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Lopes and Silveira Score Big Wins in New Hampshire

By Stephen Tobey at ringside
 

DERRY, N.H. – The last few weeks have been kind of hectic for Aleksandra Lopes. Recently, the fighter from Marshfield, Mass. passed the Massachusetts bar exam. While studying for it, the New England School of Law graduate was training for a fight. On Saturday (The 10th of this month), that training paid off with a six-round unanimous decision victory over Yvonne Reis at the New Hampshire SportsZone.
 
The scorecards read 58-56 (twice) and 57-55, all in favor of Lopes, now 8-1 with one knockout.
 
“It was tough,” said the 32-year-old Lopes. “I fought three times this year. I’m a little tired now. I had a cold, so I was a little winded at the end. My conditioning would have been better if I didn’t have a cold.”

Lopes was in good enough shape to counter successfully against Reis, who came forward for most of the fight. The bout was also fought in three-minute rounds instead of the customary two-minute rounds that are usually used in women’s fights.
 
“She was pretty aggressive; I give her a lot of credit,” said Lopes. “She has a lot of experience and I’m 15 years younger than she is.” Reis, 47, dropped to 7-15-1. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. resident said this was her last fight.
 
In the co-feature, Derek Silveira of Salem, Mass. retained his New England welterweight title with a sixth-round knockout of William Correa of Framingham, Mass.
 
At the beginning of the sixth and final round, Silveira landed a one-two that dropped Correa to the canvas. Referee David Greenwood stopped the fight without a count at 29 seconds.
 
“My defense could have been better,” said Silveira, now 8-0 (4). “I underestimated [Correa]’s quickness. My team had seen him fight before and that helped.” The fight had plenty of action throughout the contest. Correa, 9-7 (8), fought with a cut next to his left eye after the beginning of the second round. Though Silveira got the better of most exchanges, Correa jabbed effectively in the fourth round and spun Silveira around with a right hand in the third. In the fourth round, Correa landed a hook to the body that put Silveira on his bicycle. At the end of the round, however, Greenwood deducted a point from Correa for a low blow.
 
Up next for Silveira is a fight on December 14 against 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate Danny O’Connor at the TD Garden.
 
Heavyweight Alexis Santos of Lawrence, Mass. knocked out Tyrone Smith of Boston in the second round of a scheduled four.
Santos, 7-0 (5), knocked down Smith in the second round with a left hook, followed by a right that grazed the top of Smith’s head. Referee Kevin Hope reached the 10-count 48 seconds into the round. Smith, a Boston police officer, dropped to 5-7-2 (2).
 
Chris Gilbert of Windsor, Vt. knocked out debuting Yann Oliveira of Haverhill, Mass. 1:15 into the first round of a scheduled four at middleweight. Gilbert dropped Oliveira with a left hook. Gilbert is now 6-0 (5).
 
Augustin Mauras of Lawrence, Mass. stopped Theo Desjardin of Attleboro, Mass. in the first round of four at lightweight. Mauras dropped Desjardin with a straight right. Hope stopped the fight at 2:19. Mauras is now 4-0-1 (3). Desjardin is 0-2.
 
In a battle of welterweights from Springfield, Mass., Jesus Cintron and Noel Garcia fought to a four-round majority draw. Norin Champaign scored it 39-37 for Cintron while Frank Wells and Mike Nolin scored it 38-38.
 
Stephen Tobey can be reached at sg.tobey2@comcast.net.

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