By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Rafal Pisarczyk
Mariusz Kolodziej’s Global Boxing Promotions in Association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, put together a strong candidate for the New Jersey fight card of the year at Resorts Hotel and Casino on Saturday night. The show featured six of the most competitive bouts put together in a while on a same card which provided non-stop entertainment throughout. In the main event of the evening, Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (20-1, 13KOs) had to overcome a bad cut in the third round to battle his way to hard fought ten round majority decision victory in a rematch with Latif Mundy (7-3-1, 2KOs). The eight round junior middleweight co-feature of the evening was an Atlantic City turf war as Decarlo “3mundo” Perez (8-2-1,3KOs) scored a third round TKO victory over Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-7, 12KOs).
The main event was a coming of age for Majewski, who had to pull himself through with grit and determination after suffering a bad cut that bled and impaired his vision throughout the ten- round rematch with upset minded Latif Mundy.
Both fighters looked in tip top shape as they entered the ring and it was a give and take battle in the opening two rounds as each tried to stake the mastery of the ring. Mundy, who had not fought in a year after losing to Matt Korobov, looked surprisingly sharp, with little ring rust as he countered well with hard single, varied shots while dipping and using angles. Majewski would not back down as he set the pace with stinging jabs along with three and four punch combinations from the outside. “My goal was to fight a smart fight and to calmly box my way into the fight,” said Majewski.
That seemed to go out the window as a huge cut developed over his right eye in the third round above his right eye which led bled right into his eye throughout rounds three through five. Majewski, nicknamed “The Machine” for good reason, battled his way throughout the middle rounds with heavy combinations which set up big chopping right hands. Mundy dodged many shot and would counter enough to make the rounds hard to call.
Mundy seemed to be succumbing to the pressure of “the Machine” and his counters become less and less as the later rounds progressed. Majewski’s power seemed to be getting stronger as he continued to snap combination after combination at the counter punching Mundy.
By round nine, Majewski was in control as Mundy was offering just enough to keep him honest. Majewski will and constant work was doing its’ damage as he battered Mundy against the ropes.
Seemingly ahead on the cards, Majewski calmly continued his attack throughout the tenth as Mundy could only land the occasional counter to survive the final round
The bout went to the scorecards and surprisingly the scores were all over the place. One judge saw the bout 95-95 even, but was overruled by the other two officials, who scored it 98-92 and 100-90 respectively, giving Patrick Majewski the hard earned, but well deserved majority decision victory.
The satisfied Majewski spoke about the problems the cut caused afterward. “It was tough because it was bothering me and I couldn’t see, but no matter how bad I was, I knew I had to fight through it to win the fight. Said Majewski” “In my last match with Mundy I was cut and I thought, oh my god they are going to stop the fight, but this time I knew I had to relax and calmly fight my way through
“Latif (Mundy) is a good fighter and he could see my punches coming so I knew I had to relax and mix up my punches. Latif is a very good fighter and I have to give him all the respect.”
Patryk Majewski ups his record to 20-1, 13KOs and moves him one step closer to his world title dreams. Latif Mundy fought a valiant fight and drops to a deceptive 7-3-1, 2KOs.
The co-feature of the evening, pitted a pair of Atlantic City junior middleweights that each needed a victory for different reasons and each look to settle a score as Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-6, 12KOs) and Decarlo “3Mundo” Perez went to battle. The bout actually started in the weeks coming up to the fight as both camps exchanged words. Perez’s camp continually called out the much more experienced Alvarez. On the other hand, Alvarez felt disrespected as he looked to right the ship after three straight losses.
The fight heated up right from the opening bell as Shamone Alvarez caught Decarlo Perez immediately with a left hook and then swung away with a wild ten punch flurry. Perez weathered the storm and slowly began to get himself into the fight with body work as Alvarez tired from the early firestorm he had thrown.
Alvarez switched back into the southpaw stance in the second round and looked game, but Decarlo Perez looked much bigger physically and he continued to find his mark with the hard and varied two and three punch combinations. With just seconds to go he appeared to rock Alvarez with a big right hand.
Perez seemed to be getting stronger as the fight went on in the third, but Shamone seemed was getting his legs and stamina back. It changed in a second as Perez rocked Alvarez again with a big right uppercut. Alvarez wobbled for a second and clinched. Perez would not let him off the hook and he finished it with another uppercut which sent Alvarez off balance again. Alvarez was throwing punches back, but his legs just didn’t seem underneath him so referee Lindsey Page stepped in and waived the bout off at 2:01 of the third. Shamone Alvarez argued immediately about the possible early stoppage afterward. “I was fighting back, but my legs were too wide and it looked worse than it was, said Alverez. “I got caught with some good shots, but I was fighting back. I would definitely want a rematch a soon as possible if he would fight me.”
Decarlo Perez thought differently about the fight and his future. My game-plan was to gradually wear him down with body work,” said Perez. “I know I was the stronger fighter and I would break him down. This victory is big because his experience gave me more experience and confidence for whoever my team puts in front of me. “We are not going to rematch Alvarez because our goal is not to settle who is the toughest in Atlantic City, but to fight for world titles and we must move on to even bigger challenges.”
Colon outbrawls Young in a thriller
It was a fight to remember as two undefeated junior welterweights Hasan Young and Emmanuel Colon put everything on the line in a slugfest which had the crowd on their feet throughout.
Hasan Young out of Philadelphia PA took it right to the heavy handed Colon in the opening round by slipping and uncorking huge counters. By the end of the opening round, the face of Colon showed some puffiness due to the precision like counters.
Young continued to counter in the second, but Emmanuel Colon of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico began to find his mark with some heavy hooks. Young was fighting most of the later part of the round with his back to the ropes, which would be his downfall. In the closing moments of the second Young got rocked by a big right hand left hook combo.
Young cleared his head in the corner, but Emmanuel Colon’s pressure was relentless as he forced the better boxer to fight with him on the ropes. Colon’s power was doing its’ damage with heavy hooks to both the head and the body as Hasan Young tried to gamely fight him off.
Colon continued to bang away and again hurt Young in the fourth round of the scheduled six round encounter. Young tried to escape but Colon pinned him to the ropes and unleashed five more unanswered shots as Young covered up. Referee Benjy Esteves had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at 2:23 of the fourth, giving him Emmanuel Colon the hard earned but well deserved TKO victory.
Emmanuel Colon moves to a perfect 3-0, 3KOs while Hasan Young falls for the first time in his career, moving to 1-1-1.
Szymanski outboxes Wilson
Polish national amateur champion and undefeated welterweight, Patryk Szymanski won his first conquest on US soil with a solid, one sided four round unanimous decision victory over Atlantic City, New Jersey’s own pro debutant Adrian Wilson.
Szymanski, born in Konin, Poland and residing in North Bergen, New Jersey, standing at 5’11″ tall, used his several inch height and reach advantage to control the fight in the early going as Wilson tried futilely to get inside.
Each round was a microcosm of each other as Szmanski rained down combination behind stiff jabs throughout while Wilson gamely tried to work when inside. Szymanski would not let him get as he looked like an experienced pro as he tied him up and then went to boxing on the outside.
Adrian Wilson had a few good moments in the fourth and final round as Szymanski appear to bruise his right hand, but was able to move and use it enough to keep him from doing any real damage.
All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Patryk Szymanski by scores of 40-46 x 2 and 40-35 respectively, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
Patreyk Szymanski moves to 2-0 while Adrian Wilson slips to 0-1.
Chudecki overpowers Molina
Former four time Polish amateur champion Michal “TNT” Chudecki put on an impressive showing in his professional debut scoring a third round stoppage of formerly undefeated Moses Molina (1-1, 1Ko)
The twenty seven year old junior lightweight from Pozman, Poland showed the experience drawn from his four polish championships and over a hundred amateur fights, by boxing in and out of the pocket with precision shots throughout the opening round along with good head movement as Molina looked to taste his power and counter when possible.
The pressure continued throughout the second round and Molina’s counters just could not keep the more experience southpaw off of him and he began to spend more time on the ropes. That would be his downfall as early in the third, Chudecki pinned Molina in the corner and stood him up with big left hook. Molina looked stunned and tried to escape by sliding down the ropes. The three time Polish national amateur champion jumped would not let him get away and pinned the covering Bridgetonon him with another big four punch combination. Referee Benjy Estevez had seen enough and stepped in to call a halt to the contest at 1:55 of the third round.
For those that missed his impressive debut, you can catch Michal Chudecki in just two weeks on October 13th at Essex County College, in Newark, New Jersey against Joshua Nieves (0-1).
James overwhelms Prescott
In the opening four round opening welterweight bout of the evening, debuting Philadelphian, Terrell James used constant pressure throughout the final three rounds to capture a hard fought unanimous decision over Anthony “Put him down” Prescott (1-1, 1Ko) by scores of 39-37 across the board.
The more experienced Anthony Prescott of Cherry Hill, New Jersey looked to be breaking James down in the opening stanza by mixing up combinations, while stepping in and out of the pocket. In mid round he doubled and tripled the right hands which seemed to slip right through the defense of James and snap his head back.
Terrell James found his confidence early in the second round as he steeped up the pressure and forced his way into Prescott’s chest. Prescott tried slip around the ring and catch him coming in with lead rights, but Prescott would walk right through flurry with three and four punch flurries.
Round three was all James whose pressure force Prescott to back up throughout and struggle to find punching range.
The constant flurries by Terrell James seemed to gas him a bit in the opening portion of the fourth and final round and his punches become wider, which allowed Prescott to find his range in the opening minute with a straight one-two combo up top and following it up with a four punch combination. James would not be denied and tightened his defense while he continued to box well on the inside with hooks up top all the way to the final bell.
All three judges saw the bout the same way 39-37 in favor Terrell James who moves to 1-0.