By Brady Crytzer at ringside
Photos by Gary Sarti
Welterweight prospect Jesse Lubash remained undefeated Friday night after defeating veteran journeyman Harrison Cuello via unanimous decision in front of a supportive hometown crowd in Monroeville, PA, only minutes outside of Pittsburgh. Lubash cut his opponent under the left eye with the first punch of the fight. Throughout the bout Lubash was the aggressor and dictated the pace of the exchanges with hard, thumping body shots. Though Cuello was cut and battered, the crafty veteran used slick head movement and well-timed counters to keep his younger opponent from pinning him against the ropes. Judges’ scorecards read 80-72, 78-74, and 79-73 all in favor of the still unbeaten Jesse Lubash who improves to a perfect 14-0, 8 KOs. Harrison Cuello falls to 20-14-3, 15 KOs.
Heavyweight standout Travis Kaufmann (21-1, 16 KOs) was awarded a disqualification victory at 2:49 of round four after his opponent, Ross Thompson (27-15-3, 17 KOs), was removed from the ring by officials. Thompson, who had little to offer the larger and faster Kaufmann, was first deducted a point for attempting to attack referee Rick Steigerwald between rounds one and two. Following three non-competitive rounds of foul language and holding, Thompson was disqualified for excess grappling and blatant disregard of the referees instruction.
Unbeaten WBC #7 rated light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) used his superior reach and speed to earn a ten round, unanimous decision victory over local favorite Rayco “War” Saunders (20-13-2, 8 KOs) in a competitive bout. Judges’ scorecards read 99-89, 99-88, and 99-89 in favor of the winner Sillakh.
In an exciting lightweight showdown highly touted prospect Mikey Faragon (13-0, 6 KOs) defeated a very game Jamar Saunders (5-9-1, 2 KOs) via unanimous decision. Judges’ scorecards read 60-54 on two occasions and 59-55 once, all in favor of the winner Faragon.
154 lb. standout Denis Douglin (12-0, 8 KOs) made quick work of opponent Matt Berkshire (11-3-2, 5 KOs) scoring a TKO at 1:53 of the first round.