Friday night from the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa, a three fight edition of “Showbox” broadcast headlined by Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan for the vacant USBA Super Middleweight Title. In the co-feature Lightweights Thomas Mattice and Rolando Chinea faced off in an eight round bout. Opening the night would be a Super Lightweight affair between undefeated Montana Love and Samuel Teah in an eight round contest.
The main event was an extremely boring affair, outside a short exchange in round one between the fighters. As the rounds passed, Ronald Ellis pressured Junior Younan who was happy avoiding punches off the ropes followed by an occasional jab. The pressure of Ellis while ineffective was at least an attempt at making the fight happen, Younan at times seemed disinterested in even being there fighting let alone exchanging punches.
When Younan did mount offense, they were sloppy and wide most missing their target. In the sixth round both fighters combined landed under ten punches, making it almost painful to watch. There would be a short rally by Younan in round eight that pinned Ellis to the ropes but the rally was short lived. It appeared Younan punched himself out then went on his bicycle for the fights remainder.
When the final scores were announced Judge Fran Bechen scored it 96-94 for Junior Younan, Judge Jeff Sinnett 96-94 for Ronald Ellis and Judge Mike Contreras 95-95 even With the bout being scored a split draw, Junior Younan now stands at 13-0- (9) and Ronald Ellis 14-0-2 (10), the USBA Super Middleweight Title remains vacant.
In what was perhaps the nights most exciting bout, lightweights Thomas Mattice and Rolando Chinea provided some moments of drama for fans. In the early going it appeared as though Rolando Chinea was on his way to having an easy nights work. The pressure of Chinea for almost every second of every round, would force Mattice backwards and it seemed as though Thomas Mattice had no answers for in terms of retaliation while he absorbed punches along the ropes. This would be the fights tempo for six straight rounds, then in round seven a counter punch by Mattice sent Chinea to the ropes.
Once Chinea was against the ropes Mattice let loose a seven punch combination that sent Chinea to the canvas.and waved off by referee Adam Pollack at 1:31 seconds of the round. With a dramatic come from behind stoppage win Thomas Mattice, down by four rounds on all three Judges score cards improved to 11-0 (9). A very disappointed Rolando Chinea who had put on a great showing up until round seven now stands at 15-2-1 (6).
The nights televised opener between Montana Love and Samuel Teah was a very basic affair with a repetitive tempo. There was a jab to the head, straight right to the body combination thrown Teah over and over while Love used hand speed and footwork to score points.
On occasion Teah would close the distance and land a combination but only in round five would he have any real success. When the contest was over Judges Jeff Sinnett and Adam Pollack scored it 78-74 while Judge Brad Rebeck seen it 76-76 giving Montana Love a split decision victory. With his victory Montana Love improved to 9-0 (4), Samuel Teah now stands at 12-2-1 (5).
In Undercard action not televised.
Cruiserweight- DeShon Webster 10-1 (6) def. Mengistu Zarzar 6-2-1 (5) Via SD 4.
Super Welterweight- Jorge Serrano 1-0 (1) def. Frank Young 0-2 Via TKO 2.
Super Lightweight- Drako Rodriguez 2-0 (2) def. Shannen McCray 1-2 (1) Via TKO 2.
Lightweight- Joel Flores 0-0-1 MD Charles Johnson 0-0-2 majority draw 4.