By Boxing Bob Newman
In a late result from Whitehall, New York, Shawn Miller captured the WBF North American light heavyweight title via a ten round unanimous decision over Brooklyn’s Yasin Rashid at the Whitehall Athletic Club last Saturday. Miller, the younger brother of heavyweight Shannon Miller, worked behind the jab throughout his first scheduled ten rounder. “Everything worked because of the jab, and we trained hard so everything fell into place,” quipped Miller. Milled coasted via scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94. With the win, Miller moves to 11-1-1, 4 KOs, while Rashid falls to 7-5, 2 KOs.
In a heart breaker for local fans, local girl Sarah Kuhn lost a tough battle for the IWBF welterweight title to Melissa St. Vil of Brooklyn. St. Vil streaked to an early lead after the first four rounds, but Kuhn battled back, trying to slow down the fleet footed St. Vil and land her heavier shots. It was too little too late though as St. Vil prevailed by scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93. St. Vil goes to 5-1-2 while Kuhn falls to 6-4-1, 1 KO.
Former cruiserweight contender Eric Fields dominated Andy Mejias despite being outweighed by thirty eight pounds. Mejias suffered a nasty cut over his left eye, forcing referee Ron Lipton to stop the bout with Mejias on his stool between the fifth and sixth rounds. Fields is now on his second eleven-bout winning streak sandwiched around his only loss- a TKO10 to former WBO interim champ Ola Afolabi in April of 2008. Fields is now 22-1, 15 KOs while Mejias sags to 12-10, 5 KOs. Fields weight just over the cruiser limit at 203.
The pro debut of Greenwich, New York’s Mike Pryor was spoiled by the ever present pressure of Utica’s Neyeine Muang as both had to settle for a four round draw. Muang, built like a tank, never stopped coming forward, throwing power shots all the way, while Pryor moved and boxed to fend off Muang’s efforts. Pryor starts out at 0-0-1 while Muang goes to 1-0-1.