Boxing Result

Rodriguez Dominates Escalera

Ringside By Scott Ploof and Dave Spencer
Photo: Emily Harney

In the main event of Saturday night’s HBO “Boxing After Dark” from the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15KOs) kept his record perfect as he stopped previously unbeaten Jason Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) at 0:12 seconds of round number eight. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout after Rodriguez landed three unanswered shots on Escalera. Rodriguez dominated the fight with his reach advantage, punching power, and defense. He had Escalera hurt and almost down in three different rounds only to be saved by the bell. Referee Smoger stopped the bout for Escalera’s safety after he received continued punishment from Rodriguez. The eight bout fight card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Former three time world champion Vic Darchinyan (38-5, 27KOs) added another accolade to his resume as he scored a dominant unanimous decision victory over a game Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-1, 11KOs) to claim the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Scores of the bout were 99-91 twice and 96-94 in an all action bout. Darchinyan out landed Del Valle and dominated him with his awkward style and powerful punching. He slipped away from many of Del Valle’s punches and was able to pick his shots and counter on many exchanges which was the difference that gave Darchinyan the nod.
Antonin Decarie (27-1 8 KOs) scored big with a TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth round destroying previously unbeaten Alex Perez (16-1 9 KOs). Decarie was the more active and accurate of the two fighters found a home for his right most of the night scored big with left hook and followed it with a flush right a Perez was reeling backwards into the ropes. Perrez managed to get up but the Montreal fighter managed to close the show with sharp accurate punches forcing referee Danny Schiavone to step in and rescue Perez.
Framingham, MA native Danny O’Connor (18-1, 6 KOs) put on a boxing clinic as he defeated Josh Sosa (10-4, 5 KOs) when referee Eddie Cotton stepped in and stopped the bout at 0:33 seconds of round three in a scheduled eight round super lightweight contest. O’Connor was relentless to the body of Sosa all night long. He continued to break Sosa down as Sosa kept his back against the ropes. O’Connor landed vicious combinations early in round three which caused the stoppage early in round three.
Super featherweight Ryan Kielezweski (14-0 2KO) began slowly but gradually amped up the pressure to stay undefeated to score a 60-54,60-54,59-55 victory over Jeremy McLaurin (9-4 5KO) of Coon Rapids, Minnesoata. Both fighters remained untouched in the first round but the “Polish Prince” got things underway in the second, feinting his opponent into the corner and ripping a left to the body and a right to the head.The Quincy Mass. fighter continued touching his opponent and finally over the last thirty seconds finally opened up and and landed some telling blows to finish of the fight and add some intensity to what otherwise was a non-eventful match-up.
Undefeated super bantamweight Luis Rosa (11-0, 6 KOs) kept his perfect record intact as he stopped New Jersey’s Victor Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO) when Valenzuela’s corner stopped the bout at 1:21 of round number six. Both fighters were agressive throughout the contest as referee Eddie Cotton had to admonish both fighters twice. He deducted each fighter a point due to low blows by both Rosa and Valenzuela in round four. In the end Rosa was more agressive especially in the later rounds when he landed powerful body shots on Valenzuela that broke him down to the point that his corner was forced to stop the contest.
Massachusetts native Sonya Lamonakis (7-0-2, 1 KO) won a hard fought majority decision over Tanzee Daniels (4-2-1, 1 KO) in a six female heavyweight matchup. Scores of the bout were 59-55 twice and 57=57. Both fighters fought in close but Lamonakis landed more uppercuts and body shots than Daniels. Some rounds were close but in the end Lamaonakis got the nod.
Light heavyweight Issac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KOs) dominated his opponent Rayco Saunders (22-17-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in a shutout. Chilemba utilized his jab early to land several combinations to the body of Saunders. As the fight progressed Chilemba continued to outland Saunders in every round. Saunders would stand in the ring and take a punch to give one, but Chilemba was able to slip and counter his way to a unanimous decision victory.

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