By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY was host to the interim WBC/Carribean heavyweight championship Saturday night. Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence of Indianapolis stopped Jason “Big Six” Estrada in the tenth and final round for the belt. Lawrence had Estrada hurt and almost out in the third round but Estrada survived the round. Estrada fought himself back in the fight by counter-punching off the ropes. The middle rounds were uneventful until the eighth. Near the end of the round Lawrence hurt Estrada with an uppercut and a left hook opened a cut over Estrada’s right eye. As the tenth started Estrada looked totally spent and was being punched around the ring. Estrada was deducted a point for repeated low blows and when the fight resumed Lawrence landed a left-right combination that forced Estrada against the ropes prompting referee Charlie Fitch to waive it off. Lawrence improves to 14-2-2 and Estrada drops to 16-4.
In the eight round semi-final matchup, Jose Medina now fighting out of Quincy, Mass. knocked out Isaac Rodrigues of Mexico with a perfect left-right combination at 34 seconds of round four. Medina looked much better than his 13-9 record compared to the now 17-2 Rodrigues.
Latif Mundy of Philadelphia scored a tough unanimous six round decision over Ibahiem King of Boston. Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 twice. The fight was close as King scored with counter left uppercuts throughout but Mundy came on in the later rounds to pull out the victory. Mundy improves to 10-2 while King slides to 7-6.
In a mild upset jr. middleweight Stephen Scott from nearby Albany won by second round TKO over undefeated Martin Wright (8-1-2) of Brooklyn. Scott hurt Wright early in the round with an overhand left. Wright went down but it was ruled a slip. Scott later dropped another overhand left on Wright and this time the knockdown was legit. Wright beat the count but was in no shape to continue and the fight was stopped at 2:31. Scott raises his record to 6-2 with his first stoppage.
With practically the whole crowd cheering for him Utica’s Derrick Evans who was making his professional debut scored a first round TKO over Steve Tyner of Albany (1-2). Evans scored an early knockdown in the scheduled four and finished Tyner off with a smashing overhand right at 1:24.
In a women’s six round rematch Amanda Serrano of Brooklyn took a hard fought unanimous decision over Ela Nunez of Rochester. The fighters fought to a four round draw previous but neither boxer battled like they wanted a decision this time. Back and forth action and bombs from all angles were the norm in this fight but the more precision punches from Serrano were the difference. Serrano remains undefeated at 8-0-1 while Nunez drops to 9-8-1.
Super middleweight Andy Mejias of Utica, NY remained undefeated by taking a workmanlike unanimous six round decision over Isac Atencio of Denver. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice for Mejias as he improves to 9-0 and Atencio returns home with a 2-4-1 record.