By Matt Richardson
Light heavyweight Newton Kidd seemed like he may have had a tough outing on his hands Friday night at the Five Star Banquet in New York City against Borngood Washington. Washington (3-13, 1 KO) was backing Kidd up against the ropes and even appeared to land a solid right or two. But it wasn’t meant to be and before the round concluded Washington threw out his right shoulder mid-combination, causing the boxer to collapse to the canvas in pain. Once the cause of the collapse was determined the fight was called off effective immediately, leading Kidd (8-8-2, 5 KO’s) to be determined the first round TKO loser at 2:33 of the frame.
The fight was the main event of a six-bout card promoted by new promotional company Uprising Promotions. The company is compromised of the boxing Frank family. The promoter is Ronson Frank, the younger brother of Raul and Steve. Raul unsuccessfully challenged the late Vernon Forest twice for the then vacant IBF welterweight title (August 2000 and May 2001). His brother Steve, meanwhile, was TKO’ed in one by Bernard Hopkins (then IBF middleweight champion) back in January 1996. Ronson, from Guyana and now fighting out of Rosedale, NY is currently 17-0 with nine knockouts.
Diana Rodriguez was the matchmaker of the card, which produced evenly fought contests.
In the co-featured fight of the evening, Susan Reno and Vanessa Greco fought to a six-round draw in a female junior bantamweight bout. The fight was unequivocally the best of the night as both boxers fought at a high-pace with continuous back and forth action. Greco (1-2-3) couldn’t miss with her right hand if she had her eyes closed. But Reno fought back courageously and both fighters had the crowd cheering throughout. The scores of 58-56 (for Reno) and 57-57 (twice) were surprisingly greeted well; perhaps because the hundreds in attendance didn’t want to see either fighter lose.
Pete Reyes walked to the ring to the sounds of “Gangnam Style” and danced and boxed effectively enough to secure a four-round unanimous decision against Gustavo Medina. Though the fight wasn’t bad it was the very entertaining dancing done both before and after the fight by Reyes that had the crowd cheering and laughing. Reyes earned the win, his second as a professional, with three identical scores of 40-36. He is now 2-0 with one win inside the distance while Medina drops to 1-5-1.
Cruiserweight Armin Mrkanovic sent his vocal contingent of fans home happy with a four-round unanimous decision win over Eric George. George (0-3) came out aggressively, utilizing a peakaboo style in the vein of Mike Tyson. He even hit Mrkanovic with some substantial rights. But as the round concluded he began to slow and Mrkanovic (5-2, 3 KO’s) took over. By the fourth and final round Mrkanovic was in complete control, having bloodied his opponent’s nose. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) for Mrkanovic.
In a featherweight bout, Trevis Hall defeated the much taller Jose del Valle via four-round unanimous decision. Scores were 39-36 (twice) and 38-37 for Hall (3-1-1, 1 KO). del Valle is now 1-2-2. And in the opening fight of the night welterweight Daniel Gonzalez defeated Anthony Smith via third round stoppage. Time of the ending was 2:06. Gonzalez, the only unbeaten fighter of the 12 who fought on the card, is now 4-0 with two wins via stoppage. Smith is 1-3.
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