Stevens by KO
By Mark Vaz
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) thrilled the packed house in the main event with a brutal one-punch knockout over the usually durable Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico. The Brooklyn native came out aggressively, walking through Roman’s punches and pinning him on the ropes immediately. Stevens unleashed a barrage of punches and a left hook sent Roman to the deck. Beating the count, Roman again remained in front of Stevens, who easily countered a slow right hand with a perfect left hook, dropping Roman like a felled tree. Referee Mike Ortega immediately waved the fight off at 2:26.
Stevens captured the vacant NABF title with his explosive victory.
During the post-fight interview, the well-spoken Stevens was emphatic in his desire to face the best in the middleweight division, specifically WBA/IBO middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin. Analyzing Golovkin’s decisive knockout win over Matthew Macklin, Stevens stated that as impressive as GGG was, he was facing an intimidated fighter who did not give him any real opposition. “Gennady scored an excellent knockout, and he’s a great fighter,” Stevens said, “but he fought a scared fighter.”
Stevens, who’s one-punch power is undisputable, would be competitive with any middleweight in the world who stood in front of him.
Adamek wins easy decision!
Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) of Poland and now fighting out of Jersey City, NJ, looked impressive putting on a boxing clinic while easily decisioning late substitute Dominick Guinn (34-10-1, 23 KOs) of Hot Springs, AR. Adamek, one of the smartest fighters in the ring today, showcased his outstanding skills, particularly his ring generalship, as he moved and slugged when the opportunity presented itself. Guinn, a savvy fighter himself, held the center of the ring, showed a tight defense, and looked for counterpunches against the faster Adamek. A headbutt in the third opened a cut over Guinn’s right eye, but the injury did not play a role in the fight.
In the seventh, Guinn landed a hard right hook followed by a left uppercut that briefly stunned Adamek, but Adamek came back to finish the round strong.
Adamek increased the pace during the ninth and tenth rounds, demonstrating the talent that enabled him to become a world champion at light heavyweight and cruiserweight.
The scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92
Although he came up short in his shot at the heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in September 2011, one can’t help but think how dominant of a heavyweight Adamek would have been had he been four inches taller and twenty pounds heavier.
Mchunu upsets Chambers!
Looking anything but fast, former heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-4, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia, dropped a unanimous decision to the unheralded South African Thabiso Mchunu.
Never the biggest of heavyweights, Chambers’ drop to the cruiserweight division was considered to be the first step to dominating the division, but after ten rounds of posing and missing the occasional right hands, he will have to reassess his future.
Southpaw Mchunu (13-1, 9 KOs), out of Durban, SA, gave away at least five inches in height but was able to outbox Chambers throughout the contest.
Staying low and moving easily around the inactive Chambers, Mchunu grew confident as the fight progressed, landing left hand leads at will. Not a fast pace by either man, Mchunu showed far more desire to win, finding the key to avoiding Chambers punches and making him pay before walking away from the lumbering Chambers, who seemed content to pose and load up with the occasional rare hand.
The scores were 99-91 twice and 97-93.
“Eddie is a very, very good fighter,” said Mchunu, who fought for the first time outside of his native South Africa, “but I knew he wasn’t faster than me and wasn’t stronger than me.”
Williams-Jackson is a Draw
New Haven welterweight Jimmy Williams (4-0-1, 2 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Greg Jackson (3-0-1, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw over four rounds. Williams often seemed perplexed at how to handle the extremely awkward Jackson who showed a far greater array of bizarre facial expressions and dance-like defensive moves than punches. Neither fighter was able to land anything substantial throughout the fight to the disappointment of the vocal Williams supporters in the audience.
Glakov pummels Polley!
In a eight-rounds heavyweight bout, highly regarded Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Czar” Glakov improved to 15-0-1 (11 KOs) with a second round TKO over journeyman Byron Polley (25-16-, 11 KOs). Glakov, whose sole blemish comes in the form of a split decision draw against fringe contender Malik Scott, was impressive as he twice dropped Polly in the opening stanza and then closed show at 30 seconds of the second round.
Brooks vs. Perez entertains the crowd
When you have two fighters with very similar ability, the one who’s able to fight at his own distance is usually the guy that wins. In a great example of this theory, Michael Brooks of Staten Island, improved to 11-0-1 (2 KOs) with a six round unanimous decision over Joseph Chip Perez (10-3, 3 KOs) of Hartford, CT, in a highly entertaining lightweight bout. Southpaw Brooks was able to use excellent movement and combination punching from the outside against the shorter Perez, keeping his opponent off balance for the majority of the contest. Perez, the crowd favorite, certainly had his moments when he was able to close the gap and land on the inside, but his opportunities were too few. Scores were 57-56, 59-54, and 60-53. Initially, both fighters were slated against other opponents, both of whom fell out at the last minute and to their credit, they agreed to fight each other.
Harrison pounds Sanchez in two!
After a tentative first round, jr middleweight prospect Tony “Superbad” Harrison (14-0, 11 KOs) of Detroit, opened up against the game Alex Gilbert Sanchez (2-3, 2 KOs) fighting out of Camden, NJ, stopping Sanchez at 2:10 of the second round. Harrison showed good hand speed and combination punching, dropping Sanchez with a clean right cross a minute into the round, but Sanchez surprisingly beat the count, firing back until a perfectly placed left hook to the body sent Sanchez to the canvas for the count.