By Andreas Hale at ringside
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Shaun George wanted to prove that his upset victory over Chris Byrd last May was not a fluke and that he is a legitimate Light Heavyweight contender. At BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, George got another opportunity to showcase his talents when he faced Jaffa Ballogou. Unfortunately for those that wanted an extended look at George, if you blinked, you missed it. George needed just 86 seconds to beat Ballogou from pillar to post before the fight was called to a halt and gave George the TKO victory.
From the outset, George (13-2-2, 9KOs) launched into a vicious assault that featured thudding body punches and clubbing hooks. Ballogou had no opportunity to prepare himself for what was coming and was resigned to covering up and absorbing a number of vicious shots before a left hook, right hand combination sent him reeling into the ropes. Ballogou (46-8, 40KOs) had yet to even throw a punch before the fight was waved off – arguably a bit prematurely – at the 1:26 mark in round one.
Ballogou’s 40 knockouts in 55 professional fights looks impressive, but upon further inspection one can see that Ballogou’s record was quite padded and George would be the stiffest challenge he had faced since being knocked out by Syd Vanderpool back in 2002. George wasted no time with the 40-year-old and dispatched of him quickly before the packed in crowd at the famed club & grill.
With the victory, George positions himself as a major player in a light heavyweight division that features Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Glen Johnson, Zsolt Erdei and others. We’re pretty sure that one of them will punch back when George faces them in the ring.
In other action, Tor Hamer disposed of Clarence Tillman via TKO at 1:44 of the first stanza in four round Heavyweight action. Tillman (1-2-1, 1KO) may have had a huge size advantage at 6’5” and a whopping 275 pounds, but Hamer (4-0, 4KO) could care less as he whipped a slew of hooks to the body and head from the opening bell. A beautiful left to the body, right to the head dropped Tillman like a sack of potatoes. He would rise, but the rest was academic as Hamer pounded away until the fight was called to a halt.
2008 Olympian Sadam Ali delivered an awkward TKO victory over Ralph Prescott to improve his record to 2-0 with his second KO in their junior welterweight bout. Ali’s skill level was apparent from the start as he constantly confused Prescott (0-2) by switching stances and ripping punches into his torso. A well placed left hook caused Prescott to clumsily do a face plant into the canvas as the fight was stopped at the 1:41 mark of the second round.
Brooklyn’s Will Rosinsky pleased the NYC contingency by dominating and stopping James McAvey at 2:43 of the first round in their light heavyweight matchup. McAvey (2-4, 1KO) didn’t have a chance as Rosinsky (6-0, 6KOs) overwhelmed him with a vicious attack before the fight was mercifully called off and gave the Brooklyn boxer a TKO victory.
Golden Glove star Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3KOs) pleased his Puerto Rican fans and friends by putting on an effortless display of speed and skill as he easily outpointed Tommy Atencio (3-1, 2KOs) in their four round featherweight matchup. Del Valle showcased an impressive array of punches as he earned the unanimous decision with all three scorecards reading in his favor by a margin of 40-36.
In a stinker of an opening fight, Joseph Rabotte earned a very unpopular majority decision over Bedarin Toma and spoiling Toma’s professional heavyweight debut. Rabotte (3-4, 2KOs) spent more time dancing than engaging while it appeared Toma was landing the heavier punches – even if is was only one every 20-30 seconds. The scores were 38-38, 39-37 and 39-37.