By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Friday night at the Tri-State Sports Complex in Aston, PA, local fans came out to witness a long anticipated rematch between two tough local heavyweight scrappers as Danny “Two Gunz” Mullarkey and Jamie Campbell squared off in the six round main event. Campbell won their first skirmish three years ago by a controversial four round majority decision. Since that time neither fighter had fought, but that didn’t stop the sparks from flying as both fighters continually got under each other’s skin by throwing verbal jabs through the local media and at live events. Campbell (2-1, 1 KO) only needed 54 seconds to stop Mullarkey (5-3-1, 4 KOs). In the co-feature Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez captured a hard fought but one sided six round unanimous decision over a gritty and bloody Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez. The card was promoted by Al Thompson’s Football Stories Inc. and matched by Joey Cohen.
Mullarkey appeared ready as he entered the ring to huge applause from his local fans. Campbell, a Radnor Police Sergeant, seemed determined and was in the best shape of his career as he made his long walk to the ring with a pretty sizable applause also.
The action started quickly as the shorter Mullarkey banged two hard lefts off the rib cage of Campbell. Unlike his last fight against Mullarkey, Campbell a kept his cool and didn’t immediately fire back. He kept his defense up and rolled with the blows and a few moments later, unleashed a right hand on the chin which stunned Mullarkey. The nearby Ridley Park, PA native was game though and tried to re-step into the pocket with a body shot, but a Campbell stiff left straightened him up. Campbell saw his opportunity and put him almost off his feet and against the ropes with a right directly on the button.
“I saw his eyes roll back in his head and I knew he was in trouble,” said Campbell. Like a tiger attacking his prey, Campbell unleashed a four punch combination at the badly hurt Mullarkey. Referee Gary Rosato correctly stepped in a stopped the bout at fifty four seconds of the opening round to prevent any further damage.
“I knew after the right hand, that I had him,” said Campbell afterward. “Danny (Mullarkey) is a tough fighter and I give him a lot of credit. It takes a lot of courage to step into the ring and he is a very good fighter.”
Mullarkey was disappointed in the stoppage. “You know me and that I can take those shots and I could have continued to fight on.”
What’s next in the career for the thirty six year old Campbell? Could a possible third match be in order? “Nobody gets me up for a fight like Mullarkey,” said Campbell. “The things he said and about how he was going to plant me on the canvas really motivated me to push even further in my training.”
“If the money is right and someone else also makes sense, I would take fight with someone else.” continued Campbell. “Damon Feldman already has mentioned a possibility to me, so who knows what is up next for me.” -Kurt Wolfheimer
Hernandez whips Nunez
The 1,100 or so fans at the Tri-State Sports Complex in Aston, PA were treated to a world-class women’s bout between Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez, of Bronx, NY and Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez, of Jamestown, NY. The fight was a rematch of a September 2008 bout, in which Hernandez won the WIBA super featherweight title with a ten round unanimous decision.
This time around, the match was scheduled for six rounds with a contract weight of 128 pounds, plus or minus two pounds. Hernandez scaled a ready 126 pounds, while Nunez came in overweight at 134 pounds. To the credit of both camps, an agreement was quickly reached – Nunez was fined $200 – and the fight was on. The bout basically saved the show, which saw numerous bouts fall out for a variety of reasons, and ended up being the best fight of the night.
Nunez came to brawl, and she does it well. There were toe-to-toe exchanges in every round, but Hernandez has the total package. Not only can she out-brawl a brawler, she has a great ability to judge distance, and she slips punches with a dip or with head movement. She can also fluidly switch from orthodox to southpaw, and can counter-punch with the best. Ela had her moments, and she had her heart on display by fighting on with a nasty gash over her left eye, but Melissa had too many guns.
Hernandez, a little rusty after a seven month layoff, used the opening round to find her timing and range with right hands and left hooks that fell short or missed their mark. Nunez used this round to feel Hernandez out, as well. The round was very close, but Hernandez’ aggression earned her the round on all cards.
With the opening round formalities out of the way, things heated up in round two. Hernandez landed a nice left hook in the opening seconds, and Nunez went to work on the body. The trading was fierce, with Hernandez landing a nice counter right followed by a left hook. Switching to southpaw, Hernandez landed an overhand left, while Nunez continued her body assault. Hernandez came back with a left hook and another counter right, but Nunez landed a hard right at the bell that caught Melissa’s attention.
Hoping to cash in on any momentum from the previous round, Nunez came out fired up in round three. She waved Hernandez in, and “The Huracan” obliged, as they traded bombs for most of the round. On one occasion, Melissa backed off after an accidental clash of heads. Referee Vic DeWysocki took a quick look and then waved them back in. There was another accidental clash later in the round. Hernandez landed a hard right-left combination, but Nunez won this round on two cards.
Early in round four, Nunez emerged from an exchange with a vertical gash over her left eye. The cut was deep, but after an inspection by the ringside physician, Nunez was allowed to continue. Hernandez shifted to a higher gear, and unloaded shots from a variety of angles for the remainder of the round.
Nunez went back to the body in round five, and had some success with her right hand, but by now Hernandez had found her rhythm, both offensively and defensively. She threw it all, left-right combos from the right-hand stance and right-left combos as a lefty. She landed counter rights, uppercuts, and left hooks. Melissa even slipped a left hook by using the old school Pernell Whitaker-style crouch.
Hernandez poured it on in the sixth and final round. Nunez was very game, but Hernandez was slipping everything thrown her way, while landing creative combinations of her own. She landed a big right, followed by two left-right combinations, and a final right hand as the final bell sounded.
The scoring was 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) for Hernandez, who improved to 12-1-2, with 4 KOs. The tough-as-nails Nunez drops to 9-6-1, with 2 KOs.
“It s an honor to be back,” said Hernandez immediately after the fight. “It was harder than I expected. She came in heavy, and I felt her weight. Plus, I came down in weight from Holly.
“I was ready for the head butts after our first fight. She cracked herself open with the third head butt”
Hernandez was set to jump several weight classes and fight welterweight champion Holly Holm in a female super bout last December. That fight fell apart at the last minute when Hernandez discovered that Holm had wrapped her hands and gloved up without being witnessed by a member of her camp. Accusations flew, but the controversy could lead to an even bigger fight down the road.
“Holly didn’t want to fight, and she still doesn’t. She is definitely number one on my list,” she said. -Rick Scharmberg
Parsley batters Terry
Tall, lean, former amateur standout Delen Parsley, 155, of NYC, NY stopped too tough for his own good John Michael Terry, 158, of Portsmouth, VA after three rounds of a scheduled four round junior middleweight bout.
Parsley (2-0, 2 KOs) hammered Terry (2-16-3, 1 KO) with his long left jab for three rounds, reddening his face and causing a welt under his right eye. By round three, Parsley was loading up on his right hand and looking for the knockout.
Terry has an iron chin, but Parsley finally dented it with a left hook that dropped Terry as the bell sounded at the end of round three. Referee Gary Rosato mercifully stopped the bout after three completed rounds.
The card also included two exhibitions where the fighters went three rounds with headgear.
World-rated lightweight Hank Lundy (17-0, 10 KOs) boxed junior welterweight Julias Edmonds (5-6) and Glen Turner (9-4-3, 2 KOs) squared off with fellow heavyweight Justin Novaria (0-2). – Rick Scharmberg