Cruiserweight Santander Silgado improved to 23-0 in the co-main event.
Undefeated welterweight contender and former U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali brought his World Kid Promotions back to the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn on Saturday night, with seven total bouts on tap for the evening. Among the competitors were eight fighters with no losses on their professional records, and Ali did the honors himself in the main event against veteran southpaw Ronnie Warrior.
Shawn Cameron (3-0) vs. Mamadou Doumbia (1-1)
Brooklyn resident Cameron was greeted by a nice avail from the hometown crowd, facing a sturdy test in unknown Ivory Coast native Doumbia. This pair of junior middleweights fought the entirety of this four-round affair within the confines of a phone booth, rarely backing off confrontation. The pressure started right after the opening bell as Doumbia applied immediate and consistent pressure. He proved to be a very aggressive fighter with an equally impressive motor, giving Cameron essentially no room to breathe. However, the local favorite turned up a volume a bit in the third frame, yet neither competitor let their foot off the gas at all throughout the match. By the time the final bell concluded this affair, each man was running on fumes but still throwing out everything he had. While the aggression and pressure of Doumbia appeared to give him the edge in points, the ringside judges did not agree. They revealed a pair of 40-36s and a 39-37 tally, all in favor of Cameron.
Jennifer Santiago (2-0) vs. Ivana Coleman (0-3)
In the second bout of the night, the ladies took center stage. A fan favorite from the first World Kid Promotions card at the Aviator Complex in June, Brooklyn native Santiago put on a show for four frames. She displayed great speed and threw her punches in numbers when she delivered them. She also sat in the pocket to walk Coleman into her combinations, deceptively switching back and forth from orthodox to south paw throughout the fight. A lot more than just that was in the arsenal of Santiago, who regularly used a crafty shoulder roll that would make Floyd Mayweather proud in addition to popping in and out of confrontation in a style that looked like it was right out of the book of Sergio Martinez. After four rounds of a dominating performance, Santiago saw her hand raised by earning a flush shutout on the scorecards.
Stevie Gamache (4-0, 1) vs. Jose Angel Ortiz (4-11-1, 1)
Gamache entered this junior middleweight pairing in pursuit of his fourth professional victory, and he was able to box that notch onto his resume. He started the bout by working off the jab, seeking a place for the follow-up right hand coming over the top. Angel Ortiz did land a couple of flush hooks late in the opening frame, but they were absorbed well by his heavily favored counterpart. By the time of the third round, Gamache had become more comfortable, which made him take a more aggressive approach to confrontation. He began to attack yet with a patient demeanor, and his offense came with higher numbers when he found his spots. When all was said and done, it was a dominating performance for the young Manhattan native, who deservedly claimed straight 40-36 counts on the cards.
Michael Costantino (1-0, 1) vs. Nathan Ortiz (0-3)
A Queens resident, Costantino is the one of the best stories in sports, but most of the major media outlets are sleeping on it. Born with only one hand, the former amateur standout made his professional debut on Saturday night, and he did not disappoint. He immediately came out following the opening bell by hurling a series of swinging left hooks, with the New York crowd loving every second of it. Ortiz was not being allowed much room to breathe, and he was hurt on a couple of early occasions. The second round was more of the same, and Costantino began the frame by beating his opposition into the corner. As Ortiz clinched, the New Yorker stuck out his tongue to the TV camera, showing his entertaining side of showmanship. Once the two were broken, Ortiz began to retreat into his own corner, eating left hook after left hook from the hungry Costantino. Unable to take any more blows, Ortiz finally looked to his team and spit out his mouthpiece to let them know he had enough. The entire Aviator Complex absolutely erupted as the now undefeated Costantino etched the first victory onto his professional resume. The official time of the stoppage was at the 1:46 mark.
Ramadan Yasser (8-0, 5) vs. Tim Johnson (4-2, 2)
Yasser came out like a runaway train in the opening round of this bout, steamrolling with both speed and power that completely overwhelmed Johnson. In the early going, the three-time Egyptian Olympian backed the Philadelphia native up with a left hook and then immediately dropped him with a vicious flurry. Johnson got back on his feet fairly quickly, but he seemed to be hanging on the edge already. However, he dug deep and got out of the first frame, and he appeared more comfortable going forward as the tempo of Yasser also slowed down a bit. The duo boxed more over the middle rounds, but the fifth frame played out just like the first. Yasser reapplied heavy pressure early in the round, and he found his second knockdown of the evening after delivering a sharp right hook that sent his opponent to the canvas. Despite the two drops, much credit must be given to Johnson, who was never just trying to survive and fought until the sixth frame bell rang to conclude the bout. At that time, the judges would voice their opinions, and, while their scores may have differed, they were all in favor of the former Olympian winning the fight. The three tallies revealed were counts of 59-53, 59-54 and 58-54.
Santander Silgado (23-0, 18) vs. Joell Godfrey (15-9-1, 6)
After knocking out 18 of his first 20 opponents, WBC Fecarbox Cruiserweight Champion Silgado has now claimed three consecutive victories via unanimous decision. Saturday night marked his second straight decision win over Godfrey, who he fought this past August in Franklin Square, New York. The eight rounds of this affair moved a rather slow pace, and neither fighter really took much damage or found himself in trouble. Silgado spent most of the night working Godfrey on the ropes, but the Tennessee native took a defensive approach when in that situation to keep himself clear of danger. Despite his nine career losses, Godfrey has never been stopped, and that streak stayed intact on Saturday evening, as did the undefeated run of Silgado. The final tallies in this outing were sporadic, but they were all in favor of the reigning WBC titleholder: 80-72, 79-73 and 77-74.