By Matt Richardson at ringside
Former junior middleweight title-holder Yuri Foreman continued a successful comeback on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan with a shut-out decision win against journeyman Jamaal Davis. All three judges submitted the same score of 80-72 for the former WBA belt-holder. The fight, the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing,” marked the third victory for Foreman since he dropped back to back fights to Miguel Cotto and Pawel Wolak in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Foreman (31-2, 8 KO’s) has decent boxing skills but elects to run far more than punch, resulting in less than aesthetically pleasing performances. Wednesday night was no different as Foreman cautiously boxed from the outside throughout the encounter. It was clear early on that Davis (14-10-1, 6 KO’s) would not be able to catch his opponent, and thus a fairly dull fight occurred. The lack of action left ringside fans restless while a woman in the front row was spotted sleeping through most of the eight rounds.
In the co-featured fight of the night, female junior featherweight Heather Hardy obtained her first professional victory via knockout with a fourth round stoppage of the overmatched Cassie Trost. Hardy (6-0, 1 KO) seemed to hurt Trost with almost everything she threw. Trost (1-2-1) had her nose bloodied by the fourth and after flopping to the canvas on what appeared to be a push, the referee elected to call a halt to the bout with Trost having been physically and completely beaten. Time of the stoppage was 1:30.
In a dull 154-pound contest, Emanuel DeJesus won a unanimous four round decision against journeyman Khalik Memminger. DeJesus was simply the quicker, more athletic fighter. All three judges submitted identical shut-out scores for the still unbeaten DeJesus (6-0, 4 KO’s). Memminger is now 6-11-3 with three wins coming by way of stoppage.
Cruiserweight Travis Peterkin kept his undefeated record intact with a comprehensive six round unanimous decision win against Hector Hernandez. Peterkin was unable to successfully cut off the ring, thus preventing him from landing enough hard punches to earn the stoppage win. Peterkin (8-0, 4 KO’s) was far more active and accurate than Hernandez (10-6-2, 4 KO’s) and it resulted in Peterkin securing three identical tallies of 60-54 in his favor.
Junior lightweight prospect Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz was forced to go the distance for the first time as a professional with a four-round unanimous decision win against Nuwan “The Lion of Sri Lanka” Jayakody. Cruz (6-0, 5 KO’s) seemed to hurt Jayakody (1-2) with body punches in the third, prompting Cruz’s significant contingent of fans in attendance to erupt in cheers. The tough Jayakody was able to bounce back well, though, and even scored with a sneaky right of his own in the fourth. Cruz won every round on every score card with three scores of 40-36.
Junior welterweight Louis Cruz defeated Justin Robbins by four-round shutout unanimous decision. Cruz (4-0, 2 KO’s) dropped Robbins in a corner in the second but his opponent was able to sustain any offensive onslaught to survive the round and, two rounds later, the fight. All three judges scored the bout 40-35 for the rising Cruz. Robbins is now 1-2.
In a super middleweight fight, Louis Rose gave Akil Frederick-Auguste his first loss as a professional via a lopsided six-round unanimous decision. All three judges submitted identical scores of 59-55 for Rose. Rose is now 7-2 with just two stoppage wins to his credit while Frederick-Auguste drops to 2-1 with both wins via knockout.
Heavyweight John Orr was stopped by Ytalo Perea in the first round of a scheduled four-round heavyweight bout in the first fight of the evening. Time of the stoppage was 1:48. Perea is now 4-0 with two wins via stoppage. Orr is 1-1.