Boxing Result

Manfredo Jr. Defeats Vanda

Photo: Emily Harney
Photo: Emily Harney

By Scott Ploof at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney

“The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (34-6, 18 KOs) captured the vacant NABF Middleweight title with a strong ten round decision over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-10, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Scores of the bout were 100-89 twice and 99-90. Manfredo Jr. worked over the body and came up with uppercuts throughout as Vanda did not have an answer to the punishment he was receiving. Vanda was knocked down late in round six from a hard body shot from Manfredo Jr. He continued to chase him after that as he tried but failed to put him away. Overall a great performance from Manfredo Jr. as he kept Vanda out of the fight throughout. The fight card was promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions.

Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (21-0, 12 KOs) kept his perfect record intact and retained his NABF Featherweight title as Rafael Lora (11-2, 5 KOs) retired in his corner after three completed rounds. Remillard used a solid body attack over those three rounds which took its toll on Lora and ultimately caused him to quit on his stool. Remillard felt vindicated after the fight, which was a rematch of their previous encounter which ended with him winning a controversial fourth round TKO over Lora.

Arash Usmanee (5-0, 2 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Jorge Ruiz (7-11-2) after a clash of heads caused a halt to the bout in the fifth round of their scheduled six round bout. Since the bout was called to a halt, commission rules stated that the fight go to the scorecards. It was there that Usmanee ultimately won by scores of 50-45, 49-45, and 48-47.

Fayetteville’s Rachel Clark (5-3-1, 3 KOs) won a close split decision victory over Hartford, CT’s Addy Irizarry (6-4, 2 KOs) over six two minute rounds. Scores of the bout were 58-55 and 57-56 for Clark, while the third judge scored it 57-56 for Irizarry.

In a hard fought four round lightweight battle, Joseph Perez (3-0, 1 KO) won a very close majority decision over Luis Quezada (1-2) by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38 even.

J’Leon Love (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut a successful one as he knocked down his opponent Vince Burkhalter (0-3) twice in the opening stanza to score the first knockout of his pro career at 1:33 of the first round.

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