By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
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Former WBA Jr. Middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (30-2-0) looked calm and composed as he easily defeated Gundrick King (18-10-0) via unanimous decision in a 6 round middleweight bout on Thursday night at the Roseland Ballrom in New York City. Foreman remained the aggressor throughout the fight and was clinical in landing his jab to control to control the pace of the fight. Foreman showed no sign of problems with his knee, an injury that had previously forced him to retire. King rarely troubled Foreman throughout the fight and seemed content to see out the final rounds. At the end of 6 rounds, all the judges at ringside scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Yuri Foreman.
Jr. Middleweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan (31-2-0) battled to a points victory over Damian Frias (19-7-1) in a close but scrappy bout, winning via unanimous decision over 8 rounds. The judges all gave the fight to Dan, scoring it 76-75, 78-73 and 78-73. Dan produced a solid display of boxing prowess in the sixth round, staggering Frias multiple times before he was saved by the bell. The seventh round fared no better for Frias as Dan stalked him down and continued to unleash all manner of punches. Frias was also warned for excessive holding towards the end of the round 7. Frias saw out the final round and tried to go toe to toe with Dan in an attempt to try and take the round.
In a tough fight for both men, super bantamweight Luis Orlando Del Valle defeated a game Andre Wilson by way of TKO. Time of the stoppage was 1.32 in round 5. Del Valle knocked down Wilson with a right uppercut to the body towards the end of round 3.
Featherweight Heather Hardy keeps the wins rolling in with a solid display over Mikayla Nebel. Hardy looked confident in the rig, controlling the pace and connecting successfully with a variety of jabs and hooks. The judges at ringside scored the fight 60-53, 60-54 and 60-54. Hardy moves to 5-0 and Nebel falls to 0-5.
Welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (22-1-0) notched up another win by beating a tough and versatile Pavel Miranda (19-10-1) on points. Bracero had an early scare when he was cut in the fourth round but cruised to see out the rest of the fight. Bracero controlled the pace of the fight and constantly landed the more telling punches. Miranda showed his grit and pursued Bracero until the end but was unable to match Bracero’s output. The judges scored the fight 78-74, 79-73 and 80-72 all in favor to Gabriel Bracero.
Lightweight Brant “Pee Wee” Cruz delighted the hometown crowd and easily defeated Antoine Knight by way of TKO in round 4. The official time of the stoppage was 2.15 of round 3. Cruz moves to 3-0-0 with 2 KO’s while Knight falls to 2-3-0 with 1 KO.
Junior middleweight Patrick Day (3-0-0) put out an entertaining points victory over Yusmani Abreu (3-7-1). After a back and forth bout, the fight went the full four rounds with all the judges scoring the fight 39-37 to Day.
Jr. welterweight Donte “Future Legend” Strayhorn (1-0-0) began his professional boxing career with a points win over Michel Carrera (0-2-0). The judges at ringside scored the fight 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37 all in favor to Strayhorn.