THE BOXINGTALK SCOREBOARD
UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM CONNECTICUT:
Worcester, Mass., heavyweight Donnie Palmer (3-0-1) kept his unbeaten record intact, stopping New Haven’s Solomon Maye (1-1) with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth and final round. Palmer agreed to fight Maye early Friday morning, 24 hours before the event, after Maye’s original opponent, Zeferino Albino, was forced to withdraw Thursday due to personal reasons.
The 6-foot-10 Palmer had the distinct height advantage over the shorter, 6-2 Maye, but Maye looked sharp early, working the body aggressively while Palmer backpedaled looking to avoid sustaining any damage. As the fight wore on, Palmer ultimately wore down Maye, using his 267-frame to keep Maye against the ropes while landing clean blows to the head. Murdaugh deducted a point from Maye in the fourth for spitting his mouthpiece out a third time and eventually stopped the bout moments later when Maye could no longer defend himself.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the night, female bantamweights Marcia Agripino (1-0-1) of Groton, Conn., and newcomer Michelle Cook (0-0-1) of upstate New York battled to a majority draw following four action-packed rounds. Cook, a highly-regarded amateur from the Adirondacks, dominated the early rounds with sharp, effective counterpunching against the aggressive Agripino, but Agripino fought back in the latter half of the fight and began landing cleanly while avoiding Cook’s counterpunches. One judge scored the bout in favor of Cook, 39-37, while the remaining judges each scored it 38-38, resulting in a majority draw.
Super welterweight Christian Lao of New Haven (5-2-1) won for the first time in more than a year, outworking Hartford’s Joe Wilson Jr. (1-1) to earn a 39-37, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision. Lao’s speed and footwork were too much for Wilson, as he ducked in and out trouble and landed cleanly without taking much punishment. Following a year-and-a-half layoff, Lao returned to the ring Oct. 5, fighting to a draw, before beating Wilson on Saturday night.
New Haven welterweight Jimmy Williams (5-0-1) bounced back from a draw in early October with a unanimous decision win over the slick, elusive Evincii Dixon (2-3-1) of Lancaster, Pa., 39-37 on all three scorecards. The two spent most of the opening round posturing while trying to find an opening. Dixon seemed intent on counterpunching while Williams was the aggressor looking to press the action. The pace picked up in the third round as Williams opened with his most effective flurry of the night, forcing Dixon to exchange. Williams continued to press in the fourth round while Dixon landed several effective counterpunches, but not enough to sway the judges, resulting in his second loss in his last three fights dating back to September.
Connecticut featherweight Mike Oliver fought to an entertaining draw against Brooklyn challenger Cornelius Lock on Saturday night in Oliver's home state, at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Mike Oliver D8 Cornelius Lock...
Following his disqualification win over Eric Hunter in September, Oliver (26-5-1) came out aggressive against the stronger Lock, but was at his best when weaving in and out of trouble while Lock was the better fighter toe-to-toe.
The two staged a tremendous finish over the final four rounds, exchanging blows along the ropes and in the center of the ring. Lock (21-6-2) earned a 78-74 decision on one card while the other two judges each scored the bout 76-76, resulting in a majority draw. source: Jimmy Burchfield's CES
Fighting for the first time since capturing the Women’s International Boxing Association bantamweight title in May, New London’s Shelito Vincent (10-0) came out firing against the undersized Alisah McPhee (2-1) of British Columbia, Canada, who moved up in weight from 118 pounds to face Vincent.
Shelito Vincent TKO4 Alisah McPhee...
McPhee fought hard, but didn’t have the strength or speed to match Vincent, who eventually caught McPhee in a flurry in the neutral corner late in the fourth round, forcing referee Shada Murdaugh to stop the bout with 2:08 remaining.
source: Jimmy Burchfield's CES
Washington, D.C. welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (18-0, 10 KO) won
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison W10
his first ten-round bout. The 19-year old won a unanimous decision over Josh “Pit Bull” Torres (12-3-1, 5 KO). The D.C. native's superior boxing skills were too much for the game Torres as the judges scored the bout 100-90, and 98-92 twice. source: press release
Ana Arrazola W10 Maria Del Refugio Jimenez Cruz... Light flyweight Ana Arrazola faced fellow Mexican Maria Del Refugio Jimenez Cruz on Saturday in Celaya, Mexico.
Jimenez Cruz, pressuring Arrazola and often found a home for her right hand. However, Arrazola worked well with the jab and used her superior boxing skills to take control from the fourth round on.
None of the boxers looked close to going down at any point of the fight, and it remained competitive for the full ten rounds. In the end, the judges scored it 98-92, 99-91 and 100-90 in favor of Arrazola. This was a rematch of their 2011 original encounter where Arrazola won an action-packed bout on points, and this time she was also made to work hard despite the wide scores of the judges. The winner improved her record to 19-9-2, while Jimenez Cruz dropped to 10-7. source: wbf