By Alex Dombroff
To advance a career that got going late, Derric Rossy is looking for some early performances. That is, fights that end early and impressively. Rossy, who less than a decade ago at Boston College was dreaming of doing his battles on a defensive line in the NFL, got just what he needed Wednesday night with a one round blitzkrieg of Alexis Meijas.
The bout headlined a 6-bout card at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York, the first show put on by Winky Wright’s fledgling Winky Promotions.
Rossy (23-2, 13 KOs) simply overmatched Meijas from the start. Meijas (10-3, 4 KOs), whose game plan was bring pressure, found himself being used as target practice for Rossy’s jab which set up his right cross.
Two minutes into the first round, Rossy began to open up his attack, and a right cross sent an overwhelmed Meijas to the canvas. Meijas struggled to cover, almost taking down referee Dan Schaivone as he held on for dear life.
Meijas rose on shaky legs and immediately Rossy pounced. A left hook staggered Meijas again, and yet another right cross flattened Meijas. Schiavone ended the fight without a count.
The win could spell big thing for Rossy, who was in contention to land an HBO-televised bout with Chris Arreola in December. Instead, Brian Minto got the fight. However, as recently as Wednesday afternoon it was being rumored that should Evander Holyfield return to the ring it would be in December in Las Vegas vs. Rossy.
In Other Action…
In under 90 seconds Ramadan Yasser and Arthur Christopher had both hit the deck, but it was Christopher who stayed there for good – or at least long enough to be counted out – in a bout between two debuting heavyweights. As the fight commenced, Christopher came forward and appeared to muscle Yasser to the ground, but the tactic garnered him a knockout from referee Joe Cuasano. However, back on his feet it was Yasser who was the aggressor. With Christopher on the retreat, Yasser unleashed a right hand that dropped Christopher hard. After an unsuccessful attempt to rise on unsteady legs, Cusano called a halt to the contest at just 1:13 of the first round.
In the night’s only contest that lived to see the final bell junior lightweights Kermit Gonzalez won a 4-round majority decision over Joey Arroyo in a back and forth affair. Both men took turns playing the role of aggressor and that’s when each did their best work. Gonzalez (7-0-2. 3 KOs) had the crisper arsenal, which likely made the difference on the judges scorecards which read 40-36, 39-37, and 38-38. Arroyo fell to 3-2-1 with the loss.
Lanros Karolides’ record remained perfect with a stoppage of Tarrick Spann that demonstrated superior lasting power above all else. From the opening ball, the two middleweights were content to stand in the middle of the ring and trade. Towards the end of round two, Karolides (5-0, 4 KOs) appeared to be gaining control, however Spann (1-2) opened up the third coming forward and appeared to take the upper hand. As the round progressed and Karolides once again took the offensive, Spann became gassed. When he became dependant on the ropes for support, referee Dan Schiavone stepped in.
Sporting a hairdo that agreed his nickname, Emmauel “Spider Brujan scored a second round knockout over debuting Oleg Gladchenko in a super middleweight bout. Brujan (1-1, 1 KO), with spider web designs shaved into his head, hurt Gladchenko in the opening moments of round two and stayed aggressive until Cusano waved off the fight.
Junior Featherweight Raul Lopez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) had his way with overmatched Yieta Johnson (2-3, 2 KOs), stopping him 1:40 in the first round, the result of the first flush right hand Lopez landed which had Johnson staggered.