Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Fighting for the first time for both New Legend and DiBella Entertainment, undefeated Frank Galarza, 154, dominated his smaller opponent, Franklin Gonzalez, 151, in the first frame with his longer reach at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY. He kept his jab pumping to win the round. In round two he drove Gonzalez into the ropes where he landed a right followed by a left that dumped his foe to the canvas where referee Claudio counted to ten. Galarza remained unbeaten and is now 13-0-2 (9 KOs), and Gonzalez saw his record fall to 16-13 (11 KOs).
After his impressive win Galarza had this to say when this reporter asked him about his growing confidence, "Yeah, we keep building," explained Galarza. "I love my team. We work hard every day. Next week it’s back to the gym." His trainer Nirmal Lorick was as pleased as he could be with Galarza’s work,"We’ve been together for a year now, the last six fights and he improve every time," said a very happy Lorick. He’s a young fighter, he wants to lean, so that’s a good thing. He’s been in the gym with Luis Collazo training and he’s done very well."
Defending WBA Fedalatin Jr. Featherweight Champion Rafael Vazquez, 121, stopped veteran Manuel de los Reyes Herrera, 123, with one very hard left hook to the ribcage. As soon as he was hit Herrera took a few steps away and went to his knees where he remained as referee Gonzalez counted ten.
It was an exciting brawl while it lasted. The end came at 1:04 of the fifth round of eight scheduled. It was the second time that Herrera, 21-12-1 (16 KOs), was down in the fight. He absorbed a left and and went down in the second round. Vazquez improved to 11-1 (8 KOs).
Irishman Allan Phelan, 128, had too much size and physicality for diminutive Jesus Gonzalez, 125, as he out fought his foe in most exchanges. A straight left to the head put Gonzalez on the canvas briefly for the fight’s only knockdown in round five of six scheduled All three Judges had Phalen ahead tallying 58-55 twice and 57-56. Phalen improved to 5-2 (4 KOs), while Gonzalez fell to 2-5 (2 KOs). Murdaugh refereed.
Rich Neves, 157, and Antonio Chaves Fernandez, 153, engaged in a sloppy brawl with Fernandez, 4-16-2 (0 KOs), losing a point for holding in each of the last two rounds. They were not a good stylistic matchup to begin with. The Judges agreed that Neves, 7-1-1 (3 KOs), was the winner by scores of 57-54, and 56-55 twice. Eddie Claudio refereed.
He was shorter, but Gary Beriguette. 143, made that an asset the way Joe Frazier did. He charged in under the longer arms of opponent Mack Babb, 142, to work his body and occasionally bring his punches up to Babb’s head. All three Judges agreed 40-36 making it a unanimous decision for Beriguette, now 4-0 (2 KOs). Babb falls 0-2. Ricky Gonzalez refereed.
Devaun Lee, 164, was taking some punches from Josue Valdez, 162, who appeared to be in control of the fight when suddenly in round three of four scheduled, Lee landed a solid left hook that dropped Valdez who got up but went down again from a right prompting referee Shada Murdaugh to call it off at :37 of the round. Lee is now 2-0 (1 KO), and formerly unbeaten Valdez dropped to 5-1 (3 KOs).
Rajiv Bhattacharya, 145, out boxed and out fought Maurice Chalmers, 142, for four rounds when suddenly trial horse, Chalmers, 12-11-1 (7 KOs), forgot his assignment, that is, he was to continue Bhattacharya’s unbeaten streak, when he came out firing in round five of six scheduled and hammered his opponent. He chased him around the ring finally landing a right hook (both are southpaws) that decked his opponent. Up and shaky, Bhattacharya, now 9-1 (6 KOs), absorbed more punishment prompting referee Claudio to end matters at 1:02 of the round.
**ON HAND WERE.......**
Among the near capacity crowd were, Harold Lederman, Dmitriy Salita, Luis Callazo, Iran Barkley, Junior Jones, Sadam Ali, Ronson Frank, and many more.