By Christopher Cook at ringside
Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (15-1-0, 9 KOs) had to earn his victory over game Victor Barragan (11-5-0, 3 KOs) in an exciting night of boxing at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, presented by One Punch Productions. In a back-and-forth contest, both fighters gave it their all in front of a full house in Tampa, Florida. Iannuzzi utilized a strong jab to keep the fight at a distance to begin with. Sticking with the jab, Iannuzzi did his best to keep Barragan at bay. When the fighting did move in, Barragan was able to capitalize, turning the fight in the middle rounds.
Iannuzzi seemed visibly tired in the sixth round, dropping his hands throughout the round. Several shots landed cleanly on Barragan’s nose, creating a stream of blood that continued throughout the remaining rounds. Barragan hurt Iannuzzi in the ninth with a left hook and straight right landing with him against the ropes. The final round witnessed both fighters trying their best, trading shots continuously. An exciting end to an exciting bout, as all three judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi.
On the undercard, the Willis brothers split their bouts, with Quinton Willis (5-1-1, 3 KOs) met defeat for the first time against Omar Bell (8-1-0, 5 KOs) in the co-feature. Bell kept his opponent at bay with solid straights throughout the fight. Quinton was dropped in the third by a brutal series of punches topped off with a punishing left hook. Willis came back afterwards, stunning Bell towards the end of the third. The more experienced Bell dictated the pace for much of the bout, with solid jabs and straights. The competitive fight came to a close with all three judges scoring the bout 60-53 in favor of Omar Bell. The younger of the Willis brothers, “Magic” Marcus Willis (4-0-2, 2 KOs) kept his record perfect winning a unanimous decision victory 40-36 over Odias Dumezil (3-4-0, 1 KO).
Also on the card, local favorite Charlie Serrano (9-2-0, 2 KOs) took care of Sammir Garcia (5-2-0, 3 KOs) in a crowd-pleasing 6 round bout. Once Serrano opened up in the middle of the bout, the outmatched Garcia could not keep pace, allowing Serrano to walk away with a unanimous decision win, 59-55 and 58-56 twice. Undefeated Cordaro Simpkins (4-0-0, 0 KOs) continued his unbeaten streak against Juan Luis Melendez (2-3-1, 0 KOs), winning 39-36 on all three judges scorecards. Heavyweight Robert Turner (1-2-0, 1 KO) earned his first victory, knocking out Chris Vendola (5-3-0, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the head at the 2:59 mark of the first.
“Ballroom Brawl” was presented by One Punch Productions along with Tampa Fight Factory and Ker’s Winghouse in front of a packed house in chilly Tampa, Florida. One Punch Productions returns to the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel on Friday, May 21.