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Beeman Ends Hard Luck Streak with Win over Candelario

By Stephen Tobey at ringside

BOSTON - After an excellent amateur career, things haven’t quite worked out the way Josh Beeman hoped they would in the pro ranks.

On Saturday, the 31-year-old light welterweight from Providence, R.I. finally got a break, capturing a four-round majority decision over previously unbeaten Carlos Candelario of Lawrence, Mass. in the featured bout at the Royale (formerly The Roxy).
John Madfis and Glenn Feldman scored the fight 38-37 for Beeman while Jack Morrell scored it 38-38.
Beeman scored the fight’s only knockdown in the closing seconds of the third round, dropping Candelario with a left hook.
“I set him up with the jab to the body,” said Beeman, who is now 5-13-4 (2). “It slowed him down and then I landed a perfect left hook.”
Beeman was 0-11-2 in his previous 13 fights. As an amateur, he was 96-14 and ranked second in the country.
“I wasn’t getting the fights I needed,” Beeman said. “I wasn’t able to stay consistent as a professional. When you’re an amateur, you’re in tournaments and fighting every week. I needed to get more consistent.”
Candelario, 3-1 (1), controlled most of the first round or two, landing right hands and uppercuts to the body. Beeman started to find his mark early in the third before he landed the knockdown.
“I thought I easily won three rounds,” said the 22-year-old Candelario. “It was just one punch and a flash knockdown. He was holding a lot.”
In the co-feature, super middleweights Fadoul Louis of Lynn, Mass. and KJ Harrison-Lombardi of Providence fought to a four-round majority draw. The scores were 38-38 (twice) and 38-37 for Louis, who left the ring at 3-1-2 (1). Harrison finished the fight at 2-0-1.
Heavyweight Donnie Palmer of Dorchester, Mass. earned his first win, picking up a disqualification victory (listed as a TKO win) at 1:07 of the third round in a scheduled six against Aneudy Rodriguez of Lawrence, Mass. The fight ended when Rodriguez’s corner threw a towel into the ring. Palmer is 1-0-1 (1); Rodriguez is 0-2.
Former national PAL champion Rashidi Ellis of Lynn, Mass. stopped Aquilano Brandao of Woburn, Mass. in the first round of a scheduled six. Referee Leo Gerstel stopped the fight at 1:53 of the first after four knockdowns. Ellis is now 2-0 (1); Brandao is 0-2.
Former New England Golden Gloves super heavyweight champion Julian Pollard of Brockton, Mass. earned his third stoppage victory in as many pro fights at 2:01 of the first against Antonio Assermelly of Hopkinton, R.I. who was making his pro debut. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after two knockdowns.
Greg Vendetti of Stoneham, Mass. won a four-round unanimous decision over debuting Sergio Cabrera of Somerville, Mass. at junior middleweight. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Vendetti, who is now 4-0-1 (2).
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