By Jerry Glick at ringside: Felix Verdejo 130 ½, San Juan, PR, 2-0 (1 KO), needed only 21 seconds to faint a left hook to the body and land one to the head to flatten Tomi Archambault 129 ½, Bismarck, ND, 1-4 (1 KO) at Madison Square Garden In New York on Saturday. That’s all it took. Afterwards Verdejo said, “I never won with two punches before. I never won with a left hook either. I’m a right hand puncher.
Too big, too strong, and far too busy, prospect Glen Tapia 153 ½, Pasaic, NJ, 17-0 (10 KOs), outclassed Ayi Bruce 153 ¼, Albany, NY, 22-9 (14 KOs), in every moment; finally landing three lead rights in a row, then a series of left/right combinations that decked Bruce who looked finished by then. Up but with nothing left, he could only cover up as Tapia pummeled him on the ropes until referee Fields wisely called it off at 2:33 of the second frame.
In a real brawl, Anthony Ferrante 196, Philadelphia, PA, absorbed a lot of punishment, sustaining a cut over the left eye by the third round, came back to cut Isa Akberbayev 196 ½, Almaty, Kazakhistan, 10-1, (7 KOs), on his left cheek that bleed from then on. Finally in the tenth and last stanza he landed a hard right to the face of Akberbayev knocking him cold. Referee Randy Neumann did not count ending it at 1:19.
Mikael Zewski, 149 ½, Quebec, Canada, was too good, and too fast for an over matched Brandon Hoskins 146 ½ , Hannibal, MI, 16-4-1 (8 KOs), dropping him three times in quick succession in the fourth of six rounds to end it at 1:42 of the frame. Gary Rosato refereed.
Ronald Ellis.168 ½. Miami Fl, 7-0 (5 KOs), out boxed Steven Tyner, 170, Akron, OH, 3-10-2 (2 KOs), landing a hard chopping right in round three and almost stopping Tyner in the final seconds of the fight with a hard right followed by a flurry of hards punches. All three judges agreed 40-36. David Fields refereed.
Sean Monaghan 177 ½, Long Beach, NY, 17-0 (10 KOs), had to work very hard to overcome the bigger Roger Cantrell 184 ¼, and remain undefeated via scores of 77-75, 78-74, and 79-73. The Queens Irishman suffered a one and a half long cut over his left eye. Cantrell looked fatigued as early as the fifth frame, but would throw long bombs when he needed to. His face was a swollen mess; he was bloody and breathing out of his mouth by then. Round six saw Monaghan landing a left hook to the belly and hurt him with lefts and rights to the head.
January 19, 2013