Hot prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) nearly pitched a shutout today, defeating battle-tested Darnell Boone by a unanimous 8-round decision in the main event on the “Saturday Afternoon Special” card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
“Saturday Afternoon Special” was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.
Rodriguez outclassed veteran Boone (16-13-2, 6 KOs)in an entertaining match, using his quick hands and reach advantage to pepper his game opponent, winning eight rounds on one judge’s card and seven on the two others. The learning experience continued for former 2-time national amateur champion Rodriguez, who is developing into a complete package.
“Boone is a helluva fighter,” Rodriguez commented. “He brought his ‘A’ game and he took some good punches. I didn’t put him away but learned a lot from this fight.”
In the co-feature, 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “The Extinguisher” Andrade (8-0, 6 KOs) and Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman (4-1, 2 KOs) went to war in a true crowd pleasing junior middleweight bout featuring a pair of multi-talented, previously unbeaten southpaws.
“He was a tough opponent,” Andrade said after the fight before his hometown fans. “He fought a good fight. You know what I do. He came to fight and took it good. I used my head and boxed. I have nothing to complain about.”
“I felt I punished him and deserved victory,” a disappointed Chatman claimed. “Nobody is going to hit him harder or pressure him more. I will be back. I am a warrior. He won’t fight anybody like me, unless it is me again.”
Relentless punching Cape Verdean super middleweight Vladine Biosse (4-0, 3 KOs), former University of Rhode Island football player, passed his stiffest test to date and went the distance for the first time against Tafari Lawton (1-1).
Light welterweight Simeon Dunwell improved his record to 10-1 with a fourth round stoppage of David Marquez in the fourth round. Light welterweight Jesus Caro (5-0, 2 KOs) remained unbeaten by way of a unanimous fourth-round decision. Hartford junior middleweight David Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) dominated Damien Butler until their fight was ended early in the second.