Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: It was a case of prospects, vs "opponents" on the eight fight Broadway Boxing show promoted by Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment at famous BB Kings in Times Square, NY. A packed house watched as all but one of the prospects won after they entered the ring with a combined record of 48-1 with 29 knockouts.
In his first US fight, Ecuadorian Erick Bone, 145. 2, fought a patient fight against veteran Francisco Figueroa, 146.8, They fought a give and take battle until the fourth frame when Bone began to dominate, finally catching his shorter foe on the ropes and letting the punches go until referee Harvey Dock ended the fight just as Figueroa’s corner tossed in the towel at 2:40 of the fifth round.
Figueroa’s big moment came in round two when he connected with a combination that bloodied Bone’s nose. He tried to follow up but Bone kept him honest returning punches to Figueroa in kind when Francisco went after him.
It would have been okay if referee Dock had scored it a knockdown when Bone, 14-1 (8 KOs), landed a left hook in the third stanza that caused Figueroa to fall into the ropes which prevented him from hitting the canvas. Figueroa lost his fourth in a row to fall to 20-7 (13 KOs).
Bryant Cruz, 132, had too many guns for a willing Willshaun Boxley,132, winning when referee and Boxley’s corner simultaneously stopped the fight at 34 seconds into round three. Boxley mainly tried to survive, but Cruz, 10-0 (6 KOs), worked his body until Boxley could take no more. Little offense from Boxley, 6-11-1 (4 KOs), allowed Cruz to have it his way from the first minute until the fight was halted.
Louis Cruz, 138 , out worked Tony Walker, 138, to take every round on all three judges’ scorecards. Both men displayed a good skill set as they mostly boxed until the final two heats when first Cruz, 7-0 (4 KOs), decided to get aggressive in the third, then they both made it a big finish in the sixth and final round. The difference in that round was during the last thirty seconds when Cruz trapped Walker, 5-5-1 (3 KOs), in a corner and let his punches go. Gary Rosato refereed.
Former amateur star Junior "Sugar Boy" Younan, 167.8, needed only 28 seconds to score two knockdowns over aggressive Dustin Parrish, 165. First the 18 year old Younan poked out his right which resulted in the first knockdown. Up and still the aggressor, Parrish, 1-3 (1 KO), who came to win, went after the 18 year old Younan, 4-0 (4 KOs), but ran into a left hook. At that point referee Dock decided he’d seen enough.
Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan, 140, had some difficulty in the first frame, against James Gooding, 139.6, but out fought him to take the round. In the second Pagan was in charge landing a barrage of punches resulting in a stoppage as Gooding hit the deck prompting referee Benji Estavez to end matters at the 1:50 mark. Pagan improved to 5-0 (2 KOs), as Gooding fell to 1-6-1 (1 KO).
Former world champion Joey Gamache’s nephew Ryan Gamache, 145, came out fast to cop the opening round over opponent Ryan Picou, 160, but that was all he could muster as he was dominated for the rest of the four rounder. His glove touched the canvas for a knock down in the second and after losing his mouth piece three times in the third he lost a point. All three Judges had Picou ahead 39-36, 38-36, and 38-37. giving him his first win, 1-2, and giving Gamache his first loss and he is now 2-1 (1 KO). Gary Rosato refereed.
Undefeated former Olympian and amateur champion Ievgen Khytrov, 163, dominated Jas Phipps, 160, and kept up the pressure dropping Phipps, 4-3 (1 KO), with a right to the body and a left hook to the head in the opening frame. Then in the second of six scheduled Khytrov, 4-0 (4 KOs), came out pressing for the knockout and he got his wish pounding Phipps on the ropes until referee Harvey Dock had seen enough and stepped in at 2:07 of the round.
Kiun Evans, 126.6, and Pedro Toledo, 128, battled to a majority six round draw. They fought a close fight but many at ringside thought that Evans had the edge with accurate counter punching, and landed many combinations that ended with hard rights to the head and body. Evens remains undefeated at 9-0-1 (5 KOs), and Toledo is now 2-1-2 (0 KOs). Benji Estevez refereed.
Newly signed on with DiBella’s organization and now co-promoted by them, and New Legend, Junior-Middleweight rising star, Frankie "Notorious" Galarza, 13-0-2 ( KOs), kept his unbeaten record intact with a splendid two round destruction of Frank Gonzalez a few days before at Resorts World Casino, had this to say about his impressive win when this reporter ran into him at this show, "I thought it was a good night," said Frankie. "We ended it early, thank God no cuts, no injuries. Fortunately it worked out to my benefit. we are looking out for the next one."
He added this about his new promotional situation, "It’s a wonderful feeling. New Legend did a wonderful job bringing me along, but now working with DiBella, we are definitely a powerhouse. I’m more concerned about my exposure than the money right now. Lou’s a great guy. Just knowing him and being around him is wonderful. He’s a very smart guy."