Hammerstein Undercard Report

By Benn Schulberg


Hammerstein Undercard Report

Argenis Mendez W4 Ruben Jacoby... The night started off with a four-round featherweight bout in which Argenis Mendez from Brooklyn, NY raised his record to 2-0 with a unanimous decision over the game Ruben Jacoby of Colorado Springs, CO who fell to 0-3.  Bleeding from the nose, Jacoby fought hard to the final bell to the delight of the fans but was outmatched by the faster Mendez.

Eileen Olszewski W6 Noriko Kariya... Eileen “Miyoko” Olszewski, the Hawaiian native who makes her home in New York City, looked impressive in her victory over local favorite Noriko Kariya, winning a split decision in their six-round bantamweight match, raising her record to 2-0.  Kariya, from Jersey City, NJ, dropped to 6-2.  Olszewski, the former three-time national champ gave up two pounds at the weigh-in and almost nine in the ring.  Despite the weight differential, Olszewski showed poise and confidence in her second professional fight, rocking Kariya with a right hand midway through the first round and almost knocking her down in the second with a left hook.  Kariya fell forward and held on to survive the round.  Olszewski’s record is deceiving as she had a long, successful amateur career and her experience showed against Kariya, who seemed confused and surprised by her foe’s ability.  Olszewski was able to keep her distance and use her jab effectively, nullifying Kariya’s inside fighting and consistently beating her to the punch.  It was another sweet victory long overdue for Olszewski who couldn’t get a fight for more than three years after retiring from amateur competition.  She finally got the chance to showcase her skills on a big card and looks to be a rising star in women’s boxing.

James McGirt, Jr. TKO4 Anthony Little... Middleweight James McGirt Jr. of Brentwood, NY showed why he’s “Buddy’s creation” as he calls himself, stopping Anthony Little of Akron, Ohio at 2:46 of the fourth round.  McGirt suffered a cut over his right eye in the third round that began to bother him in the fourth as he pawed at the blood dripping down his brow.  That seemed to ignite him as seconds later McGirt sent the game Little back against the ropes, finishing him off with a combination that left him bent over in agony when the referee came to his rescue.

Pawel Wolak TKO4 Luis Hodge... Crowd favorite Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak, ignited his adoring fans with a fifth round stoppage over Luis Hodge in a junior middleweight bout.  Wolak, from Mt. Arlington, NJ, was undeterred after sustaining a cut over his right eye in the opening round.  He continued to hunt down the mobile Hodge and pound away at his body.  Hodge, the Sarasota, FL native began to tire in the second and by the third all he could do was sit on the ropes and absorb Wolak’s body shots.  After taking a terrible beating in the fourth round, Hodge made the wise decision to stay on his stool when the bell rang for the fifth, sending Wolak’s fans into celebration.  Wolak is now 13-0, while Hodge dropped to 5-3. Update: In his dressing room after the fight, Wolak received stitches to close the cut over his eye.