Jamaal "Da Truth" Davis was never quite able to get Yuri Foreman off his bicycle in the main event.
Main Event: Davis Unable to Chase Down Foreman
Junior middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (14-10, 6 KOs) came fully prepared for his fight on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City against Yuri Foreman (31-2, 8 KOs), but the former WBA Middleweight Champion never gave the Philadelphia native much to work with over their eight-round bout. The fight was the main event in the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series, and the midweek feature was a co-promotion with 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.
From the opening bell, Foreman went right into movement, constantly circling the ring and throwing out occasional jabs from the outside. Davis looked rather sound defensively, all the while trying to cut off his opposition and engage him in confrontation. Unfortunately for the upset-minded Davis, Foreman never stopped moving his feet throughout this bout, with his only pauses coming when he planted to switch directions. The former world titleholder made it his mission to stay on his bicycle and keep exchanges to a minimum, and he never strayed from that game plan.
Davis looked to be the aggressor and make it a fight, but he soon found himself dealing with a wide cut over his right eye after receiving a sound headbutt in the fourth round. The doctors kept their eyes closely on that cut over the second half of the contest, but Davis shrugged it off and continued to do all he could to lure Foreman into confrontation. Still, he could not get his opponent to meet him in the center of the ring, and Davis could only listen in frustration at the end of the night when the judges awarded Foreman the unanimous decision victory with flush 80-72s on the scorecards.
Co-Main Event: Hardy Brings the Heat
Heather “Heat” Hardy (5-0, 1 KO) is known as an extremely up-tempo and highly entertaining fan favorite who calls Brooklyn her home, and she once again brought her pleasing style to the Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday night when she met Cassie Trost (1-2-1) in the Broadway Boxing co-feature. As she is typical of doing, Hardy greeted her opponent with immediate hands as soon as the opening bell rang, and she never gave her any time to even slightly catch her breath. However, Hardy presented a more polished version of herself, cleanly slipping and rolling under punches in a manner that was not quite as evident in her first four professional bouts. While the eventual result of this bout was the same as her previous four contests, the manner in which she garnered the victory was different. For the first time, Hardy was able to stop her opponent within the limits, as referee Sparkle Lee halted the fight in the fourth round after it became evident that Trost was unable to handle her aggression and speed. The official time of the stoppage came at 1:30.
Undefeated junior middleweight Emmanuel DeJesus (6-0, 4 KOs) continued his unbeaten streak by handily defeating veteran Khalik Meminger (6-11-3, 3 KOs), shutting him out in a four-round affair… Cruiserweight Travis Peterkin (8-0, 4 KOs) looked impressive once again, pitching a shutout over a battle-tested Hector Hernandez (10-6-2, 4 KOs) in a six-frame contest. The Brooklyn native used crafty head movement in the win, slipping and pulling with the transitioning abnormal to a fighter of his size. Peterkin had Hernandez in survival mode by the fifth round, cruising to the eventual win… Local junior lightweight Bryant Cruz (6-0, 5 KOs) was constantly surrounded by chants of “Pee Wee” from his supporters in attendance, using their energy to roll to a unanimous decision victory over DC’s Nuwan Jayakody (1-2, 1 KO) with flush 40-36 tallies… Bronx junior welterweight Louis Cruz (4-0, 2 KOs) put on another nice performance over a game Justin Robbins (1-2), breaking him down over four frames and dropping him at the third round bell when he landed a flush three-punch combo onto the chin of the Illinois native. In the end, it was a unanimous decision win, with all three judges seeing it 40-35 in his favor… Super middleweight Akil Fredrick-Auguste (2-1, 2 KOs) took a huge jump up in competition in the third bout of his professional career, facing upset machine Louis Rose (8-1, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles, a man who had knocked off two consecutive undefeated fighters in his previous two outings. After six rounds, Rose made it a third straight after registering three counts of 59-55 by the ringside officials… Queens heavyweight Ytalo Perea (4-0, 3 KOs) got the action started with a stoppage win over John Orr (1-1), landing a flush left hook midway through the opening round that sent Orr face forward to the canvas at 1:48…