By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Bob Caico Jr.
Professional Boxing returned to the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, NY Saturday night with an eight-bout card promoted by AASHA Record Breakers, Inc.
The New York State Middleweight title was put on the line by belt holder Nick Brinson (10-1-2, 5 KOs) of Rochester against Markus Williams (10-3, 1 KO) of Schenectady in the main event. The two paired off three years ago with Brinson taking a close six round decision. This bout was scheduled for eight rounds and the title on the line. Brinson started quickly in the fight and had the better of the going over the first two rounds with crisp combinations. Williams came back in the third round and outscored Brinson to the body and head. The fight turned in the fourth as Williams landed a wicked low blow that dropped Brinson in a heap. It looked like the fight may be over but Brinson took almost three minutes of allotted time to gather himself and continue. A point was taken from Williams because of the blow and that made the round essentially a 10-8 round because Brinson was busier for the better part. Fightnews scored the next three of four rounds for Brinson and agreed with the three judges who each scored the bout 78-73 for the reigning champion.
In the co- main event, jr. welterweight Samuel Neequaye remained undefeated as he registered a unanimous and almost perfect shutout of game Federico Flores, Jr. of Mission, Texas. It was a fast paced start as both boxers connected at a breathtaking pace for the first four rounds. In the fifth round Flores began to tire from the constant pressure from Neequaye who took control of the fight from then on. The final five rounds consisted of the same theme as Neequaye threw punch after punch and Flores trying to counter the offensive. Flores was never seriously hurt from one punch but the work rate of Neequaye caused several anxious moments for the Texan. Neequaye who was making his debut away from his native Accra, Ghana improved to 18-0 as the tough Flores dropped to 7-5-1 after scores of 99-91 and 100-90 twice.
Super middleweight Andy Mejias of Utica, NY scored a sixth round TKO over Mark Anderson of Columbia, SC. Mejias dropped Anderson in the second round with a big right hand but could not put him away before the round ended. From there on Mejias methodically beat his opponent down with rights and too-many-to-count left hooks that had Anderson on his heals. To begin the sixth and final round another booming left hook sent Anderson sprawling and referee Charlie Fitch seen enough damage from the accumulation over the first five rounds and called a halt at the 36 second mark. Mejias remained undefeated at 12-0 as Anderson slides to3-9-1.
Josh Bowles (6-0) of Philadelphia made quick work of Anolan Rigal (1-3-1) of Cuba in a four round featherweight contest. A left hook staggered Rigal in the second round and a follow up combination forced him against the ropes. The referee correctly ruled the ropes held him up and was scored a knockdown. Bowles followed up with 15 unanswered punches that forced the stoppage at 1:42. Rigal complained of the stoppage but you must fight back when dazed and he did not show enough to the referee.
Featherweight Jacob Solis of Luquillo, PR won a unanimous decision (39-37 thrice) over Jose Pagan of Bronx, NY in the debut for both boxers.
Kalvin Jenkins of Mt Vernon registered his first win (1-1-2) over Rayshawn Myers (4-15-1) of Cleveland in a cruiserweight four rounder by split decision.
Jose Sanez of Kansas City stopped Jeremy Graves of Niagara Falls who was making his professional debut. Graves started fast but faded in the end as he was floored twice in the third and once in the fourth, forcing the stoppage.
Martez Potter of Syracuse and Eric George of Niagara Falls both made their professional debuts in a four round super middleweight contest. Potter was the busier over the first three rounds and that was the difference as George came on in the last round but was too little too late. Scores were 39-37 across the board.