Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: As Matchmaker Joe Quiambao become a dad again as his wife gave birth to a baby girl, while the company he works for, DiBella Entertainment, was busy putting on an exciting eight bout show at BB Kings in Midtown Manhattan in front of a packed house. Looking as sharp as ever, Irish Andy Lee made it a short night in the main event.
Irish Andy Lee, 161, boxed for about a half minute with fellow southpaw Daryl Cunningham, 162, then caught him with a hard straight left that had Cunningham in deep trouble. Lee then followed him to the ropes where he threw everything he had prompting referee Estevez to end it as Cunningham sank to the floor on the lower strand at 1:27 of round one. Lee is now 30-2 (21 KOs), and Cunningham is 28-5 (11 KOs).
On that punch that was the beginning of the end Lee said, “When you land a good punch you know it.” He added that while he will live in London, his career will take place in the States.
Delen Parsley, 161, lost his “0” against tough Louis Rose, 162, who put in enough pressure to negate his taller opponent’s longer reach. Referee Fields called a questionable knockdown in the fourth frame scored by Rose, 7-1 (2 KOs), who went on to take a unanimous decision by scores of 76-75 twice and 77-74, over Parsley who is now 10-1 (3 KOs).
Parsley used his height to his advantage often, but at times gave it up to attempt to jab the shorter Rose. Rose took advantage of those moments to get inside and score with his punches. In the fourth it looked like a slip, but was ruled a knockdown which may have been the difference for Rose.
Unbeaten Lamar Russ, 162 ¼, traded punches with journeyman Russell Jordan, 162, for eight hard fought rounds. Russ appeared to land the harder punches and he did it more often. Both men were lanky with long arms that they swung at long range.
As the rounds passed Jordan tired, and in the last round he absorbed a lot of power shots. Just as the ten seconds to go signal sounded Russ land a big punch that almost had referee Willis stepping in. He didn’t so it went to a decision. The Judges tallied 78-74, and 79-73, all for Russ who improves to 13-0 (7 KOs), and Jordan fell to 15-10 (10 KOs).
The only one throwing punches was Tor Hamer, 229, who literally chased opponent Maurenzo Smith, 244, out of the fight. Hamer seemed to land every punch that he threw as he lunged in with solid punches most to the head that were knocking Smith’s head back. There was no offence from Smith. He just ran for his life.
Finally, after Hamer, 20-2 (13 KOs), came out very aggressively in the third frame trying to end it, landing even harder shots than before. Suddenly Smith, 11-6-2 (8 KOs), looked at referee Fields and shook his head indicating that he was done for the night at 1:31.
It was all popular Neuky Santalesis, 131, when he faced Aaron Chavez, 129. Santalesis rushed out at the bell looking for an early night and he found it with a huge left hook that caused Chavez to fall into ropes which referee Benji Estevez ruled a knockdown (good call). After the eight count given to Chavez, Santalesis, 5-0 (4 KOs), charged in and let his hands go trapping Chavez on the ropes and throwing everything he had finishing him off with a left hook that put Chavez, 3-3-1 (0 KOs), down and out. No count by the ref who waved it off at 2:15 of round one.
In a pier six battle, debutant Jay Rodriguez, 195, appeared to absorb the bigger punches against rugged Andre Ward, 199, but did land some heavy duty shots of his own. Rodriguez’ nose bled in the second round and he hurt, Ward, 1-1-3 (1 KO), with a left hook that staggered him badly. Ward recovered quickly and returned the favor with a right that hurt Rodriguez.
In the fourth and last round they traded power shots with Ward landing a big left hook to the body that causes Rodriguez to momentarily double over. The judges called it a majority draw with scores of 39-37 for Ward, and 38-38 twice, even. Steve Willis refereed.
Angel Suarez 128, was doing a fine job of outfighting Eliezer Agosto, 128,
as they traded punches with Suarez, 0-1, landing the more telling shots, suddenly at the end of the second round Agosto, 2-2 (2 KOs), threw a long right uppercut that landed right on the chin of Suarez dropping him for the count at 2:59 of the round. David Fields refereed.
Undefeated Louis Cruz, 139, faced winless Michael Carreras, 141, in an opening four. It was more tactical than one would expect from a 3-0 (2 KOs) fighter, and one looking for his first pro victory (0-3). In the third heat Cruz opened up with a vicious attack to Carreras’ body ending with a low blow. Cruz hurt his foe in the fourth and final round with a solid right to the head. Cruz displayed some fine skills as he boxed and danced around Carreras. The judges scored it 40-36 twice and 39-37, all for Cruz. Steve Willis refereed.