By Mark Vaz at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) needed just 2:26 to annihilate Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KOs) in round one on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Stevenson rushed Roman and dropped him with a left hook. Roman survived the initial onslaught but Stevens then laid him out with another left hook. Stevens had let it be known before the fight that he wants to challenge WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and after this performance why not? The Golovkin camp has expressed interest in doing a Golovkin-Stevens fight in November in New York City.
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) gave his former sparring partner Dominick Guinn (34-10-1, 23 KOs) a boxing demonstration en route to a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. Guinn had his best moments in round one, but it was all downhill from there as Adamek took over the fight from round two peppering Guinn with combinations. Guinn was cut over the right eye by an unintentional head clash in round three and the rest of the bout resembled a sparring session as Adamek cruised to a 98-92, 99-91, 99-91 win.
The move of former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-4, 18 KOs) to cruiserweight was a total disaster. WBC #7 rated Thadiso “The Rock” Mchunu (14-1, 9 KOs) completely dominated Chambers winning a ten round a unanimous decision by lopsided scores of 97-93, 99-91, 99-91. It was a tactical match with both fighters waiting for the other to lead, but southpaw Mchunu earned the win by simply staying busier. Chambers spent most the fight posing rather than punching and the punches he did throw hit mostly air.
In a scheduled 8 rounds heavyweight bout, highly regarded Ukranian Vyacheslav “Czar” Glakov improved to 15-0-1 (11ko’s) with a second round tko over journeyman Byron Polley 25-16-1 (11). Glakov, who’s sole blemish comes in the form of a split decision draw against 35-0 Malik Scott was impressive, twice dropping Polly in the first round, closing the show at 30 seconds of the second round.
After a tentative first round, jr middleweight prospect Tony “Superbad” Harrison 14-0 (11 ko’s) of Detroit opened up against the game Alex Gilbert Sanchez 2-3 (2) fighting out of Camden, NJ, stopping Sanchez at 2:10 of the second round. Harrison showed good handspeed and combination punching, dropping Sanchez with a clean right cross a minute into the round, but Sanchez surprisingly beat the count, firing back until a perfectly placed left hook to the body sent Sanchez to the canvas for the count.
When you have two fighters with very similar ability, the one who’s able to fight at his own distance is usually the guy that wins. In a great example of this theory, Staten Island’s Michael Brooks improved to 11-0-1 (2) with a six round unanimous decision over Hartford’s Joseph Chip Perez 10-3 (3) in a highly entertaining lightweight bout. Southpaw Brooks was able to use excellent movement and combination punching from the outside against the shorter Perez, keeping Perez off balance for the majority of the fight. Perez, the crowd favorite, certainly had his moments when he was able to close the gap and land on the inside, but his opportunities were too few. Scores 57-56, 59-54, and 60-53. Initially, both fighters were slated against other opponents, both of whom fell out at the last minute and to their credit, they agreed to fight each other.
New Haven welterweight Jimmy Williams 4-0-1 (2ko’s) and Philadelphia’s Greg Jackson, 3-0-1 (1ko) fought to a majority draw over 4 rounds. Williams often seemed perplexed at how to handle the extremely awkward Jackson who showed a far greater array of bizarre facial expressions and dance-like defensive moves than punches. Neither fighter was able to land anything substantial throughout the fight to the disappointment of the vocal Williams supporters in the audience.