Six Fights Fill Wednesday Night Card
New York, N.Y. (Wednesday, March 31, 2010) – The B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City was treated to an entertaining evening of boxing tonight, courtesy of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing. Six total fights were on the card, ranging from flyweights to a couple of power-packing heavyweights, and the night ended with a bang after a vicious left hook by Leo Martinez (15-12) knocked out the previously unbeaten Joelo Torres (11-1-1) in a major junior welterweight upset.
Torres was the sure favorite in the night’s main event, and his production in the early rounds depicted why that was the case. After a bit of a slow pace in the opening minutes of the first round, the Puerto Rico native landed some nice shots to the face of Martinez just before the bell rang to end the first session. With that round in his pocket, Torres began to feed into the game plan of Martinez just a bit in the next couple of rounds and fought a close-range fight. Nevertheless, he still seemed to be in control of the bout until the end of an entertaining third round. It was then that Martinez landed a couple of hard strikes and seemingly began to spark some personal confidence.
Martinez entered the fourth round much more energetic and had clearly boxed his way back into the fight. After setting up some combinations with his jab, Martinez hurt Torres a bit at the end of the round after a series of hard shots found their mark. Once the bell rang to conclude the fourth round, it was clearly a new fight.
Martinez, who fights out of Ohio, continued to work his jab well in the second half of the fight and started to deflate the air out of Torres. The young boxer continued to battle, but Martinez was able to make the most out of any chances that Torres gave him. His blows were also beginning to have an effect on his opponent.
When the bell struck for the final round, Torres came in swinging because he knew a knockout would be the only way to keep his perfect record intact. Following an opening minute of heavy exchanges between the duo, Torres looked to back off for a quick breather, and that decision gave his opponent just enough of an opening. Martinez quickly delivered a tremendous left hook at 1:23 that landed squarely on the chin of Torres. After a 10-count deemed Martinez the winner, a scary scene occurred at B.B. King’s in which Torres had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher. No immediate news was given by the doctors in reference to the severity of the situation.
While Torres will surely take a hit as a result of this loss, the young fighter still possesses a strong amount of promise and should rebound from the bout. On the flip side, the win for Martinez should shoot some much-needed adrenalin into the career of the journeyman.
- In a battle between two unbeaten junior welterweights, New York City’s Gabriel Bracero (9-0) fought Rochester native Winston Mathis (6-1) to an unanimous decision win. While all three ringside judges scored the six-rounder 59-54, there was an unofficial consensus in the media area that it was a closer fight. Overall, the bout was an extremely entertaining affair.
- 220-pound Harlem boxer Tor Hamer (11-0) kept his record perfect by defeating New York City’s Alexis Meijas (10-4) in a six-round unanimous decision victory. Hamer had won eight of his previous 10 professional fights via knockout, and this one seemed destined to follow that same path. Hamer landed some heavy-fisted blows on his opponent throughout the six rounds, but Meijas was able to survive by spending most of the bout jumping into the clinch.
- Young Denis Douglin (8-0) from Morganville, New Jersey, continues to look very impressive in his short professional career. Tonight, he needed a mere 1:27 to knock out Chad Greenleaf (12-15) in junior middleweight action. The southpaw decisioned Eddie Hunter in his last outing, which was a four-rounder on the undercard of the Tomasz Adamek - Jason Estrada bill at Newark’s Prudential Center in February. This up-and-comer is definitely someone who looks to quickly rise up the boxing pipeline.
- In the two opening fights, Keisher McLeod-Wells (3-1) took an unanimous decision win over Laura Gomez (3-1) in female flyweight action, and the night began with super middleweight Phil Jackson Benson (5-1) taking a four-round decision from Victor Paz (9-9-1).