By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
In a bloody fight, undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Vladine Blosse (15-3-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Love punished and outclassed the very game Biosse throughout the fight. Referee Benjy Estevez finally waved it off in the tenth at :45.
In a shocker, super middleweight Derreck Edwards (26-3-1, 13 KOs) scored a first round KO over previously unbeaten Badou Jack (16-1, 9 KOs). Jack was down twice. The bout lasted 61 seconds.
Undefeated middleweight Chris Pearson (14-0, 10 KOs) survived a sixth round knockdown to take a close eight round split decision over Lanardo Tyner (31-9-2, 20 KOs). Scores were 76-75 for Tyner, and 78-73 twice for Pearson.
In a fight that deserved two winners, super middleweights Luis Arias of Milwaukee, WI and Dashon Johnson of Escondido, CA thrilled the crowd over eight hard fought rounds, leaving nothing in the ring. The definitive underdog on paper, Johnson brought it to Arias for the whole fight. With a 15-14-3 record, it appeared the 8-0 Arias may have bit off more than he could chew in Johnson. Despite the barely .500 record, Johnson had vastly more experience at the pro level, taking on anyone and everyone in his division and more. There were no outstanding moments in this fight other than to say that the ebb and flow of the tide turned back and forth with each round, and often within each round. It is no exaggeration to say this bout resembled a “Rocky” movie with the action and drama it provided, making those not present here wishing it was televised. Body work, clean head shots, pummeling along the ropes, boxing in ring center- there was something for every boxing fan’s taste. With no knockdowns or even cuts, it was left to the judges in a fight where one often hears, “I wouldn’t want to be a judge in this one.” But judge they did, as follows: Wynn Kintz saw it 76-76, even. Judges Tom Schreck and Don Ackerman tabbed it the same at 77-75, both for the still undefeated Luis Arias. The crowed booed and the hard luck Johnson winced in agony of yet another close defeat. Arias moved to 9-0, 4 KOs the hard way, while Johnson evens out at 15-15-3, 5 KOs, also the hard way!
In the opening bout of the evening, John “Fast Hands” Franklin walked all over Jesus “Chuchu” Bayron in an eight round super bantamweight bout. “Fast Hands” was just that as he also employed fast feet, mixing movement and aggression, dropping Bayron in both the third and fifth rounds. Unable to finish his foe, Franklin cruised to win by scores of 79-71 (Don Ackerman) and 80-70 (John McKaie and Don Trella).
Welterweight Ladarius “Memphis” Miller made his pro debut a successful one against winless Douglas Rosales in a scheduled four rounder. After the first round, Rosales’ temples were reddening from the two handed peppering put on him by Miller. After round two, the ringside physician was called to the Rosales corner to examen a suddenly swollen right eyelid. Deemed fit to continue, Rosales tried in vain to gain some ground on the hole he was in against the sharp shooting Miller, to no avail. In round four, the southpaw Miller inflicted more damage on Rosales, drawing blood from his mouth and nose. Rosales proved to be one tough hombre, if nothing else. Miller showed good skills in mixing head and body shots, while practicing a peek-a-boo defense in warding off any Rosales offensive advances. All three judges- Wynn Kintz, Tom Schreck and Don Trella were in agreement at 40-36 for the debuting Miller. Rosales continues winless at 0-3.
In a horrible mismatch, Andrew “The Beast” Omotunde Tabiti basically scared blown up light heavyweight Dorian Jesus Hatcher into submission in the first round of a scheduled four round cruiserweight bout. The much shorter Hatcher tried to bull Tabiti into the ropes from the outset, and the crowd began to root for Hatcher’s “David” against the taller Tabiti’s “Goliath.” After a few more lunging missed shots from Hatcher, Tabiti got on track with some nice jabs and power shots, one of which seemed to just graze Hatcher’s face, if even. Hatcher seemed to think about his situation for a moment, then turned away. Before referee Dick Pakozdi could intervene, Tabiti followed up with a volley of punches from behind Hatcher, who decided to drop to his knees, wanting no more of what was to come. Pakozdi signaled the end at 1:29 of the opening frame. Tabiti “The Beast” roars to 5-0, 5 KOs, while Hatcher whimpers to 1-7.
After the opening round, it looked like Baku, Romania’s super middleweight Ronald Gavril was going to hands full against Battle Creek, Michigan’s Cameron Allen. Allen entered the ring with a less than imposing record of 5-14, but showed skills and willingness that belied that record. Allen used neat, quick combos, movement and a menacing look to surprise Gavril during round one. In round two, Gavril turned the tide, rocking Allen with a head shot, then doubling him over with a left to the body. To his credit, and the crowd’s delight, Allen didn’t go down, but fought back bravely. Finally in the neutral corner, a beautiful left to the body dropped Allen in a heap. Incredibly, he beat the count and fought back again! Surviving the round, Allen seemed to be on borrowed time as he entered the third. A left-right to the head dropped Allen in his own corner, where he again beat the count, but referee Charlie Fitch had seen enough and waved his hands to signal the end at 1:46. Tough luck Allen slides to 5-15, 3 KOs, while Gavril improves to 8-0, 6 KOs.