By Bob Caico
Rising star Edwin Rodriguez of Worchester, MA, recorded a 5th round TKO over Brian Norman of Decatur, GA in Rochester, NY Thursday night. Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the second round with a left hook and shook Norman with a big right hand at the end of round three. At the start of round five, Rodriguez landed a right hand to the body followed by a hook to the head that marked the beginning of the end for Norman. A flurry of combinations had Norman reeling and the referee felt he had no choice but to stop the contest at 1:16.
The undefeated Dominican (13-0, 9 KOs) felt he could have been better. “I rated myself a B, I am a more intelligent fighter than what I showed tonight,” said the super middleweight. “My opponent was a tough guy, threw good punches and had good experience, but he was another stepping stone for my career”. Norman (17-10, 5 KOs) protested the stoppage but the writing was on the wall as the rounds progressed. Rodriguez felt the stoppage was correct, “He could have continued but he wasn’t throwing back or defending himself and I felt he would have got hurt if they let him go”.
A six-round super middleweight fight between Nick Brinson (4-0-1, 2 KOs) of Geneva, NY and Richmond Dalphone (2-5-3, 1 KO) of Navarre, FL was the fight of the night as both boxers let it all hang out. The biggest punch of the fight was a huge right hand by Dalphone at the end of round four that staggered Brinson. The bell probably saved him for hitting the canvas. At the end of the fight the judges scored it 58-56 for Brinson and 57-57 twice for a majority draw in the thrilling battle.
Willie Monroe, Jr. of Rochester and Troy Artis of the Bronx had a fast six-round middleweight contest with the hometown kid winning a unanimous decision. Monroe won by scores of 60-54, 60-55 and 58-56 to improve to 7-0, 2 KOs while Artis loses for the first and drops to 2-1-1, 1 KO.
Jayme Resnick, the son of the promoter Ron Resnick was seeking revenge against Zachery Smith of Albany. Smith (3-1) ruined Resnick’s professional debut in March and he was primed to give Smith his first loss. Resnick started out fast and scored a knockdown from a right hand in the last seconds of round one. The lightweights battled back and forth for the next three rounds and the knockdown proved to be the difference. The scores of 38-37 by all three judges gave Resnick his revenge and saw his record rise to 3-1, 1 KO.
Light heavyweight Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield (2-0, 2 KOs) of Geneva, NY scored his second straight one round knockout when he demolished Marcos Adorno of San Juan who was making his pro debut. A devastating uppercut and a solid body shot dropped Adorn to one knee, which he couldn’t or wouldn’t get up from. The referee waived off the bout at 1:09 of the scheduled four rounder.
Andy Mejias of Utica, NY took a unanimous four-round decision from Todd Eriksson of Stanhope, NJ in a light heavyweight clash. Mejias’ biggest punch came in the third round when a counter right dropped Eriksson. The judges scored it 39-37 and 40-35 twice for Mejias who ups his record to 4-0 while Eriksson slides to 0-1-1.
In the opening four round contest, Tony Brinson of Geneva shut out Rondu Campbell of Brooklyn by scores of 40-36 thrice. The super middleweight Brinson improves to 2-0 while Campbell drops to 2-3-1.
Resnick Productions and DiBella Entertainment promoted the card.