ESPN’s Friday Night Fights invaded the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, on Friday evening, with six total bouts on tap. In the main event of the show, undefeated junior welterweights Raymond Serrano and Karim Mayfield fight for the WBO NABO Championship. Following is a recap of the undercard action supporting that bout.
Kenny Abril (12-5-1, 7) vs. Bryan Abraham (6-12-2, 6)
After a pair of relatively quiet rounds, things started to heat up between these two in the third frame. Abril was looking to bounce in and out of confrontation while Abraham attempted to stand firm and time his attack to meet his opponent when he came inside. With the local crowd behind him, it seemed like Abraham was gaining momentum until just over a minute into the fourth round. It was then that Abril landed a flush left uppercut that hurt his opposition. He next followed up with an immediate right jab before firing off a hard left hook that dropped Abraham. While he did make it back to his feet, Abraham was clearly dazed and started eat a lot of hard shots. Having seen enough, the referee in charge eventually had to step in and end this one, giving Abril a TKO win at the 2:45 mark of the fourth frame.
David Telesco (30-8-1, 25) vs. Vincent Miranda (15-1, 9)
After receiving a huge ovation from the hometown Albany crowd, Miranda adjusted quickly in this bout after getting a taste of the power of 44-year-old veteran Telesco. He responded with some heavy punches of his own, but he soon after found that his opponent also possessed a fast jab that he liked to double up. In the second round, Miranda became more comfortable after finding success with head movement and faints, also focusing more on body work. Over the next couple of frames, the Albany native began to gain even more control of the action, accessorizing the body blows with solid shots to the head. However, Telesco was a man who may be 44 years of age according to his boxing license, but someone seemed to have forgotten to tell his body and chin. He continued to absorb the punishment without too much damage until Miranda finally found his mark in the fifth round. After an exchange started in the corner with about a minute remaining, he landed a sharp left hook from the inside and sent his opponent flailing into the ropes. Telesco again showed his toughness by quickly returning to his feet, but Miranda pounced and began to fire off in heavy numbers once the bout resumed. After watching too much of this for his own liking, the referee in charge jumped in and waved the fight off at 2:27, giving Miranda just the third stoppage win that Telesco has suffered in his 23-year career.
Anthony Jones (2-0-1) vs. Kevin Rooney, Jr. (4-2, 2)
Newark, New Jersey, native Jones came out with a furious pace in this bout, catching Rooney off guard with his immediate aggression. However, Rooney stood in there and started to establish a little bit of range and eventually cornered his opponent and hit him with a hard right hook. Jones immediately responded by firing a right hook of his own off the pivot, and the shot sent Rooney into the ropes and in the direction of the canvas. Much to the dismay of the big group of Rooney supporters in attendance, the referee stepped in and began to count. In the second frame, Jones left no room for confusion when Rooney leaned forward to throw off a lead jab, reacting with a left uppercut that met his opposition flush and sent him backwards to the canvas. Despite the two knockdowns, Rooney displayed impressive toughness and continued to come forward to engage in confrontation, also starting to land some hard shots in the final two rounds. Jones was also more than willing to exchange in the second half of this bout, and the action continued at a very entertaining pace. Knowing he was down on the cards, Rooney actively pursued a way to stop the fight, but the final bell would ring before he could accomplish that. When the tallies were revealed by the ringside judges, a second professional win for Jones became official by counts of 38-36 (twice) and 39-35.
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