By Christopher P. Cook at Ringside
Tampa’s own Quinton Willis (6-2-1, 3 KOs) had more than he could handle against “Silky” Wilky Campfort (7-1-0, 4 KOs) at the Westshore DoubleTree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. In the first night of boxing in the Bay area for 2011, both fighters put on a crowd pleaser. Tampa’s first night of boxing had its highs and lows, starting with exciting early knockouts, followed by some slow-paced bouts, low blows, and finished off with a sound technical fight.
The main event started off with good trading from both fighters, as they tried to fain the upper hand. “Silky” Wilky landed with more consistency than Willis, and beat him to the punch on several occasions. As the rounds progressed, Willis had a tendency to bring himself in and hold, hindering his ability to land solidly. Campfort’s connections on Willis began to affect him, as Willis appeared to try and land the homerun shot. By the fourth round, Campfort had established a solid lead, landing more often and with the cleaner blows.
Willis’s corner, which included former world lightweight champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, finally convinced him to let his hands fly in the fifth. Willis came out throwing to start the round, but reverted soon after back to the same style which lost him the earlier rounds. “Silky” kept taking advantage of Willis’ movement and holding, as he landed much flusher shots while in the clinch. As the final bell rang, there was little doubt as to who fought the better fight, and all judges scored the bout big for Campfort (59-55 twice and 60-54).
In a battle of heavyweights Luis Ortiz (6-0-0, 4 KOs), 234 lbs met Ruben Rivera (3-6-0, 1 KO), 270 lbs. Ortiz easily out punched Rivera, and set the pace of the first over the much larger fighter. Rivera went on to perform his punching bag impression in the second, as Ortiz kept throwing and all Rivera seemingly did was pound his stomach and call for more punishment. Action remained the same the following two rounds until Rivera decided to take the fight dirty in the fourth. While both fighters were turned away from the referee, Rivera connected with two weak low blows. Later in the round, Rivera threw another low blow which was caught by the ref. Hard-headed, Rivera continued his dirty tactic, landing another low blow early in the round which he received a formal warning. Rivera lost two points in this round due to subsequent low blows. Still refusing to stop the illegal blows, Rivera was DQ’d after throwing two more three to four combinations of low blows. The referee was forced to call off the fight at the 2:50 mark of the fifth. Rivera threw at least a dozen low blows in the bout, almost equaling the amount of punches he landed. Rivera has a history of fighting dirty; in 2006, he struck Lenroy “TNT” Thomas intentionally while he was down, resulting in a two point deduction.
Two time Olympian Sherali Dostiev (8-0-1, 2 KOs), 123.6 lbs, battled Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera (16-8-2, 5 KOs), 126.6 lbs, in a well fought six round contest. Dostiev worked his punches well in the first, catching Rivera with a left hand that caused him to stumble back. Dostiev continued his accurate shots in the second, freezing Rivera with a left hand to his chest. Rivera fought back valiantly, never backing down. Dostiev’s accurate shots bothered Rivera in the middle rounds, as Rivera verbally called for more action while finding it difficult to avoid his opponent’s shots. Rivera kept dropping his head, which Dostiev took advantage of, landing solidly each time. Rivera’s frustration became even more visible in the fifth, as he lost his mouth piece for the second time as well as lifted Dostiev up off his feet. Dostiev finished the bout backpedaling around the ring while Rivera threw wild shots. Dostiev swept the cards, 60-54 twice and 60-53.
Umberto Savigne (3-1-0, 2 KOs), 178.6 lbs, had his way with the more ring savvy Amador Acevedo (3-9-1, 3 KOs), 176.8 lbs. Savigne dominated the first, landing his shots at will. Acevedo kept a fairly tight defense in the first, but was tentative to return fire. The second saw a much slower pace by both fighters. Acevedo began to throw more punches but not enough to take the round from the more effective Savigne. The pace became a crawl in the third, as the crowd became increasingly vocal about the inactivity. Savigne took the round based upon the few punches he did throw. Acevedo spent the entire round in a defensive stance, rarely moving his hands to try and connect with Savigne. The fourth round was an extension of the third, little action and nothing memorable. All three judges scored the unexciting bout 40-36 for Savigne.
Vilier Quinonez (2-0-0, 2 KOs), 170 lbs and debut LD Herbert 159.4 lbs, met in a completely mismatched light heavyweight bout. Herber weighed in a full ten pounds lighter than Quinonez, and in the ring, Quinonez looked about twenty pounds bigger than his middleweight opponent. Quinonez shook Herbert with every punch, landing a solid right hand that threw to the canvas, ending the night early. The referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the first. It remains unanswered as to why the commission allowed such a huge weight difference to be approved.
Debut Kadel Martinez, 122.4 lbs, battled winless Shane Tenney (0-2-0), 123 lbs, in a bout that began exciting but ended much different. Martinez easily took the first, controlling the action in the ring. He made good work of his opponents face, turning Tenney into a strawberry. Tenney did make a little comeback at the end of the first, landing a couple body shots which slowed down Martinez’s attack. Martinez opened a cut over the right eyebrow of Lopez in the second. Tenney came forward more in the middle rounds, opening up his punches. Martinez’s early advantage and pace slowed considerably as the match continued. Martinez took to showboating in the fourth, trying to highlight his overall unimpressive performance against a winless boxer. Judges scored the bout majority decision for Martinez (40-36 twice and 38-38 draw).
Frank Gedeon (2-0-0, 1 KO), 153.4, met debuting Miguel Canales, 152.8, in a four round bout. Gedeon clearly outclassed the debuting fighter, starting with a nice counter-left to the grill of Canales. A tight combo dropped Canales in the middle of the opening round. Gedeon kept the pressure on, landing a solid left hand which dropped Canales a second time. Surprisingly, Canales was able to survive the round. Canales came out in the second throwing wildly and disregarding his defense. Gedeon easily overcame the wild shots, and battered Canales. The referee had finally seen enough of the onslaught 50 seconds into the round, calling a halt to the action.
Opening the night of boxing, Angel Lopez (2-10-0, 2 KOs), 125.4 lbs, faced Yoandris Salinas (5-0-0, 2 KO), 122.8 lbs. Salinas started off the bout strong, throwing freely and overpowering his challenger. Wild, wide rights landed the initial telling blows on Lopez, topped off with a left hook to the head of a dipping Lopez causing him to drop. Taking advantage of the situation, Salinas landed a solid right hand afterward, dropping Lopez for the second time. As soon as he rose from the count, Salinas landed a quick left in the corner, dropping Lopez for the third time, ending his night. Time of the stoppage was 2:50 of the first.
One Punch Productions returns to the Westshore DoubleTree on April 29, 2011.