By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC #5 Welterweight Ionut Dan Ion, aka “Jo Jo” Dan shook the rust off on Friday night in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad and dispatched late sub Iwan Azore of Guyana via TKO3, picking up the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) Welterweight title in the process. Dan’s original opponent Floyd Trumpet fell out with less than two weeks to go, and Azore was eager to step in against the top flight Dan. What he possessed in the way of ambition, Azore lacked in skill though, as Dan had his way, finally unleashing a volley of unanswered punches in Azore’s own corner, forcing the referee Hector Afu to stop the bout at 2:45 of the third. Dan also picked up the Universal Boxing Organization for his troubles while moving to 29-1, 14 KOs. Azore slides to 13-4, 3 KOs.
For his part, Dan was grateful afterward, “I’m honored to win both the CABOFE and UBO titles. I’m glad I got the opportunity to fight since nobody wanted to fight me of the ranked guys I challenged! I haven’t fought since February so I was a bit rusty, but I got it out of the way. I’ll take a week off and be back in the gym. I hope to fight twice more this year!”
Dan’s promoter Chris Ganescu (Gankor Promotions) also chimed in, “I want to thank the local promoter Giovanni Potts and the Trinidad & Tobago Boxing commission as well as the WBC CABOFE and UBO for a well run promotion. Jo Jo Dan made new fans in Trinidad & Tobago. The people were warm and friendly and their hospitality was greatly appreciated. Jo Jo is ready for the big names in the welterweight division and hopefully they’ll stop avoiding our challenges. For us it was a stay-busy fight but now the best have to fight the best!” Ganescu went on, “It was disappointing that Shawn Porter vacated his NABF title rather than face us after the NABF called for a purse bid back in June. I want to state unequivocally that Jo Jo NEVER refused to fight Porter in the States, as Porter claimed for the reason behind that fight never materializing. I just think he is scared of Jo Jo Dan!”
On the undercard, Russian Anastasia Toktaulova snatched the WBC CABOFE, GBU and WIBF Minimumweight titles away from local gal Ria Ranmarine over ten hard fought rounds. The scores read as follows: 97-93, 96-94 and 96-93, all in favor of Toktaurova, now 14-10, 2KOs, while Ranmarine falls to 14-6, 2 KOs.
Heavyweight Kertson Manswell stopped a three fight losing streak by blowing out late sub Curtis Murray in one. Manswell is now 21-3, 16 KOs, while Murray continues with an eight fight losing streak that sees him plummet to 6-9-1.
Former Middleweight title challenger Howard Eastman dropped his second straight as he was stopped by Trinidadian Kirt Sinette. The 40 year old Eastman took a battering in the fatal eighth round, finally going down after his mouth piece was sent flying out of the ring. “The Tecnician” is now 20-1, 16 KOs, while the 40 year old Eastman falls to 46-8, 36 KOs.
Tori Nelson beat fellow American Lorissa Rivas via tough ten round split decision in a middleweight clash.
Prince Lee Isadore stopped over-matched Gardell Robets in the first.