Former Bahamas Olympian Tureano Johnson became 9-0 in the opening bout of the night.
Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, was the scene of the latest installment of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series produced by Main Events. Following is a recap of the non-televised bouts on the card.
Tureano Johnson (9-0, 6) vs. Roberto Young (5-5-1, 4)
Former Bahamas Olympian Tureano Johnson used a high pressure style of fighting throughout the what was the first bout of the night. At the opening bell, he displayed some crafty head and body movement, opting to keep his head to the chest of Young and firing off heavy-handed shots when he saw the opportunity. Young retaliated with punches of his own, but they mostly found the gloves of Johnson, who was showing some good defense. In the third round, Johnson started unloading some strong uppercuts amid the close range affair, knocking Johnson back, but the California native proved to be a gritty fighter willing to stand in there and bang. Heading into the fifth and sixth rounds for just the second time in his professional career, the pace of Johnson was slower in those frames, but his strategy remained the same in keeping it close and looking to come over the top with some power.
Once all six rounds were in the books, the ringside judges would be needed to voice their opinions. All three of them saw the action unfold the same way, and Johnson emerged victorious with flush counts of 58-56 to become 9-0 as a professional.
Jose Peralta (9-1, 5) vs. Dontre King (6-11-2, 2)
Peralta had what may have been his best overall performance as a professional fighter, entering the bout in superb physical condition and bringing the action to King immediately after the bell got the action underway. His aggressive approach put King on the run as the Dominican welterweight was landing early and often. Credit must be given to King in withstanding a heavy dose of shots, but it eventually caught up to him in the third frame. Standing in the middle of the ring opposite one another, Peralta dipped deep with his legs, which King in turn did mockingly. Peralta responded to the antics by firing a vicious left-right combo that sent King into the corner where he was greeted by an onslaught. Hurt from the damage, King took a knee to give himself a chance to recover, and he made it out of the round.
Peralta was starting to land with ease at this point, and he was able to get his opponent out of there in the fourth frame. King tried to be more aggressive in the round, but all of his attempted punches were being blocked. In the final minute of the frame, Peralta pounded King into the corner and immediately blasted him with a flurry. He soon after dropped his oppositon with a left-right cross combo that sent him to the canvas, and the referee in charge waved it off once he saw a clearly dazed King stumble around as he tried to get back to his feet. The official time of the stoppage was at the 2:28 mark.
Patrick Farrell (7-1-1, 3) vs. David Williams (6-6-1, 2)
In the first heavyweight outing of the night, these two big men stood in close range and banged it out from the opening bell. Farrell, a native of Jersey City, received a nice ovation from the New Jersey crowd, and he looked to feed off that energy with a fast start. He was able to buckle Williams for the first time in the opening round with a right hand, but his Philadelphia counterpart was able to recover from the damage. The lone knockdown of the bout came in the second frame, following a big gathering of heavy hands by Farrell to Williams on the ropes. A big right hand was the final blow that buckled Williams and dropped him straight down to the canvas, and he was in a world of trouble after that. Clearly dazed and barely hanging on, he did somehow make it out of the round after looking like his night was over.
After a relatively slow third frame, both men came out and left it all in the ring in the fourth and final round. Williams looked completely drained but stayed in there, although he came inches from touching his knee to the floor after being caught by a left-right combo late in the frame. He continued to trudge forward, however, and he may have scored a knockout had this fight been 10 seconds longer. After delivering a powerful right hand that landed flush to the chin of Farrell, a worn out Williams did all he could to finish off what looked like a fighter nearly out on his feet. The final bell would ring before he could capitalize on the situation, though.
The judges would then be needed to provide the outcome, and Farrell was the victor after receiving tallies of 39-36 and 40-35 (twice) in his favor.
John Thompson (8-0, 2) vs. John Mackey (13-7-3, 6)
In the final bout before this card went live on the NBC Sports Network, local Newark native Thompson was able to increase his professional record to 8-0 after six rounds of action. Both fighters had a similar style of counter punching, which led to a feeling out period over the first two frames. Mackey then attempted to start running down Thompson, who was staying on the move hard to make himself to find. He continued to be difficult to pursue despite that effort from Mackey over the remaining four rounds, and that truly limited the amount of action that was provided in this bout. When the six rounds did eventually conclude, Thompson picked up the win with ringside scorecards of 58-56 and 59-55 (twice).
Doel Carrasquillo (16-20-1, 14) vs. Jamaal Davis (14-8-1, 6)
A man who has been looking to change the direction of his career as of late, Philadelphia native Davis and his team seemingly drew up the blueprint on how to defeat the hard-hitting Carrasquillo, and he followed it as about as well as possible. Owner of some well known upsets, Carrasquillo is a fighter who is not known as being a tactician, but he is one who is known to fully capitalize on a single mistake to the fullest. Throughout the eight rounds of this bout, Davis was the busier boxer, throwing off a series of combinations and bouncing out of confrontation before his opponent was given a chance to get off any significant punches. He applied this strategy the entire contest, never allowing himself to be lured in by his awaiting opponent. In the latter frames, Carrasquillo became noticeably frustrated by the fact he could not track down Davis, and he made some unsuccessful attempts at turning up his pace. All the while, Davis never strayed from the gameplan, and he was eventually rewarded with a unanimous decision victory with tallies of 79-73 and 78-74 (twice).
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