By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
An overflow crowd packed Schuetzen Park in North Bergen. New Jersey on Thursday night to watch Bayonne, New Jersey’s own Bobby Rooney capture the vacant WBF All Americas light heavyweight title with a second round stoppage of “Jamming” James Morrow in the eight round main event. In the co feature of the evening, Victor “The Viper” Valenzuela overcame two intentional head butts to secure a six round unanimous decision victory over Daniel Lorenzano by scores of 60-53 x 3. The exciting seven-bout card also featured several local prospects in their professional debuts.
The 36-year-old Rooney 172 showed his experience right from the opening bell, jabbing and backing up Morrow with short combinations. Morrow 175 tried to stem the tide with several combinations while backing up. It was clear though that Morrow had nothing in the tool box to stop Rooney from banging away at will. Even with cruiserweight champ Bobby Gunn in Morrow’s corner, there was little he could do to keep Rooney from advancing.
Rooney continued to find his mark in round two, finally dropping Morrow to his hands and knees with a right hand on the button. Morrow rose to his feet and beat the eight count. Seeing Morrow in trouble, Rooney unloaded with two more combinations and Morrow’s hands dropped, forcing referee Lindsey Page to step in and call a halt to the bout at 1:49 of round two.
Rooney ups his record to 9-2, with 4KOs. While James Morrow drops to 11-12-2 with 6KOs
Valenzeula out scraps Lorenzano
It was an ugly scrap involving several fouls, but Victor “The Viper” Valenzuela (5-0, 1KO) was able to overcome two intentional head butts to capture the six round unanimous decision over Daniel Lorenzano (4-4, 2KO’s).
Valenzuela 126 of Passaic, New Jersey controlled the early rounds with sharp razor like combinations. He even forced stumble in round two but the crafty veteran held and regained his composure. Lorenzano was warned for holding in round two
Lorenzano was a crafty veteran and complained of rabbit punches in the middle rounds. Victor started to land sharp uppercuts in the third round.
Several head butts initiated by Lorenzano marred the fight, including one in the third and one in the fifth. The second one forced Steve Smoger to take a point, since it was clear that Lorenzano intentionally head butted Valenzuela who was forced to turn away in pain as his right eyelid swelled.
In the sixth and final round, Valenzuela went on the attack but Lorenzano constantly held. Valenzuela frustrated and angered, finally threw Lorenzano to the ground in disgust.
All three judges scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Victor Valenzuela.
McDermott overcomes Rosas
Danny “Little Mac” McDermott was able to overcome the slow opening two rounds to capture a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over fellow North Bergen lightweight Ricardo Rosas.
Both fighters went at it tooth and nail throughout the opening two rounds with Rosas pushing forward to win the rounds.
McDermott had the heart of a lion and found room with his left jabs and two punch combinations behind movement. Rosas could only fight pressing forward and did some of his work against the ropes but he couldn’t match the hand speed of McDermott.
As the rounds progressed McDermott began to set down on his punches more and landed with several big right hands that slowed down the attack of Rosas
In rounds five and six McDermott stepped up the attack with more big right hands and movement, but the dangerous Rosas just would not go away and forced the fight, making each round close. McDermott also slipped in a few uppercuts that back up Rosas late.
All Three judges scored the bout in favor of Danny McDermott by scores of 58-56 and 59-55 x2 respectively.
“I knew he was a tough fighter, “said McDermott afterward. “He had beaten the one guy on my record that I had a draw with.
“My game plan was to box him like Sugar Ray Robinson did to Jake LaMotte. I was trying to it as best as a white man could do it,” said McDermott as he chuckled.
Escalara pummels Njau
Hard punching super middleweight prospect Jason Escalara (5-0, 5KO’s) scored his fifth knockout in as many fights with a first round annihilation of Elizabeth New Jersey’s Joey Njau (0-3).
Njau was on the attack and pushed Escalara against the ropes. Escalara proved why he was so dangerous with a huge left hook that had Njau almost out on his feet. Escalara then spun out of the corner and unloaded a four punch combination as the defenseless Njau’s right arm got caught around the ring post. Referee Lindsay Page saw enough and halted the bout at 2:05 of the opening round.
Farrell topples Hannah
Jersey City, New Jersey’s own Patrick Farrell (Pro Debut) sent the pro Irish boxing crowd into a frenzy with an impressive first round stoppage Phillip Hannah of The Bronx, New York.
Farrell 195 who owned a fifteen pound weight advantage over his opponent, stalked Hannah right from the opening bell, looking for openings.
It wasn’t long though as a short left right on the button, which had Hannah stepping in potholes and back into the ropes. Hannah was badly hurt and tried to cover but seven unanswered punches with nothing in return, forced referee Steve Smoger to step in an call a halt to the proceedings at 1:01 of the opening round.
A satisfied Farrell spoke of his success afterward: “You put all the hard work in the gym and when you get into the ring, everything is easy.”
Green decisions Ellis
Morristown, New Jersey junior welterweight Chris “Smooth Operator” Green had it tough in his professional debut, but was able to use his superior boxing skills to capture the four round unanimous decision victory over Ray Ellis (0-2) of Philadelphia, PA.
Green 138 clearly had the more extensive experience and used his ring savvy to spin in and out of corners with pinpoint combinations. Ellis was in the better shape though and did some nice work whenever he caught the slick Green against the ropes.
In the end all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Chris Green.
Murphy blasts out Meeks
Sparta New Jersey middleweight Chris Murphy made his professional debut a successful one in the opening bout of the evening, with a first round knockout of Wilson, North Carolina’s Kenneth Meeks (1-5).
Murphy back Meeks up in the first minute of the fight with short left jabs. A straight right up top at the one minute mark sent Meeks 158 stumbling and covering up against the ropes. Murphy 154 seized the moment and unleashed a three punch combination, which sent Meeks to the canvas for the ten count at 1:54 of the opening round.