Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: In their first show at The Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions put on an exciting seven fight card that had a little bit of everything. Even an unforeseen delay that was unavoidable when lightweight Calvin Smith got sick after absorbing a lot of punches in his bout with Shemuel Pagan and was taken to the hospital by ambulance leaving the show temporarily without the required EMS. After about a half hour the show continued to the delight of the fans
In the main event, undefeated Mark Davis, 131, who fights under the SMS banner used the same style as his fellow Cincinnati, OH resident Adrien Broner (who fights with the same style as Floyd Mayweather), to dominate journeyman Carlos Vinan, 130, who nevertheless, came to fight.
Vinan, who fell below .500 and is now 10-11 (2 KOs). was undaunted by the quick and slick Davis. He used an aggressive approach tossing looping rights that hit their mark more often than they should have. It made the fight interesting and kept the fans cheering the underdog, but it was not enough to win. The lightning fast Davis threw combinations that often befuddled his opponent but never hurt him. Davis threw counter left hooks in round two that were just too fast to block, and he won with better skills and ring generalship, something you don’t see too often. The Judges were duly impressed too scoring 98-92, 97-93., and 99-91, all for Davis who improved to 18-0 (5 KOs). Harvey Dock refereed.
Chris Galeano, 160, has no chin. Sorry to say it, but a right jab from David Rohn, 163, decked him in the opening frame and again in the fourth and last round from a right hook (both were lefties). The two middle rounds were controlled by the taller Galeano, from the Bronx, NY, who wore down Rohn with his accurate punching from outside. He continued to be in charge when Chicago’s Rohn landed that hook which cemented the win for him. The Judges tallied 38-37 twice and 38-36 all for Rohn who moves to 2-0 (0 KOs), while Galeano starts his career 0-1. Brown refereed.
Shemuel Pagan, 137, Brooklyn, NY, 3-0 (1 KO), was too strong and fought a smart fight against Calvin Smith, 135, Prichard, AL, 2-5 (0 KOs), who appeared frail, and had no answer for all the harder punches coming his way. A straight left decked him the first round, and another to the body repeated the trick in round three. The scores were 40-33 two times and 40-34 all for Pagan. Estevez refereed.
After Smith left the ring looking totally spent, word came out that he had thrown up and was taken by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital leaving the show without emergency medical people and equipment. It is the law in the State of New York, as well as other states, that this service must be available at every boxing match so there was a relatively short delay until the ambulance returned to the venue.
Tall And long describes Lamar Russ, 162, and he used his advantages in height and reach effectively against his ever ducking foe Latif Mundy, 163.4, who managed to land some jabs early on, but fought mostly a defensive fight. Russ, from Wilmington, NC, remained unbeaten at 14-0(7 KOs), was just too fast and kept Mundy, a Philly fighter, at long range to cause him to be short with most of his punches. The Judges all had Russ as their winner, 79-73 twice, and 77-75. Mundy’s record fell to 10-8 (4 KOs). Brown refereed.
Travis Peterkin, 176, stayed on top of his opponent Michael Wilmer, 175, mostly working behind his jab which he followed with hard lefts from his southpaw stance. In the first and second frames he caught Wilmer, 4-7 (3 KOs), on the ropes and let both hands go to the head. He never appeared to hurt Wilmer, from Huntington, WV, but Peterkin, from Brooklyn, NY, kept up the pressure for the entire six rounds. All three Judges had Peterkin, 9-0 (4 KOs), ahead 60-54. Harvey Dock refereed.
Well accomplished former amateur star (2012 Olympic Alternate, three time Golden Gloves and Metros champion, among his accomplishments), Joseph Williams, 176, came out throwing bombs. He gave Joe Powers, 178.4, from Groton, CT, no opportunity to return punches. A left hook decked Powers, 1-2 (0 KOs), after only about 20 seconds. Powers was down again from a right uppercut to the body. He rose to his feet only to be met by a flurry that put him down on a knee. That’s three knockdowns and you’re out. Time: 1:22 of the first round. Williams, from Rockaway, NY, is now 1-0 (1 KO). Earl Brown refereed.
Chattanooga, TN’s Ryan Martin, 136, made a fine start to his pro career when after a feeling out round he came out with both guns blazing to the head and body of Darus Somieri, 136, from Roanoke, VA. After trapping him in a corner he landed a crushing right that dropped Somieri hard. Up slowly Somieri ran into a hurricane of punches. When another right hurt him referee Benji Estevez called it off at 1:42 of round two.