By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tom Casulli
In a clash of undefeated bantamweights, Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round TKO over Jundy Maraon (15-1-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, N.J. Maraon dropped Payano in round three, but Payano knocked out Maraon with a huge left hand to the head in the seventh. Maraon was down for several minutes. Time was :39.
Junior Featherweights Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (25-1-2, 17 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over Jorge “King” Diaz (17-2, 10 KOs). Vicente leveled Diaz in round four with a big right uppercut and finished him with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:02.
Unbeaten welterweight Anthony Gangemi (4-0, 3 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time as a professional in capturing a close four round majority decision victory over Anthony Prescott (1-2-1, 1 KO). One judge saw it even at 38-38, but was overruled by the other two officials who saw it in favor of Gangemi by scores of 40-36 and 39-37, giving him the well deserved the four round majority decision victory.
Hard hitting heavyweight prospect Lavarn “Baby Bull” Harvell (13-0, 7 KOs) dropped Paul Vasquez (9-4-1, 3 KOs) once in the opening round, but was forced to go the distance in order to capture the hard fought six round unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55 respectively.
Rickey “Paterson Boy” Edwards (2-0, 2 KOs) needed only two minutes and twenty seven seconds to finish Larry Yanez (3-5-2) of their scheduled four round lightweight contest. Edwards finished the show with a perfect three punch combo that stood a stunned Yanez up against the ropes. Referee Sparkle Lee stepped in to prevent any further damage calling a halt to the contest at 2:27 mark of the opening round.
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyrell Wright (2-0, 1 KO) had to get off the canvas in the opening round caused by a surprise hook up top from Moses Marshall (0-1-1), but returned the favor, dropping his opponent three times in the second round. The last knockdown coming from a sharp left up top, which dropped Marshall in the corner. Referee Randy Neumann stepped in and called a halt to the proceedings at 2:03 of the second round, giving Tyrell Wright the TKO victory.
In the opening bout of the evening, Welterweight Shakur “Thunder” Jackson (1-0 1NC, 1Ko) captured his first victory of his career with a second round technical knockout of Michael “Indiana Boy” Pickett (1-5) .
Jackson slowed Pickett down in the first with good body work. Jackson’s body shots were the key as he took control in round two as he backed his opponent. toward a corner with two thundering hooks underneath. Pickett covered as Jackson let go with five unanswered shots up top. The corner of Pickett had seen enough and stepped up to the ring apron, forcing Referee Randy Neumann to call a halt to the contest at 2:03 of the second round.