By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman
169lb Hector Camacho, Jr. escaped with an eight round unanimous decision Thursday night over 157lb Lee Murtagh in Rochester, NY. The first two rounds consisted of posing, fainting and holding by both fighters. Things opened up in the third as Camacho began to score with the right hand behind his jab. Camacho began the forth landing lead right hooks that opened a cut under Murtagh’s left eye. At this point the Irishman tried to rough house Camacho into a brawl but found himself getting deducted a point for low blows. Murtagh clowned and rough housed his way to another point deduction in the fifth round for intentional head butting Camacho who was content on jabbing and boxing. Murtagh was deducted a third point in the sixth as he repeatedly hit Camacho on the back of the head during clinches. Junior had enough of the tactics in the seventh round and landed a punch on the break and he had a point deducted. The eighth round was Camacho’s best has he landed straight lefts and right hooks.
As for the foul fest of a match Camacho was diplomatic, “You have an Irishman and a Puerto Rican so what do you expect, two hot blooded athletes in there.” Camacho came into the fight in not his best shape and blamed Ramadan (he is Muslim) for him to keeping the weight on even though he was working hard in the gym. With the win Hector, Jr. improves to 57-5-1, 31 KOs while Murtagh returns to Ireland at 33-15-1, 1 KO after scores of 77-71, 77-71 and 76-73. The bout was cut from ten to eight rounds.
The eight-round semi-final on paper looked like a mismatch with Ryon McKenzie of Canastota by way of the Bahamas sporting a 14-0, 11 KOs record against Hamid Abdul-Mateen’s record of 3-4-2. The mismatch turned into a chess match with McKenzie getting the slight edge of the first three rounds. Abdul-Mateen though kept it close and opened a cut over McKenzie’s right eye in the sixth. The chess match continued in the last two rounds but the early lead was the difference as McKenzie remains unbeaten by taking a majority decision. Scores were 78-74-78-74 and 76-76.
The remaining four bouts were scheduled for four rounds each with three of them ending oh so quick. First lightweight Alberto Machado of Rio Pieta, PR improved to 4-0 with his third KO at 1:03 of round one. A terrific body shot put Andrew Moreno (0-3) of Indiana down for the count. Machado is trained by Team DeLeon and promoted by Miguel Cotto.
The next bout lasted 19 seconds longer as cruiserweight Greg Brady of Buffalo, NY improved to 3-1 with his third KO over Martez Williamson (1-3) of Alliance, OH. A right to the top of the head dropped Williamson and the fight was over at 1:22.
Not to be out done, lightweight Lavisas Williams of Rochester blitzed Roel Moreno of McAllen, TX with rights and lefts to the head and body from the opening bell. A final right to the jaw dropped Moreno for a count of eight but was unable to continue. Time was 46 seconds of the first. Williams improves to 2-0-1 while Moreno slides to 0-2.
Brandon Williams of Rochester took a unanimous decision over Luis Esquillin of Philadelphia in a slow 4-rounder. The best round of the fight was the second when Williams (2-0) unloaded with lefts to the body that slowed Esquillin (2-5-1). Williams pecked away with his jab to shut out his opponent by identical 40-36 scores.
The card was promoted by Pretty Girl Promotions and but for a slight drizzle of rain at Frontier Field it was a beautiful and exciting night of boxing.