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Diaz Jr. and Galarza Score ShoBox Wins at Foxwoods

Frank Galarza started out strong, establishing a sharp jab that frustrated the Canadian Bouchard. Bouchard (8-1, 2 KOs) had his moments later in the fight, but he didn’t have the power to hurt the slick Galarza.
Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

By Stephen Tobey at ringside


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Joel Diaz Jr. remained undefeated with a 10-round unanimous decision over Tyler Asselstine of Toronto in a junior lightweight “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event on Friday at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Judges Peter Hary, Don Trella and Bill Morande all scored the fight 97-92 for Diaz, of Palmdale, California. He is now 16-0 with 12 knockouts. Asselstine dropped to 14-2 (7).
 
In the seventh round, referee Dan Schiavone deducted a point from Asselstine after he dropped his mouthpiece for the third time in the fight. Asselstine dropped his mouthpiece again in the eighth around the same time a cut became visible along Diaz’s left eye .Schiavone issued a warning and Asselstine picked up the pace afterward, finishing the round with three good left hands to the head. The cut was caused by an accidental head butt.

Diaz hurt Asseltine at the beginning of the 10th round with a left hook to the body. Diaz landed two more punches to the head before Asselstine held on and bought himself more time.
 
Asselstine did so on other occasions throughout the fight, most notably in the second round after Diaz landed a left hook to the top of the head. Diaz also shook Asselstine briefly in the fifth with a one-two through the middle.
 
Frank Galarza of Brooklyn, New York outpointed Sebastien Bouchard of Quebec, Canada in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. John McKaie and Hary scored it 77-74; Morande scored it 78-73. Galarza is now 14-0-2 (9); Bouchard is 8-1 (2).
 
In the eighth round, referee Joey Lupino deducted a point from Galarza for low blows. Galarza was also cut along the right eye in the eighth. Both fighters landed some good shots but Galarza was usually the more active fighter. He also landed straighter punches through Bouchard’s guard while Bouchard’s punches were usually wider.
 
Bryant Cruz of Port Chester, New York won a six-round unanimous decision against Osnel Charles of Atlantic City at junior lightweight. McKaie scored it 59-55 while Trella and Hary scored it 60-54. Cruz improved to 11-0 (6); Charles dropped to 10-9-1 (1).
 
Featherweight Gervonta Davis of Baltimore earned his seventh stoppage victory in as many fights when Joshua Arocho of Vineland, New Jersey did not answer the bell for the third round of a scheduled four. Arocho dropped to 3-10-4 (2).
 
Welterweights Kareem Martin of Washington D.C. and Azamat Umarzoda of Las Vegas fought to a four-round majority draw. Morande and Hary scored the bout 37-37 and Trella scored it 38-36 for Martin. Both fighters were knocked down, Martin, 1-0-1 (1), in the first and Umarzoda, 0-3-1, in the third.
 
John Magda of Rutherford, New Jersey stopped David Courchaine of Spokane, Washington in the first round of a scheduled four-round super middleweight bout. Magda, 6-0 (5), dropped Courchaine three times before referee Lupino stopped the fight at 2:45. Courchaine dropped to 2-4 (2).
 
Stephen Tobey can be reached at sg.tobey2@comcast.net.

 
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