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.
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.