Boxing Result

Manfredo Jr. Defeats Wright

Ringside Report By Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney

Former IBO super middleweight title holder, three time world title challenger, and one of the two finalists in the very first season of “The Contender”, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (39-7, 20 KOs) defeated another “Contender” alum from season two, Walter “2 Guns” Wright (14-4, 7 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision in the main event of “Unfinished Business” on Friday night from the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. Scores of the bout were 98-93, 97-93, and 100-90. Wright, who took the fight on two weeks notice, was hurt badly in round two when his left eye was almost swollen shut. As the fight progressed, Manfredo Jr. continued to punish the bad eye of Wright. Wright at times was able to effectively counter Manfredo, but those opportunities were few and far between. Wright was able to hang in the fight, but he was only able to see out of only one eye. In the end Manfredo Jr. was able to out-land and out-work Wright, especially in the final rounds of the fight which gave him the nod.
With both fighters hailing from Woonsocket, RI, it was an inner city battle as Joe Gardner (11-5-1, 1 KO) won a six round decision over Reynaldo Rodriguez (6-6-1, 3 KO). All three judges scored the bout 58-56 for Gardner. Although Rodriguez controlled the pace of the fight, it was the defense and slickness of Gardner that gave him the victory.
Thomas Falowo (9-1, 7 KOs), fighting out of Pawtucket, RI scored a tough TKO victory over Boston’s Julio Garcia (6-4, 3 KOs), when Garcia’s corner stopped the bout at the end of the fifth round. Falowo used his height and speed advantage to dominate the contest.
Super middleweight Emmanuel Medina (3-3-1, 3 KOs) scored a TKO victory over Benny “The Boss” Constantino (7-3, 4 KOs) at 2:47 of the second round. Medina was putting the pressure on Constantino during the first round. Constantino sustained an injury to his left knee during the second round, falling to the canvas twice. One was ruled a knockdown, and the second was ruled a slip. After Medina continued to punish Constantino, referee Eddie Claudio stopped the contest once Constantino could not defend himself due to the injury.
Vermont’s Kevin Cobbs (7-1, 2 KOs) won a hard fought split decision victory over Massachusetts’ Paul Gonsalves (4-3, 3 KOs) in a four round light heavyweight match-up. Scores of the bout were 39-36 twice for Cobbs while the third judge scored it 38-37 for Gonsalves. Gonsalves was down in round two courtesy of a straight right hand from Cobbs.
Welterweight Patryk Szymanski (6-0, 2 KOs) kept his record perfect as he defeated journeyman Antonio Chaves Fernandes (2-9-1) by six round unanimous decision. Scores of the bout were 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56. Szymanski landed the better power punches as he had Fernandes hurt twice in the fight. Fernandes clinched several times to his opponent and was able to do a good job of staying away from being put on the canvas.
The opening bout of the evening ended in a four round majority draw as as Vanessa Greco (1-2-2) battled Noemi Bosques (1-0-1) in the female bantamweight division. The scores of the bout were 39-37 for Greco, while the other two judges scored the bout a draw at 38-38.

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