Andrey Fedosov & John Thompson Crowned Boxcino Champions In Final ESPN Friday Night Fights

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Corona, California (May 26, 2015)–Memorial Day weekend started out with a bang as Andrey Fedosov and John Thompson were crowned Boxcino 2015 champions in the Heavyweight and Jr. Middleweight divisions with stoppage wins over Donovan Dennis and Brandon Adams this past Friday night at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena.

The Boxcino Tournament was promoted by Banner Promotions, while Friday’s card was promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

The event also served as the series finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Fedosov scored an 8th round stoppage, while Thompson got off the canvas in round 1 to score a 2nd round stoppage.

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Fedosov landed some hard power shots in round 2 that Dennis was able to withstand. Fedosov dropped Dennis in round 3 from a left hook to the head.. Dennis started being effective the jab in round 4, and he started mixing the straight left behind it.

In round 6, Fedosov hurt Dennis again as he ripped two hard rights off the face of the southpaw. In round 7, it was more power shots that hurt Dennis and made him take a knee.

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In round 8, Fedosov landed a perfectly timed right hand that sent Dennis hard to the canvas. Dennis got to his feet but the fight was waved off 54 seconds into round 8.

Fedosov, 220 1/2 lbs of Hollywood, California via Russia is now 28-3 with 23 knockouts.  Dennis, 219 lbs of Davenport, Iowa is now 14-3.

“I was being patient and waiting for a counter, and I was able to hit him with it,” said Fedosov of the knockout blow.  “Now I will look for a big fight.” 

John Thompson got off the deck in round 1 to come back and score an explosive 2nd round stoppage over Brandon Adams to win the Boxcino Jr. Middleweight title.

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Adams dropped Thompson in the opening seconds from a left hook. In round 2, Thompson landed a huge shot that sent Adams to the canvas. Thompson then pounded on Adams and a right hand wobbled Adams into the ropes and a knockdown was ruled. Thompson finished off a visibly hurt Adams with a heavy combination and the fight was stopped at 2:18 of round 2.

Thompson, 153.2 lbs of Newark, NJ is now 17-1 with six knockouts. Adams, 154.8 lbs of Los Angeles, CA is now 17-2.

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“This is a new beginning for me,” Thompson said. “We’re in a whole different ball game now. This is where I’m suppose to be.”

Said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo, “It was a great night, and John and Andrey earned these titles.  We expect to have them in big fights very soon.  On another note, I am glad that these two thrilling fights were part of the last ESPN Friday Night Fights show.”

Photos by Emily Harney / Banner Promotions.

Antonio Orozco Comes Out On Top In War With Emanuel Taylor

US Airway Center, Phoenix, AZ Last night, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing Jr. Welterweight contender Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor and world rated Antonio Orozco waged a high pitched battle over the 10 round distance in the Jr. Welterweight division.
 
Orozco pulled out a very close decision in the back and forth fight that easily could have been scored a draw. The bout was telecast live over the TruTV Network and co- promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions.
 
Both fighters came out guns a blazing at the opening bell landing heavy shots to the body and head of each other. Orozco’s strategy was clear as he tried to weaken Taylor with a heavy body assault but Taylor fired back with sharp counters to the head and body of Orozco.
 
The action continued this way over the next few rounds but in round 5 Taylor started to dictate the action firing shots off of his jab and for the first time backing Orozco up. Taylor did heavy damage to Orozco’s face in rounds 8 and 9 causing his right eye to swell and start to close. The fight was too close to call as the bell sounded for round 10 with little to separate these two warriors.. The crowd rose to their feet in appreciation as the final bell rang with the fight seemingly in the balance.
 
In the end it was Orozco, who improves to 22-0 15KO’s, eking out a very close decision by scores of 96-94 on two cards and an absurd 98-92 on the third card. Taylor drops to 18-4 12KO’s but can hang his head high as he once again fought valiantly in defeat.
 
Star Boxing Founder and CEO Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the fight, “These are the type of fights the fans want to see. Two highly skilled, young fighters leaving it all in the ring. I’m very proud of Emanuel as he once again went into hostile territory and fought his heart out. He deserved better on the scorecards in my opinion but I promise you Emanuel will be back stronger and better in the near future”.
 

ESPN 2 Results from Hartford: Ojeda Decisions Meza-Clay. Luis Rosa Stops Perez.

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Reynaldo Ojeda (R) out-boxed veteran Monty Meza-Clay for impressive decision
 
HARTFORD, Conn.. (May 15, 2015) — Undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) impressively introduced himself to American boxing fans in tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, presented by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The 26-year-old Ojeda took advantage of his decisive height and reach advantage in his U.S. pro debut, out-boxing the diminutive (5′ 2″), all-action Meza-Clay throughout a very entertaining fight. Meza-Clay continually walked down Ojeda, who used his quickness, superior movement and boxing ability to register a convincing victory by 12-round unanimous decision.

“I’m a top prospect at 135 now; I’m going to be giving them all grades now,” commented Ojeda, a teacher in Puerto Rico. “The plan was to box Monty because he’s such an aggressive fighter.”

Meza-Clay was hampered in the later rounds by a serious cut over his right eye. Ojeda wisely attacked the wound, pumping a series of stiff jabs and left hooks.   “I got confident when his cut opened up,” Ojeda admitted. “What’s next for me is up to my promoter and manager, but I’m available to fight any 135-pounder in the world.”

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Luis Rosa (R) finished off Jonathan Perez

Connecticut favorite Luis “KO King” Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), of New Haven, made a statement in the co-feature against Colombian featherweight Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-11, 27 KOs). Rosa was the aggressor from the opening bell through the end of the fight against a dangerous opponent, firing an array of effective combinations to the head and body, often switching from an orthodox stance to southpaw.

Rosa was penalized a point in the fourth round for hitting his downed opponent. From that point on, though, he never let up. He pounded Perez, caught him on the ropes, and unleashed an unanswered barrage of punches until referee Michael Ortega ended the fight in the fifth round.

Rosa is world ranked by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC), respectively, at No. 15 and No. 16.

“I said it was going to be explosive and we made it that way,” Rosa said after the fight. “I made a statement that I’m coming after all of the top 122-pounders. I’m a future champ in the making.”

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Ivan Golub (R) finishes off outclassed Henry Beckford

In the ESPN2 opening fight, 5-time Ukraine National amateur champion Ivan “The Volk” Golub, fighting out of Brooklyn, improved to 13-0 with his eighth career knockout coming against late replacement Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO). Class prevailed as rising middleweight star Golub worked fellow southpaw Beckford’s body, dropped him in the fifth with a body shot, and referee Ortega moved in to call off the fight.

The Foster brothers from New Haven were both victorious. Light heavyweight Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated with a sensational knockout of Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO) only 62-seconds into the first round, while his younger brother, junior lightweight William Foster (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Gilvan Santos (0-2) in the opening round.

Bronx middleweight Chris “Golden” Galeano (8-0) remained unbeaten, boxing his way to a unanimous sixth-round decision over Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), of Las Vegas.

Decorated Kazakh amateur boxer Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), now fighting out of Brooklyn, wore down Louisiana super middleweight Jay “JD” Williams (3-7), winning by way of a sixth-round technical knockout as referee Danny Sciavone halted the action.

Waterbury, CT junior welterweight Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs) and Harlem’s Curtis Morton (3-5-2) fought to a four-round majority draw.

In the walk-out bout, Puerto Rican lightweight Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs) was too much for Brooklyn’s Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), as referee Ortega waved off the fight in the first round for a technical knockout..

Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Complete results below:
 
OFFICIAL RESULTS
(winners listed first)
 
Main Event – Lightweights
Reynaldo Ojeda (17-0, 10 KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico
WDEC10 (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)
Monte Meza-Clay (36-5, 22 KOs), Rankin, PA
 
Co-Feature – Junior Featherweights
Luis Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), New Haven, CT
WTKO5 (2:29)
Jonathan Perez (33-11, 17 KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia
 
UNDERCARD
 
Light Heavyweights
Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut
WKO1 (1:02)
Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO), Woonsocket, RI
 
Super Middleweights
Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
WTKO6 (2:29)
Jay Williams (3-7), West Monroe, LA
 
Middleweights
Ivan Golub (13-0. 8 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
WTKO5 (2:17)
Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO), Roosevelt, NY
 
Chris Galeano (8-0), Bronx, NY
WDEC6 (59-52, 59-52, 8-56)
Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), Las Vegas, NV
 
Junior Welterweights
Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs, Waterbury, CT
D4 (38-38,38-38, 37-39)
Curt Morton (3-4-3), Harlem, NY
 
Lightweights
Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs), Miami, FL
WTKO1 (2:00)
Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), Brooklyn, NY
 
Junior Lightweights
William Foster (2-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT
WTKO1 (2:54)
Galvan Santos (0-2), Woburn, MA