Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Boxing has been a busy sport in the New York area recently, and Star Boxing is a part of the landscape bringing an all action show to the fans. With four exciting knockouts in six entertaining fights, the fans all went home on a snowy night happy.
Demetrius Andrade, the highly decorated amateur star, and unbeaten professional, added the vacant WBO Intercontinental Jr Middleweight strap to his collection with a brutal ten round decision over very game, very tough, Freddy Hernandez at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.
Hernandez, 154 pounds, has been in with some big names including Luis Collazo-whom he defeated by decision-Andre Berto, DeMarcus Corley, and Enslandy Lara, to name a few. He absorbed a tremendous amount of power shots from the tall Andrade. From the first bell to the last Hernandez stood up to punches that would have made other men quit. He went down once, in the sixth frame after walking into a powerful left from the southpaw Andrade, also 154 pounds, and was hurt a few times, but the only time referee Harvey Dock thought about stopping the fight was in the tenth and last round when Hernandez looked spent, but would still muster enough fight to prevent Dock from stepping in.
All three Judges, Waleska Roldan, John Poturaj, and Steve Weisfeld all agreed at 100-89 for Andrade who improved to 19-0 (13 KOs), while the gutsy Hernandez saw his numbers fall to a still impressive 30-4 (20 KOs).
In the co-feature Raymond Serrano, 142 pounds, Philadelphia, PA, 18-2 (8 KOs), had things going his way early in his battle with Emmanuel Taylor, 141 pounds, Edgewood, MD, 16-1 (11 KOs), until the midpoint of their ten round affair, when slowly Taylor began to counterpunch and land the more telling shots. Scheduled for ten, Taylor stepped up his attack trapping Serrano on the ropes and unleashing a barrage of punches that hurt Serrano who still managed to slip away. Then the scenario was repeated, only this time Taylor landed unanswered power shots to the head. When referee Steve Willis noticed that Serrano’s arms begin to drop he rushed in to stop it at 1:42 of round six.
At the very start of his career, Cletus Seldin, 143, Long Island, NY, 10-0 (8 KOs), was nothing more than an over the top brute slugger. He would rush out of his corner and fight like a man whose wife demanded that he get home on time for dinner. No finesse. no skills and most of all, no jabs. Against Luis Rodriguez, 143, Albany, NY, 6-7-1 (1 KO), he displayed a snappy jab, and some fine leg work, “I started doing it in practice,” explained Seldin after his impressive victory. “I did it in my last fight and it actually works.” But he did not forget his roots as a banger and in the third stanza he landed a hard left to Rodriguez’ body which put the upstate New Yorker down only to be caught by a left hook to the head that dumped him once more prompting referee Ricky Gonzalez o halt the action at 2:44 of the round. Seldin threw a ton of punches during his eight minutes and 44 seconds in the ring; he landed 132 of 332 punches meaning that he averaged more than 100 per round.
If it were not for a low blow by his opponent, Raul Nuncio,155, Glen Cove, NY, 2-1-2 (1 KO), would not have survived with a draw. Marcus Beckford, 155, Uniondale, NY, 0-0-1, lost a point for repeated punches that strayed below the belt. Referee Steve Willis, deducted the point in round two after a few warnings. Nuncio hit the deck in round one but regained that lost point when Beckford’s punches went south. So with each winning a round by two points and then splitting the last two rounds, all three judges agreed 37-37, even.
Heavyweights got the action started when smallish Constantin Belenaru, 217, Catskill, NY, 2-1-1 (2 KOs), came out of his corner with his punches flying. He dropped the ineffective but bigger Michael Mullooly, 243, Erie, NY, 4-3 (3 KOs), two times which convinced referee Ricky Gonzalez that to continue was fruitless, if not dangerous to Mullooly’s health.
Prospect Alan Gotay, 134, Huntington, NY, 3-0 (2 KOs), needed only 45 seconds to drop and stop Shane Reynolds, 133, Cincinnati, OH, 1-2 (1 KO), after staggering him within the first few seconds. A left/right and right uppercut dumped Reynolds prompting referee Harvey Dock to stop counting and end the fight.