Manfredo wins IBO title!
Reports by Mark Vaz
Photography by Emily Harney
Cheered on by 3,379 enthusiastic fans, the crowd-pleasing Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. captured the vacant IBO middleweight title with a tenth round stoppage over former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez of Chicago, IL this past Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Easily making the middleweight limit at 159 ½, Manfredo of Providence, RI, looked the bigger man in the ring, surely a welcome change after facing monsters like Sakio Bika and Jeff Lacy at super middleweight.
After a slow start in the first round, Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs) took control of the fight in the second, blending boxing, ring generalship, and brawling in an extremely entertaining outing.
Utilizing a sharp jab and crisp left hook, Manfredo was able to move when necessary, using distance to create openings against the very tough and determined Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs).
Patiently picking his shots and building a good lead throughout the first several rounds of the contest, Manfredo effectively wore Hernandez down, showing good head movement, avoiding Hernandez’s looping right hands and effectively countering with left hooks.
Manfredo took a little break in the seventh and Hernandez, seeing a window of opportunity, again pressed the action, landing a few effective shots and taking the round on all three scorecards. Manfredo returned to the game plan in the eight, rocking Hernandez with four clean left hooks as the round ended.
Manfredo continued to box well throughout the ninth, as Hernandez was obviously tiring. As a weary Hernandez began to resort more to holding than punching, Manfredo again used his movement to create punching room, landing a clean left hook, setting Hernandez back on his heels to the ropes, prompting referee Steve Smoger to call a halt to the fight at 1:19 of the tenth round.
Manfredo, delighted with his win, said for the immediate future, he would savor the moment, and let his team decide what was next.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but with my crowd behind me, I was sure I’d come out the champ,” said Manfredo.
REMILLARD SCORES IMPRESSIVE STOPPAGE!
Featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharpshooter” Remillard (22-0, 13 KOs), of nearby Manchester, CT, lived up to his moniker, picking his spots against the game but outclassed Carlos Rivera (16-5-2, 5 KOs) of Port Richey, FL stopping him at 2:16 of the fourth round.
Down from an accidental low blow in the second, Rivera fought back vigorously but ineffectively against the clever Remillard. The only damage that Rivera was able to inflict during the early rounds was cut over Remillard’s right eye from a headbutt.
Remillard continued to mount a well-balanced, precise attack, mixing body and head blows. Splitting the gloves of his Rivera, Remillard landed a perfectly-placed right uppercut that dropped his opponent mid-way through the fourth,.
Beating the count, Rivera was again dropped by an identical shot seconds later, losing his mouthpiece in the process.
Seeing the opportunity to close the show, Remillard pressed the attack, hurting Rivera again to the body, prompting referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. to call a halt to the bout.
With the victory, Remillard brings retains his NABF title and brings home the NABO belt.
O’CONNOR REMAINS UNBEATEN
Junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs) remained unbeaten with a six-round unanimous decision over a game Broderick Antoine (10-10-1, 5 KOs) of Troy NY.
O’Connor, who hails from nearby Framingham, MA delivered an exciting performance in front of an enthusiastic cheering section. O’Connor hurt Antoine repeatedly with sharp combinations and a determined body attack.
Scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.
ELEGELE KNOCKOUTS DEJEAN!
Undefeated welterweight Joseph Elegele (7-0, 5 KOs) of Winter Haven, FL made short work of journeyman John DeJean (3-4-1, 3 KOs) of Marshall, TX with a sharp counter right hook, dropping his fellow lefty in the opening round. Referee Dick Flaherty stopped the count at 2:20 of the first round.
Middleweight J’Leon Love (5-0, 4 KOs) of Dearborn, MI weathered a mauling attack from Fernando “Cool” Calleros (1-2-1) of Albuquerque, NM to earn an unpopular unanimous decision. Love spent the majority of the fight on the ropes while the shorter Calleros pressed the action. Scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.
IRAZARRY OUTPOINTS WATKINS
Adelita Irazarry (8-4, 2 KOs) of West Hartford, CT outpointed Kita Watkins (5-7) of Camden, AK in an entertaining welterweight four rounder. The scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.
ESTRADA-MCGUINNESS BATTLE TO A DRAW
In an entertaining six-round lightweight bout, Canadian Logan McGuinness (10-0-1, 4 KOs) pulled out a majority draw against veteran Walter Estrada (35-13-1, 24 KOs) of Colombia via Miami. Estrada appeared to press the action throughout most of the fight, while McGuinness boxed well. A new one for this writer: Estrada lost a shoe in the second round as he pulled away from McGuinness who was evidently stepping on his foot.
Two judges saw the contest at 57-57 while the third judge scored it 58-56 for Estrada.
PEREZ WINS OVER ALIACON
Joseph Perez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Hartford remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over a very game Joal Aliacon (0-1) of Fall River, MA in a lightweight four-rounder. Aliacon was down and apparently out in the second, but showed tremendous determination to get up and weather the storm for the remainder of the round, and actually win the third on one of the judge’s scorecards. The scorecards read 40-35, 40-35 and 39-36
GRACESKI WINS DEBUT
Light heavyweight Reinaldo Graceski of Springfield, MA had a successful professional debut with a unanimous four-round decision over previously undefeated Paul Gonsalves of Harwich, MA. Gonsalves (2-1) was down in the second.
SCOTT STOPS KRANTZ
Ron Scott (1-0) of Waterbury CT stopped Derrick Krantz (0-1), Marshall, TX at 1:05 of the third round of a four-round light heavyweight bout.
The Manfredo Jr. vs. Hernandez card was presented by TKO Boxing Promotions as part of their “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” nationally acclaimed series.