By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Bob Caico Jr.
Ireland’s Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland scored a unanimous eight round decision over Carlos Fulgencio on Wednesday night in Rochester, NY. Hyland went after Fulgencio’s body early with hard lefts and rights which opened up his head for a big right hand that staggered the Dominican. A flurry by Hyland dropped Fulgencio to his knees just before the bell. The Irishman came right at his opponent to start round two and a left to the body and a straight right to the head dropped him for the second time in the fight. Fulgencio looked like he would be done but to his credit he fought back and both fighters battled to the end of the round. “He is a durable opponent, I put him down and he got over it then I got a bit excited and tried to finish him off. I then decided to outbox him and if the knockout comes it comes,” explained Hyland.
Hyland and Fulgencio both took turns connecting over the next several rounds with Hyland having the slight edge in each round. In the seventh Hyland landed a booming right uppercut that hurt Fulgencio and the follow up flurry of jabs and body punches floored Fulgencio for the third time in the fight just as the bell rang. Both fighters exchanged punches in the last round that had the crowd of 1,200 on their feet. Hyland improved to 27-0 with scores of 79-71, 79-71 and 79-70 as Fulgencio dropped to 18-8-1.
Hyland was satisfied with the decision, “I could have done a little bit better but I used my boxing skills and coasted through the eight rounds, I got the rounds in and that’s what I wanted.”
Hyland is looking for one more fight before challenging the top fighters in the featherweight division. “Come December or January maybe get a shot at Billy Dib for IBF title or someone like Salido, after one more fight I will be in there ready.”
In the co-main event local favorite Kenny Abril (13-5-1) won a unanimous shutout eight round decision over veteran Doel Carrasquillo (16-21-1) of Lancaster, PA. Neither fighter was in trouble over the eight rounds but Abril’s ring generalship and being the busier fighter throughout won him the 80-72 decision on each of the judges’ scorecards.
Middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr. of Rochester returned to the ring after an extended layoff and won a six round unanimous decision over Mark Anderson of Columbia, SC. Monroe started slow but came on in the fourth and dropped Anderson with a straight right that looked like the finish. Anderson got up and survived the round as Monroe tried for the knockout blow. Monroe was not busy over the next couple rounds but did enough to win each. In the last round he tried to score the knockout and had Anderson hurt by he survived until the final bell. Monroe Jr. improved to 11-1 and Anderson slid to 3-8-1 after the 60-53 scores on each card was read.
Natasha Spence of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada overwhelmed Lucretia Meacham of Little Rock, Ark. and scored a TKO in round four of a scheduled six. Spence threw a series of vicious body shots in the first two rounds and that set the tone for the final two rounds. The final round Spence went for the big ending and got it as she dropped Meacham for a count of four. Meacham staggered to her corner and referee Dick Pakozdi waived off the bout as the bell rang. Spence raises her record to 5-0-1 while Meacham drops to 3-9.
Raul Lopez of the Bronx improved to 7-1-1 by securing a four round unanimous decision over Rochester’s Harvey Murray (4-4-1). Lopez landed the more effective blows and won by 40-36 scores on the three judges’ scorecards.
Bryan Acaba of Brooklyn made no doubt of his return match with Jamell Tyson of Rochester by stopping the fellow lightweight at 1:12 of the sixth and final round. Acaba scored a flash knockdown in round one but Tyson came on strong in the last minute of the round. Tyson was busier of the two in the second round then both fighters took turns controlling action over the next three rounds. Acaba landed a booming right hand in the sixth that floored Tyson for a count of three. Acaba’s follow up barrage on the hurt Tyson forced the stoppage. Acaba raises his record to 3-0 as Tyson dips to 3-8-2.
The card was the first show promoted by Pretty Girl Promotions out of Rochester, NY.