By James Rowan
Tommy Rainone scored knockdowns in the first and ninth rounds and cruised to a unanimous 10-round decision over Robbie Cannon to capture the IBA Americas welterweight title at the Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant, in Franklin Square, Long Island. A standing-room only crowd saw an incredible night of action as Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions, in association with Winner Take All Productions, put on a fantastic, seven-bout card.
How good was the matchmaking? All but one of the fights went to a decision. And two of the bouts were decided by majority decision. In the main event, the slick southpaw Rainone dropped Cannon (12-8-2) in the first round with a straight left hand and that set the tone for the fight. Rainone (19-5) outboxed Cannon, a five-time Missouri Golden Gloves champion, to earn a unanimous decision.
In the co-feature, world-ranked Cindy Serrano (19-5-2) outhustled Angel Gladney (7-7-1) to win a unanimous six-round decision.
In a six-round lightweight bout, Mike Brooks (9-0) barely kept his unbeaten record in tact after a grueling war of attrition with Bryan Acaba (3-2). This was the fight of the night as Brooks and Acaba took turns pressing each other throughout six heated rounds. Brooks seemed to take control of the fight with a steady and strong body attack. But Acaba poured it on in the final stanza, hurting Brooks with a straight right hand. The scores were 58-56 twice for Brooks and 57-57.
In another excellent showdown that had the crowd on its feet the whole way, two local prospects slugged it out in a welterweight bout. Anthony Karperis, a former New York Golden Gloves champ, staggered Ray velez (2-3) throughout the four round contest, but couldn’t put him away. Karperis (3-0) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his brief pro career. The scores were 39-37 twice and 38-38.
Rich Neves won a bruising four-round affair over rugged Willie Bryant in the junior middleweight division. Neves improved to 6-0-1 while Bryant dropped to 1-5-1.
Heavyweight Nick Argyris, whose boxing career was put on hold for years after he lost part of his right hand in a construction accident, was dropped three times and stopped by Corey Winfield. Argyris is now 5-2 while Winfield improved to 5-10.
In the opening bout of the evening, Dario Socca improved to 2-0 with a unanimous four-round win over Emmanuel Medina (2-2-1) in a fast-paced welterweight fight