By Matt Thompson at Ringside
In an all-out war, New England welterweight champ Derek Silveira (8-0, 4 KOs) not only successfully defended his title for the second time but earned the opportunity to face jr welterweight contender Danny O’Connor at the Boston Garden in the main event of a December 14th show. Mixing boxing and aggression, Silveira, from Salem, MA, often remained in harm’s way against the big punching William Correa (9-8, 8 KOs), frequently exchanging power punches much to the delight of a sell-out crowd.
Correa, a Puerto Rico native fighting out of Framingham, MA, was the strong puncher and he pressed the action most of the fight, landing effectively enough to swell the left eye of Silveira, while the jab of Silveira landed consistently, keeping the wild-swinging Correa off balance.
A Silveira right hand cut Correa over the left eye in the third stanza, leaving the fighters covered in blood for the remainder of the contest. With the action give-and-take throughout, Correa began the sixth and final round very aggressively, perhaps a bit too much so, running into a short right cross that dropped him for the count.
O’Connor, at ringside, congratulated Silveira, who’s extremely enthusiastic fans were ecstatic to see the good-natured Silveira win in such dramatic fashion.
The O’Connor-Silveira showdown will be contested at the catch-weight of 145 pounds.
In the co-feature, Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (8-1, 1 KO) from Quincy, MA, used good movement and a persistent jab, accentuated by straight rights to win an unanimous decision over Yvonne Reis (7-15-1) in a welterweight bout. Reis, originally from Massachusetts but now fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, was in superb condition and pressed the action throughout. Lopes, a recent law school grad, boxed well and showed a solid defense. The six-round bout was fought with three minute rounds rather than the traditional two minutes usually reserved for women’s boxing. A recent decree by the Association of Boxing Commissioners allows for women to box 2 or 3 minute rounds. Both Lopes and Reis were active in petitioning for this change and were happy to do so. Scores were 58-56 twice and 57-55.
Heavyweight Alexis Santos of Lawrence, MA improved to 7-0 (6) with a second round stoppage of veteran Tyrone Smith (5-7-2). Smith, a Boston police officer, fought smart through the first round, keeping his distance with a long jab and tying up his shorter opponent when Santos cut the distance.
In the second Santos found his range to land a solid left hook followed by a right high on the temple that dropped Smith for the count.
After absorbing some solid right hands from Rhode Islander Theo Desjardin (0-2) in the early part of the opening stanza, jr welterweight Augustine Mauras (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Lawrence, MA, was able to take control to score an impressive first round stoppage.
Jr middleweight Chris Gilbert from Windsor, VT, stopped late sub Yann Oliveira, from Haverhill, MA in one, overwhelming his aggressive but inexperienced opponent. Gilbert jumps to 6-0 (5) while Oliveira starts his career at 0-1.
Noel Garcia and Jesus Cintron opened the show with an entertaining four-round draw in a welterweight bout. Garcia now shows a ledger of 2-15-2 while Cintron goes to 1-1-2.
The evening’s card was presented by promoter Chris Traietti of Granite Chin Boxing and the matchmaker was Mark Vaz.