Brunker maintains undefeated record
Featherweight Joel Brunker (26-0, 15 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact and survived a cut above his left eye to see off challenger Mike Oliver (25-4, 8 KOs).
The fight itself saw Brunker bully Oliver around the ring, frequently pinning Oliver against the ropes and unleashing a barrage of body punches. Oliver couldn’t find an answer to Brunker’s style of fight and could only manage to take a few rounds away by counter punching.
Brunker received a cut above his left eye in round five but continued to close off the ring and outbox Oliver.
Oliver tried to open up the cut towards the later stages of the bout but couldn’t quite match Brunker’s output. After eight rounds, all of the scorecards tallied the action at 78-74 to Brunker.---Arvin Nundloll
Ugas pummels Williams!
Yordenys Ugas (15-1, 7 KOs) captured the interim WBC Latin junior welterweight championship with a one sided ten round pounding of John “The Boxing Poet” Williams (11-3-1, 5 KOs)
Ugas, the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist from Cuba, controlled the bout right from the opening bell as he mixed in body work with sharp left crosses. Williams landed a good right of his own in the opening round, but it did little to bother Ugas.
In round two, Ugas hurt Williams with a straight left and backed him up with a good one-two combination. Williams threw a wild shot that missed but kept Ugas at bay.
Ugas seemed content to stalk Williams in the early rounds, looking to find room for that one big shot. “The Punching Poet” was game though and tried to put up a fight in the fourth, however a Ugas right hand in the final ten seconds put him back on the defensive.
Williams seemed to have his best round in the fifth, outworking Ugas in the early going, although several hard body shots by the former Cuban Olympian made the round close.
Ugas was in complete control by the seventh round, as he backed his opponent around the ring with single shots. Late in the seventh Ugas went to the body, but was warned for going low.
Ugas threw many off balance shots in the eighth and was warned again for going low by Referee Randy Neumann.
Ugas hurt Williams in the tenth with a good left hook on the button forcing him to clinch.
Ugas continued to look for that big shot in the final round but he went low once again during his pursuit. This time the referee took a point for the infraction. It wouldn’t bother Ugas who immediately landed a counter left that had Williams in trouble again. Williams was resilient though and safely fought his way to the final bell.
All of the judges saw the bout in favor Ugas with scores of 98-91.---Kurt Wolfheimer
Dulorme pummels Figueroa!
Thomas Dulorme racked up another win by (19-1, 14 KOs) schooling Francisco Figueroa (20-6, 13 KOs) en route to a TKO victory in round 8.
Dulorme was in complete control of the fight, beating Figueroa to the punch and pummeled him at every opportunity. The first round also led to a warning for Dulorme due to a low blow.
After pounding Figueroa for four rounds, Dulorme knocked his opponent down in round five with a straight right, although Figueroa appeared to have tripped prior to punch helping him on his way down. Dulorme also received a point deduction for a low blow in the same round.
In round eight, Dulorme unleashed a vicious assault for which Figueroa had no answer. The referee stopped the action at 0:47 of the round. ---Arvin Nundloll
Maicelo topples Rodriguez!!!
In the opening bout of the evening, Peruvian lightweight Jonathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) bounced back from the first loss with a crushing tenth round knockout of Guadalajara, Mexico’s Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (19-12, 11 KOs).
Maicelo, the 2003 Pan American Games quarter finalist, was steadily making a name for himself in the lightweight division, until he suffered his first setback of his professional career back in April at the hands of rising star Rustam Nugaev.
Rodriguez looked to give Maicelo a stern challenge, coming off a close split decision loss to undefeated prospect Jeffrey Fontanez.
Maicelo seemed wary of Rodriguez in the early going, but by round three he was timing the bigger Mexican and beating him to punch with sharp jabs and single overhand rights.
Late in the fourth round, as both fighters were diving in, an accidental clash of heads happened which produce a small cut on the forehead of Rodriquez.
The faster hands of Maicelo had him winning many of the middle rounds even though he was having a tough time staying balanced when he tried to throw counters under the jabs of Rodriguez.
Rodriquez looked to press forward in the sixth, but he couldn’t solve the hand speed and movement of Maicelo, who was still peppering away with straight shots and the occasional off balance leaping overhand right, while stepping in and out of the pocket.
The fighters traded in the seventh round, with Maicelo winning the brief exchange. His defense was tight which helped him to roll and counter the long right hands of his opponent.
Rodriguez landed a couple good overhand rights early in the eighth as Maicelo looked to save his energy for the final two rounds.
Maicello went on the offensive in the ninth as he began to push the his bigger opponent back, although Martinez wouldn’t get into a firefight.
Finally moments into the tenth, Maicelo found his mark and stunned Rodriguez with a good one-two combination. Rodriquez tried to back away, but a massive right cross to the left ear crumpled him to the canvas. Rodriguez could not beat the ten count of veteran Referee Allan Huggins. The official time of knockout occurred at 22 seconds of the 10th and final round.---Kurt Wolfheimer