Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing returned to historic Saratoga Springs, New York as ARES Promotions presented Fight Night XI: Battle at Saratoga, at the City Center as Marcos Leonard Jimenez outlasted battle hardened Jose Hernandez on a rugged eight rounder.
In the main event, recent ARES signee Marcos Leonardo Jimenez of the Dominican Republic, by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had his hands full with Mexican southpaw pressure fighter. Jose Hernandez in a battle of Jr. Lightweights. The already stylistically awkward bout was also marred by clashes of heads, low blows and even sequins flying off of Jimenez’ trunks onto the fighters’ faces, arms and legs! Jimenez tried his best to outmaneuver Hernandez’ constant pressure, jabbing, spinning off the ropes and clutching when necessary. In the seventh, Jimenez landed one too many low blows for ref Charlie Fitch’s taste, losing a point for the foul. Hernandez sported a cut between his brow midway through the eighth, but it didn’t deter his aggression. After eight hard fought rounds, judge Wynn Kintz saw it 77-75, while judges Don Ackerman and Tom Schreck agreed at 78-74, all for Jimenez, who moves to 20-4, 13 KOs. Hernandez falls to 11-10-1, 6 KOs.
In a predictable barn burner, local female fave Jackie Trivilino tangled with Canadian import Lindsay Garbatt in a scheduled eight round featherweight bout. With an impressive list of foes in her resume’, Garbatt, would be Trivilino’s toughest test to date. Trivilino not only changed her hair color to a newly tinted blond, but also seemed to exhibit a newer, safety first style in the ring. Boxing and picking her shots, Trivilino appeared to forge an early lead over Garbatt. The battle tested Canadian slowly began to work her shots in on Trivilino’s body and head. Trivilino began to show the effect, wilting ever so slightly. In a do-or-die eighth and final round, Garbatt landed a crushing right hand, dropping Trivilino to her hands and knees. Badly shaken, and sporting a mouse under her left eye, Trivilino desperately tried to fend off Garbatt’s finishing charge. She managed to do so, but there was tension in the air. The final scores were as follows; Judge Wynn Kintz saw it 76-75 for Garbatt, Judge Tom Schreck has 76-75 for Trivilino, while Judge Eric Marlynski tabbed it 76-76 for an unsatisfying 3-ray split draw. Rematch anyone?
In the opening bout of the night, Syracuse’s Martez Potter blasted out local boy Matthew Leddick at 1:44 of the opening stanza of their super middleweight clash. Potter came out blasting, sending Leddick to the deck with a left right to the head moments into the bout. A follow up barrage turned the trick again, Leddick badly hurt. Potter left no chance of survival for Leddick, punishing him along the ropes, forcing referee Dick Pakgozdi to halt matters. Potter moves to 3-0, 1 KO, while Leddick dips to 0-2.
In a lightweight encounter, Albany’s Joe Gbolo (pronounced “Bolo”), by way of Liberia, stalked a game but over matched Samuel Moura of Plattsburg, NY over four competitive, but one-sided rounds. Gbolo was in search of his first win, as was Moura, and he wasn’t to be denied. It looked to be another first round blow out on the show as Gbolo dropped Moura in his own corner thirty seconds into the opening round. Moura seemed unhurt by the flash knockdown, but was dropped harder late in the same round, only to survive again. Gbolo controlled matters in the second, but met some mean resistance in the third, via Moura’s hard counters. Both men rocked each other in the fourth and final round. Gbolo took a unanimous 40-34 nod on all three judges’ cards, moving to 1-0-1. Moura goes to a tough luck 0-2.
In a must-win middleweight clash between two fighters who have each gone 0-4 in their last four bouts, Jose “Stinger” Medina got off the floor and back on track as he schooled Allen Conyers. Medina, had things going his way with his typical cool, relaxed style of pot shotting and deft defensive footwork. Midway through the fourth however, Conyers and Medina both threw haymakers and Conyers got there first. Medina went down on his haunches as the crowd gasped at the force of the punch. Incredibly, Medina got up, seemingly no worse for the wear. After dodging a desperate follow-up attempt by Conyers, Medina got out of the round, and glided through the last two to seal a unanimous 58-55 decision, losing only the knockdown round. Medina gets back on track at 18-13-1, 7 KOs, while Conyers loses five straight to go to 12-9, 9 KOs.