Middleweight Elvin Ayala (26-5-1, 12 KOs) let his hands fly Saturday night and earned a convincing knockout win over John Mackey (13-8-3), stopping his opponent with a series of unanswered flurries 53 seconds into the ninth round of their scheduled 10-round main event at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Ayala initiated the action from the opening bell, delivering on his promise to unleash his “inner animal,” and finally earned the stoppage once Mackey failed to fight back.
Backed by another strong outpouring of fan support, unbeaten female bantamweight Shelito Vincent (4-0) of New London, Conn., and now training in Providence, R.I., kept her perfect record intact with a unanimous-decision win over Ivana Coleman (0-1) of Slidell, La., 40-36 across the board.
Hartford, Conn., super featherweight Joseph “Chip” Perez (9-1, 3 KOs) put on a show in the six-round special attraction, stopping spirited challenger Johnny Frazier (3-10-2) of Akron, Ohio at the closing bell of the fourth round.
Bridgeport, Conn., lightweight Carlos Hernandez (3-2, 2 KO) won easily in the opening bout, stopping Alan Beeman (0-4) of Newport, R.I., at the 2:43 mark of the first round. Hernandez dropped Beeman with a left hook to the body late in the round and then kept applying the pressure until referee Danny Schiavone stepped in with 17 seconds remaining following a series of unanswered lefts by Hernandez. The Bridgeport native has now won three consecutive fights.
The professional debuts of both Donnie Palmer (0-0-1) of Boston and Springfield, Mass., native Moses Marshall (0-0-1) turned out to be one of the most exciting fights of the night as the two heavyweights traded blows through four back-and-forth rounds. Marshall landed consistently to the head throughout the night despite at least a six-inch height disadvantage while Palmer used his jab and heavy overhand rights to keep Marshall at bay as often as possible. The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring the bout 38-38 apiece and the third scoring it 39-37 in favor of Palmer.
Unbeaten lightweight Gabriel Duluc (6-0) of Boston and super middleweight Tylon Burris (3-0) of Hartford, Conn., each won lopsided decisions. Duluc outworked New Haven’s Christian Lao (4-2), scoring a first-round knockdown courtesy of a vicious body blow en route to a unanimous 40-35 decision across the board. Burris beat Providence’s Luis Felix (0-3), who took the fight on short notice, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 to remain undefeated.
Framingham, Mass., middleweight Saul Almeida – one of the top-ranked featherweights in the northeast in mixed martial arts with 14 professional fights under his belt – and fellow newcomer Antonio Marrero of Hartford fought to a no-contest in their professional debuts after Almeida sustained a cut over his eye due to an accidental head-butt midway through the second round.
Antonio Chaves Fernandez (0-7-1) of Brockton, Mass., and Jair Ramos (2-0-1) of Waterbury, Conn., suffered the same fate as Palmer and Marshall in their four-round light welterweight bout, fighting to a majority draw with two judges scoring the bout 37-37 and the third scoring it 39-37 in favor of Ramos. Both fighters were deducted a point during the course of the fight, Fernandez for holding and Ramos for excessive low blows following the referee’s warning.