Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Vinny Maddalone often looked frustrated in his brawl against a journeyman opponent. It wasn’t that he was getting hit too often, on the contrary, he found himself too often being wrestled to the ropes and wisely decided to wait until referee Shada Murdaugh pulled them apart rather than burn energy attempting to free his arms to throw punches of his own.
“270 pounds on top of me,” explained a victorious Maddalone. “I just waited for the ref to push him away. He kept doing it. Every time I wanted him to throw punches, he kept holding on to me.”
Vinny added that he would like to fight overseas and hopefully face a rated opponent.
New legend, Old World and W.O.N. returned to Resorts World Casino and topping the card was Maddalone who turned in another action packed street fight. He faced the woefully overweight Byron Polley, 25-14 (11 KOs), who lacked height, but still managed to weigh a stout 268 ½ pounds to the taller Maddalone’s relatively trim 231 ½. Polley, from St. Joseph, MS, came out firing punches in an effort to catch the bigger Maddalone, 36-8 (27 KOs), off guard. He backed the popular Flushing battler into a corner and landed to the head and the body. It took only a few moments for rugged Vinny to throw bombs of his own resulting in a knockdown from a chopping right.
Another right resulted in knockdown number two in the second round, then another right scored a third knockdown in the next frame. As Maddalone, pummeled him with very effective body shots that caused Polley to grimace in pain, Maddalone finally landed a left hook that resulted in a delayed knockdown prompting referee Shada Murdaugh to wave the fight off at 1:11 of the third stanza.
Angel Garcia, 134, Brooklyn, NY, 4-1 (2 Kos), danced around the ring for the first two rounds of a lightweight four against Victor Galindo, 133, Puerto Rico, 1-1 (1 KO), who did his best to stay in front of Garcia, cutting the ring off effectively which is impressive for a fighter in his second outing.
Garcia did a lot of moving in the first half of the fight but threw few punches. He used his legs in the last two rounds as well, but he began to use his hands too. This reporter had it all even at 38-38 as did Judge Kevin Morgan. He was outvoted by Judges Larry Hazzard and Tony Paolillo who agreed 39-37 for Garcia who copped a majority decision. Shada Murdough refereed.
No one appeared to be more surprised at the ending of the fight than the winner, Juan Dominguez, 121, Brooklyn, NY, 12-0 (8 KOs), when veteran opponent Jhon Alberto Molina, 120, Columbia, 32-22-3 (20 KOs), began to complain as soon as he sat down after the third frame that he had leg cramps. With referee Pete Santiago and the rings physicians checking him out in the corner the bell for round four sounded. Moments later Santiago waved his arms stopping the fight, officially, at :01 of round four.
Throughout Molina tried to work his way inside, but Dominguez’ long reach and long jab was the neutralizer. Juan appears ready to step it up. He has the skills to bring to the next level.
Molina was not winning but he was competitive. He gave away height, and was short with many of his punches but he wasn’t hurt at any time. Dominguez has the look of a future star and used his speed to toss combinations that had him in front at the end.
Frank Galarza is a tall, junior-middleweight who is quickly getting noticed by the local fans. He turned in another impressive win
Galarza, 152, Brooklyn, NY, 8-0-1 (4 KOs), came out fast working his combinations but so did opponent Roberto Lopez, 152, Kissimmee, FL., 4-4-2 (1 KO), “We wanted to get the rounds in,” said a relaxed Galarza in the dressing room after his win. “Also my plan was to box him and work on a few things.”
They went at it to the delight of the almost packed house. Galarza spent most of the fight backing away, but it was the Brooklyn fighter who never stopped throwing combinations of left/rights and uppercuts. Galarza winged in shots to the body as well, all the time, while backing up. All three Judges, had it 59-55 for Galarza. Danny Schiavone refereed.
After a successful amateur career of over 60 fights, Rob Garris, 171, MT, Vernon, NY, 0-1, was forced to retire at 19 because of an injury to his nose. That was 27 years ago. With better medical technology, his injury has been repaired, and he wanted to turn pro. So at the age of 47, Garris walked back up those steps to box again. His opponent, Abdellah Smith, 174, Queens, NY, 2-4 (2 KOs), was supposed to be a soft touch , but they forgot to tell him so he kept the pressure on Garris, trapping him in a corner and hammering him, almost decking him right there in round one.
In the second Smith landed a hard right to the jaw and Garris went down hard, face first, prompting referee Murdaugh to stop it without a count as he waved for the doctors. Time of the knockout, 1:08 of the round.
In the opening fight of the night, Neuky Santalises, 131, Washington Heights, NY, 2-0 (1 KO), and Micah Branch, 132, Cincinnati, OH, 1-3 (0 KOs) put on a pier six as they set the tone for the night when they traded punches as soon as the first bell rang. The difference between the two was Santalises’ hand speed. He got there first and was accurate with his punches. Branch worked hard but it was not enough as the Judges gave it to Santalises by scores of 39-37 twice and40-36. Santiago refereed.
Undefeated Heather Hardy, 122, Brooklyn, NY, 3-0 (0 KOs), bloodied Ivana Coleman’s, 123 ½, Slidell, LA, 0-4, nose, and dominated all four rounds. Both fought rather awkwardly, and Coleman often had her eyes closed during many of the exchanges. Judges all agreed 40-36 for Hardy. Schiavone refereed.
Bryant Cruz, 129 ½, Port Chester, NY, 1-0 (1 KO), pressured Jonathan Caban, 130, Queens, NY, 0-4, for three and a half rounds finally landing a hard shot to the body that was the beginning of the end for Caban. Backed into a corner, Caban absorbed a chopping right that put him in deep water prompting referee Santiago to jump in at 1:20 of the third giving Cruz his first pro win.
Michael Costantino, was in attendance and he is an undefeated light-heavyweight with a 1-0 (1 KO) record. So what. That is not extraordinary. Lots of guys can boast the same thing. What makes this important is the fact that Mike is the only guy who fights with only a left hand, he was born without a right hand. At 33, he made his pro debut, stopping his opponent in the second frame.
“It felt great,” said the ever smiling Costantino. “There was a lot of pressure involved with it. Just to get that one win out of the way. It shows people that anything is possible.”
**WHAT’S UP WITH LUIS COLLAZO?**
“February 9th, right now we’re looking at the Judah-Garcia undercard at the Barclays Center against Phil Lo Greco of Canada who is 25-0,” said the ex-welterweight champ. “Hopefully it will be an eliminator.”