Ringside By Scott Ploof
WBC super lightweight Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) retained his title and captured the IBF title as he stopped former champion Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) at 1:12 of round number eight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT in the main event of HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Urango looked solid throughout the first seven rounds of the bout as he seemingly landed the better and harder punches during the fight. It was the right hand of Alexander that hurt and sent Urango to the canvas early in round eight. Urango was able to get up but didnt last long as a flurry from Alexander sent Urango right back to the canvas for the final time as referee Benji Estedes called a halt to the fight.
In a stunner, former world champion Steve Forbes (34-8, 10 KOs) lost an eight round majority decision to Harrison Cuello (19-12-3, 14 KOs). The bout took place in front of a nearly empty house after the Alexander-Urango bout.
Current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist and New York state prospect Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs) scored a very workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over the game challenge of Zack Page (20-28-2, 7 KOs). Scores of the bout were 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109 all in favor of Rossy.
Rossy used his height and reach advantage to outland Page throughout the contest. Rossy also had the power and size advantage as he stunned Page twice and knocked him down once during the bout. Page, who has only been stopped twice in his professional career, was able to get off the canvas and continue the fight as he displayed his toughness throughout. Ultimately it was not enought for Page to get back into the fight, as Rossy continued to win rounds as he went on to capture the unanimous decision victory.
Ryan Coyne (14-0-0-1 ND, 4 KOs) battered the body of his opponent, Paul Jennette (11-3, 8 KOs) over eight rounds to capture the unanimous decision victory and keep his perfect record still in tact. Scores of the bout were 77-75 twice and 78-74. Coyne slowed down the attack of Jennette as he consistently landed with hooks to the body of his opponent.
James Hope (5-4, 4 KOs) scored a four round unanimous decision as he battered Andres Navarro (4-3-1, 4 KOs) over four rounds. Scores of the bout were all in favor of Hope 40-36.
Former world champion Wayne Braithwaite (24-4, 20 KOs) made quick work of Adam Harris (10-3, 7 KOs) as he landed two straight lefts followed by a left uppercut at the end of the first round. This sent Harris to the canvas for the first and only time as referee Dick Flaherty reached the count of ten at 2:59 of the first round.
Angelo Santana (8-0, 5 KOs) knocked Darien Ford (11-19-0-2 NC, 4 KOs) down three times en route to a fourth round TKO at 2:59. Santana won every round of the fight and was able to beat Ford to the punch consistently throughout the fight.
Antonio Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) and Calvin Pritchard (0-1-2) fought to a draw after four rounds. Scores of the bout were 39-37 for Sanchez, 39-37 for Pritchard, and 38-38 draw.