Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Yuri Foreman, 155, Brooklyn, NY, 30-2 (8 KOs), had an easy night against a small junior-middleweight who lacked the skills to compete at Foreman’s level. Gundrick King, 156, Tuscaloosa, AL, 18-10 (11 KOs), tried his hardest to avoid Yuri’s snappy jab, but it hit its target with a mind numbing regularity. Throw in an occasional quick, short right from the former WBA Jr. Middleweight champ, and that about tells you all you need to know about Yuri Foreman’s second comeback fight on the Broadway Boxing series by DiBella Entertainment, at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. All three Judges tallied 60-54 for Foreman. Randy Neumann refereed.
Ionut Ion 147, Montreal, Canada, 31-2 (17 KOs), outfought Damian Frias, 148,Miami, FL, 19-7-1 (10 KOs), for most of eight rounds. Frias appeared to lose heart around the sixth stanza and fought in spurts only. Ion would keep Frias on the ropes and attempted to hammer him. Frias held or worked his way of the ropes. Ion set the pace and landed the harder shots in what was a sloppy fight. Down the stretch Frias stopped punching, and did more holding than fighting.
Referee Rosato deducted a point from Frias for hitting on the break in round five. The scores were 78-73 twice and 78-76, all for Ion.
Heather Hardy, 122, Brooklyn, NY, 5-0 (0 KOs), kept up a hot pace for every minute of the six rounds that she battered Mikayla Nebel, 123, Columbus, OH, 0-5, with a constant flow of punches to take a unanimous decision by scores of 60-53, and 60-54 two times. Lee refereed.
Gabriel Bracero, 144 ½, Brooklyn, NY, 22-1 (4 KOs), and tough Pavel Miranda, 143, Los Angeles, CA, 19-10-1 (10 KOs), threw punches without punch. That is, no pop, neither man displayed power. Bracero was the more accurate and threw more punches but if he can’t generate more power he will find the going tough as he did against Chop Chop Corely.
Bracer outfought and out boxed his opponent using his legs to keep him out of trouble. He suffered a cut near the right eye in round four, but it did not hinder him at all. Braceero wins a unanimous eight round decision by scores of 78-74, 79-73, and 80-72. Gary Rosato refereed.
Luis Del Valle , 126, Bayamon, PR, 17-1 (12 KOs), in his first fight since losing to Vic Darchinyan last year punched too hard and too often and raised a serious swelling over Andre Wilson’s, 124, St. Joseph, MO, 13-6-1 (11 KOs), right eye in the third and dropped him in the third, fourth, and fifth frames. The last one was enough for referee Neumann who waved it off without a count at 1:32 of the round. Del Valle suffered a cut over his right eye in the fourth frame.
Luis Oliveras, 139 ½, Glendale, AZ, 3-0 (2 KOs), punched too fast and often, landing a hard right in the second frame that dropped Chris Williams-Ortiz, 139 ½, Barranquillas, PR, 1-1 (0 KOs), along the ropes. Up and hurt he manages to survive until the final bell losing a unanimous four by a score of 40-35 from all three Judges. Rosato refereed.
Bryant Cruz, 130, Port Chester, NY, 3-0 (3 KOs), landed many combinations to the head and body to of Antoine Knight,131, Chicago, IL, 2-2, (1 KO), who put up a less than adequate defense, unable to stop the flow of damaging shots prompting referee Sparkle Lee to step in at 2:15 of round three.
Patrick Day 154, Freeport, NY, 3-0 (2 KOs),started his career off with two knockouts and was expected to add another over surprisingly tough Yosmani Abreu, 153, Las Vegas, NV, 3-7-1 (0 KOs), who almost turned the tables on him with a series of blows that almost decked Day who had to get his legs under him to keep from hitting the deck. Day dominated the rest of the fight with a long, crisp jab that kept Abreu busy attempting avoid it. The Judges all agreed, 39-37 for Day. Randy Neumann refereed.
Two pretty good fighters faced off in their pro debuts to the delight of the crowd when Donte Strayhorn, 138, Las Vegas, NV, 1-0 (0 KOs), tall and lanky used his speed and long jab to put over an assortment of left hooks to the head of shorter, but also talented Michael Carreras 141, Luquillo, PR, 0-2, who fought back well until the last round when Strayhorn appeared to take charge. The judges scored the fight, 40-36 and 39-37 twice all for Strayhorn. Rosato refereed.