By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Glenn Borras
Cruiserweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (14-1, 9 KOs) made the most of his ring return tonight in his scheduled ten round main event , scoring a technical knockout against David Lee “King David” McNemar (13-3, 10 KOs) when McNemar failed to answer the bell to begin the third round. Augustama looked sharp despite his yearlong layoff prior to tonight’s bout behind snapping jabs and left hooks to set up solid right hands, frequently scoring to McNemar’s face and midsection. The two fighters collided to start the second round and McNemar fell awkwardly forward, stopping his fall with outstretched arms and wincing in pain as he rose. Referee Sam Burgos asked him if he could continue, which McNemar nodded in the affirmative. However, he continued to wince as Augustama poured on the pressure throughout the second round. McNemar could do no more than stand flat-footed along the ring ropes and absorb Azea’s attack. Complaining of an injury to his left shoulder, McNemar and his corner advised the referee and ringside physician he could not continue, earning Augustama a technical knockout victory at 2:59 of the second round.
Immediately following the bout Augustama said: “I was just starting to get warmed up, you know getting the kinks out. I was hoping it would go a few more rounds. I was trying to be patient, you know, with the ten rounds but I also wanting to keep the pressure on him. I’m just happy to be back and hopefully soon I’ll be back in the ring.”
Junior middleweight Kanat “The Kazak” Islam (9-0, 9 KOs) scored frighteningly heavy shots against Cuban Yolexy “El Pitbull” Martinez (5-6, 4 KOs) in their scheduled six-round co-main event from the Casino Miami Jai Alai. Islam quickly converted Martinez’s face and body into a red mass of welts, yielding blood at the end of the first round from a cut over Martinez’s right eye. Islam opened the second with a sweeping right hand to set up more punishing power shots to set blood gushing from Martinez’s nose. Martinez had no answers as his face registered both the recognition and results of Islam’s incredible punches. That was enough for his corner as they stepped to the ring apron, waving the towel just 31 seconds into the second round.
In a bout with more takedowns (two) than knockdowns, junior welterweight “The Jewish Dragon” Hunter Levy Sundberg (3-0, 1 KO) scored a four-round unanimous decision victory against Lamar “Little TNT” Charlton (1-3-1, 1 KO) of the Bronx. Sundberg overcame a low blow in the second round and repeated warnings from referee Sam Burgos for hitting behind the head–although in fairness, this was due more to Charlton repeatedly turning his back to the onrushing Sundberg. All three judges scored the fight 40-35 for Sundberg.
Heavyweight Chaen Chess (2-1, 1 KO) of Cincinatti leveraged sharp punches and superior conditioning to stop Andres Saldivar (0-1) of Miami at 2:59 of the first round. Chess, checkered with tattoos and sporting Superman socks, overwhelmed the gassed Saldivar with crisper shots before scoring a left hook to the body that ended things at 2:59 of the opening stanza.
The bout of tonight’s undercard had to be the four-rounder between super middleweight “Classy” Stan Staniclasse (4-0, 3 KOs) against Jerrod Caldwell (2-2-1, 1 KO) of Gainesville. Stanisclasse was forced to take a knee at the end of the first round following a hellacious flurry from the gutsy Caldwell. Shaking it off, “Classy” Stan aggressively attacked Caldwell in the next round with left hooks and overhand rights, flooring Caldwell twice. Picking up steam, Stanisclasse opened the third with a thunderous right cross to floor Caldwell a third time, yet the brave Caldwell kept punching and managed to survive the assault. He continued to survive incredible shots from Stanisclasse in the fourth round, including a whopper of a right uppercut-left hook combination to earn the respect of the crowd at ringside. Unfortunately Caldwell couldn’t earn the decision as judges scored the bout 38-33 and 38-34 (twice) for Stanisclasse.
Jai Alai is a sport renowned for its speed, however the first bout of tonight’s “Homecoming” card from the former Miami Jai Alai Fronton (now the Casino Miami Jai Alai) was a touch quicker. An over-the welterweight limit Emmanuel De Jesus (3-0, 3 KOs) of Puerto Rico bullied an over-the-hill (44-year old) John Andre (0-3) of Homestead with a right-left to the body, forcing a TKO stoppage just 37 seconds into the first round.