Jerry Glick recording: Issouf Kinda is a well kept secret. He is undefeated and yet you don’t hear too much about him. He is quietly making a career for himself that is working. Not a big banger, he again went the distance for the win, this time over veteran “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. It was the same round after round, Kinda was on the move and Arnaoutis was in pursuit, but “Mighty” Mike never quite landed anything significant, and while Kinda had little power, he was the one landing the more affective punches.
There was one moment when Arnaoutis had it his way when the southpaw landed a hard left that had Kinda backing into the ropes, only to recover quickly near the end of round three. Throughout Kinda was able to land his lead rights to the head almost effortlessly. All three judges scored it a shutout 100-90 for Kinder.
It may sound strange, but it was two New York residents who vied for the New York State Jr. Welterweight title on Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing show at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, NY. All too often we see a New Yorker against someone from Iowa, or some other State fighting for a New York State belt, not on Saturday night, October 13, 2012, Bronx resident Kinda made his first defense of the belt against Astoria’s Arnaoutis.
The 24 year old, Kinda, 15-0 (5 KOs), outworked Arnaoutis over ten hard fought rounds. Arnaoutis, 139 pounds, was undefeated with a 17-0-2 record before losing to Ricardo Torres in 2006; he is 7-8 since including this loss. He was stopped twice, but he lost to some very tough guys; he was a prospect, who is now a gate keeper. Kinder, 140 pounds, worked his way past this gate, now his career is rising and “Mighty” Mike, now 24-8-2 (7 KOs), needs to think about his. Shada Murdaugh refereed.
They don’t come more exciting than Cletus Seldin, 143, Long Island, NY, 9-0 (7 KOs), who literally ran out of his corner throwing bombs, but opponent Carl McNickles, 143, Chicago, IL, 8-4 (6 KOs), fought back and at the bell were trading punches.
The second of four scheduled rounds was all Seldin who staggered McNickles with a right then dropped him with a huge right to the head. Up and in trouble, McNickles tried to make a fight of it but he was too far gone as he absorbed an assortment of shots finally crashing to the canvas prompting referee Tony Chiarantano to wisely end matters at 2:48 of the second round.
While Bayan Jargal, 137 ½, Arlington, VA, 16-3-3 (9 KOs), took a lot of punches, he also dished out many of his own on opponent Luis Rodriguez, 140, Bronx, NY, 6-6-1 (1 KO), to take a six round majority decision.
Rodriguez was taller with a longer reach and he used those advantages well connecting with solid jabs and straight rights to the head, but Jargal used his skills and aggressive style to pound out the win by scores of 57-57 (even) and 58-56 and 59-55 for Jargal. Murdaugh refereed.
As the fight wound down in round four, Alan Gotay, 137, Huntington, LI, 2-0 (1 KO), suffered a cut over the left eye, (a butt, he claimed later), as he won a unanimous, harder than expected decision over strong opponent Alberto Manukyan, 137 ½, West New York, NJ, 0-2. It was very competitive except in the second frame when a big right to the head decked Manukyan. Gotay tried to end it then but Manukyan survived only to lose a unanimous decision by scores of 39-36 twice, and 39-37, all for Gotay. Pat Sullivan refereed.