By Don Wright @ ringside
Welterweight contenders Joshua Clottey and Chris “the Mechanic” Smith both took care of business in the featured bouts of promoter Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing show at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on Friday.
Clottey (28-1, 20 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Marlon “Trouble Man” Thomas (35-6-1, 21 KOs), with scores of 99-90 twice, and 98-91. While Clottey landed the harder, cleaner shots throughout the fight, neither fighter produced a very high work output, and both men seemed content to throw single shots and then hold. Thomas lost a point in the final round for excessive holding, but the referee could have easily penalized either man. The crowd at the Turning Stone Events Center grew increasingly restless throughout the slow paced main event. During one of many choruses of boos toward the end of the fight, one of the television camera men pumped his arms up encouraging the justified crowd response.
In the co-feature, Chris “The Mechanic” Smith scored a sixth round TKO over Thomas Barrientes (27-9, 17 KOs), after Barrientes failed to answer the bell for the sixth round due to a broken hand. Smith (20-2-1, 13 KOs) was the aggressor throughout, as he stalked Barrientes behind relentless combinations. The Mechanic had his hand raised in victory for the first time following two consecutive losses to fellow welterweight contenders David Estrada and Sharmba Mitchell.
The under card featured three additional welterweight bouts. In the best fight of the night, Russell “the Spider” Jordan (11-2, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Henry Humphrey (7-5, 6 KOs). Jamar Patterson (4-0, 3 KOs) stopped Terrance Thomas (4-5-1) in the first round, prompting the crowd to loudly boo the referee for the rest of the evening, for what appeared to be a quick stoppage. Kenny Abril (4-2-1, 3 KOs) knocked down Shane Culver (1-2) in the first round en route to a unanimous decision win.
Prior to the main event, DiBella introduced legendary champion Thomas “the Hitman” Hearns to a thunderous ovation from the crowd.
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