Popular Irish junior middleweight Noel Murphy was able to earn a shutout win over Anton Williamson (Photo by Ed Diller, DiBella Entertainment).
DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returned to the Aviator Sports Complex on Friday night, presenting a seven-bout docket in its latest installment.
In the main event of the evening, two undefeated fighters squared off as Shawn “Killa” Cameron (10-1, 5 KOs) met Chris Galeano (10-0, 1 KO) in a 10-round contest for the New York State Middleweight Championship. In the bout, Galeano stayed in constant movement on the outside, which never really enabled Cameron to find his rhythm. Cameron did his best work when he was able to get to the inside, but Galeano stayed in motion at range to make sure those opportunities did not occur too often.
When the judges were called upon at the conclusion of the 10 frames, Galeano claimed the New York State title via unanimous decision with counts of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.
In the co-feature, Amanda Serrano (25-1-1, 18 KOs) continued her tear through the women’s boxing scene, overwhelming Belgian fighter Djemilla Gontaruk (9-3, 1 KO) from the onset of a scheduled eight-rounder. While Serrano was clearly in complete control over the first two-plus frames, using her range to her advantage, Gontaruk did not appear to be in much trouble. However, referee Sparkle Lee felt she was already taking too much damage and decided to stop the bout at 1:38 of the third round.
Popular Irish junior middleweight Noel Murphy (5-0, 2 KOs), now a resident of the Bronx, was in the ring with a live dog in Anton Williamson (1-6) in a four-round contest. Murphy started fast in the opening frame and was able to land the cleaner shots throughout the encounter. However, Williamson signed up for a fight, and he made Murphy earn his eventual unanimous decision victory with flush tallies of 40-36.
Welterweight Tyrone James (1-0, 1 KO) definitely sold a lot of tickets for his pro debut on Friday night, which saw a huge explosion from the crowd as he made his first ring walk to face David Perez (0-2) of Pittsburgh. The Elmont, New York, native did not disappoint, dropping the frantic Perez in the opening round with an overhand right. Over the next two frames, James literally had to chase Perez around the ring until finally blasting him with another overhand right in the third round that ended the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at the 2:33 mark.
In a middleweight pairing, Russian Artur Akavov (15-1, 6 KOs) was able to stop Fredy Lopez (10-3, 7 KOs) in the second frame of a scheduled eight-rounder. Akavov felt Lopez out in the opening frame but also started to get through with a left hand over the top. In the second round, the two fighters unloaded on an exchange that saw both combatants land at the same time, but a left hook from Akavov was much more flush than the punch from Lopez. The shot sat Lopez on the canvas, and referee Sparkle Lee halted the bout when Lopez stood back up but was in no shape to continue. The end came at 2:04 of the second frame.
In a shocking upset, Patrick Day (11-2-1, 6 KOs) suffered his second career loss against hard-hitting journeyman Carlos Garcia (9-14-1, 8 KOs). Garcia buckled Day with an early overhand right in the opening round, and he immediately bullied Day into the corner, where he began unloading a flurry with both hands. Day stood in there tough but did not opt to take a knee to shake the cobwebs. That decision resulted in the referee jumping in and stopping the fight, giving Garcia the biggest win of his professional career at the 1:19 mark of the first round.
In the first bout of the night, Canadian Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) remained unbeaten with a split decision win over Oscar Riojas (9-4, 3 KOs). Neither fighter was able to truly seize control of the action over the eight-frame super middleweight contest, and scores of 77-74 (Ntetu), 76-74 (Riojas) and 76-75 (Ntetu) resulted. Of note was a fourth round point deduction to Ntetu for a low blow.