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Kielczweski Shines in “Maine” Event

By Stephen Tobey


PORTLAND, Maine – In July, Ryan Kielczweski scored one of the more spectacular knockouts of the year.
 
On Saturday, he put on a boxing clinic, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez of Atlanta at the Portland Expo in front of a crowd of about 3,000. Kielczewski, of Quincy, Mass., won the vacant International Boxing Association Americas junior lightweight title.
 
Fred Doody scored the fight 78-74; Jack Morrell scored it 80-72 and Leo Gerstel scored it 80-73.

Kielczewski, 18-0 (4), controlled the fight with his jab, successfully fighting off Hernandez’s bull rushes for most of the fight. However, Hernandez, 14-8-1 (6), landed enough to bloody Kielczweski’s nose by the end of the fight.
 
“I felt I should have done more,” Kielczweski said. “I fought a safe fight and didn’t press the action enough. I’d rather brawl more. I felt like I could have outbrawled a brawler but I fought safe.”
Hernandez was cut in the middle of his forehead in the fourth round after a headbutt. His corner controlled the cut for the rest of the fight.
 
The show was the first in the Expo in 20 years and the first in Portland since 1996. Professional boxing was illegal in Maine after the state’s commission disbanded in 2007. The Combat Sports Authority of Maine, formed to regulate mixed martial arts, started sanctioning pro boxing earlier this year. The monumental occasion was kicked off with a single pro bout taking place on a pro-am in Skowhegan.

Former world champions Robert Duran, Vinny Paz and Tony DeMarco were in attendance as was Micky Ward.
 
In the co-feature, middleweight Russell Lamour of Portland won a six-round unanimous decision over Deivison Ribeiro of Tampa, an MMA fighter who is making his pro boxing debut.
 
Jack Morrell and Leo Gerstel both scored the bout 60-54 and Fred Doody scored it 59-55, all for Lamour, 6-0 (3). Lamour had his hands full with Ribeiro at times but by the fourth round, he landed uppercuts to the body that forced Ribeiro to hold.
 
Bantamweight Jorge Abiague of Portland won a four-round unanimous decision over Leonel Garcia of San Juan, P.R. The scores were 40-35 (twice) and 39-36. Abiague, a native of Cuba, improved to 4-0. Garcia was making his pro debut.
 
Jimmy Smith, the outstanding boxer of the 2009 New England Golden Gloves, picked up his first professional win, stopping Robert Brando-Hunt, 0-5-1, of Hyannis, Mass. at 2:30 of the first round of a scheduled four at welterweight. Smith, a former United States Marine, is now 1-1 (1) and one no-contest. Smith scored one knockdown before referee Steve Clark stopped the fight.
 
Junior welterweight Brandon Berry of West Forks, Maine (population: 50) stopped debuting Paul Souza of Somerville, Mass. in the third round of a scheduled four. Berry, 4-0 (3), dropped Souza with a left hook in the third. Souza got up, took another right hand and referee Mike Ryan stopped the fight at 1:45. Souza lost a point in the second round for a backfist, which he landed three times during the fight (including one spinning backfist). After the fight, he was still in good enough condition to drop to the canvas and do a few pushups.
 
In the two amateur bouts, Joe McKenna of South Boston, Mass. outpointed Jason Quirk of Scarborough, Maine at middleweight. The scores were 30-27 and 29-28 for McKenna and 29-28 for Quirk. At heavyweight, Joel Bishop of Clinton, Maine won a split decision against Justin Kennie of Saco, Maine. The scores were 29-28 (twice) for Bishop and 29-28 for Kennie. Bishop earned the outstanding boxer trophy.
 
Stephen Tobey can be reached at sg.tobey2@comcast.net.

 

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