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Adams, Gatica, Monroe and Kopylenko advance in Boxcino

Boxcino 2014 Middleweight Semi-Finalists

HAMMOND, IND (FEBRUARY 28, 2014)–Brandon Adams, Raymond Gatica and Vitalii Kopylenko scored stoppages while while Wille Monre Jr. scored a 6 round unanimous decision as all four advanced to the semi-finals of Boxcino 2014 that highlighted a great night of boxing at the Hammond Horseshoe Casino.

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Monroe Jr. scored a 6 round unanimous decision over Donatas Bondas.

Bondas pressed forward while Monroe tried to box and move. Bondas’oft injured nose started to bleed as early as the first frame. In round three, Bondas began to up his pressure and Monroe was trying to move laterality while throwing jabs. Monroe Jr. Stayed in the pocket a little more in the 4th and landed several body shots. Monroe started to mix it up over the last half of the fight and that late aggressiveness got him the fight by tallies of 59-55 twice and 58-56.

Monroe, 160 lbs of Rochester, NY is now 16-1. Bondas, 160.2 lbs of Chicago, IL is now 18-5-1.

Vitalii Kopylenko scored two knockdowns in just over three minutes and registered a 2nd round stoppage over Cerreeso Fort.

Kopylenko buckled Fort with a jab in round one. Fort was already bleeding from his mouth

Seconds into the 2nd round, Kopylenko dropped Fort from a hard jab. Fort was clearly hurt and was dropped again from a series of punches and the bout was stopped at 43 seconds of round two.

“Fort was heavy handed and I was patient,”said Kopylenko.

“I did not try to knock him out, it just came.“

Kopylenko, 160 lbs of Kiev, Ukraine is now 23-0 with 13 knockouts.

Said Fort, “I got hit with a shot in the 1st round and was hurt. I tied to bounce back but he hurt me again.”

Fort, 160.2 lbs of St. Paul, MN is now 17-3-1.

Raymond Gatica scored a emphatic 4th round stoppage over previously undefeated knockout artist Sena Agbeko.

The two came out firing with Gatica landing the better of the exchanges. Gatica was more efficient with his punches while Agbeko came in with wide-winging shots. In round three, Gatica landed several shots that snapped the head of Agebko back. It looked like the referee was close to stopping the bout. He did not have to wait much longer as Gatica was all over Agbeko and continued to rock his head with power shots and the fight as stopped at 1:06 of round 4.

“You always have to be ready,” said Gatica. “I knew in the 1st round

Brandon Adams scored a stoppage after round four when Daniel Edouard did not come our for the 5th round

Adams found a home in the second round as he landed hard body shots with both hands. Adams continued to score and stay out of harms way. In round four, Adams deposited Edouard on the canvas with a perfect left hook. Edouard got to his feet and ate a few more punches on the ropes. ,

After the 4th round, Edoaurd had enough and pulled the plug on the contest.

“I had a long layoff and my timing wasn’t right. I am a professional and there was no reason to take anymore punishment,”said Edouard

“Getting hit with that left hook discouraged me.”

Said Adams, “I hit him with a good left hook. He was tough and I am happy with my performance. I know I can do better.“

Adams, 160. Lbs of San Diego, CA is now 13-0 with 9 stoppages. Edouard, 160 lbs of West Palm Beach, FL is 23-5-2

In the opening bout, Banner Promotions Donovan Dennis scored an explosive 1st round stoppage over Sam Commings in a scheduled 6 round heavyweight bout.

Dennis landed a straight left that made Commings fall back and hit his head with a loud thud against the canvas and the bout was immediately stopped at 1:34 of round one.

Dennis, 226 lbs of Davenport, Iowa is now 9-1 with 7 knockouts. Commings, 264 lbs of West Palm Beach, FL is now 4-8.

Simeon Hardy scored an explosive 5th round stoppage over Chad Greenleaf in a scheduled 6 round Jr. Middleweight bout.

Hardy dominated the action and in round five, he scored two hard knockdowns with the 1st being from a booming right and seconds later he finished the night with a right hand that followed by a left hook that sent Greenleaf down and out and the bout was halted at 2:50 of round five.

Hardy, 157.6 lbs of Brooklyn is now 11-0 with 8 knockouts. Greenleaf, 158.8 lbs of Parkersburg, WV is now 13-20-1.

Sergio Montes De Oca and Fidel Navarette battled to a spirited six round draw in a featherweight bout.

Montes De Oca, 124 lbs of Chicago took a card 58-56 while two judges ruled the fight even at 57-57.

De Oca is now 7-2-2. Navarette, 127 lbs of Highland, IN is now 4-0-2.

Mike Jimenez needed just 56 seconds to take care of Jimmy Campbell in their scheduled six round Light Heavyweight bout.

Jimenez scored a knockdown from an uppercut and a follow up flurry ended the bout.

Jimenez, 175 lbs of Chicago is now 13-0 with 10 knockouts. Campbell, 173 lbs of Indianapolis, IN is now 11-7.

Russell Fiore scored a 4 round unanimous decision over Tim Carrizales in a lightweight bout.

Fiore dropped Carrizales twice in the final frame and cruised home with a victory by the scores of 40-34 on all cards.

Fiore, 134.8 lbs of Chicago is 11-2-1. Carrizales, 134.4 lbs of Waukesha, WI is now 4-9-1.