Boxing Result

Spina Decisions Taylor!

Photo: Emily Harney
Photo: Emily Harney

By Scott Ploof at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney

Known for his powerful punching and action packed boxing style, Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (25-1-1, 17KOs) did not disappoint the 1500 fight fans in attendance as although he did not score a knockout as promised, he still delivered a great battle against a strong fight veteran in Tiwon Taylor (26-15-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. At the end of their eight round battle with both fighters battered and bruised, Joey Spina walked away with the unanimous decision by scores of 77-75, 78-74, 79-73. Spina, with blood coming from his nose early on, had Taylor hurt during the first few rounds as he was totally on the defensive. As the fight progressed it was even as both traded heavy shots with neither gaining an advantage. In the end it was the punching power of Spina that earned him the hard fought decision victory. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Seasoned veteran Willis “The Prophet” Lockett (12-7-5, 5KOs) upset Lowell, MA fan favorite “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-3-1, 5 KOs) by scoring a close unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Lockett. McCreedy looked like he had Lockett all but knocked out during the first two rounds. It was apparent after the beginning of round four that McCreedy was running out of gas quickly as Lockett was now the aggressor while his opponent was looking for a rest. Both fighters continued to trade, however all of the power that McCreedy had possessed in the first two rounds was all but gone, and with Lockett continued to win the later rounds to capture the eventual decision.
James McGirt Jr. (20-2-1, 9 KOs) won a narrow majority decision over veteran Patrick Perez (25-5, 14 KO’s) in a six round special attraction. Both fighters brought their best as they traded punches evenly throughout the contest. McGirt Jr. had the faster hands while Perez landed the harder shots. Scores of the bout were 58-55, 59-55 and 57-57. This marks the first fight under the CES banner for McGirt Jr. while this also marked the first fight for Perez in almost five years.
Bronx, NY’s Jose Guzman (4-4-1, 1 KO) used his height and reach advantage to outland Sean Eklund (6-4, 1 KO) over four action packed rounds. Guzman took the unanimous decision by scores of 39-37 twice and 40-36.
Pawtucket, RI’s unbeaten light welterweight Diego Periera kept his perfect record in tact with a unanimous four round decision over the previously unbeaten Melchor Guillen Jr. (1-1). Scores of the bout were 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Omar Pena (2-0-1) used his superior hand speed to capture a four round shutout over journeyman Rasool Shakoor. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for the unbeaten Pena. Shakoor falls to (1-6-1, 1 KO).
Jay Holland (2-0, 1 KO) was successful in landing hook after hook on the helpless Chris Boykins (0-3) over four rounds to score a 40-35 unanimous decision on all three cards. Holland in the second round landed a left hook that put Boykins on his back. Boykins was able to recover but was outclassed throughout the remainder of the bout.

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