Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Many fighters go from the ring to the stage, or to business, or to TV, or to announcing, or to many endeavors that use a whole new set of talents. In short, boxers are often multi-talented people so when Bobby Cassidy Jr. decided to write about his illustrious father and got it produced, he used some of the fighters from that large pool of talent to play roles in “Kid Shamrock” including John Duddy, Bobby Cassidy Sr., Seamus McDonagh, Michael Bentt (director), Mark Breland, and others to bring his story to life. This time the play was only the first part of an evening of boxing; and the first time it was performed in an outdoor setting. It was followed by a night of real leather throwing featuring popular Long Islander Michael Brooks, in the main event.
Bob Duffy and his Ring Promotions along with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Promotions, put on a great day/night show of fine theater, and nine hotly contested fights in Franklin Square, NY on Saturday night at the Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant under a huge tent.
First Bobby Cassidy Jr. reprised his acclaimed play, “Kid Shamrock”, directed by former WBO Heavyweight Champ Michael Bentt, about Cassidy’s father Bobby Sr. who was a top light-heavyweight and middleweight during the 60’s and 70’s, followed by a night of boxing.
In the main event Michael Brooks, from Oceanside, NY, won a unanimous eight round decision over difficult Joey Arroyo from the Bronx, NY. Going eight rounds for the first time, Brooks didn’t fight his fight during the first two rounds, but got into his game from the third frame on. He began to counterpunch working up close, hammering to his taller opponent’s body. Brooks put on the pressure as he backed Arroyo up to the ropes where Brooks did some of his best work. Then down the stretch, with his fans screeching out his name, Brooks began to use his jab to out box Arroyo. All three judges saw him the winner with scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
Brooks, 135 pounds, is now 9-0 (2 KOs), and Arroyo, 131 pounds, fell to 3-3-1 (0 KOs). Brooks wins the IBA Youth Lightweight Title. Pete Santiago refereed.
Mike commented after the fight that he had trouble getting loose during the eight rounds, “I was a little bit stiff throughout the fight,” he admitted. “I was in shape, I had an off day, but I did what I had to do.” Nevertheless, Brooks still impressed his loyal fans.
Cindy Serrano, 133 pounds, won the vacant WIBA International Lightweight Title with an eight round unanimous decision over game but inept, Little Rock, AR resident, Kerri Hill, 4-23-1 (1 KO). Serrano, from Brooklyn, NY, was too fast and hit too often for the willing but limited Hill, 134 ½ pounds. The decision went as follows; 80-72 twice and 79-73 all for Serrano who also picked up her first win since 2007. Serrano dominated every round as the ladies flailed away at each other. Cindy’s punches were harder and straighter, and Kerri, who was wild with her shots, missed often. Sparkle Lee refereed.
Highly regarded Santander Silgado, 197 pounds, Arboletes, Colombia/ New York, NY, 22-0 (18 KOs), out slugged journeyman Joell Godfrey, 196 pounds, Nashville, TN, 14-8-1 (6 KOs), as they worked inside along the ropes for most of the eight rounds they spent together.
With his 18 knockouts going in, it was expected that the Colombian would give an explosive performance but elected to wrestle along the ropes, fighting Godfrey’s fight. Most of Silgado’s shots were contained by Godfrey who rushed in before Silgado could land, taking away his punching room. Silgado still got the better of it until the final round when Godfrey used his jab followed by some left/right combinations. The judges score it 79-73 twice and 80-72 for Silgado. Arthur Mercante refereed.
Adam Willett, 196, Long Island, NY, 4-1-1 (1 KO), won a sloppy six round decision over Miron Kadyrov, 195, Arapahoe, NC, 3-2 (1 KO). They took turns charging in, attempting to control the fight from inside, but most of the time they awkwardly wrestled to the ropes. In most exchanges Willett was in charge taking a unanimous decision, 60-54 across the board. Santiago refereed.
Richard Neves, 151, Garden City, NY, 5-0-1 (3 KOs), outworked tall Philip Burnette, 151, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2-5 (1 KO), in a fight fought mostly inside. The clear difference between them was Neves’ ability to land the more telling punches while Burnette’s punches were often wild or less effective. They would clinch and toss punches at the head and body at the same time with Neves connecting more often. The scores were 60-53 twice and 60-54. Lee refereed.
Emmanuel Lartei Lartey, 144, Bronx, NY, 14-0 (8 KOs), nearly knocked out Bryan Abraham, 144, Schenectady, NY, 6-13-2 (6 KOs), in the first of six rounds. Twice he had Abraham hurt, but he recovered each time. After that it became a more even fight with Lartey outmuscling his opponent throughout. Lartey, a Dick Tiger look-a-like, a southpaw, had Abraham, who kept switching up from orthodox to lefty, fighting with his mouth open in the last round. Lartey closed the show with left-right-left combinations that left no doubt about the outcome. The judges all had Lartey winning 60-53 twice and 60-54. Tony Chiarantano refereed.
Dario Socci, 153, Salerno, Italy, 1-0 (0 KO’s), made his debut in the pro world of boxing a happy one for himself, and a tough one for opponent Jose Angel Ortiz, 152, Myrtle Beach, SC, 4-10-1 (1 KO), out punching him as they both attacked the body for most of their four round affair. A right to the body dropped Ortiz in the last round for the only knockdown of the fight. All three judges agreed 40-35 for Socci. Chiarantano refereed.
Tyyab Beale, 241, Newark, NJ, 6-3-1 (1 KO), surprised Nathaniel James, 244, Jupiter, FL, 6-2 (2 KOs), with one powerful overhand right that dropped him in his tracks. He beat the count but was too shaky to continue so referee Chiarantano stopped the fight at :43 of the fourth and final frame.
Skender Halili, 147, Bronx, NY, 7-0 (7 KOs), remained perfect when he dropped Rashad Boger, 147, Easton, PA, 3-4-1 (2 KOs), in round one and again in the next session. A chopping right in the third ended the fight when Bogar went down once more at the :17 mark. Mercante refereed.
In spite of the oppressive heat and threat of rain that didn’t come,, a big crowd showed up for a great night out including HBO’s Harold Lederman, boxers Junior Jones, Chris Algieri, John Duddy, Bobby Cassidy, Vinny Maddalone, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Michael Bentt, Tommy Rainone, Seamus McDonagh, and actor Holt McCallany, among many.
Also in attendance was Rep. Peter King of NY, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.