Henry Northan fell victim to a devastating right hand from Jose Peralta.
Welterweight Dmitriy Salita headlined a night of boxing on Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, fighting James Wayka for the vacant New York State Welterweight Championship. What follows are recaps of the first four bouts of the evening. Each of the fights were slated for four rounds of competition.
George Santiago (1-1) vs. John Passantino (0-3) | 131 lbs.
In the first bout of the night, a couple of junior lightweights were seeking their first professional win. The action started pretty quickly in this one, and both men came with a rather scrappy demeanor. Santiago began to display some impressive power in the first round, which aided him in beginning to chop down his opposition. He wobbled Passantino midway through the frame, maintaining a relentless attitude, just as his trunk read. In the second frame, the Brooklyn native started unloading on his opponent. While Passantino proved to be a tough fighter, the fact of the matter was that he was taking a lot of damage. When the third round came, Santiago finally scored a knockdown after landing a sharp right hand. As soon as Passantino got back to his feet, Santiago exploded until the referee waved off the bout. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:20.
Jose Peralta (1-0) vs. Henry Northan (0-3) | 140 lbs.
Brooklyn native Peralta was making his professional debut in this bout, but he did not show any stage fright. Immediately after the opening bell, he and Northan came out banging, exchanging blows for the entirety of a very entertaining first round. When the second frame started, the action continued, but Northan was swinging a bit wild while Peralta appeared to be much more composed. Midway through the round, Peralta wobbled his opposition and then attacked. With Northan losing his legs, he fired off hard body shots before dropping his opponent with a sharp left-right combo to the head. Northan immediately hit the canvas and was counted out by the referee as the second frame came to a close.
Jon Bolden (2-1) vs. Richard Mason (0-2) | Heavyweights
Early in this match, Mason was able to drop Bolden with a hard countering right hand, but the action quickly resumed. Throughout the first frame, Mason continued with the counter game while Bolden looked to be the aggressor. As soon as the second round bell sounded, Bolden came out firing. He was eventually able to hurt his opponent with a solid right hand, and he then exploded on Mason until he worked him into the near corner. He did not let off the pressure at all, and the work rate paid off when his opposition crashed to the canvas. Mason was clearly dazed as he tried to gather himself, and the referee was then forced to wave off the bout before reaching a 10-count.
Jonathan Cuba vs. Artie Bembury | (140 lbs.)
The pace of the first frame was a bit slow, with Bembury using busy feet and Cuba trying to hold down the center of the ring. Cuba proved that he had a nice looking jab but seemed to be a bit timid in throwing it. He appeared much more comfortable in the second round, and the Queens native started revealing a good looking combo game. In the third round, he truly began to take over the action. He worked his opponent to the ropes midway through the frame, blasting off punches while Bembury remained a stationary target in defense mode. When the fourth round rolled out, Cuba was able to chase down his opposition and started tossing some great combo work. After moving Bembury to the ropes again early, Cuba found an opening and delivered an absolutely devastating right hand that immediately dropped his opponent to the canvas. Bembury was out cold before he ever landed, and a knockout win was given to Cuba at the 1:15 mark of the final frame.