By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
“Irish” Seanie Monaghan (16-0, 10 KOs) of Long Island, New York, brought the “war” to Philly’s Ray Saunders (22-18-2, 9 KOs), pounding out a ten round unanimous decision over the veteran by scores of 99-91 (2x) and 98-92 on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Saunders was overly defensive throughout the bout, finally attempting to land something of significance in the tenth and final round. Ever the worker, Monaghan mixed heavy shots to the head and body but his success was limited by Saunders’ above average defense. With the win, Monaghan picks up the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title.
In the junior welterweight co-feature, Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) was simply too much for Tebor Brosch (7-4-5, 2 KOs), first attacking the Canadian to the body with hellacious shots before refocusing his attack to Brosch’s head. A series of concussive left hooks to the head later caused referee Murdaugh to halt the bout at 2:07 of the first round.
Fan favorite Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (20-1, 3 KOs) continued his winning ways, outboxing and outhustling the hard hitting but ultra-slow Erick Cruz (16-11-3, 16 KOs) over eight rounds in a junior welterweight bout. Scores were 80-72 (2x) and 79-73.
Brooklyn featherweight Heather Hardy improved to 2-0 with a unanimous decision win over Unique Harris (0-1) of Philadelphia, PA. Hardy was too much for Harris, throwing non-stop for the duration of the fight despite suffering a cut over her right eye.
New Yorker Floriano “L’italiano” Pagliara (14-4-2, 6 KOs) pounded out a lopsided unanimous decision over St. Paul, Minnesota’s Jeremy McLaurin (9-5, 5 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight bout. Scores were 80-72 (2x) and 78-74.
In a Brooklyn showdown, Travis “The Notorious” Peterkin (5-0, 3 KOs) roughed up Hamid Abdul-Mateen (3-3-2) over four rounds, winning by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (2x) in a cruiserweight bout.
In an entertaining middleweight bout, Delen Parsley improved to 9-0 (2) with a six round unanimous decision win over Ibaheim King (10-8, 4 KOs). Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 (2x).