The debut of Sadam Ali’s World Kid Promotions took place at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 2nd, with five totals bouts on tap. Following is a recap of the undercard action.
Akil Frederick-Auguste (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Jamil Gadsden (0-1)
Both of these fighters were making their professional debut in this bout, but Brooklyn native Frederick-Gadsden used the hometown support to immediately drop Gadsden just seconds after the opening bell. He used that momentum to continue controlling the action, and he then ended the fight in the second round. He was first working Gadsden with some good combinations and then blasted him with a straight left hand in the corner that again sent him to the canvas. While he got up from the blow, Gadsden was clearly dazed and started backpedaling. Fredrick-Auguste wasted no time when he saw the opportunity in front of him, pouncing on his opposition before sending him back to the floor. Having seen enough, the referee in charge stopped this bout at the 2:26 mark.
Dan Piech (0-1) vs. Armin Mrkanovich (3-1, 2 KOs)
Also possessing a background in kickboxing and mixed martial arts, Mrkanovich looked impressive in this bout, using constant foot movement to bounce in and out of confrontation. He made himself very hard to hit, which clearly frustrated Piech, but the Ohio stayed in there and looked to scrap. In the fourth round, Piech started to eat some hard shots from Mrkanovich, proving he had a sturdy chin but was significantly on the losing end of the fight. As he began to have more and more trouble getting to Mrkanovich and continued to absorb damage, the referee in charge eventually stepped in and ended this one at 1:10 of the fourth frame.
Steven Gamache (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Willie Bryant (0-4-1)
Gamache received a nice ovation from the Aviator audience, and he came out dealing for them. He used good head movement and selected his spots to attack, also using his jab to establish some range. In the latter two frames of this four-rounder, Gamache started landing with more power, which began to slow down Bryant and had him taking some damage. The theme remained the same until the final bell, and Gamache remained unbeaten after getting flush 40-36 counts from the ringside judges.
Jennifer Santiago (1-0) vs. Mikayla Nebal (0-2)
In the lone women’s bout of the evening, Santiago and Nebal put on a very entertaining four rounds of action. The hometown crowd exploded for Brooklyn native Santiago, who immediately came out fast and throwing her jab in numbers. The New York south paw rolled off her punches and looked to use her speed, while Nebal stood a little more flat footed and wanting to engage in the center of the ring. Santiago also showed good footwork in this contest, and the Brooklyn fight fans erupted when she landed power shots. Nebal was very much in this bout throughout its four rounds, and neither fighter was laying off the gas at all. She really turned up the tempo in the final frame, but Santiago responded well with body to head combinations. In the end, it was Santiago who seemed to have the edge in the action, and the ringside judges would agree when they revealed their scores. Successfully winning her pro debut, Santiago recorded tallies of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
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