Light heavyweight Joel Castillo improved to 7-0 after a TKO win over Angel Gonzalez.
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 four bouts that led up to the main event of the evening. Each of the fights were slated for four rounds of competition.
Frank Galarza (2-0) vs. Felix Rangel (0-5-2) | 154 lbs.
A native of Brooklyn, Galarza was greeted by a huge applause from the hometown crowd, and he did not disappoint. He was the aggressor in this bout, stalking Rangel until he found holes in which he could capitalize with powerful strikes. He was able to wobble his opposition with a big left hand in the second frame, following up the blow with a heavy flurry of punches. He then continued to use good foot and combo work throughout the entire four rounds of action. Galarza did have to battle through some heavy legs in the final frame, but he was still able to emerge victorious on the judges’ score card with counts of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
Rafael Vazquez (3-0) vs. Hector Rivera (2-7) | 130 lbs.
Vazquez, who is an avid autism philanthropist and proudly displays it on his trunks, was also greeted with a roar by his native New Yorkers. When the fight began, he came out pawing at the jab of Rivera and looking for his opening. He found it midway through the frame when he dropped Rivera with a body shot, gaining a bit of confidence. He came out firing in the second round but did actually have to withstand a burst from his opposition in that frame as well. Vazquez then owned the third round, immediately working the jab before exploding with a left-right combo that sent his opponent flying to the canvas. Rivera completely lost his bearings and stumbled into the ropes when he tried to get back his feet, but he was eventually able to gather himself enough to resume the bout. However, the continuance would be short-lived after Vazquez immediately swarmed and forced the referee to end the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at the 1:22 mark.
Scotty Burell (1-0) vs. Jonathan Caban (0-1) | 138 lbs.
This pairing displayed the highly anticipated professional debut of Burell, who faced Caban in what was also his first professional fight. The crafty Burell showed a raw aggression that is desired by fight fans, heavily stalking his opponent and firing off some well-plotted combos when the opportunities arose. He scored his first knockdown of the bout in the first round in what appeared to be a slip, but the questionable call by the referee would not come into play in the outcome of the match. Always in constant pursuit, Burell delivered a heavy right hand onto his opponent in the second round, but both fighters hit the canvas when he was also caught by a right hand from Caban. Burell immediately popped back to his feet, but the same could not be said for the other man in the ring. Clearly hurt and unaware of his surroundings, Caban was unable to continue, giving Burell a TKO victory in his professional debut.
Joel Castillo (7-0) vs. Angel Gonzalez (2-3) | 175 lbs.
Castillo, who is quickly starting to turn heads in the light heavyweight division, was impressive in some short work. Fireworks exploded from the opening bell, with both fighters exchanging blows, but Castillo came out on the other side with the advantage. He was setting up some powerful combos with a sharp jab, using that strategy to eventually end the night for Gonzalez in the second frame. As soon as the second round got underway, he pounced on his opposition, who was in immediate trouble. He never let off the pressure and finally forced a referee stoppage at the 1:46 mark when Gonzalez was no longer able to counter his aggression.