Verona, NY (1-16-15)–2014 Boxcino Middleweight champion Willie Monroe Jr. scored a 10-round unanimous decision over rugged Bryan Vera in a Middleweight bout that headlined an ESPN Friday Night Fight’s card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.
The two slugged it out over the first part of the fight with Monroe catching Vera with hooks as he came in. In round four, Vera pinned Monroe up against the ropes and landed some thudding body. Monroe tried to make a case to steal the round with flush shots at the end of the frame. In round five, Monroe landed a hard right hook that drove Vera into the ropes for what was ruled a knockdown. Monroe continued to drill Vera with hard left hands.
In round seven, Vera landed a flush right hand but Monroe came back and cracked Vera with a perfect left. Towards then end of the round, Monroe wobbled Vera with a right hook. Monroe began to box and move and pick Vera apart as Vera looked to slow in the 8th. Vera tried to pressure and make a last stand but Monroe moved and stayed in the pocket that never gave Vera a clear chance to get in a clean shot and won by scores of 98-90, 98-91 and 97-92.
Monroe, 160 lbs of Rochester, NY is now 19-1. Vera, 160 lbs of Austin, TX is now 23-9.
Brandon Adams made quick work of Lekan Byfield by scoring a 2nd round stoppage in the scheduled 8-round Middleweight bout.
In round one Adams dropped Byfield with a hard right hand. Adams looks sharp as he continued to hurt Byfield and sent him to the canvas two more times in the 2nd frame and the fight was stopped at 1:58 of round two.
Adams, 160 lbs of Los Angeles is now 15-1 with 10 knockouts. Byfield, 158 lbs of Atlanta is now 6-7-2.
“Byfield did what we expected. he tried to fight tough but I gave the fans what they wanted to see.”finished Adams who will now look to his next assignment which will come on February 13 when he takes on Alex Perez in the Boxcino Jr. Middleweight tournament.
Greg Jackson got off the deck to score a 3rd round stoppage over Cornelius Whitlock in a scheduled 4-round Welterweight bout.
In round two, Whitlock dropped Jackson with a booming round house right. Jackson was hurt but was able to get out of the round and it was good that he did as Jackson ripped Whitlock with a hard shot in round three and wobbled him several times more before the fight was stopped at 1:27 of round three.
Jackson, 145 1/2 lbs of Philadelphia is now 4-1-1 with 2 knockouts. Whitlock, 145 lbs of Baltimore, MD is now 3-2-2.
Said Jackson of the 2nd round knockdown, “It was a good shot but it happens in boxing”
“It’s not how you fall but it is about how you get back.
2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Taras Shelestyuk annihilated Antonio Chaves Fernandez in just 41 seconds of their scheduled 8-round Welterweight bout.
Shelestyuk buckled Fernandez badly with a right hook and then dropped him with follow up combination and Fernandez did not get up. He was down for several minutes and a stretcher was brought out but Fernandez was able to get up and walk out of the ring on his own power.
Shelestyuk, 148 lbs of Los Angeles. CA via Sumy, Ukraine is now 10-0 with 7 knockouts.
Vitor Jones de Oliveira scored an explosive 1st round stoppage over Michael Doyle in a scheduled 6-round Jr. Lightweight bout.
De Oliveira, who is the nephew of the legendary Acelino Freitas, dropped Doyle with a hard right in the opneing seconds of the bout. De Oliveira finished things when jumped all over Doyle and the bout was stopped at 1:24 of round one.
De Oliveira, 132 lbs of Salvador, BRA is now 8-0 with 5 knockouts. Doyle, 126 lbs of Mobile, AL is now 2-14-1.
Cameron Allen scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Borngod Washington in a Light Heavyweight bout.
Allen scored a knockdown in the first round and went on to win by scores of 40-35 on all cards.
Allen, 172 lbs of Battle Creek, MI is now 6-17. Washington, 172 lbs of Queens, NY is now 3-16.