Sean Monaghan earned a third round stoppage of George Armenta in the final bout of the show.
DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returned on Thursday night, being hosted by the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. South African Thomas Oosthuizen retained his IBO Super Middleweight Title in the main event of the evening, but following is a recap of the rest of the action.
Sean Monaghan (15-0, 10) vs. George Armenta (14-10, 11)
The increasingly popular Monaghan of New York did not disappoint a room full of his supporters in this bout, breaking Armenta down before finishing him off in the third round. After using the first frame to feel his opponent out a bit, Monaghan turned up the heat in the second round. His punches started to come with bad intentions, and he showed a glimpse of what was coming when he dropped Armenta with a right hook at the bell. Monaghan came out in the ensuing frame with an obvious goal of ending the night, applying heavy pressure and finding his mark with some heavy handed blows. As the action entered the final minute of the third round, the Long Island native set up a combo that he finished off by perfectly turning on a right hand. The shot sent Armenta to the canvas, and the bout was quickly halted when he was obviously in no shape to continue, despite getting back to his feet. The official time of the stoppage was at the 2:25 mark.
Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Mikayla Nebel (0-3)
With the lowest weight class in the Olympics being 112 pounds and the next division capped at 132, there was no place for 119-pound hopeful Hardy, who opted to begin a pro career rather than try to make it to London. Fight fans at the Roseland Ballroom on Thursday evening appreciated that, with Hardy and Nebel putting on what turned out to be the best bout of a pretty stacked show. Nebel may have entered this fight with two losses in two bouts, but those results have come from some unfortunate matchmaking because she knows how to scrap. These two women engaged immediately from the opening bell and did not let off the gas until the final round concluded. The lone knockdown of the fight came in the first frame when Nebel struck Hardy with a left hand in the corner and then dropped her with a right hook. Hardy was able to pop up and recover quickly, though, and she battled all the way back over the next three rounds of a very entertaining contest to emerge victorious with flush tallies of 38-37.
Boyd Melson (8-1, 3) vs. Khalik Memminger (6-9-3, 3)
Melson pretty much controlled the action throughout this six-round affair. He looked to set his work up by pawing the jab in numbers until he could close the gap on Memminger, who was rather passive until the final frame of the bout. Melson did some good damage when he was able to work his opposition to the ropes and throw off some left and right handed hooks to the body and head. Once a little bit of tiring settled into Memminger, he began to react to the jab attack of Melson by dipping his head forward, and he was greeted by some quick combo work when he did. The Texas native did have his best round in the sixth frame after Melson ate a left hook that backed him up a bit. Memminger sensed blood in the water and pounced, turning up the temp and feeding some hard shots. However, the gritty Melson battled through and was able to recover, and he finished off the bout by leading the attack at the final bell. The ringside judges were then called upon and gave Melson the victory via unanimous decision with straight 59-55 counts.
Floriano Pagliara (13-4-2, 6) vs. Willie Villanueva (10-4-1, 2)
To the naked eye, it appeared Pagliara controlled most of the action in this pairing, but the final evaluations from the judges ended up being all over the place. Throughout the fight, Pagliara tried to walk down Villanueva, who used quick feet to roll off his jab. Pagliara was pretty effectively using his counter right and started to break his opposition down in the middle rounds, landing with more ease as Villanueva became more stationary. The New Mexico native did end up having his best frame in the fifth stanza, finding a burst and dealing some good combo work. In the final round, he came out throwing his lead jab well until the action became a close-range scrap. The fight pretty much stayed there the rest of way without either competitor being able to find much separation. When the final bell eventually rang, the judges were needed for their opinions, and scores of 58-56, 56-58 and 57-57 made the result a split draw.
Zachary Ochoa (2-0, 2) vs. Cody Osbourne (0-3)
Brooklyn native Ochoa came into this fight with some pretty good hype surrounding him, and he did not disappoint. Throughout the entire 42 seconds it took for him to get the stoppage, he did not throw a single right hand in an impressive display of power. After the opening bell, he circled Osbourne while firing off his lead jab in numbers, and he soon after attacked forward with that jab. After Osbourne ate a series of them flush to the chin, he completely lost his equilibrium and stumbled backwards into the ropes and to the canvas. He was able to get back to his feet in the corner, but the bout was waved off after he told the referee in charge that he did not want to continue. The official time of the TKO stoppage was a mere 42 seconds into the first frame.
[Zach Ochoa Post-Fight Interview]
Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11) def. Orphius Waite (7-5-2, 5) via TKO (1)
Alan Benitez (7-1, 1) def. Osnel Charles (9-4-1, 1) via UD