By Kurt Wolfheimer
Pound for Pound Promotions put on another electrifying card of professional boxing at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey on Thursday night that was sure to leave all the fans in attendance satisfied. The main event of the evening was an eight round slugfest as “Iron Man” Brian Miller (8-0-3, 3 KOs) captured the World Boxing Foundation All Americas lightweight title by split decision over Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (8-2-1, 3 KOs). In the six round co-feature of the evening, undefeated super middleweight prospect Jason “Monstruo” Escalara (8-0, 7 KOs) needed just two minutes and forty-seven seconds to dispose of an outgunned Jesus Flores (5-1-1, 4 KOs).
The highly anticipated main event lived up to it’s expectations as welterweights Danny “Little Mac” McDermott and Brian “Iron Man” Miller put on a six round slugfest that neither fighter should deserved to lose.
McDermott, who entered the fight on four bout winning streak, seemed to be the heavier puncher early as he bounced heavy right left combinations up top. “Iron Man” Miller was relentless though and pressed forward throughout, and eventually began to find his mark on the inside in rounds three and four with four and five punch combinations.
The heavy handed McDermott of nearby Jersey City, New Jersey, looked determined to overcome him as both fighters stood toe-to-toe in the fifth, landing big rights on the inside. Miller was like the “Energizer Bunny” and just kept on coming with flurry after flurry. Every second seemed like minutes as each fighter took the turns landing blow after blow in the back and forth war.
McDermott, who looked to be the bigger fighter, should have stepped back and found his mark from a distance, but chose to try and beat Miller at his game on the inside, which turned rounds six and seven into phone both wars. Each fighter banged away with relentless abandon, but Miller seemed to be growing stronger as the bout progressed and his punches were gaining strength. McDermott closed round six with two big right hands. but Miller was determined not to take a backward step and just kept on punching until the bell sounded.
McDermott’s right eye suddenly began to close from Millers combos. The wounded warrior would not back down and continued to throw and land the less frequent, but heavier hooks up top. Miller, who came all the way down from Schenectady, New York sensed the bout could be swayed by the hometown fans and just wouldn’t give in and just kept on throwing short combinations with everything he had in him. The crowd rose to their feet as both fighters let it all hang out, standing just inches from each other and wailing away in the closing moments of the fight. The final bell sounded to end what could easily be a strong candidate for the New Jersey fight of the year.
After a few tense moments the scores were read. One judge saw the bout 77-75 for Danny McDermott, but was overruled by the other two who scored it 78-74 and 79-74 in favor of Brian “Iron Man” Miller, giving him the razor thin split decision victory.
“I knew Danny was a tough opponent and outstanding fighter,” said Miller. “I knew this would be a hard fight and I prepared for nothing less and it was everything that I expected it to be. I knew the rounds were close and I didn’t know if I was winning them,” continued Miller. “There seemed to be a lot of close rounds. They could have gone either way, especially in his hometown, so I wasn’t taking anything for granted. It just made me work that much harder in every round. In boxing you just never know.”
Escalara tames Torres
Hard hitting super middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalara (8-0, 7 KOs) remained perfect, dropping an outmanned Jesus Torres twice en-route to easy first round TKO of Jesus Torres (5-1, 3 KOs).
Escalara, who is normally a slow starter, dropped Torres early in round one with a right hand to the ear. It was ruled a slip, however. Torres, who entered the ring with a perfect record, but hadn’t fought in over ten years, did all he could do to just hang on as he clinched and fell to stop Escalara’s attack. It wouldn’t matter though as a left hook sent back to the canvas. Torres rose to his feet and tried to crowd the shots. Escalara changed his attack and sent him to the canvas for the final time with two explosive body shots. Referee David Franciosi called a halt to the carnage at 2:47 of the opening stanza.
Kedem outlasts Salcedo!
Queens New York super bantamweight Eilon “Nono” Kedem(11-3-4, 7 KOs) had all he could handle as he squeaked out a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over the heavier handed Pedro Antonio Salcedo (3-3, 2 KOs).
Salcedo was the bigger puncher and landed well on the outside early with several nice two and three punch combinations in the opening two rounds. Kedem though, would not be deterred as he continually pressed forward and finally started to break through in the third with heavy body work.
Rounds four and five were hard to call as each fighter had their moments. Salcedo fought well on the retreat with some heavy rights but Kedem was relentless with his heavy punch output.
Kedem’s corner knew the bout appeared close and implore Eilon to fish his flurries in round six. Salcedo appeared to tire in the closing moments as Kedem went for broke. Eilon just couldn’t land the big shot to hurt him as the bout went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Eilon Kedem by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and a surprising 60-54.
The Viking slays Edmond!
Middleweight Todd “The Viking” Erickson won for the first times as a professional raising his record to (1-3, 1 KO) with an explosive third round stoppage of Newark New Jersey’s Eddie Edmond (1-1-1).
Erickson tried to take the bout right from the get go with several hard right hands. Edmond countered with a heavy right of his own, but Ericksson continued to press and wobbled his foe with a left hook late in the opening round. Edmond recovered quickly and continued to throw rights but missed many of them which left him open for counters. The wide shots would be his downfall as Todd Ericksson time it perfectly and sent crashing to the canvas with a big overhand right. Referee Sparkle Lee waved the bout off at the fifty-nine second mark of the third round.
Martinez s overcomes Collado.
Unbeaten Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Christian Martinez (3-0, 3 KOs) was put to the test by rugged Union City New Jersey native Hector Collado, but passed with flying colors, scoring a third round stoppage.
Martinez of the Bronx scored a telling blow in the opening moment of the fight with right hand up top. Collado stumbled and touched his glove to the canvas. The knockdown could have been ruled a slip because both fighters tangled feet during the exchange. Martinez seemed confident and continued to stalk and break down Hector with straight rights.
Martinez thought he could overpower Collado and abandoned the jab as he tried to get him out of there with big right hands. This strategy turned on him as Collado was able to get inside and back him up with several looping rights of his own as both fighters traded, to take the round.
The corner of Christian Martinez insisted he go back to the jab and it worked perfectly in the third as he used it to set up a straight right and floored Collado with a left hook. Hector Collado beat the count but wobbled, forcing referee David Franciosi to call a halt to the action at the 1:09 mark of the third round of their scheduled four round contest.
Steven Martinez routs Ransome!
2008 National Golden Gloves champion Steven Martinez (4-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect knockout streak as a pro intact with a first round stoppage of Reidsville North Carolina’s Michael Ransome (0-1). Martinez’s of the Bronx, NY immediately hurt Ransome with a one two combination in the opening minute, which forced injured junior middleweight to turn away. Like a seasoned pro, Steven did not hesitate and immediately floored the badly dazed Ransome with a right up top. Ransome rose to his feet and tried to escape to the far ropes, but the old one-two combo put him on the canvas for the second and final time. Referee Sparkle Lee had seen enough and waved the bout off at 1:59 of the opening round.