Thursday night, Star boxing presented a full card streamed on the “Fight Night LIVE” Facebook page, from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. As action took place inside the ring, commentators Ray Flores and Michael Woods, interacted with Facebook viewers who shared their opinion of the event. This new series, can be pivotal for upcoming young fighters in terms of exposure and provides viewing opportunities, for fans across the globe who might normally, not have access to a live event, be it in person or on television.
The main event, was a junior middleweight contest between multi-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and rising prospect Courtney Pennington.This was a critical bout for both men, Rodriguez hoping for an opportunity at one more high profile fight, entered on a ten month layoff and was 1-2-1 in his previous four. In order to get that opportunity, he needed to not just win but look sensational doing so. His opponent, Courtney Pennington entering on a two fight win streak, needed a convincing win to position himself for a bout against another top prospect and heighten his career to the next level.
It was obvious after the first two rounds, Rodriguez always the warrior, just didn’t have it in him. At 37yrs old, with forty two tough bouts behind him, Rodriguez battled both Pennington and time. He did start out pressing the action, yet was unable to cut the ring off and inflict any meaningful punishment. The younger fresher Pennington, incorporated double and triple jabs with movement, never in any danger or in need of adjusting his style, cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93.
The co-feature and most closely contested bout of the evening, was a female Super Welterweight contest between former world title holder, Kali Reis and Ashleigh Curry. In an interview, prior to the bout Reis gave Curry very little respect and implied it was nothing more than a “Stay Busy” fight.
Either Reis was over confident, or she and her team had not done their homework on Curry. While Ashleigh Curry, cannot be described as a technical fighter, her movement, counter punching off the ropes and awkward angles troubled Reis for every minute of every round. The official scores read 57-57 from Judge Tom Carusone, 58-56 in favor of Reis from Steve Weisfeld and 59-55 in favor of Reis from Judge Peter Harry. My own unofficial score was 58-56 in favor of Ashley, I can see an argument for the 58-56 in favor of Reis handed in by Steve Weisfeld. A score of 59-55 from Peter Harry was pure “Home Cooking” as broadcaster Ray Flores stated.
Super Welterweight Jose Rivera, scored a highlight reel stoppage over the tall, lanky, Marcus Beckford. At the start, Beckford had some success, using his reach and jab but after some adjustments by Rivera, a counter punch over a lazy Beckford jab ended the affair in round four. Jose Rivera improved to 3-1 (3), Marcus Beckford drops to 3-7-3 (1).
Welterweight Daniel Gonzalez, won a hard fought six round decision over veteran Samuel Amoako. This was a solid learning experience for Gonzalez, despite Amoako losing ten straight prior, he has been a stern test for many top prospects. In his career, Amoako has only been stopped twice, once against then top ten ranked Gavin Rees, the other against hard hitting Miguel Roman. All three scorecards, read 60-54 in favor of Gonzalez who improved to 14-0-1(5), Samuel Amoako now stands at 21-15 (15).
Super Lightweight Anthony Laureano, scored a six round decision over Sidney Maccow after a back and forth battle. Early Maccow, controlled the pace, using his jab keeping Laureano at a distance. After making a slight adjustment, Laureano applied pressure used head movement and combination punching to gain a well deserved points decision. The official scores read 58-56 on all three scorecards. Anthony Laureano improved to 4-0 (2), Sidney Maccow now stands at 4-6 (3).
Cruiserweight Richard Rivera, scored a fourth round TKO over Marco Parente, using combinations and pressure to continuously keep Parente on the back-foot. Despite a game effort by Marco Parente, he was never able to adjust and needed saving by referee Danny Schiavone at 2:27 of the round. Richard Rivera improved to 2-0 (2), Marco Parente coming up short in his debut is 0-1.
In a lightweight contest, between two fighters making their professional debuts, Omar Bordoy defeated Jonathon Rojas by unanimous decision. There was not a dull moment of the contest, both fighters gave it their all, Bordoy and his pressure style, won over the judges who all scored it the same 40-36 in favor of Omar Bordoy.
It was a bout, as I stated earlier because of this exposure through live streaming and the efforts of both fighters, fans who watched, will want to see them in action again sooner than later.
According to Joe DeGuardia, head of Star Boxing, fans can look forward to more events like these coming soon.