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Madison retires Wiggins

Kurt Wolfheimer

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

O’Shea Brothers Boxing continued to step up its talent with a night of boxing featuring some of the top local and regional fighters at the PAL Gym on Friday night in Yonkers. New York State title holder, “King David” Darrel Madison (15-1, 4 KOs) proved that he is someone to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division as he forced experienced veteran Robert Wiggins (20-8-1, 12 KOs) to retire after just two rounds of action in the scheduled eight round of the main event. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated light heavyweight Ronson Frank moved to (14-0, 7 KOs) with a methodical eight round unanimous decision victory over defensive minded journey man Raynard Darden (11-22-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 80-71 x3.

Darrel Madison of Central Islip, New York knew he was matched tough against the vastly experienced Robert Wiggins and came out tentatively, picking his spots with right jabs. In an odd bout featuring two southpaws, Wiggins tried to pick his shots, but Madison was quicker and countered well. Just as the round came to a close “King David” uncorked a heavy right hook to the ribs that made a sound which reverberated throughout the gym.

Madison looked more confident in round two as he consistently went to work on the body. Wiggins tried to stop the attack with a heavy counter right but Madison walked right through it and forced him to clinch with a thudding hook to Wiggin’s mid section. Madison continued to bang the body as Wiggins retreated to the ropes. Madison found his mark and unloaded a blistering four punch combination as Wiggins covered in the closing seconds. Much to the fans surprise, Wiggins quit in the corner.

“I knew Wiggins was a good fighter and I was surprised he quit like that,” said Madison. “I have to talk to my team and see what is next for me.”

Wiggins explained the surprising retirement afterwards. “I thought I could stay in there with this young man, but he was just too quick. My eye was swelling and my corner told me to expect several more rounds like this so I thought it would be better to end it now.“

Look for Darrell Madison to really put a dent in the heavyweight division in the very near future.

Frank makes successful return!

Unbeaten light heavyweight Ronson Frank (14-0, 7 KOs) shook off a year’s worth of ring rust in capturing a methodical eight round unanimous decision over journeyman Raynard Darden (11-22-1, 4 KOs).

Frank, a counter-puncher by trade, looked sharp in the early going with pinpoint counters that kept Darden at bay. Darden did throw a nice counter of his own in the opening round, but his punch output other than jabs was about two or three shots during the round.

Frank tried to step up the pace in round three as he dove in with a couple of big left hands from the southpaw stance. Darden went back to his defensive jabbing and retreating style in round four. In the closing seconds of the round, Frank finally found his mark and spun Darden into the ropes and down on his knees with a picture perfect right hand. Darden rose to his feet and bell sounded before any more damage could be inflicted.

Darden at the age of forty-four showed why he is was known as an experienced journeyman by doing just enough to keep Frank from landing any serious leads. The normally counter punching Frank just didn’t look comfortable chasing Darden but he continually popped enough sharp single left hands and one-two combinations to his opponent’s head and body to clearly win rounds five through seven. The last round had a bad clash of heads which quickly closed the left eye of Darden, who went into complete retreat throughout to survive the fight.

All three judges saw the bout 80-71 in favor of the Brooklyn based Ronson Frank.

Though the bout was not crowd pleasing due to Darden’s very defensive survival style, Ronson Frank showed that he really has what it takes to be a top ranked contender in the near future.

“I am normally a counter puncher, so I just didn’t want to get out of my style,” said Frank afterwards.

Expect Frank to have a much more crowd pleasing bout when he faces the aggressive Alexander Mancera (8-3, 5 KOs) of Queens for the New York State light heavyweight title. The fight is scheduled for April second on the next O’Shea Brothers show at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York.

Feliciano draws with Han.

A pair of highly talented evenly matched female featherweight prospects waged war over six rounds ending the way it started in a draw. Nydia Feliciano and Jennifer Han both had their moments throughout that made for a highly entertaining bout that gave the fans their money’s worth.

Jennifer Han, who was a two time golden glove champion, boxed her way through the opening three rounds. Feliciano knew her chance was to step inside and let her hands go, but had trouble doing that in the early going as Han stepped around and countered well.

Feliciano finally came on with shorter but heavier shots in rounds four and five as Han’s counters lost their steam.

The last round was extremely close but Feliciano pulled it out with a couple nice right hands late.

The judges scores were all over the place the first had it 59-55 in favor of Han, but was offset by the second judge who scored it 58-56 in favor of Feliciano. The third had it even 57-57 even declaring the bout a draw.

Nydia Feliciano moves to (2-0-2), while Jennifer Han slides to (0-1-1).

Lambros outworks Hendrickson.

Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Lambros “The Lion heart” Karaolides (6-0, 4 KOs) avenged one of his losses as an amateur by capturing a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Ashantie Hendrickson (1-6).

Sometimes you have to throw the records out the window and this was one of those fights, as both fighters battled throughout leaving openings which allowed for a great fight.

Lambros used his strength to continually back up Hendrickson but to his credit he counter punched well.

The fight changed a bit in round three as Lambros tried to fight on the outside, but Hendrickson’s counters forced him to go back on the inside. With just moment to go Karaolides uncorked a big right hand.

The more muscular Lambros seemed to be in better shape and forced Hendrickson on the retreat in rounds four and five. Lambros pushed Ashantie into the corner with a series of uppercuts. Just as it looked like Hendrickson may quit, he found a big counter as Karaolides dropped his hands to throw a hook. Hendrickson seemed revived and tried to press the attack in the sixth and final round, but he just didn’t have enough power to stun Karaolides.

The bout went to the scorecards, with Karaolides taking the unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-54 and 59-53 x 2. It was another graduation for Karaolides who went the distance in his first six rounder. Lambros, under the astute management of Ivan Edwards, looks ready to take that next step up in competition in the very near future.

Espinal chops down Sujak!

In a battle of New Yorkers, hard hitting Brooklyn upset artist Ariel Espinal (8-12-3, 3 KOs) pulled quite a shocker as he literally chopped down formerly undefeated Hajro Sujak (5-1, 2 KOs) of the Bronx in the second round of their scheduled four round cruiserweight contest.

Sujak immediately caught Espinal with several flurries throughout the opening stanza and it appeared it would be a one sided fight. Espinal, who took the fight on very short notice, seemed to feel he could take everything Sujak could give and started to press forward early in the round two. Sujak continued to drops his hands to pound away with hooks. It would be his downfall as Espinal seized the moment and bent him over with an overhand right on his exposed chin. Espinal immediately rained down a second overhand right, like a person splitting a piece of wood with an axe. The punch sent Sujak crashing to the canvas face first. After sending Espinal to a neutral corner, Referee Ricky Gonzalez turned witnessed Sujak fall again to the canvas, so waived the fight off. The time of the TKO occurred at 2:59 of the second round.

Lopez whips Cintron!

Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Raul Lopez (3-0-1, 3 KOs) of the Bronx New York made quick work of Juanadiaz, Puerto Rico’s Reinaldo Cintron, dropping him once en-route to first round retirement.

Lopez looked in control right from the get go, mixing in various two and three punch combinations. Reinaldo tried to return fire but a left hook to the body sent him to his knees. He rose to his feet and tried to cover against the ropes as Lopez wailed away. He was able to clinch and cause a stoppage, but was caught against the ropes again in the closing moments with another five unanswered shots. The bell sounded to end the round before he could go down, but it was clear he was in big trouble. His corner rightly called it a night. The time of the TKO is recorded at 3:00 of the first round.

McDowell batters Nieto!

Local lightweight Chazz McDowell (2-0, 1 KO) of Yonkers, New York looked impressive as he battered a very game Filiberto Nieto (1-6, 1 KO) over four rounds on his way to a one sided unanimous decision victory in the opening bout of the evening.

Nieto of Guerrero, Mexico pressed forward right from the opening bell, but McDowell was smart and showed him angles, picking his spots with tight combinations behind crisp jabs. By the middle of round two, Chazz’s superior hand speed allowed him to constantly beat Nieto to the punch. Nieto started to slow his advances and covered more in the third, so McDowell worked the body and tripled up on successive right hands up top. Nieto appeared to have an iron chin as he just kept pressing forward, but his face looked the worse for wear as it swelled from the constant barrages of the Yonkers native. Nieto just wouldn’t falter though, so McDowell, who was ahead on the scorecards, smartly boxed his way to throughout the final round for the victory. All three judges gave every round to Chazz McDowell by scores of 40-36 x 3 for the unanimous decision victory.

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