Backed by an enthusiastic Irish-American crowd, fast rising super lightweight of Danny O’Connor, of Framingham (MA), put on a show for his fans, stopping Josh "Nino Assasino" Sosa (10-4, 5 KOs) in the third round. Now managed by Dropkick Murphys band founder and lead singer, Kenny Casey, O’Connor trapped Sosa on the rope and unleashed a barrage of unanswered, vicious body shots until referee Eddie Cotton halted the action.
Chilemba rocks Saunders
World-rated cruiserweight Issac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KOs), fighting out of South Africa, turned in a workmanlike effort against veteran Rayco "War" Saunders (22-17-2, 9 KOs), pitching a shutout en route to a eight-round win by unanimous decision (80-72 X 3). Chilemba originally was supposed to fight on the HBO broadcast against undefeated, two-time world champion Zsolt Erdei, who was forced to withdraw with a rib injury. Chilemba is rated in the top 15 by all four major world boxing organizations, as high as No. 5 by the IBF, as well as No. 9 by The Ring Magazine.
Popular Massachusetts super lightweight Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczewski (14-0. 2 KOs) remained undefeated, outclassing Jeremy McLaurin (9-4, 5 KOs) in an impressive victory by six-round decision.
Local favorite Luis "KO King" Rosa, Jr., fighting out of New Haven (CT), ran his perfect record to 11-0 (6 KOs) with a sixth-round technical knockout of New Jersey super bantamweight Victor "The Viper" Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO).
Crowd-pleasing Greek heavyweight Sonya Lamonikis (7-0-2, 1 KO) kept her unbeaten record intact, taking a six-round majority decision over heavyweight Tanzee Daniels (4-2-1, 1 KO).
(winners listed first each fight)
Sonja Lamonakis (7-0-2, 1 KO), Turner Falls, MA
WDEC6 (59-55, 59-55, 57-57)
Tanzee Daniels (4-2-1, 1 KO), Queens, NY LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS:
Issac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KOs), Johannesburg, South Africa
WDEC8 (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
Rayco Saunders (22-17-2, 9 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS:
Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs), Worcester, MA
Jason Escalera(13-1-1, 12 KOs, Union City, NJ
(Rodriguez retained the USBA super middleweight title) WELTERWEIGHTS:
Antonin Decarie (27-1, 8 KOs), Laval, Quebec, Canada
Alex Perez(16-1, 9 KOs), Newark, NJ
(Decarie won the vacant NABF welterweight title)
Danny O’Connor(19-1, 7 KOs), Framingham, MA
Josh Sosa (10-4, 5 KOs), Kansas City, KS
Ryan Kielczewski (14-0, 2 KOs), Quincy, MA
WDEC6 (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)
Jeremy McLaurin (9-4, 5 KOs), Coon Rapids, MN SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS:
Vic Darchinyan(38-5-1, 27 KOs), Sydney, Australia
WDEC10 (99-91, 99-91, 96-94)
Luis Orlando Del Valle(16-1, 11 KOs), Newburgh, NY
(Darchinyan won the NABF super bantamweight title)
Luis Rosa, Jr. (11-0, 6 KOs), New Haven, CT
Victor Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO), Passaic, NJ
All pictures by Edward Diller - DiBella Entertainment/Star Boxing