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From Manhattan to Brooklyn: Two Cards in Four Days

By Jason Gonzalez at ringside


Brooklyn, NY - In consecutive weeks, the city of Brooklyn, known for being the borough of kings, played host to the “Sweet Science.”

But instead of the glitz and glamour of the Barclays Center, the action this past Halloween weekend (10/27/12) brought us to the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field.


To say this was an interesting card is an understatement. Well, at least on paper, it seemed engaging due to the participants rounding out the festivities. There was an Arab-American fighting in the main event, an amputee making his pro-debut and a “holy man” who brought the crowd in attendance back to life with his fighting spirit.

Former U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali had a successful pay-per-view debut when he stopped late replacement opponent Ronnie “The Natural” Warrior Jr. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the second round at the 2:59 mark but not before dropping Warrior Jr. twice in the process.

“I grazed him with a left uppercut to the chin and he fell down,” said Ali, 24, of the first knockdown. “I knew I could get him. When he got up, he was shaky and came forward and I stuck him with the right.”

Warrior Jr., a southpaw, was a late replacement for Jermaine White. That said, Warrior Jr., now 13-8-1 (4), fought exactly like that - a late substitute. Warrior Jr. had nothing for Ali.

“After I hit him, then I knocked him down,” said Ali. “He was a southpaw but he wasn’t that awkward.”

A straight right hand to the chin put an end to Warrior Jr.’s night.

“I am taking three weeks off, then I will get back to the gym,” said the Canarsie resident who improved to 16-0 (10). “I won’t fight till early next year.”

In the co-feature bout, top 10 cruiserweight Santander “The Demolition Man” Silgado, 196.75, of Colombia, now living in Brooklyn, improved to 23-0 (18) after winning an eight-round snoozer. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.

Silgado won a unanimous decision over late replacement opponent Joell Godfrey of Knoxville, Tennessee (it seemed as if the late-sub opponent theme was a recurring pattern throughout the night, right)?

Godfrey, who dropped to 15-9-1 (6), did manage to have his shining moment, however. Godfrey caught Silgado with an overhand right late in the fight that left Silgado wobbly.

“[Joell Godfrey] is a good fighter,” said Silgado. “Don’t let the record fool you. He hurt me. I was hurt. But thank God to my preparation, I was able to recuperate. It didn’t take long for me to regain my senses.”

This contest was a rematch of Silgado’s previous bout in August of this year. In all honesty, the public should have been spared from witnessing it; in fact, there was no need for it. The fight only took place to keep Silgado busy.

“I am here to fight the best,” said Silgado in regard to the future. “Whoever it is, I will be ready.”

Cruiserweight Ramadan “The Holy Man” Yasser extended his winning streak to 8-0 (5) after winning a very entertaining six-round unanimous decision over Tim Johnson.

Yasser and Johnson threw down as the two big men traded back-and-forth blows to the dome. Yasser also knew how to work the crowd as he entertained those watching with some funny antics like blowing kisses to the crowd or sticking his tongue out at his foe.

Yasser, 197.75, a former Egyptian Olympian, now residing in Manhattan, dropped Johnson with a right hand in the first and in the fifth while on his way to a 59-54, 59-53, 58-54 ruling of the judges.

With the loss, Johnson, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dropped to 4-2 (2).

Cruiserweight Michael Constantino, 180.5, of Queens, NY was born with an Amelia birth defect, born without a right hand. But who says that should get in the way of him living out his dream?

Constantino battered Nathan Ortiz, 182, of Crystal River, Florida, now 0-3, with a series of left hooks.

“I felt good; I wasn’t tired at all,” said the 33-year-old Constantino. “I felt good without headgear. I definitely hurt [Ortiz] with my left hand. The referee said, ‘Break,’ and I knew I hurt [Ortiz] and when I saw him. I knew he didn’t want to fight anymore.

Ortiz would quit at the 1:16 mark of the second round.

“I wanted to put him down but I was happy with my performance,” said Constantino.

Unbeaten junior middleweight Steven Gamache, 155.5 (the son of former world champion Joey Gamache) scored a four-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Ortiz.

Gamache, of Manhattan, improved to 4-0 (1) after the judges scored the fight a shutout at 40-36.

Ortiz, 152, of Springfield,  Massachusetts dropped to 4-11-1 (1).

Jennifer Santiago, 122, of Brooklyn, upped her résumé to 2-0 after thoroughly defeating Ivana Coleman, 121, of Slidell, Louisiana.

All three judges were in agreement at 40-36 across the board. Coleman, referred to as “Boo-Boo,” is still looking for her first win at 0-3.

In the opening bout of the night, junior middleweight Shawn Cameron, 153.5, of Brooklyn, one-two-ed his way to a unanimous decision win by scores of 40-36 twice, and 39-37 over Mamadou Doumbia.

With the victory, Cameron improved to 3-0, (2), while Doumbia, 154, also of Brooklyn, dropped to the .500 mark at 1-1.

Jay Gon’s Ringside Tidbits

-  With the exception of Constantino’s performance, the entire card was a dud! I am astonished this was televised on pay-per-view. The fights were boring mismatches.

-  Maureen Shea was in attendance. It had been a while since I last saw her.

-  Maxboxing kicked it with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. We discussed his fight with Pablo Cesar Cano; I am in the small minority that thought Malignaggi won with a score of 115-112.

-  Gary Stark Jr. was in the house looking like R&B singer Miguel.
 
-  Getting a quote from Ali was harder than getting next to President Barack Obama. Aviator security was real tight! Regardless of Team Ali telling the media to follow them to the locker room, this one dude who looked like Rick Ross (minus the sunglasses) shut us all down. It was actually pretty funny!

-  It was pleasure sharing laughs and talking sports with Mitch Abramson and Tim Smith of the New York Daily News. Smith showed Maxboxing (the site) mad love.  
 
Manhattan, NY - For the past seven years, Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series has been a platform for talent in the metropolitan area to showcase their goods as well as provide an outlet for New York City boxers to gain both television and media exposure.

“Broadway Boxing” helped birth and mold the careers of former and current world champions such as Paulie Malignaggi, Yuri Foreman and Andre Berto.

On, Wednesday, October 24, the tradition continued as the Roseland Ballroom in midtown played host to the fifth installment of the program.

In the main event of the evening, light heavyweight Sean Monaghan, 174, of Long Beach, Long Island, captured the WBC Continental Americas title via a 10-round unanimous decision over Rayco Saunders, 174, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The scorecards read 99-91 (twice) and 98-92.

[Saunders] had good defense and a good body,” Monaghan, now 16-0 (10), told Maxboxing. “He just keep coming back.” 

Saunders, 22-18-2, (9), who clearly was overmatched, had nothing for Monaghan. Monaghan, wearing pink gloves in honor of those that have passed away from breast cancer, tagged Saunders both upstairs and downstairs.

“I was happy to get the victory,” Monaghan would later state in regard to not scoring the knockout. “I am glad to go the rounds. I know that I was hurting him with every body shot.”

From the start of the fight, Monaghan invested in a lot of punches that paid dividends later on. Although Saunders kept his guard high, Monaghan kept the jab in his face. Monaghan’s jab set up the straight right and the left hook to the body.

Saunders had nothing for Monaghan but you have to give props when props are due. Saunders was very crafty and avoided being knocked out.

“I saw that he slowed down tremendously,” said Monaghan. “I never did lose control. Even though I knew that he wasn’t going to be stopped, I knew he was finished.”

In the co-feature bout, southpaw Ivan Redkach, 136, of Los Angeles, California scored the 11th knockout of his career after stopping Tebor Brosch of Toronto, Canada, 7-4-5 (2), in the first round at the 2:07 mark.

“The knockout comes by itself,” said Redkach. “I don’t aim for it.”

Redkach, 12-0 (11), just bombed on Brosch with big left hands, beating him from pillar to post, prompting referee Shada Murdaugh to have mercy on the beleaguered fighter by calling off the fight.

Redkach sports the same tribal chest tattoo as Miguel Cotto. “It is the same tattoo like Miguel Cotto,” Redkach said while smirking. “Miguel Cotto is a warrior. He is my favorite fighter.”

Brooklynite Gabriel “Tito” Bracero returned to action since defeating Jermaine White (Sadam Ali’s original opponent, replaced by Ronnie Warrior Jr. last Saturday) four months ago.

Bracero, 141, 20-1 (3), posted an eight-round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz, 147, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.

Cruz brought a record of 13-11-3 (13) with him to the “Big Apple”; the 13 knockouts were impressive but after assessing the first couple of rounds, it was plain to see the power wasn’t there. So you have to question the level of opposition Cruz fought.

It was a tactical chess match played at the speed of molasses. Cruz didn’t do much to engage in action while Bracero followed him around. If you didn’t see it, you didn’t miss much.

Bracero should face Dmitriy Salita in his next fight. The winner would go on to fight DeMarcus Corley for a higher slot in the WBA’s rankings. If Salita wants to fight Paulie Malignaggi, he should earn it.

“I want Danny Garcia next,” shouted Bracero. “I am from Brooklyn; he is Puerto Rican. We could do it at the Barclays Center. It would be a huge ticket seller.”

It would be really shocking if Golden Boy opted for this match-up instead of pairing Garcia with either Josesito Lopez or Brandon Rios. Even a fight with Zab Judah would make more sense than one with Bracero, who brings nothing to the table.

In female action, featherweight Heather Hardy, 124, of Brooklyn outworked the very hittable Unique Harris, 120, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was making her pro debut.

Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) as Hardy extends her winning streak to two. Hardy is still looking for her first knockout.

In a pretty even match-up, super featherweights Floriano Pagliara and Jeremy McLaurin proved why they have established themselves as club fighters.

Pagliara, 130, 14-4-2 (7), of Manhattan traded “light shots” back and forth with the mohawked McLaurin, 130, 9-5 (5), in a snoozer of a sparring contest over eight rounds. By the sixth round, both guys were out of gas.

Pagliara won the unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 78-74.

Travis Peterkin, 178, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, earned a four-round unanimous decision over the very game Hamid Abdul-Mateen, 175, also of Brooklyn, by scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.

With the victory Peterkin, upped his record to 5-0 (3) while Mateen falls to journeyman status at 3-3-2.

In the opening bout of the evening, Brooklyn middleweight Delen Parsley, 160, easily out worked his foe Ibaheim King, 159, of Hollywood, Florida, now 10-8 (4), over six rounds.

Parsley one-two-ed his way to a unanimous decision by scores of 58-56 (twice) and 59-55. The first two scorecards were more in line with what was witnessed.

With the victory, Parsley improves to 9-0 (2). Parsley is the son of Gleason’s Gym veteran “Blimp” (Delen Sr.).

Jay Gon’s Ringside Tidbits

-  Last Wednesday was a clean sweep by the red corner. Seven bouts up; seven bouts down.

-  New York-based promoter Lou DiBella is still riding high off of his star pupil, Sergio Martinez’s biggest victory to date. Word is that Martinez is recovering well from knee surgery, having torn two ligaments in his left knee in the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Although DiBella was unavailable for comments, Maxboxing heard through the grapevine that Martinez met with the president of his homeland, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. It was also heard that Martinez will be back in action in either April or May of 2013.

-  Brooklyn’s finest, Paulie Malignaggi, and Luis Collazo were in attendance.

-  It was great having a couple of slices of that good old classic New York pizza with my buddy Steve Farhood of Showtime. Thanks for the ride to Penn Station; it was truly appreciated. I made my train in time.

-  Last but not least, I picked the San Francisco Giants to beat the Detroit Tigers in seven games. Of course, they swept the Tigers in the first four. The Giants pitching was just too tough and quite frankly, they don’t know how to lose. This was abundantly - and ultimately - proven on Sunday night.
 
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