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Rehabbed and Recharged, Yuri Foreman Returns

By Jason Gonzalez at ringside

Manhattan, NY---The always popular “Broadway Boxing”series returned for its first installment of the 2013 calendar year on January 23rd. New York-based promoter Lou DiBella, along with the rest of his cronies at DiBella Entertainment, have always done their best to support and showcase some of Gotham City’s rising stars. This go-round, at B.B. Kings, located in the heart of Times Square, played host to the return of the former WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, as well as eight other action-packed bouts.
In the main event, featherweight prospect Luis Rosa of New Haven, Connecticut scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Derrick Wilson of Fort Myers, Florida (the spring training home of both the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins) by scores of 80-72 and 77-75 (twice), keeping his undefeated record of 12-0 (6) intact.

The contest opened up with both Rosa and Wilson in each other’s grills, trading shots. But as the bout wore on, the 21-year-old Rosa dominated the latter half of the fight as the much stronger Rosa worked Wilson’s body in an attempt to slowdown his formidable adversary. To Wilson’s credit, he showed a lot of courage fighting back and landing effective counters when possible. Unfortunately for Wilson, he fell short and now sports a record of 9-4-2 (3).
At this stage in Rosa’s career, this was the perfect fight for him. He fought a tough guy, got the victory and headlined a sold-out club show.
After a two-year hiatus/sabbatical, one of Brooklyn’s many adopted children, Foreman, now 29-2 (8), returned to the squared circle to shut out Brandon Baue, now 12-9 (10), over the course of six rounds. Scores were 60-54 across the board. Throughout the scrap, the very mobile Foreman proved reconstructive surgery was a success and that his knee is 100%.
“I felt very rusty,” Foreman would admit to the flock of reporters at ringside. “I was more nervous than usual but I’m happy to shed some rust and get some rounds in. I feel great. The knee is not on my mind.”
It was the same ol’ Foreman. He appeared to be his usual self as the fight wore on, bouncing all over the ring while countering Baue, a native of St. Charles, Missouri, for the remainder of the fight.
Prior to Baue, Foreman’s last opponent was Pawel Wolak. He would see himself quit against the Polish challenger on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga.
Super middleweight Lamar Russ of Wilmington, North Carolina (Jim Lampley’s hometown) upped his record to 12-0 (7) by outclassing Massachusetts native Jose Medina over the course of eight rounds.
The scorecards read 78-74 (twice) and 77-75. With the loss, Medina’s résumé drops to 17-12-1 (7).
Irish female featherweight Heather Hardy improved to 4-0 after defeating Margaret Maerz of Canada by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice). Maerz now sports a record below the .500 mark at 2-3-1.
Delen “The Sniper” Parsley of Brooklyn, New York earned the third knockout of his career while improving to 10-0 (3) when the ringside physician deemed that Tyrone Sellers, 8-5 (6), was unfit to continue.
Sellers opened up the fight by giving Parsley more than what he expected. But by the second frame, Sellers had bitten off more than he could chew. Sellers’ chin betrayed him; a big right hand by Parsley dropped him for an eight count. Afterward, Parsley just let loose, pummeling Sellers from pillar to post, prompting the doctor to advise referee Shada Murdaugh to stop the carnage. The stoppage came at the 3:00 mark of round two.
Besides repping the hood of Nas (the G.O.A.T.) and Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), Eugene “Hollywood” Russell is a heavyweight prospect who showed he can do what heavyweights are supposed to do - and that’s knock people out.
Russell had a successful pro debut by forcing Granson Clark, 1-2 (1), into submission, earning a first round knockout. As Clark showed his deficiency in the area of endurance and stamina, Russell took advantage and landed a big right hand that floored Clark for the count of 10.
Junior middleweight Skender Halili of the “Boogie-Down” Bronx, by way of Fort Worth, Texas, overcame a second round knockdown to punish and eventually knock out the very gutsy Roberto Crespo at the 2:40 mark of the sixth round.
A counter left hook by Crespo dropped Halili for an eight-count in the second. With his nose bleeding heavily, Halili was able to recover well. While maintaining his composure, Halili decided to work everything off of the left jab, ultimately allowing him to set up some big shots.
In the third, Halili threw a “Knockout Kings”-style right hand that dropped the Westside homie (Riverside, California). But much to the dismay of the crowd, the knockdown was ruled a slip.
Halili erased any doubt in the fourth when he floored Crespo with a short left hook. A second left hook put Crespo on his rear end once more; however, he still had a lot of fight left in him. Crespo threw some big right hands that kept Halili at bay.
And just when it looked like Crespo would make it out alive and reach the final bell on his feet, he instead went out on his shield. It was another deadly left hook from Halili that spelled the E-N-D for Crespo.
Halili’s 100% knockout ratio remains intact at 8-0 (8). Unfortunately for Crespo, he now falls to 4-3.
Middleweight Patrick Day took care of business in his pro debut, flooring Zachariah Kelley, 1-2 (1), with a picture-perfect left hook in the first round. A visibly wobbly Kelley failed to make it to his feet to beat the count. The stoppage came at the 59-second mark of the round.
In the opening bout of the evening, Dominican lightweight Neuky Santelises, 3-0 (2), of Washington Heights scored a sensational knockout over the winless Juan Javier Guerrero, 0-1-1, in the second stanza. A Santelises right hand knocked Guerrero out cold at the 22-second mark of the same round. It was pointless to count.
Jay Gon’s Ringside Tidbits:
-  The layout at B.B. King’s isn’t conducive for filing on deadline. It is also very uncomfortable.
-  HBO’s unofficial official was in the house. Harold Lederman was enjoying all of the action from ringside. Lederman told Maxboxing he would have voted for all of the baseball players eligible for the Hall of Fame this year.
-  DiBella told Maxboxing that there is no interest in pairing Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin in the future.
New York Post sportswriter George Willis finished writing a book about the second fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Yes, mi gente, the “Bite Fight” book is scheduled to be released in June.
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