Broadway Boxing Results from April 30th in Manhattan

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New York, NY (3/31/16) – On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate sold-out crowd.
 

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In the evening’s main event, southpaw Chris “Golden” Galeano, Bronx, met Devaun “Unique” Lee, Queens, in a sizzling battle of the boroughs. Heading into the fight, both Galeano and Lee were coming off impressive victories over previously undefeated prospects. The fiercely contested action developed a pattern early on with Galeano having success employing a higher work rate while Lee was landing the harder punches. Keeping a busy pace, Galeano tried to control the fight on the outside, finding the mark with his straight right often when Lee moved in closer. However, Lee was catching Galeano with his countershots on occasion to shorten that distance and one right hook rocked his adversary hard in the fifth frame. The second half continued with Galeano having the flashier combinations and Lee banging away with heavier shots inside. Though Galeano appeared fresh in the ninth, moving well and jabbing, Lee had a huge 10th round, badly hurting his foe during exchanges. After 10 rounds, the verdict was initially announced as a draw, however, Lee was later awarded a split decision win when a tabulation error was discovered. The final scores were 97-93 Lee, and 96-94 each way. In his first fight past six rounds, Lee improved to 7-2 (3 KOs) while picking up the New York State middleweight title and handing Galeano his first defeat to move his record to 10-1 (1 KO).

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World-ranked super featherweight contender Tevin Farmer, 130, of Philadelphia, engaged veteran Gamaliel Diaz, 129½, of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, in a 10-round contest with the vacant NABF title at stake. Fighting in New York for the first time as a pro, Farmer was quick to demonstrate his advantage in hand speed, dropping Diaz in the opening frame with a tremendous left hook. The game and experienced Diaz recovered well to keep a consistent offense throughout the next four rounds, forcing Farmer to employ his defensive prowess, slipping punches while looking for countering opportunities. In the sixth, Diaz landed his best punch thus far with a straight right to Farmer’s chin. However, Farmer literally punctuated that round with a straight left to drop Diaz at the bell. The Philadelphian controlled the action for the remainder of the bout, knocking Diaz’ mouthpiece out with a counter left in the seventh then flooring him again in the final stanza. With scores of 97-90 twice, and 95-92, Farmer seized the NABF belt via unanimous decision, while increasing his remarkable winning streak to 14 in a row since starting out his career at 7-4-1. Farmer, a great, great nephew of the legendary lightweight champion Joe Gans, is now 21-4-1 (5 KOs), while Diaz’ record fell to 39-14-3 (18 KOs).
 

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Cindy Serrano, Brooklyn, 131, administered a technically sound performance, outboxing Hungary’s Renata Domsodi, 128¾, Budapest, over six one-sided rounds. An accidental headbutt opened a cut over Domsodi’s left eye in the second. Despite the cut, Domsodi continued to move forward, though Serrano had no problems dismantling her foe. By round five, Serrano was landing her straight right with regularity. Three scores of 60-54 awarded a unanimous decision victory to Serrano, now 24-5-3 (10 KOs). Domsodi fell to 13-9 (6 KOs).
 
Back in the ring just six weeks after his last victory, Brooklyn junior welterweight southpaw Shemuel “The Chosen One” Pagan, 137, had to overcome a few moments of adversity against the cagey Ryan Picou, 136¼, of Las Vegas, to outpoint him over six action-packed rounds with effective aggressiveness. Primarily focusing on his offense, Pagan left himself open for counters and was rocked by a short right hook in the second round. He easily won the third, however, by digging to the body and placing his straight left hand well. In round four, a left hook caught an off balance Pagan for a knockdown call. Energized to enact revenge, Pagan dominated the final two frames with accurate combinations. Scorecards read 58-55, and 57-56 twice, all for Pagan by unanimous decision, who improved to 8-0 (4 KOs). Picou’s ledger dropped to 2-8. As an amateur, Pagan was a five-time New York Golden Gloves champion as well as a 2008 Olympic team alternate.
 
Feinting and pressuring his way inside, the world-ranked Russian southpaw Artur “Wolverine” Akavov, 160, Pskov, administered a heavy-handed, quick-fisted attack chopping down the taller and durable Todd “Blazin’ and Amazin'” Manuel, 158½, of Rayne, LA. After four and a half rounds of punishment, Manuel finally dropped to a knee from a straight left to the body in the fifth. He arose but was met with a barrage of shots, including two left hooks to the midsection forcing the second knockdown. Though weakened, Manuel survived the round. In the sixth frame, an Akavov straight left downstairs dropped Manuel to his knees once more, resulting in referee Harvey Dock calling a halt to the action at the 0:37 mark. In his second fight stateside, Akavov upped his record to 16-1 (7 KOs), while Manuel evened out at 11-11-1 (1 KO). Ranked number five by the WBO at middleweight, Akavov is working his way toward a world title shot in the near future.
 
Fighting for the first time since his entertaining draw against Lenin Castillo last August, Brooklyn’s “Notorious” Travis Peterkin, 180¾, stalked Larry Pryor, 180½, of Frederick, MD, early on, backing him up with a stiff jab. Whenever he had Pryor cornered, Peterkin would unleash his combinations. Halfway through the opener, the southpaw Peterkin found a home for his powerful straight left and landed it consistently throughout the eight-round contest. The Brooklynite began digging hooks to the body as the bout wore on as well. A cut opened up by Pryor’s left eye in round four. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 for Peterkin via unanimous decision, to improve his record to 16-0-1 (7 KOs). Pryor’s record dropped to 9-13 (5 KOs).

Photos: Jan. 27 Broadway Boxing Results

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New York, NY (1/27/16) – On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd.

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The 24-year-old Puerto Rican New Haven, CT, resident and featherweight contender Luis Rosa, 125½, challenged Mexican veteran German Meraz, 124¾, in a scheduled eight-round bout. Switching between his natural orthodox stance and southpaw throughout the opening frame, Rosa began digging left hooks to the body. He continued to apply pressure and land hooks downstairs weakening Meraz’s legs. The Mexican subsequently began slipping to the canvas throughout the ensuing rounds resulting in a point deduction in round five. It was also in that frame that Rosa felled Meraz with a devastating right uppercut. Rosa scored a second knockdown in the seventh en route to winning a unanimous decision on scores of 80-68 and 79-69 twice. Ranked no. 12 by the WBC, Rosa improved his resume to 22-0 (10 KOs) while Meraz dropped to 48-37-1 (29 KOs).
 
 

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Bronx native Louis Cruz, 139½, and Michael Chudecki, 139, of Szamocin, Poland, each demonstrated tremendous heart as they sustained heavy artillery from their adversary in an eight-round back-and-forth slugfest. Cruz held control early on using a steady jab while bobbing and weaving out of harm’s way. However, as the rounds wore on, Cruz often went into a defensive shell against the ropes where Chudecki would unload his power shots. A point was deducted from Cruz in rounds four and five for fouls, with Chudecki also losing a point in the seventh after hitting Cruz while he was down from a slip. Behind on the scorecards, Cruz staged a tremendous comeback in round six, landing clean and hard hooks upstairs that staggered the Polish fighter. Chudecki returned fire in round seven, though Cruz exchanged with him as best he could. In the eighth and final stanza, Cruz unleashed damaging straight rights, uppercuts and left hooks. Chudecki ate all of Cruz’s leather and dominated the remaining 60 seconds, bringing the crowd to its feet. Chudecki was awarded the points victory with scores of 79-70, and 77-72 twice, improving his record to 11-1-1 (3 KOs). Cruz’s record is now 11-1 (5 KOs).
 
 

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Popular Providence, RI, featherweight Michelle “Shelly” Vincent, 125¾, made her New York debut a successful one against Hungary’s Renata Domsodi, 124½, Budapest, earning a six-round unanimous decision. Vincent swarmed the Hungarian, who proved tough to withstand the rampant onslaughts of leather. Domsodi’s left hook made its presence known in round two letting Shelly know she was no pushover. Vincent kept the pressure on as the two fought shoulder-to-shoulder over the second half of the contest. After six rounds of action, all three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Vincent via unanimous decision. Vincent upped her record to 16-0 (1 KO), while Domsodi fell to 12-8 (5 KOs). Following the bout, rival Heather Hardy entered the ring to help promote a potential matchup against Vincent in the near future.

Recent world title challenger Jerry Belmontes, 138½, Corpus Christi, TX, engaged
Ukrainian junior welterweight Valentyn Golovko, 139½, Kharkov, in an evenly matched eight-round affair. Golovko held the advantage whenever he maintained a distance and was particularly effective with his overhand right. However, when the experienced and battletested Belmontes closed the gap, the contest featured thrilling exchanges and transformed into a battle of attrition. The judges tallied 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75 for Belmontes, who earned a majority decision to up his record to 21-8 (6 KOs). Golovko was handed his first defeat opposite 21 previous victories, including 14 knockouts.

Devaun Lee, 160, of Jamaica, Queens, and two-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Ian “Young General” Green, 160, Paterson, NJ, waged an exhilarating war for six rounds. Green dictated the pace at the outset, setting up power shots with a stiff jab, while Lee stayed on the outside looking for counters. Hooks to the body and head from Green followed in round two. However, with Green closing the distance, Lee found opportunities to land effective counter shots. The exchanges escalated in the third and fourth rounds. By the fifth, the tide had turned and it was Lee pumping a stinging jab at a tiring Green, who may have suffered a broken nose by this point. With fatigue setting on both determined fighters, Lee appeared to have the edge in the sixth and final round. Scorecards read 58-56 twice, and 57-57, awarding a majority decision to Lee to improve his record to 6-2 (3 KOs). Green tasted defeat for the first time as a pro, with his ledger dropping to 8-1 (6 KOs).
 
Returning to the ring for the first time since his draw against fellow light heavyweight prospect Travis Peterkin last August, the Dominican Lenin Castillo, 175¼, needed just 42 seconds to impressively stop Brazilian knockout artist Marcelo Tavares, 173, Sao Paulo, now 8-1-1 (8 KOs). Castillo, a former amateur standout and 2008 Dominican Olympian, began hooking to the body then landed a right uppercut that slumped Tavares into the ropes where he stayed for the full count. Castillo improved to 13-0-1 (8 KOs).
 
Featherweight prospect Derrick Murray, 125¾, of Saint Louis, MO, improved to 12-0-1 (5 KOs), winning a six-round unanimous decision over a game Darryl Hayes, 125½, Houston, TX, now 5-6 (1 KO), on scores of 60-54 twice, and 59-53.
 
 
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Chris Galeano Dominates Shawn Cameron In Broadway Boxing Brawl

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New York, NY (11/21/15) – On Friday evening, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returned to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for the latest installment of the popular series.

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The main event featured a battle of the boroughs between Bronx’s Chris “Golden” Galeano, 156½, and Brooklyn’s Shawn “Killa” Cameron, 156½, with the vacant New York State middleweight title at stake. The 10-round affair was a classic boxer versus puncher matchup of styles between two southpaws with each displaying their strengths. Many rounds consisted of exciting exchanges when the two engaged on the inside. Cameron appeared to control the early rounds with his pressure and aggression, throwing in combination. However, by the fifth frame, he was winded and Galeano’s slick boxing skills took over. Over the second half, Galeano calculatingly countered Cameron’s wide-open advances with pinpoint straight lefts. Though Cameron’s offense was reduced to throwing wild bombs, he showed heart to battle back as best he could till the final bell. The judges tallied scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, all for Galeano, who improved to 10-0 (1 KO) with the unanimous decision verdict. Cameron suffered his first defeat, bringing his record to 10-1 (5 KOs).
 
Brooklyn’s own former two-time world champion Amanda Serrano, 128¾, battled the brave and game Djemilla Gontaruk, 135½, of Liege, Belgium, in an eight-round junior welterweight contest.. Serrano began throwing in combination at the outset, and was particularly effective with her right hook. Gontaruk did her best to bully her way inside, but whenever she closed the gap, Serrano would intelligently take a half-step back to create distance and land those short hooks. Though Gontaruk showed tremendous heart, referee Sparkle Lee felt she was taking too much punishment and elected to halt the action at 1:38 of round three. With the victory, Serrano upped her record to 25-1-1 (17 KOs), while Gontaruk fell to 9-3 (1 KO).
 

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A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy, 146½, improved to 5-0 (2 KOs) with a very impressive performance against the tough Anton Williamson, 147½, of Brooklyn. The aggressive Murphy applied pressure and overpowered Williamson in every round. A right hook dropped Williamson in round four, but the referee ruled it a slip. The Irishman landed thudding hooks to the body, accurate countershots, and demonstrated deft footwork and defense to earn a four-round unanimous decision with three scores of 40-36. Williamson is now 1-6. Murphy was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November of last year. Murphy has quickly become one of the more popular up-and-comers throughout the New York area.
 
In his pro debut, welterweight Tyrone James, 146½, of Elmont, NY, outworked the awkward David Perez, 144, now 0-2, of Pittsburgh, PA, before halting him in round three. James pumped his jab repeatedly to keep the wild-swinging Perez under control. An overhand right dropped Perez near the end of the first frame. In the second, James began to hurt Perez with hooks downstairs, but then returned his focus to his overhand right, which just could not miss. Another overhand right felled Perez for good at the 2:33 mark of the third. James had a very successful amateur career, which included a finals appearance at the 2015 Golden Gloves and winning the NY Amateur Boxing championships this year as well.
 

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Russian middleweight southpaw Artur Akavov, 160¼, and current WBO European titlist, made an impressive US debut demolishing Fredy Lopez, 157½, of Chiapas, Mexico, inside two frames. Keeping Lopez at bay with a stiff jab, Akavov would unleash powerful straight lefts upstairs. In round two, Akavov went underneath with his straight left to drop Lopez. Cringing in pain, Lopez made it to his feet, but was deemed unable to continue, resulting in a TKO at the 2:04 mark. Now 15-1 (6 KOs), Akavav has rattled off 10 consecutive victories since dropping a close decision to Oleg Liseev in 2012. Lopez saw his record dip to 10-3 (7 KOs).
 
Freeport’s Patrick Day, 154, the former #1-rated U.S. amateur and NY Golden Gloves champion, was shockingly upset by Carlos Garcia, 153½, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. An overhand right hurt Day in round one and Garcia threw a follow-up barrage to force a referee stoppage at 1:19 of the frame. Day fell to 11-2-1 (6 KOs), while Garcia upped his record to 9-14-1 (8 KOs).
 
Canadian super middleweight prospect Francy Ntetu, 168, of Montreal, tactically outboxed Oscar Riojas, 169½, of Monterrey, Mexico, over eight rounds, often switching stances to mix up his attack. Whenever Riojas would duck, Ntetu wisely threw his right uppercut. Riojas did his best to engage Ntetu, throwing wild haymakers hoping to disrupt his foe’s rhythm. A point was deducted from Ntetu in round four for landing a low blow. An overhand right badly wobbled Riojas in the eighth and final round. Scorecards read 77-74 and 76-75 for Ntetu, and 76-74 for Riojas, improving the Canadian’s record to 16-0 (3 KOs). Riojas fell to 9-4 (3 KOs).
 
 
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