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Traietti wears down Stanley

By Mark Vaz
Photos by
Emily Harney

In the main event, local favorite Chris Traietti improved to 14-3 (10) with a sixth round stoppage over a game Dion Stanley of Kansas City (11-6). Both fighters, usually light-heavies, came in at a 185-pound catchweight.

Traietti - from neighboring Quincy, MA - controlled the action throughout the contest with his jab and determined body work, landing at will against the determined Stanley who came to fight. Stanley’s lack of power allowed Traietti - an Iraq war veteran and local boxing promoter -  to walk forward without paying a price, eventually hurting Stanley with several clean left hooks directly on the right eye.  The accumulation of damage impaired Stanley's vision enough to cause him to take a knee in the sixth which prompted a stoppage by referee Kenny Holt.

Duluc-Perez ends early

An interesting co-feature between undefeated jr. welterweights Gabe Duluc and Jonathan Perez ended early with what most ringside observers considered a premature stoppage. Duluc (8-1) was clearly dominating Perez during the opening stanza when Duluc threw a looping right that Perez countered with a short straight right cross that dropped Duluc hard.  

Duluc got to his knee and carefully watched the count by referee Leo Gerstel and rose at eight, holding his hands over his head. Gerstel, however, did not like what he saw and waved the bout off much to the chagrin of Duluc and the crowd who had anticipated a war between the talented combatants.

Duluc drops to 8-1 while Perez moves to 5-0, with 2 knockouts.


Hutchinson vs Brando-Hunt battle to a draw!

John Hutchinson of Donegal, Ireland, had to settle for a No Contest against Robbie Brando-Hunt due to an unintentional headbutt in the second round.  Hutchinson was clearly dominating the bout when Brando-Hunt was cut over the right eye from an accidental head-butt. Hutchinson holds at 3-0 and 1 NC while Hunt’s ledger moves to 0-3 and 1 NC.


Comeback over for Jimmy Cappiello!

Forty-seven year old Jimmy Cappiello’s comeback hopes came to an end when his corner decided to stop his scheduled four rounder against Pubilo Pena after the third. One of boxing’s nice guys, the outgoing Somerville boxer, returning after a 10 year absence, was taking far too much punishment at the hands of Pena.  Pena, from Providence, moves to 1-1 with 1 KO, while Cappiello drops to 4-4-2, with 1 knockout.

Rashidi Ellis wins debut!

2012 National PAL (Police Athletic League) champion Rashidi Ellis had a successful debut against the experienced Josh Beeman (4-13-4, 2 KOs) of Providence winning a unanimous four-round decision in a very entertaining welterweight bout.


Draw for Vendetti-Fernandez

Greg Vendetti (3-0-1) of Stoneham, MA had to settle for a split decision draw against journeyman Antonio Chavez Fernandez (2-11-2) from Brockton, MA, in a four-round jr. middleweight bout. The hugely popular Vendetti dropped Fernandez twice in the opening round only to end up winning on one score card, losing on another, with the third judge settling it with a draw.


Powers wins first bout; Weisberg losses first bout!

In the afternoon’s opening bout, Mical Weisberg (3-1) lost for the first time in his comeback fight after a four-year absence. The popular boxer from Brockton, MA, a personal trainer, boxed well through the initial three rounds against Joe Powers of Groton, CT who entered the ring at 0-1. In the third, however, Powers began cutting the distance and landed a few looping overhand rights, one of which opened a bad cut over the left eye of Weisberg, causing the doctor to stop the action after the third round.




The crowd universally enjoyed the show and the great atmosphere of newly crowned Royale Nightclub which was once a staple in the New England boxing scene and stage for numerous memorable fighters including Mickey Ward, John Ruiz, Rich LaMontagne, Dana Rosenblatt, Kevin McBride among others.