By Jason Pribila: A weekend that casual sports fans are rooting for the underdogs during Sunday’s Super Bowl may have received some hope in the form of the two upsets that took place on Friday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY.
In the main event DeAndre Ware landed the heavier punches en route to upsetting the previously unbeaten Richard Ellis.
In the co-main event, late replacement Will Madera got off to a fast start and built a lead on the scorecards that Thomas Mattice was unable to overcome.
Going into the fight Ellis was considered to be the fighter of the four with the highest ceiling. Previous set-backs in his career were due more to an oft-injured right hand than his skill set. He had surgery on his hand, and felt that he would finally be able to put it all together in front of a national television audience.
In Ware (13-1-2, 8 KO), he was facing a fighter that would not be hard to find. Ware got a late start in boxing, picking up the sport after playing football at the University of Toledo.
Ellis (15-1-2, 10 KO) got off to a quick start. He was using his jab and legs to create distance and force Ware to continually reset his feet before moving forward.
Between rounds 3 and 4 Ellis’ corner urged him to continue with the game plan. They told him to pile up rounds with his jab and movement and to not even think about using his right hand.
Unfortunately for Ellis, it was a Ware right hand that turned the tide in round four. As Ellis attempted an uppercut, Ware landed a solid right upstairs.
Ware began to gain confidence as he realized that he was facing a fighter that was only using his left hand. While Ellis continued to throw more punches, it was Ware that landed the harder punches that ultimately impressed the judges at ringside.
Ware continued to have success with his right hand as he aggressively came forward in the seventh round.
With the fight seemingly on the table in the final round, Ellis bit down and let his hands go, despite later admitting that he again injured his right hand early in the fight. Ware was able to give as well as he received as he again landed the more eye-catching blows.
Two of the three scorecards favored Ware 96-94, while the third had it an even 95-95.
If in fact Ellis did reinjure his hand, he showed a lot of courage in the final round. Hopefully he could find comfort through another surgery or perhaps a new technique of wrapping his hands. Either way, he deserves a rematch.
As for Wade, his courage was never in question. When he isn’t in the boxing gym, he is in a Toledo Fire Department waiting on a different type of bell to ring.
Late replacement Will Madera use effective aggressiveness to get off to a quick start in the ring and on the scorecards against Thomas Mattice.
Madera (13-0-2, 6 KO) attacked the body and head of the taller Mattice (13-1-1, 10 KO) and swept the early rounds.
Mattice, a traditionally slow starter, finally began to use his height and his jab in the sixth. Madera seemed to have fatigued as Mattice was putting together a rally during the second half of the fight.
Any hopes of stealing a Draw seemed to have been dampened when Madera appeared to get his second wind and again out-worked Mattice in the eighth and final round.
Although Madera appeared to be the clear winner, there was drama for fans who remembered the gift decision that Mattice was awarded against Zhora Hamazaryan in their first of two fights contested on the same Network.
This time the judges turned in cards consistent with the action that took place inside the ring.
Madera earned his career best win unanimously by scores of: 77-75, and 78-74, twice.