By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez, of New York, NY won the vacant IBF North American middleweight belt with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Russell “Spiderman” Jordan, of Rochester, NY last night at the sold-out Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, of Penns Grove, NJ brutally stopped Samuel “Showtime” Brown, of Fort Campbell, KY in the second round of a scheduled six round heavyweight contest.
Rodriguez, 156, invested in body work from the start in this battle of lefties, and it paid off down the stretch. Jordan, 160, was out-punched in most of the rounds, but he was in the fight right until the final bell with his edge in power.
Rodriguez (16-2-1, 2 KOs) had Jordan wilting by the fourth round from his body attack. Jordan bounced back to hurt Rodriguez with a big right early in round five. Jordan (15-8, 10 KOs) jumped on Rodriguez, but “Silver Boy” weathered the storm and closed the round out with more body work.
Rodriguez displayed his flashy jab to take round six, but was cut over his left eye in round seven from a Jordan right hook.
The body attack from Rodriguez paid its dividends, as he was able to clearly win the next four rounds. He landed a big right in the eighth, out-jabbed the taller Jordan in the ninth, and pummeled Jordan’s lanky body in round ten. He nearly had a tiring Jordan out in the eleventh.
Both fighters did themselves proud in the final round. Rodriguez could have used his ample boxing skills to stay away from Jordan’s bombs, and Jordan could have packed it in. Instead, both warriors slugged it out for the entire three minutes.
The final scores were 118-110, 117-111, and 115-113, all in favor of Rodriguez.
Mansour KOs Brown
A monster was unleashed on the heavyweight division in the form of Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. Released from prison in the morning, Mansour (10-0, 7 KOs) was in the ring that night, destroying Samuel Brown (4-7-2, 3 KOs) with a brutal right hook at 1:31 of the second round of a scheduled six round heavyweight bout.
In round one, Mansour, 233.5, dropped Brown, 248, with a short straight left hand from his southpaw stance. The shot was crisp, and travelled not more than six inches.
Mansour landed a double left-right combination early in round two, before dropping Brown again with two right hooks to the head. Mansour wasted no time closing the show, landing a highlight-reel right hook that had Brown down for several minutes as the crowd went nuts.
Tiberi crushes Cunningham
“Mighty” Mike Tiberi, 165.5, of Smyrna, DE stopped Ray “Ray Ray” Cunningham, 163.5, at 2:43 of the opening round of a scheduled six round super middleweight bout,
Cunningham (7-12, 5 KOs), of Topeka, KS, came out fast and landed a right-left combination to the head of Tiberi. The shots weren’t that hard, but they spurred Tiberi (14-1, 7 KOs) into action.
A terrific body puncher, Mike landed a right-left to the body, followed by a double left hook downstairs that dropped Cunningham midway through the round.
After landing a big flurry along the ropes, Tiberi sunk another left-right to the body that dropped Cunningham again near the end of the round, and referee Vic De Wysocki called a halt.
Caputo Smith wins by DQ
Late sub Khalil Farah, 188, of Philadelphia, PA wanted no part of heavy-handed crowd favorite Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith, 179, of Kennett Square, PA, fouling out for excessive holding at: 34 of the fourth round of a scheduled six round cruiserweight bout.
On paper, it looked like Caputo Smith was in for a tough test against the normally crafty Farah, but that went out the window when Farah showed up more than twenty pounds heavier than he did in his last bout.
Caputo Smith (6-0, 4 KOs) stalked Farah (6-6, 1 KO) from the opening bell, seeking to land one of his patented bombs against the southpaw. Farah handled the pressure by getting on his bike, and when he couldn’t do that, he would hold on until referee Steve Smoger would pry him off.
Smoger wasted no time in deducting a point from Farah for holding in round three, and immediately disqualified Farah for the same infraction early in round four.
For Caputo Smith, he was able to get in a couple of rounds against a southpaw mover. While disappointing, a win is a win.
Belasco blanks Crayton
“Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 137, of Wilmington, DE took every round against unwilling southpaw Devarise Crayton, 139, of Orlando, FL in a six round lightweight bout.
Belasco (13-4-3, 3 KOs) used his boxing skills, while seeking to land his straight right hand against Crayton (6-10-2, 2 KOs). He did land it a couple of times, but Crayton would hold whenever Belasco got close. Referee Vic De Wysocki warned Crayton twice for holding in round four.
Belasco easily took round five, and landed some nice body shots to go along with a nice left hook to the head in round six.
It takes two to tango, and without an opponent to engage him, Belasco was able to box his way to an easy win.
All three judges favored Belasco by 60-54 scores.
Jeffrey gets by Curry
“Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, 128, of Brooklyn, NY kept her unbeaten streak alive with a split-decision win over difficult southpaw Ashleigh Curry, 130, of St. Joseph, MO in a four round women’s junior lightweight bout.
Jeffrey (4-0, 1 KO) was able to get inside Curry’s longer reach in round one to land to the body with two nice combinations.
Ronica had some success to the body early in round two, before Curry (1-4-1) got her right jab going. Curry was able to keep Jeffrey off with her jab, and landed several nice rights to win the round.
Jeffrey settled down to out-box Curry in round three, landing a mixture of punches to the head and body, including a right-left-right combination near the end of the round.
Round four was very close, with Jeffrey being a shade busier and initiating the action.
The scoring was 40-36 and 39-37 in favor of Jeffrey and 39-37 for Curry.
Biddle blows out Mabin
Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle, 193, of Hockessin, DE scored four crowd-pleasing knockdowns on his way to stopping Lonnie Mabin, 192, of St. Joseph, MO at 2:22 of round two of a scheduled four round cruiserweight bout.
There are no pretensions with Biddle. He is there to brawl until he takes you out. He dropped Mabin early in round one, and again near the end of the opening round courtesy of a right uppercut.
Mabin (1-6-1, 1 KO) landed an overhand right followed by two straight rights to open round two, but soon found himself down again, this time from a short right from Biddle,
Biddle (4-1, 4 KOs) went right back to his money punch, landing a big right just as Mabin was firing his own right. Biddle’s landed first, and Mabin fell hard. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off without a count.
Morris dominates Denby
Gabriel Morris, 146, of Toledo, OH took a unanimous decision over Mike “Strictly Business” Denby, 145, of Felton, DE in a four round welterweight bout.
Morris (3-7-1) used a counter right hand to perfection against the hard-charging Denby. Morris landed a hard counter right and a big right uppercut in the opening round, while Denby (2-6-3, 2 KOs) scored with a hard right early in round two, before Morris landed some big shots of his own.
Denby started fast in round three, but Morris shifted his attack to the body to dominate the last half of the round. Round four was another close one, and could have gone either way.
The final scores were all 39-37 in favor of Morris.
Pham outhustles Glenn
In the opening bout, Gabriel “GPHAM” Pham, 171, of Atlantic City, NJ used his height and reach advantages to take a unanimous decision over Michael Glenn, 173, of Hutchinson, KS in a four round light heavyweight bout.
Pham (4-0, 2 KOs) kept Glenn (2-1, 1 KO) on the outside for the first two rounds, before nearly scoring a stoppage in round three. In that round, Pham sent Glenn back with a big left, and followed up with an extended barrage that had referee Steve Smoger taking a close look.
Glenn survived the round, and actually came back to win the fourth and final round. It wasn’t enough, as Pham won by the scores of 40-35 (twice) and 39-36.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host its next show on Friday, December 3.
Promoter: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
Ring Announcer: Larry Tornambe