Heavyweight Jameel McCline defeated Livian Castillo in the main event.
The Hamilton Manor in New Jersey was host to a co-promoted boxing card between Nedal’s Promotions and KEA Boxing on Saturday, March 31st, with six total bouts on tap. Following is a recap of the action.
Tyrone Luckey (4-1-1, 4) vs. Ramon Ellis (2-7-2, 1)
The opening bout of this show was an absolute scrap between two entertaining lightweights, with Luckey returning to the ring for the first time since last July when he suffered the first loss of his professional career to Bryne Green in Atlantic City. In the early going, the New Jersey native was doing a good job of setting the table on some well scripted combinations and power shots, but Ellis proved to have a more than legitimate chin by absorbing the punishment and quickly countering back. The most pivotal moment of this fight came in the second frame when Luckey hurt his opposition with a left hand and immediately pounced. Seemingly exerting every bit of energy he could to get Ellis out of there, Luckey seemed to gas himself out before accomplishing that feat, allowing Ellis survived the round. The punches came at a somewhat slower pace over the final two frames of this four-round affair, but by no means did that take away from the excitement and heart being displayed by this pair of combatants. Both fighters landed their fair share of bombs throughout this encounter, and they each were able to take them as well. When the 12 outstanding minutes of action concluded, the ringside judges would be needed, and the result was a deserving majority draw when Luckey tallied a 39-37 count to go with a pair of 38-38 cards.
Jose Calderon (4-1, 4) vs. Jason Sia (0-5)
Also looking to avenge his first professional loss in his last outing, Calderon quickly got himself back on the winning path in this match-up. After spending the majority of the first frame trying to chase down a running Sia, Calderon finally found him in the waning minutes of that opening round. After cornering him and working him to the ropes, Calderon absolutely blasted Sia with a left hook that had him out before he ever hit the canvas. With Sia unable to beat the 10-count from referee Samuel Viruet, Calderon was declared the victor with that brutal knockout.
Alando Swain (5-1, 1) vs. Eddie Edmonds (2-2-2, 1)
In all honesty, Edmonds made this an extremely hard bout to watch. Not at all interested in giving the fans in attendance any action, he spent the entire four rounds looking to clinch and hold onto Swain, who was being given absolutely no opportunity to make it a fight. This is pretty much what happened the entire 12 minutes, and the judges deducted Edmonds for his lack of aggression by giving Swain a unanimous decision win (40-36 twice, 39-37).
Mikalya Nebal (0-1) vs. Nydia Feliciano (5-2-3)
Next on the docket was an entertaining bout between two young female fighters, competing in four two-minute frames. Feliciano looked to use her experience and speed to overwhelm Nebal, who was competing in her professional debut. Looking to counter the quickness of her opponent, Nebal tried to hold court from the center of the ring. Throughout the four rounds, some furious exchanges ensued while both fighters successfully applied their aforementioned game plans. In the end, the efforts of Feliciano would be rewarded by the ringside judges, as the Bronx native scored flush 40-36s to take the unanimous decision.
Pryzemyslaw Opalach (9-1, 8) vs. Eberto Medina (6-7-1, 1)
Coming into this outing with a perfect 9-0 record, eight victories which had come by knockout, Opalach was the heavy favorite, but he got everything he could handle from Medina in what was an outstanding fight. Although he looked a bit tight after the first bell, Medina owned the opening round and became more relaxed as the bout resumed through its six rounds. He was able to lure his Polish opposition into some heavy exchanges despite Opalach looking to outbox him with combinations and range, and at no point did either competitor back down from confrontation. Opalach was doing a nice job of consistently landing a short range uppercut with his right hand, but Medina was using a 1-2 power combination that repeatedly found its mark to the head of his opponent. By the time of the sixth frame, Medina was abusing Opalach with a heavy right hand that he seemed to be walking right into time and time again. During the battle in the ring, the crowd also went to a war of chants outside of it with half the room chanting “Polska” and the other half yelling “Tito” in unison, matching the outstanding action going down between the ropes. However, when the six rounds of his pairing had concluded, it is the fans of Medina who would be satisfied after he achieved a unanimous decision victory with a pair of 60-54s to go with a 59-55 tally, handing Opalach the first loss of his professional career.
Jameel McCline (41-11-3, 24), vs. Livian Castillo (16-11, 10)
In a rather uneventful feature bout to what had been a good fight card in Hamilton, the 6-foot-6 and 271-pound McCline mostly worked off his jab throughout the eight frames of this bout, while Castillo was just wandering around the ring with his hands at his side by the latter rounds. No fighter was ever in any type of danger, and the exchanges came few and far between. The fans voiced their displeasure in the lack of action, and the room lost a lot of spectators by the end of this pairing. When the judges were called upon at the conclusion of this bout, McCline emerged victorious via split decision with counts of 77-74 and 76-75 in his favor to counter a 77-74 count for Castillo.