It was Matthew Tinker’s first scheduled six-round bout and it was also the first time the light heavyweight from New York fought every scheduled round.
After ring announcer (and Boston Boxing Promotions’ president) Peter Czymbor read the judges’ scores, however, Tinker claimed another victory, capturing a unanimous decision victory over Boston’s Leandro Sillva on Wednesday at the Castleton Banquet and Conference center.
Dave Paton, Ed Scuncio and Steve Weisfeld all scored the fight, 60-54 for Tinker, who improved to 5-0 (4 knockouts).
“It was really good, I enjoyed it,” said Tinker, a 29-year-old native of Yorkshire, United Kingdom who has been living in the U.S. for 4 ½ years. “He was a very good defensive fighter and kind of awkward.”
Silva, a native of Brazil who is usually a mixed martial arts fighter (with seven UFC bouts to his credit), dropped to 2-4 (2).
Tinker pressed the action for most of the fight and did his best work with Silva on the ropes. Silva eventually got off the ropes after each attack and landed a few good shots of his own, finishing the fourth with a solid 1-2. In the fifth, with Silva tiring, Tinker landed a straight left that forced Silva to hold.
“I had not seen him before,” Tinker said. “I was prepared to go six rounds and I could go six more.”
In Tinker’s previous fights, he scored three first-round knockouts and one second-round stoppage.
Wednesdays card was the third annual Thanksgiving Eve event for Boston Boxing promotions. It was also the first time the promoter staged an event where fans were allowed since the beginning of the pandemic. A sellout crowd of 217 attended in a room that usually accommodates 1,0000, with fans wearing masks and being grouped with social distancing.
Boston Boxing Promotions held two other cards, one in August and one in October, without fans, at a gym in Windham. All three events were broadcast live on Boston Boxing Promotions’ Youtube channel.
Another promoter, Granite Chin, has held three events in nearby Derry, N.H., one in August and two in November., with a limited number of fans.
In the featured four-round bout of the evening, welterweight Brandon Higgins of Chelmsford, Mass. outpointed Jader Alves De Oliveira of Woburn, Mass. in a four-rounder. All three judges scored it 40-36.
Higgins, a three-time New England Golden Gloves champion, wore down De Oliveira with his body attack. In the fourth, De Oliveira kept his distance and danced, avoiding more punishment and finishing the fight. Higgins improved to 6-1 (4); De Oliveira dropped to 0-5.
In a junior middleweight contest, Joshua Raineri of Haverhill, Mass. won a four-round unanimous decision against Devin Christie of Cortland, N.Y. All three judges scored it 40-36. Raineri is now 3-0 (1). Christie is 0-3.
Kyle Cusick of Fall River, Mass. survived a first-round knockdown to decision Jay Gregory of Auburn, N.Y. in a four-rounder at junior middleweight. Gregory dropped Cusick with right uppercut in the first, but Cusick came back to stun Gregory in the second and third rounds and land the heavier punches. All three judges scored it 38-37. Cusick improved to 1-1 and Gregory dropped to 0-1.
In a battle of debuting lightweights, Nick Molina of Lowell, Mass. won a four-round unanimous decision against Bernard Davis of Newark, N.J. Weisfeld scored the fight 40-36, while Paton and Scuncio saw it 39-37.
Laquan Lewis won a four-round decision over fellow New Yorker Robert Bricks at welterweight. All three judges scored it 40-36. Lewis improved to 5-12-1 (2). Bricks dropped to 0-5.
Light heavyweight Stephen Langlais of Fall River, Mass. stopped Jesus Cintron of Springfield, Mass. in the third round of a scheduled four. Langlais, who was making his pro debut, landed body shots that forced Cintron to take a knee in the second and third rounds. Referee Jack Morrell stopped the fight after the knockdown in the third at 1:43. Cintron dropped to 1-17-2.