By Matt Richardson
Photos: Thomas Casulli
Middleweight contender Andy Lee hardly broke a sweat on Wednesday night at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, NYC, stopping journeyman Darryl Cunningham in just 87 seconds in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s local “Broadway Boxing” series.
Lee (30-2, 21 KO’s), only two fights removed from a stoppage loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last June, came out aggressively and quickly stunned Cunningham in the corner. Cunningham (28-5, 11 KO’s) was clearly hurt but not terribly so. Lee then threw a series of punches, many of which were blocked by Cunningham. A brief ending seemed inevitable but it was made so by a seemingly early stoppage by referee Benji Esteves. Cunningham had not touched the canvas in the two minutes of boxing. But he wasn’t exactly winging shots back, so the stoppage was understandable.
Lee has now won two bouts (2-0, 1 KO) since the loss to Chavez Jr. and would seem to remain in the thick of things in the 160-pound division. Cunningham, meanwhile, is now just 4-3 in his last seven bouts with all three losses (one of which came in a fight against Andre Dirrell) coming via stoppage.
In the co-feature, super middleweight Louis Rose won an upset eight-round unanimous decision against the unbeaten Delen Parsley. Rose (7-1, 2 KO’s) knocked Parsley down on a combination in the fourth. That would wind up being the decisive factor on the scorecards as Rose won by tallies of 76-75 (twice) with a lone score of 77-74. Parsley is now 10-1 with three stoppage victories. A rematch of the close encounter would make sense if both parties wanted it.
Lamar Russ won a very dull eight-round decision against Russell Jordan in an eight-round 168-pound contest. Russ (13-0, 7 KO’s) was in command throughout, almost stopping his opponent in the final 15 seconds of the contest. Scores were 79-73 and 78-74, twice, for the still undefeated prospect. Jordan, who has now dropped five in a row, is 15-9 with 10 wins coming inside the distance.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (20-2, 12 KO’s) bounced back from a disappointing December 2012 loss to hammer Maurenzo Smith inside three rounds. Smith was getting rocked all over the ring and was cut near the left eye. Once that cut began to trickle blood, Smith (11-6-2, 8 KO’s) called it quits in the middle of the round. Time of the stoppage was 1:31. Ironically, it was Hamer, the 2012 Prizefighter tournament victor, who quit in his last bout – a loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov last Christmas.
Lightweight Neuky Santelises (5-0, 4 KO’s) knocked out Aaron Chavez in the first round of a scheduled four. A knockdown was called against Chavez (3-3-1) after referee Benji Esteves said the ropes held him up. After taking a count, Chavez continued taking a pounding before Santelises’ left hooks broke through his defense and dropped him crumpled in a corner for a stoppage at the 2:15 mark.
In a cruiserweight bout, Jay Rodriguez and Andre Ward (not that one) fought to a majority four-round draw. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Ward (1-1-3, 1 KO) but was overruled by two scores of 38-38. Rodriguez was making his professional debut.
Elizier Agosto violently knocked out Angel Suarez in a junior lightweight fight. A right uppercut knocked out the debuting Suarez before he hit the canvas. When he did hit the floor, his head snapped back violently, prompting a stoppage with just a second left in the round. Agosto is now 2-2 with 2.
In the first bout of the night, welterweight Louis Cruz moved his pro ledger to 3-0 with his first decision win, beating Michael Carreras (0-3) by a four-round unanimous decision. Judges scores read 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
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