The first pro boxing show of 2011 in Massachusetts was a huge success this past Saturday with local star Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs) winning a unanimous eight round decision over tough journeyman Robert DaLuz (13-34-3, 9 KOs) at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester.
Pressing the action from the opening bell, the 50-fight veteran DaLuz looked for openings to the body in hope of slowing down the slick-boxing Kielczewski. The fans of “The Polish Prince” cheered loudly as he landed lightening-quick counterpunches, stepping around DaLuz and showing brilliant defense. Neither fighter was hurt at any time during the contest but Kielczewski was impressive, leaving the crowd anxious for his next fight.
In the six round co-feature, light heavyweight Chris Traietti (9-2, 5 KOs) of nearby Quincy, MA, won a majority decision over Randy Campbell (3-5, 2 KOs) of Bowerston, Ohio. Traietti boxed well, landing hard right hand counters and an effective jab, as well as hard body shots throughout the bout, while the game Campbell pressed forward, throwing a huge volume of punches, most of which were blocked or slipped by Traietti, who was able to hurt Campbell with body shots whenever he chose to go downstairs. FightNews had Traietti winning 59-55.
Derek Silveira (4-0, 2 KOs) of Byfield, MA looked impressive easily outboxing Rameil Shelton (0-3) of Providence, RI. Far better than his record, the 18-year old Shelton showed heart and determination throwing bombs throughout the four-round encounter, although the more experienced Silveira was able to avoid them, landing sharp combinations and showing excellent movement and defense.
In a matchup of pro debut light heavyweights, Alex Amparo of Providence stopped Quincy police officer Tim Kaes in the first round, when the corner of Kaes threw in the towel. The fighters came out blasting at the bell and landed good shots, but the taller Amparo was able to land the cleaner and more effective shots, buckling the knees of Kaes prompting his trainer to call the bout to a halt.
The pro portion of the show opened with New Hampshire’s former amateur standout Dan Powers improving his record to 2-0 (2) with a first round stoppage of MMA fighter Fred Mandracchia. The latter came out strong, bulling Powers to the ropes from the first bell, throwing hard punches, most of which were blocked by Powers who waited for his opportunity to punch between the wide shots of Mandracchia, eventually finding his spots and dropping Mandracchia twice en route to the TKO win.
In other action, USA Boxing sanctioned five amateur bouts, including Boston Police Officer Billy Taft and superheavyweight amateur champs Donny Palmer winning a decision over Owen Minor.
The show was sold out twenty minutes after the doors opened, and the staff regrettably turned away anxious fans for an hour after start time. It was the first show for fledgling promoter South Side Promotions working in association with AFO and matchmaker Mark Vaz.