used his long jab to put his punches together. Straight punches worked to good affect for The Hawk who recorded a 40-36 shut-out win on Parker’s card.
Telford’s Liam Davies also moved to 6-0 with a hard fought victory over Romania’s Stefan Nicolae. The prospect wasn’t quite at his best but still boxed well against a strong and awkward opponent. Nicolae, a 25 fight veteran, made Davies work hard for every minute of this six rounder and the 23 year-old will have learned much from his latest outing, which he won 59-55.
Stoke’s Cole Johnson impressed against fellow BCB fighter, Dean Jones.
The Kid Chaos, under the watchful eye of Steve Woodvine, boxed well throughout against the always game Jones. Intelligent positioning and keeping a good distance, the Stoke fighter had forced Jones onto the defensive and was worthy of his shut-out win.
Worcester’s Owen Cooper impressed once again as he moved top 2-0. The 19 year-old took on the busy Fonz Alexander, who was competing for the 116th time in just his fifth year as a professional boxer. Cooper was just 13 when Alexander made his pro debut but dominated throughout this four round contest. Strong at the weight, Cooper boxed well behind a disciplined style and, as always, Fonz’s ‘come to win’ approach made for an exciting contest, which Cooper won convincingly on Parker’s scorecard.
Stephan Shaw Remains Perfect with 3rd Round Stoppage over Gregory Corbin
Split-T Management heavyweight Stephan Shaw remained undefeated with a 3rd round stoppage over Gregory Corbin on Thursday night at Terminal 5 in New York City.
Shaw dropped Corbin at the end of the 1st frame with a hard right hand. In round three, Shaw landed a hard combination that caused Corbin to be stunned badly on the ropes, and the bout was stopped at 2:14.
With the win, Shaw, 27 years-old of Saint Louis remains undefeated with a record of 13-0 with 10 knockouts. Shaw took out Corbin faster then former world champion Charles Martin, and will continue to be looked at as one of the top up and coming heavyweights in the world.
Shaw is promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Demarco Upsets Hamzaoui For WBF Title In France
Unheralded Tamara Demarco of Argentina upset former world champion Amira Hamzaoui in her own back-yard, Epernay in France, on Saturday December 7, to win the vacant World Boxing Federation Womens Intercontinental Flyweight title.
At the Hall des sports Pierre Gaspard, “La Rebelde” made the absolute most of what was her first big championship opportunity, as she was aggressive from the start and comprehensively beat the local southpaw favourite to the punch.
While not a big puncher, Demarco utilized an excellent strategy and put on a great performance, as she had Hamzaoui in trouble on several occasions. With a little more power she likely would have at least scored some knock-downs, if not recorded a stoppage.
After ten rounds there was no doubt that the visitor from Buenos Aires had done more than enough to win, and judges Mohamed Hireche, Benny Decroos and Vincent Dupas all scored it widely in her favour by 98-92, 99-92 and 97-93.
31-year-old Demarco improved her professional record to 9-3 (0), while Hamzaoui (33), a WBF World Flyweight Champion between 2014 and 2016, drops to 13-3-1 (5). The fight headlined a card promoted by Jerome Vilmain.