In other action, Rice upsets Coffie, while Dargan, Neely, and Spencer score solid wins.
From the Prudential Centre, on Fox-FS1, it was live boxing from Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night. The main focus of the night was on Andre Dirrell,l who hadn’t been in the ring since December of 2019, and was only in his sixth bout in the last half dozen years. But, the former three-time world title challenger from Detroit, is hoping a few wins can put him in a good spot for a big fight down the line.
Dirrell, currently (and perhaps from now on) campaigning at 175-pounds, knocked Christoper Booker down three times to win by technical in round three. Southpaw Dirrell, 37, moves to 28-3 (18 KO’s) while Brooker drops to 16-8 (6 KO’s). It’s hard to tell a lot from this win as Dirrell had the right guy in front of him but he’ll take the win and look to move on to bigger and better things from here.
In other action…
Late replacement heavyweight Jonathan Rice (14-6-1, 10 KO’s) upset previously undefeated Michael Coffie. Nothing much was expected of Rice who took the fight on two days notice. He was there to be beat, but instead it was Rice who pounded on Coffie (12-1, 9 KOs) for almost five rounds until referee Eric Dali waved the fight off. The time was 2:58.
No complaint from Coffie.
Super lightweight Karl Dargan (20-1, 10 KO’s), campaigning for the first time in three years, knocked out Ivan “Striker” Delgado (13-4-2, 6 KO’s) in round three. Dargan, 36, put Delgado on his back with a big uppercut in round three.
Heavyweight Norman Neely (9-0, 7 KO’s) dominated Juan Torres (6-4-1, 3 KO’s) over six rounds. The scores were 60-52,60-54, and 60-54. Neely hurt Tores in rounds one and, but was unable to score the knockout.
Welterweight Vito Mielnicki Jr. (9-1, 6 KO’s) rebounded from his first loss by stopping Noah Kidd (6-4-2, 5 KO’s) in the second round. The New Jersey favorite knocked Kidd down in rounds one and two.
Super welterweight Joey Spencer (13-0, 9 KO’s) cruised to a unanimous decision over James Martin (7-3, 0 KO’s). Scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 79-73. Spencer got off to fast start, using speed and accurate punching. Martin did slightly better in the middle rounds, but Spencer still had the edge.
Additional fight information added by John J. Raspanti