Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Golden Boy returned to the Barclays Center once again. This time a local fan favorite was in the star attraction, the very popular Sadam Ali who did not disappoint any of the 3059 boxing fans in attendance.
In a pier six brawl Ali, 146.6, and Jay Krupp, 146.4, both tasted the canvas, but it was Ali’s better skills that won the day. In a shocker, the unbeaten Brooklynite went down in round one from a left hook to the head. In this all action battle, the awkward Krupp, 17-6 (8 KOs), surprised Ali’s fans by putting up a battle to show that he wasn’t there to lose. Krupp had an awkward ability to effectively counter much of Ali’s combinations with one of his own. At times Ali looked a little tentative because of that, but he still used his superior speed to land and block what came his way on many occasions.
Ali started fast and for a while it looked like it would be an early night for young man from Brooklyn, NY, but Krupp is a tough warrior and survived to score that knock down as the round ended. Krupp made it closer than expected. It was an all action fight. In the third Ali landed a long right that rocked Krupp and he followed it up with a left hook that put Krupp down. For the rest of the round Ali stayed on top of his opponent looking to close the show, but Krupp, from Catskills, NY, managed to survive.
It was a street fight in every round except the sixth when the both took a breather. Krupp won the seventh when he pressed the action and Ali ended the fight with a sensational right that decked Krupp once more in round eight.
The Judges scored it 79-72, 78-75, and 77-72 all for Ali who improved to 17-0 (10 KOs). Harvey Dock refereed.
Classy boxing Michael Perez, 139.2, Newark, NJ, 19-1-2 (10 KOs), had some rough moments with rugged opponent Miguel Zuniga 139.6, Tijuana, Mexico, 13-3 (8 KOs), Perez moved and boxed beautifully early on but Zuniga began to put on the pressure and often caught the fleet footed Perez as he tried to move out of range.. After suffering a cut under the left eye in the eighth frame, Perez began a surge to take the last two rounds and the unanimous decision by scores of 99-91 twice and 96-94 once. With the decision Perez wins the vacant WBA Fedelatin Junior Welterweight title. Ricky Gonzalez refereed.
Hard hitting former Olympian Marcus Browne, 175.8, and Lamont Williams, 175.2, put on a sloppy fight. Browne, 7-0 (6 KOs), appeared to hold an edge when going got very rough, but he lost a point in round five for using his head. Browne’s advantage was his skills, and he used them to land the harder shots. The judges scored it all for Browne 79-72 twice and 76-75. Williams, who went along with the rough house tactics is now 5-2-1 (2 KOs), Fields refereed.
After winning by decision for the first time Browne said “It was a learning experience.” He acknowledged, “You can’t knock everyone out.”
Using his height and reach advantages, Jamel Herring 135, landed enough punches to convince Justin Robbins, 136.2, that it would be better to stay on his stool after the third frame and fight again another day. The left handed Herring, 5-0 (3 KOs), landed a long hard left as round three was ending that hurt Robbins who fell to 2-4 (1 KO). Steve Willis refereed.
In a walkout fight between two undefeated junior-lightweights, that somehow still had an audience after the Ali-Krupp main event. Emanuel Gonzalez, 128.8, out punched and out boxed a slower, but willing Noel Echevarria, 126.8, to take a unanimous four round decision by 40-36 across the board. Gonzalez improved to 13-0 (7 KOs), but Echevarria, who suffered a cut under his left eye, lost his “0” and fell to 11-1 (6 KOs). In the fourth and final frame Gonzalez began to showboat, and landed a series of straight shots to his opponent’s face. Willis refereed.
D’Mitrius Ballard, 167, came on in the latter half of his fight against the very aggressive, but reckless Lekan Byfield, 163.8, when Byfield’s punch output slowed. All three Judges agreed, 40-36 giving it to Ballard, now 3-0 (3 KOs). Byfield is now 3-6-2 (0 KOs). David Fields refereed.
Brooklyn’s Claude Staten Jr., 123, and Philly fighter Derrick Bivins, 121.6, fought a very hard to score fight. Similar styles and builds. They boxed and both used their jabs affectively. The judges called it a majority draw 40-36 and 38-38 twice. Bivins is now 1-1-2 (0 KOs), while Staten remains unbeaten at 1-0-1 (0 KOs). Dock refereed.