By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, pounding out a 12 round unanimous decision over Rowland Bryant (16-2, 11 KOs) to retain his IBO belt on Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC. Scores were 118-110 and 117-111 (2x).
After the bout Oosthuizen commented on his victory.
“He was a tough guy, who took some really big shots,” said the 24-year-old South African. “I know there are still things that I need to improve on and I will go back to the drawing board with my team after this. I am happy that I had the opportunity to perform here in New York, and whatever my team decides is next for me, I will be ready.”
Popular Irishman Sean Monaghan (15-0, 10 KOs) delighted the crowd in the main event, dropping George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs) in rounds two and three to win by third round TKO in a Cruiserweight bout scheduled for ten rounds. Monaghan landed a huge right hand just after the bell to end round 2 that dropped Armenta near his corner, but the referee ruled it a knockdown. A huge right hand dropped Armenta once again in the following stanza, but this time, the Silver Springs, MD native rose on unsteady legs, prompting the referee to stop the contest at 2:25 of round three.
In a spectacular bout between female junior featherweights, Heather Hardy survived a first round knockdown to win her pro debut against Mikayla Nebel (0-3) by scores of 38-37 (3x). A Nebel right hand dropped Hardy in round one, but “The Heat” got up and proceeded to fight non-stop until the final bell, earning her first win by the slimmest of margins.
West Point grad Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (8-1, 3 KOs) survived a last round surge from tough opponent Khalik Memminger (6-9-3, 3 KOs) to win by scores of 59-55 (3x) in a 6 round junior middleweight contest.
In a back and forth slugfest, Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara (13-4-2, 8 KOs) and Albuquerque’s Willie Villanueva fought to a 6 round draw. Scores in the lightweight contest were 58-56 Pagliara, 58-56 Villanueva, and 57-57.
Junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (2-0, 2 KOs) barely broke a sweat against Cody Osbourne (0-3), dropping the Michigan native with a left jab at the opening seconds of the first stanza. To the shock of the crowd, Osbourne elected not to continue and the referee called the bout at 0:42 of round one.
Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda (12-0, 11 KOs) wasted no time in blasting out Orphius Waite (7-5-2, 5 KOs), dropping him twice with powerful left hooks and digging body and head shots until the referee halted the super middleweight bout at 1:42 of the opening round.
In a 6 round jr. welterweight action fight, Allan “El Mexicano” Benitez (9-1, 1KO) used superior technique and sharp counterpunching to win a unanimous decision over Osnel Charles (9-4-1, 1 KO).