By Bob Caico at ringside
Photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Former world title challenger and reigning USBA middleweight champion Lajuan Simon (23-2-2) of Philadelphia earned a hard fought decision over Jose Angel Rodriguez (15-2) of the Bronx in the main event at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The decision was unanimous but Rodriguez was aggressive all ten rounds and made Simon work hard every round. Scores were 97-93, 99-91 and 97-93.
A very competitive six-round co-feature saw Jamaal Davis (12-6) of Philadelphia take a unanimous decision from Mustafah Johnson (6-7-1) of Indianapolis. Scores were 58-56 by the three judges at ringside. Most observers at ringside thought Johnson deserved at least a draw.
In his professional debut Steve Tyner of Akron, Ohio scored a first round knockout over previously unbeaten Shawn Miller (2-1) of Troy, NY. A left to the body put Miller down for the count at 1:49 in the scheduled four.
Light heavyweight Andy Mejias (7-0) of Utica landed a thunderous right hand in the second round of a scheduled four that knocked David Brown (1-2) of New Jersey out for the count. Time was 1:04 seconds.
In a furious six-round women’s featherweight contest, Jackie Trivilino (4-2-1) out slugged Angel Gladney (6-2-1) of Columbus, SC to gain a unanimous decision. Trivilino landed the harder and cleaner punches to earn the judge’s scores of 59-55 and 60-54 twice.
Brian Cloakey (2-0) of Chase Mills, NY earned a shutout unanimous decision over Akron, Ohio’s Keon Graham (2-2) in a cruiserweight bout. Scores were 40-36 trice.
Welterweight Stephan Scott (3-1) of Albany, NY outworked Tolan Tascoe (1-4) of Orange, NJ in a four-round contest and won by scores of 39-36 and 40-35 twice.