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23 MAY 2018

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Aquino Impresses in Middletown

By J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: Husband and wife promoters Doug and Jacqui Cartelli are doing a fine job of establishing regular club boxing in the small town of Middletown CT. Former light heavy pro Dan Sheehan is matchmaker. Their show drew an SRO crowd to the Lion’s Den Fitness, and all the "heroes" came away with good wins that not only enhanced their records but built their skills.

In the main event 8, Danny Aquino, 123 1/2, Meriden, 11-1 (6),
overwhelmed, discouraged and finally stopped veteran Omar Felipe
Almanza, 123 3/4, Cordoba, Colombia, 20-28-3 (9). Action was brisk
while it lasted. but all Aquino. Danny came in low and aggressive,
bobbing and weaving and firing hooks, while Almanza could only run in a
vain attempt to gain room. The veteran showed good defensive skills,
but was unable to get off with punches as Aquino kept him constantly on
his toes. With no appreciable offense to keep Danny off him, it was
only a matter of time. Omar could run but he couldn’t hide. Late in the
second, Danny caught him on the ropes and sunk a left hook under his
ribs. Omar collapsed as the bell rang. He got up and walked to his
corner, but with little to gain and a shellacking awaiting, the
handlers elected to retire their boxer before the third.


Could it be that the collapse of boxing in Maryland enticed the
handlers of unbeaten Kevin Womack,144 1/2, Balto., 4-1 (2) to come here against as dangerous a foe as Edwin Soto, 144, Aguadilla, PR, via New Haven, 9-0 (4)? It was a bad idea. The stringbean Womack had nothing for the aggressive Puerto Rican and was blown out by the fourth of six. Not that it wasn’t a crowd
pleaser! Womack was jolted in the first exchange of an otherwise
cautious first. By the second, Soto was all over him. Good action
continued into the fatal fourth, when it was interrupted by loose tape
on Womack’s wrist. Upon resumption, Edwin charged full tilt and winged
an overhand right. Kevin was caught by surprise and walked straight
into it, his head snapped as he was sent reeling. Edwin swarmed him as
Womack careened hands down all over the ring, getting reached again and
again on the end of long rights. Only his height kept him from getting
caught flush, until referee Eddie Claudio had no choice but to stop it,
at 2:10. Womack was sent to hospital as a precaution.

Southpaw Charles Foster, 171 1/4, W. Haven, 4-0 (1), circled and boxed
to gain a unanimous shutout over a listless Steve Tyner, 169 1/2,
Cleveland, 3-5-1 (2), in a tame six. When Tyner landed a clean right in
the fifth and tried to step it up, good defensive moves by Foster put
him back in his place.


In an all-action battle of lefties, Nate Green, 120 1/2, Brooklyn/New
Haven, 3-0 (1), was too much for game Jesus Gonzalez, 118 1/2,
NYC/Phila., 0-2. After two blistering rounds of the scheduled four were
close, Gonzalez wilted under pressure, finally sinking to the canvas
under an accumulation of blows in the third. When a right to the body
in the next exchange folded him again, Claudio signaled a TKO, at 2:47.

Another blistering contest was a four between Oscar Bonilla, 134 1/2,
Yonkers/New Haven, 2-0-1, and hard-luck Jamell Tyson, 134, Rochester,
3-7-2 (1). In the opening burst, the aggressive Bonilla drove the
southpaw Tyson to the ropes, but was surprised onto the canvas by a
left counter. For the rest of the contest, however, Bonilla bored in,
worked the body, and forced Tyson up straight, which took power off his
counters. When the smoke cleared, Bonilla emerged with a deserved split
verdict. Ken Ezzo had 39-37 and Carlos Ortiz Jr 38-37 for the winner,
while Glen Feldman demurred, 39-36.


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