Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: For the second time, new kid on the block, Uprising Promotions, staged a show at the beautiful Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, NY, and managed to attract a near sellout crowd who cheered loud and long throughout all six fights.
In the main event two exciting club fighters, Jersey City’s Newton Kidd, 171, went toe to toe with everyone’s favorite loser, Borngod Washington, from Queens, NY. Unfortunately for Washington, 175, he hurt his right shoulder while in the process of dropping Kidd, 8-8-2 (4 KOs), in the first round and could not continue. This was the second fight to end on an injury this night, more on that later.
With Washington, 3-13 (1 KO), in terrible pain, referee Steve Willis was forced to end the affair at 2:33 of round one of six scheduled. No one appeared to be disappointed and the injury looked legitimate, so the show ended unexpectedly early.
In the co-feature Susan Reno, 110, traded punches with Vanessa Greco, 114, for six two minute rounds without a clinch. Greco started off fast to dominate the early going, but Reno got her act together in the last half of the fight. Greco looked loose and was able to throw longer punches but Reno looked mechanical, tossing short, quick punches that most often did not reach her opponent.
The Judges scored it a majority draw, 58-56 for Reno, 57-57 two times. Reno is all even, 1-1-1 (0 KOs), and Greco is now 1-2-3 (0 KOs). Murdaugh refereed.
Popular Pete Reyes, 160, landed too many straight rights to the head of Gustavo Medina, 157, as they traded punches for the full four rounds. They were both wild with their shots but Reyes managed to throw the more accurate punches. Reyes improved to 2-0 (1 KO), while Medina fell to 1-5-1 (0 KOs), Tony Chiarantano refereed.
Rugged Armin Mrkanovic, 190, out slugged winless but willing Eric George, also 190, and now 0-3, to cop the unanimous four round decision by 39-37 twice and 40-36.
Mrkanovic fought with his hands at his side but still managed to avoid many of George’s shots. They slugged it out for the entire fight with Mrkanovic, 5-2 (3 KOs), doing the more effective work. Willis refereed.
He was too short but Trevis Hall, 126, took advantage of everything he had in his arsenal to dominate the very tall Jose Del Valle, 125, decking him with a long right to the head at the start of the second round. Del Valle never took advantage of his physical gifts; long arms, long legs, and a trim body. He gave up his height constantly allowing his smaller opponent into the fight.
The Judges scored it 38-37, and 39-36 twice all for Hall who improved 3-1 -1 (1 KO), while Del Valle dropped to 1-2-2 (0 KOs). Shada Murdaugh refereed.
Daniel Gonzalez, 145, out hustled lanky Anthony Smith, 146, for most of the three rounds they spent together. After a fast start, southpaw Smith seemed to let Gonzalez take the play away finally a body shot caused Smith to turn away in pain and drop to one knee where referee Tony Chiarantano called it off at 2:06 of the third frame. It appeared that Smith may have injured a rib.
June 14, 2013