By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
In the swing bout of the evening, lightweight prospect Toka Kahn Clary (5-0, 4 KOs) annihilated Puerto Rican Gadiel Andaluz (4-3-1, 2 KOs) in round one. Newly signed to the Top Rank banner, “T-Nice” landed a quick and short counter left hook that caught Andaluz as he was coming in, knocking the Puerto Rican down near the neutral corner for an eight count. Referee Harvey Dock took a long look at Andaluz before allowing the bout to continue. A flurry punctuated by a straight left hand dropped Andaluz again, but the Puerto Rican again rose and indicated to Dock that he wanted to continue. Kahn Clary had other plans, as he launched another left hand that knocked Andaluz down a third time, causing Dock to halt the bout at 1:32 of the opening stanza.
Popular Long Island light heavyweight “Irish” Seanie Monaghan upped his undefeated record to 18-0 (11), knocking out Kansas City native Rex Stanley (11-4-1, 2 KOs) in the first round with a thudding overhand right hand. Monaghan stalked Stanley from the opening bell, landing heavy left hooks to the body and right hands to the head. A big right hand dropped Stanley for an eight count and a follow-up overhand right finished him at 1:51 of round one.
Blue chip Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo improved to 5-0 (4 KOs) with a spectacular first round TKO over Steve Gutierrez (4-4-1, 2 KOs) of Fort Worth, TX. Displaying speed, power and accuracy, Verdejo landed an array of punches on the much slower Gutierrez. A counter left hook first wobbled Gutierrez early in the round, and a huge right hand dropped the Texan hard for an eight count. An uppercut, left hook, right hand combination moments later dropped Gutierrez in slow motion for a second knockdown. Referee Steve Willis did not bother to count, as it was evident that the fight was over at 1:51 of round one.
Super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart 7-0, 5 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, scoring an explosive third round TKO over Floridian Marlon Farr (2-3). The Philly native landed a huge right hand to the head to drop Farr hard, and a follow up barrage punctuated by two more big right hands left Farr lying on the canvas for several minutes. Time of the stoppage was 1:33 of round three.
Glen Tapia (18-0, 10 KOs) continued his ascent up the junior middleweight rankings, winning every round in a spirited performance against Puerto Rican Joseph de los Santos (13-12-3, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 80-72 for the “Jersey Boy”.
In a competitive bout between limited fighters, Tyler Canning (2-1) out worked Dario Soccia (2-1) over four rounds in a super welterweight contest. Canning and Soccia went to war for the duration of the bout, but the fighter out of Wyoming landed the heavier punches to pull off the victory. Judges Kevin Morgan and Glen Feldman scored the bout 39-37 for Canning, while Alan Rubinstein saw it 39-37 for the Italian fighting out of New York.
In a welterweight contest, Canadian prospect Mikael Zewski (18-0, 14 KOs) made short work of Daniel Sostre (11-9-1, 4 KOs), dropping the New Yorker twice in round two for a knockout. A right hand to the top of the head dropped Sostre, and a left hook to the head in the follow up barrage caught Sostre for a ten count. Time was 0:49 of round two.
In the opening bout of the evening, Detroit native Erick DeLeon improved his record to 3-0 (1), battering Filipino-American Diamond Baier (2-5-1) over four rounds. A right hook seemed to drop Baier in round one, but referee Steve Willis called it a slip. The southpaws traded power shots for the duration of the bout, with the Robert Garcia trained DeLeon getting the better of the exchanges over four rounds. Scores were 40-36 (2x) and 40-34.