By Jason Pribila ringside in Brooklyn: Boxing fans are starting to fill the Barclays Center in New York to find out who the official “Champion of Brooklyn” will be when Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah square off later this evening. Those who got to their seats early were treated to fireworks provided by some of Golden Boy Promotions top prospects.
Julian Williams (14-0-1, 8KO) found it hard to miss Philadelphia’s Orlando Lora (29-5-2, 19KO) with any of the variety of punches he threw for just over six minutes of work. Williams dominated early and landed combinations at will. If Lora was hoping to take the younger opponent to deep waters, he failed to communicate that to his corner, who had seen enough just 34 seconds into the third round.
Brooklyn’s own Sadam Ali (18-0, 11KO) fought a well-disciplined fight over 6 rounds as he systematically broke down Jesus Selig (12-2-1, 6KO)in a welterweight bout. Selig began the fight in a defensive shell, so Ali took what was given to him, and he punished Selig to the body.
Ali stepped on the gas in the fourth round and he punished the game, but limited Selig with both hands. A straight right punctuated the fifth round, as Ali was finally able to take his opponent off his feet.
Selig convinced his corner and the ringside physician that he could continue into the sixth round. Another flush combination thrown and landed by Ali convinced them otherwise.
Ali was a 2008 Olympian. Early in his career he was promoting his own fights, but he now seems to have found a home fighting under the Golden Boy umbrella.
Marcus Browne (8-0, 7KO) battered Kevin Engel (20-9, 16 KO) to the point that the referee waved off the fight before the fighters got back to their stools.
It was evident before the bout how excited the Golden Boy Brass is about Browne. Prior to the fights they held a press conference to announce the Victor Ortiz – Luis Collazo bout on Jan 30. When Golden Boy partner Bernard Hopkins started to make the evening about him, he was halted so that the media was aware that Browne was about to enter the ring.
Look for them to keep Browne busy in 2014.
In the opening bout, Juan Dominguez improved to 16-0 with 11 KO as he won a unanimous decision over Camilo Perez (9-2, 4KO).
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