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Miller TKOs Rodrigues

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The vacant WBC/USNBC middleweight championship was decided on Saturday in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Power-puncher Samuel Miller (21- 4, 18 KOs) of La Habra, Calif., out slugged undefeated Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues (17-1, 13 KOs) and scored a seventh round TKO. A right-left combination floored Rodrigues who barely beat the count. The follow up flurry forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:48. Both fighters came out determined to knockout the other as each punch thrown had KO written all over them. Miller originally from Columbia is now the new belt holder.

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The co-feature eight-round battle of lightweights, Ikem Orji (7-3, 3 KOs) who was born in Nigeria and now resides in Laurel, MD scored a final round TKO over Brian Miller (8- 1-4, 3 KOs) of Schenectady, NY. The southpaw Orji dropped Miller with a right hook in third round and again in the eighth round from a straight left hand. After staggering him again in the eighth referee Dick Pakozdi waived off the fight 2:24 into the round.

Kenny Abril of Rochester, NY scored a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision over Francisco Ginorio of Palm Bay, FL in a welterweight clash. The slick southpaw Abril (10-3-1) controlled the action throughout over the game Ginorio (7-7-2) and won by scores of 59-55, 60-54 and 60-54.

Cruiserweight Brian Clookey of Chase Mills, NY scored a second round TKO over Zachary Swallen of Cincinnati, Ohio. Clookey unleashed a left hook followed by a right hand that dropped Swallen (0-2) for a count of nine. Referee Charlie Fitch waved the bout off before Clookey (3-0) could close the deal forty-seven seconds into the second round of a scheduled four.

In a featherweight women’s battle, Jackie Trivilino of Plattsburgh received a shutout unanimous win over Jennifer Scott. The bout was close for three rounds but then Trivilino overpowered Scott for the final three to win by scores of 60-54 trice. Trivilino raises her record to 5-2-1 while Scott slides to 2-3.

Jr. middleweight Stephen Scott of Queens won a unanimous four round decision over Diferson Legrand of New York. Scores were 39-37 from each judge for Scott who improves to 5-1 as Legrand (3-1) loses his first bout.

Ilyas Aksabaezv of the Bronx and Jamell Tyson of Rochester fought to a majority draw in the professional debut for both jr. welterweights. Scores were 39-37 Aksabaezv and 38-38 twice.

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