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Tyrone Luckey (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. Sidell Blocker (1-5-1)
While New Jersey native Tyrone Luckey came into this fight as the proven knockout artist, Blocker showed he was ready to exchange blows with him. After holding his own in the opening round, Luckey exploded with three knockdowns in about 30 seconds in the second frame. The first occurred after a hard right cross, leaving a dazed Blocker seemingly out on his feet. However, the fight was allowed to resume, and Luckey responded by immediately dropping his opponent again with a flurry. Rather questionably, Blocker was again allowed to continue, and Luckey put the bout to rest when he landed a monstrous left hand that knocked his opposition out cold. The official time of the stoppage was 1:51 of the second round, giving Luckey his fourth professional win, all of which have come via knockout.

Joel Castillo (9-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jesse Orta (7-16-2, 4 KOs)
Unbeaten Bronx light heavyweight Castillo again impressed in four rounds of action in this pairing, using a great combination of power and speed to break down Orta. The crafty Castillo scored the lone knockdown of the bout in the second frame, dropping his opponent with a sharp right uppercut. Orta appeared hurt when he returned to his feet, but he got out of the round and seemed to recover before the third frame. Castillo then began to do some explosive body work, delivering a nice mix of combinations off the pivot. By the time of the fourth round, Orta went into complete defense mode and was no longer able to compete very effectively. Possibly affected by the questionable non-stoppages that occurred in the first fight of the night, the referee stepped in and waved off the bout. At 2:33 of the fourth frame, Castillo officially improved his perfect professional record to 9-0 with six knockouts.

Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. John Revish (9-4-2, 8 KOs)
Ali winner by unanimous decision (79-72 x3) | Check out our exclusive post-fight interview with Ali and coach Lenny Wilson here!

Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) vs. Anges Adjaho (17-6, 9 KOs)
After a nine-month layoff, Julio returned to action to headline the TV portion of this card, and he clearly had some rust to shake off. No significant damage was delivered by either fighter throughout the 10-round affair, which consisted mostly of short exchanges. Each round tended to shake out like a mirror image of its predecessor, and Julio did enough in the end to out-point his opponent and take a unanimous decision victory. The final tally on the three score cards of the ringside judges was 99-91, all in the favor of Julio.

Vinny O’Brien (2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Rafael Montalvo (1-1, 1 KO)
O’Brien, a New Jersey native who brings with him a large following, has already established himself as a tough scrapper in his young career, and that demeanor made him a bit too vulnerable in this fight. No one can question his heart or chin, but his offensive aggression left his face wide open at times. He took some considerable damage to his head throughout the four-round pairing, but he appeared to have gained control of the momentum in the second frame when was able to drop Montalvo after turning over a strong left hand. However, his counterpart countered with a knockdown of his own when the action resumed, catching O’Brien with a left hook before the bell closed out the round. The third stanza was another scrap, but the face of O’Brien was significantly showing the effects of the engagement. In the final frame, Montalvo continue to land some thrashing blows, and a wobbly O’Brien was beginning to have serious trouble staying on his feet. At the 2:09 mark, he finally went flailing into the ropes after losing his equilibrium, and the referee was forced to step in and end the fight.

Angel Concepcion (5-0) vs. Teneal Goyco (4-2, 2 KOs)
The action got heated from the opening bell in this bout, with Goyco unleashing an early flurry that eventually sent Concepcion to the canvas after a stiff right hand. However, the Newark native was able to recover from the setback and quickly returned to his feet. The two continued to exchange blows throughout the four rounds of competition, but Concepcion was able to get the better of his counterpart over the final three frames, taking a unanimous decision by counts of 39-37 and 38-37 twice.



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