By Mariano A. Agmi and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jesus Iribe (17-7-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Theater inside Madison Square Garden, NYC. Iribe knocked down Calderon in round two, but the champion rebounded and clearly outboxed Iribe thereafter, winning by scores of 118-109, 118-109, 116-111.
Japanese import Takashi Okada (2-0-1, 1 KO) shocked previously unbeaten former world amateur champion and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McWilliams Arroyo (3-1, 3 KOs), dropping the Puerto Rican prospect in round two and cutting Arroyo over his right eye in round three to win a four round unanimous decision. Judges Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 39-36, while Judges John McKaie and Steve Epstein saw it 38-37, all for Okada.
In a battle of speedy jr. welterweights with a lack of pop (the fighters combine for 24 bouts without any knockouts), Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero (10-0) used superior counterpunching to win a shutout six round unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-7). All three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Carlito Gonzalez (1-2, 1 KO) overcame a possible knee injury in round one to spoil Steve Badgley’s pro debut with a technical knockout at the end of the same stanza. Gonzalez landed a right uppercut followed by several powerful left hooks to the head to drop Badgley for an eight count. A follow-up barrage of left hooks dropped Badgley a second time, causing referee Gary Rosato to stop the bout at 1:55 of round one.
Queens’ product Will Rosinsky (11-0, 7 KOs) forced Angel David Gonzalez’s (6-8-1, 3 KOs) corner to mercifully stop a scheduled six round light heavyweight contest after three completed rounds. Rosinsky continuously snapped Gonzalez’s head back with stiff jabs and was able to avoid most of his opponent’s shots while countering with picture perfect left hooks to the body, heavy straight rights and stinging right uppercuts to the head.
Passaic, New Jersey’s Glen Tapia improved to 7-0 (5 KOs), hurt Nick Runningbear (4-3, 1 KO) with a powerful right hand, teeing off with several unanswered blows that caused referee Gary Rosato to stop the fight at 1:36 seconds of round two.