Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: In the main event, Amir Imam, 139, stalked Tijuana, Mexico’s Sergio Perez, 139 ½, then landed a wicked left hook to the body followed by a right to the head that put Perez, 28-16 (19 KOs), down for the count of ten administered by referee Ron Lipton at 52 seconds of the first round. Imam, 11-0 (10 KOs), is another impressive youngster who boxed on this exciting show. With the win, Imam, from Albany, NY, takes home the Vacant NABF Junior Welterweight Championship on 50 Cent’s SMS promotion’s six fight show at Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY on Friday, the 20th of December.
In the co-feature, Joel Diaz, Jr., 133 ½, who lives and trains in Big Bear, CA, punched too fast, too sharp and too often for Tony Walker, 134, dropping him with a lightning fast, short left hook. Walker, from Cincinnati, OH, got to his feet, but ran into a tremendous left hook to the body/right to the head combination that put him down hard prompting referee Ricky Gonzalez to halt the fight at 2:27 of the opening frame. Diaz impressed with short, lightning fast combinations. He is a fighter to watch as he remained unbeaten at 14-0 (12 KOs). Walker is now 5-4-1 (3 KOs).
After his impressive win Diaz told this reporter that this fight was all about sitting on his punches. “I felt my punches,” said the jubilant winner. “That was the whole thing about one, just to sit down on my punches. I was sitting down on my punches and they connected so that felt good.”
Brockton, MA’s Emmanuel De Jesus, 149, pressured awkward Antonio Chaves-Fernandez, 148 ¾, throughout their encounter, landing jabs and rights right down the middle, between the wide punches of his opponent, until he caught Chaves-Fernandez, from Canovanas, PR, with left hook that started him heading down then finished him with a follow up right. Up but shaky, Chavez-Fernandez was stopped when the referee saw the doctors climbing through the ropes at 2:54 of round four. De Jesus improved to 9-0 (6 KOs), and Chavez-Fernandez fell to 3-14-2 (0 KOs). Ron Lipton refereed.
In a wild swinging battle between two southpaws, where both men tasted the canvas, Thomas Snow, 117 ¾, went down in the fourth and the sixth frames, while the eventual winner, Nate Green, 117 ½, hit the deck in the first of the six rounds they fought.
When Snow went down in the last frame from a straight left and right hook combo he was badly hurt. When he got up, he arose on shaky legs, but he got it together and finished the fight. The Judges all scored it 57-54 for Green who improved to 5-0 (1 KO), while the loser fell to a still impressive 16-2 (10 KOs). Ricky Gonzalez refereed.
Lanky Donte Strayhorn, 134, threw too many punches for stocky Sam Moura, 132 ¾, as he fired long hard hooks to his body and head. Moura, from Plattsburgh, NY, could take it but just could not land more than a handful of punches. Strayhorn, from Cincinnati, OH, did not forget to go to his foe’s body. As inexperienced as his pro numbers indicate, Strayhorn, 4-1 (1 KO), threw to the body effectively and use his left jab to start his attacks against his southpaw opponent. Finally referee Benji Esteves could watch no longer at the amount of punches that Moura, now 0-3, was absorbing and saved him from further punishment at 1:34 of the fourth and final round.
Ryan Martin, 135, wasted no time against over matched, Eric Jamar Goodall, 139 ½, chasing him around the ring, finally catching him with a big right that hurt him, then landing a huge second right that dropped Goodall, from Las Vegas, NV, flat on his face. Referee Esteves did not count, immediately waving it off at 1: 22 of round one. Cleveland, OH resident Martin improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), Goodall is now 1-3 (3 KOs).