By Mariano A. Agmi and Bill Luppert at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBC “emeritus” middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez both outjabbed and outworked Dzinziruk. He was credited with a knockdown in round four when Dzinziruk’s glove hit the canvas. It was clear knockdown by Martinez in round five. Dzinziruk was floored three times in round eight and the fight was over. Time was 1:43.
WBA #5/WBC #12 middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) won his “Celtic War” against previously unbeaten WBO #12 Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) scoring a spectacular tenth round KO. McEwen was surprisingly dominant over the first half of the fight. The heavily favored Lee mounted a comeback down the stretch and dropped McEwan in round nine. Lee finished him in round ten. Time was :56.
In a highly entertaining slugfest, Javier Fortuna (14-0, 11 KOs) won the WBC Youth Featherweight title in spectacular fashion, knocking out Derrick Wilson (8-2, 2 KOs) at 2:27 of round 8. The Gabriel Sarmiento trained Fortuna used counter right hands to drop Wilson a total of four times in a see-saw battle between quick, highly skilled young fighters.
Puerto Rican welterweight Thomas Dulorme (10-0, 9 KOs) stunned Guillermo Valdes (12-3, 3 KOs) with a series of powerful left hooks in round one and jumped all over Valdes in round two, forcing referee Dick Flaherty to stop the fight at 2:30 of the round.
In a battle of undefeated female heavyweights, 226lb Sonya Lamonakis used superior ring generalship and a greater arsenal of punches to improve her record to 4-0 (2 KOs). Lamonakis controlled the bout all the way, winning a unanimous decision (59-55, 59-55 and 58-56) over 253lb Tanzee Daniel (4-1, 1 KO
After a competitive first round, Oxnard, CA light middleweight Abraham Lopez hammered Andrew Jones of Buffalo, NY around the ring for the next three rounds to improve his record to 2-1-1. All three judges scroed the bout 39-37.
Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (6-0, 4 KOs) of Long Beach, NY, pounded out a shutout decision over Billy Cunningham (5-9, 4 KOs) of Jackson, MS by scores of 40-36 (3x) to remain unbeaten.