DION SAVAGE CHANGES NAME, SCORES ROAD VICTORY
Shujaa El-Amin aka Dion Savage W10 Joey McCreedy ... Shujaa El-Amin aka Dion Savage (12-3, 6 KOs) spoiled the Lowell, Massachusetts homecoming of "Irish" Joey McCreedy (13-6-2, 6 KOs), who was fighting in hometown for the first time as a pro. El-Amin, however, dominated the action from the opening round against McCreedy in their super middleweight bout, winnning nine of ten rounds on two judges' scorecards and
sweeping all ten on the other. "I fight for oppressed people all over the world, not myself," El-Amin, from Flint, Michigan, commented after the fight. "I come from a poor place and want to build-up my city. I'm fighting for my father who has been imprisoned in Illinois for 15 years for a crime he's innocent [of]. We have proof. It's an injustice. His name is Dion Savage, Sr."
Sean Eklund W8 James Ventry... Micky Ward-trained light welterweight Sean Eklund (11-4), also fighting at home in Lowell for the first time as a pro, won a unanimous decision in his first eight-round bout from James Ventry (7-14-1). "I could hear the fans and it was inspirational," the 28-year-old Eklund said after the fight, "but I had to stay within myself. I got wild a few times. I hurt him in the first round and loaded up trying to knock him out. He's a tough kid who has been stopped only twice. I didn't have much amateur experience, so I'm gaining experience now, and have gotten better in each of my last three fights."
Chicago light welterweight Antonio "Aztec God of War" Canas (6-0-1) overcame two third-round knockdowns to salvage a six-round majority draw in an entertaining fight with Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs).
US Marine Jimmy Smith, who did two tours in Iraq, decked Rafael Jusino in the opening round but soon the fight was halted after a cut opened over Jusino's eye from and accidental head-butt. The match was ruled a no contest.
New Jersey middleweight Anthony Jones (1-0-1) won his first pro fight with a unanimous four-round decision over pro-debuting Bernie Ongewe.
"Homecoming" - presented by Chicago Fight Clubs Promotion ("CFC Promotion") -- was the first professional boxing show held in seven years in Lowell, a well-known hotbed for amateur boxing, annually hosting the New England Championships. Lowell is best known as the home of "Irish" Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the principal subjects in the award-winning movie, "The Fighter." They worked the corners for McCreedy and his CFC Promotion stable-mate, Sean Eklund (10-4, 2 KOs), who is the nephew of Micky and Dicky.
Shujaa El-Amin (12-3, 6 KOs), Flint, MI WDEC10 (100-90, 99-91, 99-91) Joey McCreedy (13-6-2, 6 KOs), Lowell, MA
Anthony Jones (1-0-1), Newark, NJ WDEC4 (40-35, 40-036, 39-37) Bernie Ongewe (0-1), Dracut, MA
Rafael Vasimo (0-6), Lawrence, MA No Contest (1:36 round 1)
Jimmy Smith 0-0), Portland, ME
Sean Eklund (11-4, 2 KOs), Lowell, MA WDEC8 (79-73, 79-73, 78-74) James Ventry (7-14-1, 4 KOs), Niagara Falls, NY
Antonio Canas (6-0-1, 3 KOs), Chicago, IL D6 (55-57, 56-56, 56-56) Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs), St. Louis, MO