DiBella Entertainment has just added another bout to an already top-flight Broadway Boxing show this Thursday at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Undefeated junior middleweight Sechew Powell will face the biggest name of his career, Santiago Samaniego.
Although he has lost three in a row, in his last fight, most felt Samaniego deserved to win his last bout a fight against local favorite Troy Lowry in Minnesota. Instead, he lost a controversial six-round technical decision in a close, competitive fight when Lowry was cut over the left eye. The referee ruled the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads, so the bout went to the scorecards. All three judges scored it 59-55 for Lowry but taped replays showed that the cut was caused by a right hand from Samaniego, so the result should have been a TKO win for him. Still only 31 years old, the veteran Samaniego is 36-9-1 including a 2002 win over Mamadou Thiam. He also holds a win over Maselino Masoe and losses to Alejandro Garcia, Rhoshii Wells and Vernon Forrest. Powell is 16-0, and in his last fight, he knocked out previously undefeated Cornelius Bundrage. Both fighters were knocked down simultaneously in the opening seconds, both immediately got up, and then Sechew scored a spectacular knockdown with a left hand that saw Bundrage get up and stumble down twice. The referee stopped the fight after just 22 seconds. DiBella Entertainment's show will also feature Paul Malignaggi and Dmitriy Salita.