By Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com
ESPN′s “Boxcino 2014″ tournament resumed on Friday at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, with the opening rounds of the middleweight portion of the competition. Winners were Willie Monroe Jr., Vitali Kopylenko, Raymond Gatica and Brandon Adams. The semi-finals will be eight round bouts and take place April 18th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
Monroe decisions Bondorovas
In the most competitive matchup of the night, Willie Monroe Jr. (16-1, 6 KOs) outpointed Donatas Bondorovas (18-5-1, 6 KOs) over six rounds. Bondorovas pressed the action and appeared to land the harder shots, but Monroe got the nod with scores of 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.
Kopylenko TKOs Cerresso
Unbeaten Vitali Kopylenko (22-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Cerresso Fort (17-3-1, 11 KOs). Kopylenko dropped Fort in round two and the bout was waved off moments later. Time was: 43.
Gatica TKOs Agbeko
Raymond Gatica (14-2, 8 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Sena Agbeko (15-1,15 KOs) in round four. Gatica staggered Agbeko in round three but seemed to punch himself out. A rejuvenated Gatica came out with a barrage of punches in round four to get the stoppage. Time was 1:06.
Adams TKOs Edouard
Brandon Adams (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over veteran Daniel Edouard (23-5-2, 14 KOs) when Edouard chose not to continue at the beginning of round five. Adams dropped Edouard with a left hook in round four and appeared to hurt Edouard each time he went to his body. Edouard’s last fight was a 2011 UD loss to Peter Manfredo Jr.
Navarrete and Montes de Oca Fight to Majority Draw
At featherweight, local fan favorites Fidel Navarrete (4-0-2, 3 KOs) of Highland, IN, and Sergio Montes de Oca (7-2-2, 2 KOs) of Chicago, IL, fought to a majority draw with one score of 58-56 for Montes de Oca and two scores of 57-57. The bout was as exciting as the local fight scene thought it would be with both fighters standing their ground to exchange four, five and sometimes six punch combinations before grappling from exhaustion. The bout could have gone either way.
Jimenez vs. Campbell
At light heavyweight, Chicago’s Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) made quick work of Jimmy Campbell (11-7, 8 KOs) of Evansville, IN, by scoring a TKO at 56 seconds of the first. Jimenez scored a knockdown with a left hook and then finished the bout by unleashing a barrage of shots that lead to the stoppage.
Fiore Decisions Carrizales
At lightweight, Chicago fan-favorite Russell Fiore (11-2-1, 7 KOs) of Chicago, IL, pressured Tim Carrizales (4-9-1, 3 KOs) of Waukesha, WI, over four rounds to score a unanimous decision with three scores of 40-34. Fiore scored knockdowns in the third and the fourth with wide rights.
Hardy TKOs Greenleaf
In the final bout of the evening, middleweight Simeon Hardy (11-0, 8 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY, outclassed Chad Greenleaf (13-20-1, 6 KOs) of Vienna, WV, to score a TKO at 2:50 of the fifth round. In the fifth, Hardy scored his first knockdown with a right and then finished the bout with a devastating left that sent Greenleaf crashing to the mat.
Dennis TKOs Coming
In the first bout of the evening, heavyweight Donovan Dennis (10-1, 8 KOs) of Davenport, IA, scored a spectacular first round TKO of Sam Coming (4-8, 3 KOs) of Lansing, MI, with a left-right hook combination that floored Coming. The official stoppage was at 1:34.
The evening’s action was presented by Chicago promoters Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and Frank Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions along with Philadelphia based Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions.