“Machine Gun” Mike Oliver won a hard-fought decision to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles tonight on the “A Night To Remember” pro boxing cared, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at historic Plymouth Memorial Hall. Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) and Gonzalez (9-9, 3 KOs) had previously fought twice with Mike stopping Castulo in the ninth round of their 2006 fight and this past June, in Boston, their fight was halted in the second round and ruled a no contest when Castulo suffered a cut over his eye from an unintentional head-butt.
The third fight between these New England arch-rivals — Oliver, the former IBO world champion fighting out of Hartford (CT), and former Guatemalan amateur standout Gonzalez (9-8, 3 KOs), who lives and trains in Lynn (MA) — could easily have been fought in a phone booth. Both fighters consistently exchanged inside in a give-and-take bout from the start to finish with neither seriously hurt at any point.
In the sixth round referee Ed Claudia deducted a point from each fighter for holding. Oliver then picked up the pace and was more of the aggressor down the stretch, breaking down Castulo with body punches to earn a unanimous decision, along with the N.E. and EBA belts, by scores of 77-73, 77-73 and 77-74.
Popular lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (5-0, 2 KOs), fighting out Quincy (MA), put on a boxing clinic en route to an impressive third round stoppage of Norman Allen (0-4) in the third round. A left hook to the head, followed by a left hook to the body ended the fight in dramatic fashion.
Powerful body shot shots from Cape Cod heavyweight Jesse Barboza (2-0, 2 KOs) hurt Lewis Cotuna (0-2), who went down from a punishing left hook and got up only to be drilled by a vicious left hook early in the second round that ended the fight.
Marshfield welterweight Arturo Lopes’ (1-0, 1 KO) pro debut was a success as he used a powerful body attack to destroy 23-fight Chris “The Killer” Cook via a third-round TKO victory.
Stoughton super middleweight Mical Weisberg (3-0, 2 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, stopping Frankie Reed in the third round. Lynn bantamweight Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp (6-0-1, 2 KOs) won a 4-round decision against tough Elton “The Real Coolie Bully” Dharry (2-5-1) in an action-packed bout
Harwich light heavyweight Paul Gonsalves (2-0, 2 KO) knocked out Robert Graves in the first round, while Lawrence heavyweight Alexis Santos (2-0, 2 KOs) floored Dino Weingarten (2-5, 0 KOs) three times for a win by first-round technical knockout.
“A Night To Remember was the third in a 4-fight arrangement, “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series,” scheduled in 2009 at Plymouth Memorial Hall and promoted by CES.