In a wake of the tragic events in Connecticut that have left the entire country with a heavy heart, Boxing fans gathered at the famed Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, NY to bring light to another tragedy that hit much closer to home. Hurricane Sandy took the tri state area by storm early last month leaving million in her path homeless, jobless, and the more fortunate without power and heat for up to two weeks. Lou Dibella and Dibella Entertainment put on this very special edition of Broadway Boxing as a benefit to those affected. In the lobby of Roseland Ballroom there was a silent auction held in which 100% of the proceeds would be donated to the Red Cross in an effort to relieve the financial pressures that come along with all of the work they have done in the affected area, as well as 10% of the ticket sales.
It was a packed card of ten fights that featured fighters from all walks of life. Mostly local fighters faced not so local opponents, and lets just say it was a night for the hometown boys. Almost every fighter from NY won, except for when Daniel Caldaza pulled an upset victory over Allan Benitez. See more below, as well as recaps of all ten fights.
Cameron Kreal v. Maurice Hooker
Maurice Hooker of Dallas, TX facing a seemingly weak opponent, Cameron Kreale of Las Vegas, NV who has a record of 2-3-2 and zero of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Hooker sets the pace with his jab early, and continues to control the first round. The second round started with a flash knockdown at the hands of Hooker. Kreal was quick to get up, but Hooker was just as quick to pounce, and landed a barrage of punches on the ropes. Hooker’s punches seemed to get stronger the more he landed. Using an ever-effective overhand right he clearly dominated the second round. Hooker didn’t seem to have a problem finding a way in to land any punch, not just the jab or overhand right, on Kreal. Kreal went down at the beginning of the third, this time he stayed down a little bit longer, but Hooker didn’t take any longer to pounce.
Hooker had never lost a second of dominance as he closes the third round. The fourth and final round begins with some more strong jabs from Hooker, which kept Kreal on the ropes for a short time. The fight moved to the middle of the ring, but the tempo still belongs to Hooker. Kreal seemed to come alive more and more as the fourth round progressed, but it is too little too late. The judges saw the fight the same way, scoring the fight 40-34, 40-34, and 39-35 for the still undefeated Maurice Hooker, whose record advances to 7-0-1 with 5 knockouts.
Daniel Calzada v. Allan Benitez
In what seemed to be a pattern for the red corner Benetiz is the favorite in this fight. With a record of 7-1-0 (1 KO) he faced off against Calzada, whose record stood at 4-6-2 (1KO). Benitez easily controls round one and begins round two by landing a left hook to the body of Calzada. For a brief moment in round two Calzada held Benitez in the corner as he landed a flurry of combinations.
While Benitez remained the more effective fighter, Calzada showed up to fight. Calzada opened himself up to counterpunches from Benitez, but controlled the beginning of the third round with his jab. Calzada dominated the third round with the same punches used at the top of the round. Calzada went on to execute his successful game plan in the fourth round, sending Benitez back to his corner breathing heavy and looking defeated.
Calzada came into this fight the underdog and brought the fight, controlling the fight from the second round on. The fifth round was no different, and he looked ever so confident as he started the sixth. Calzada finished the sixth round strong and took a victory lap around the ring. The judges scored it 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 for Calzada.
Jarrell Miller v. Tyrone Gibson
Miller, of Brooklyn, with a record of 3-0-0 with all three wins by way of knockout faced Tyrone Gibson of Hibbing, MN. Hibbing came in sporting a record of 1-3-0, 1 KO. Hibbing is hurt early in the first round and clinched to Miller to stay in the round. It must be said for Miller that he does a phenomenal job of listening to his corner and beautifully executes the head-body combination they repeatedly called for. Hibbing survived the first round but was brutally stunned by an overhand right by Miller at the beginning of the second round. Miller continued throwing heavy shots and the referee steped in to stop the fight at 1:25 of the second round.
Akima Stocks v. Marva Dash
Stocks, of Newark, NJ, come into the ring with a record of 4-0-0 (3 KOs) to face Marva Dash of Norwalk, CT, who holds a record of 0-1-0 (0 KOs). The two women wasted no time feeling each other out and got to business in the corner, Stocks landing the majority of the punches. Stocks struggled in the beginning of the second round to cut the ring off, but managed to find a way and implement her jab. Stocks used her newfound jab to dominate the beginning of the third round, moving Dash around the ring and setting her up for combinations.
Dash’s inability to land a counterpunch proved detrimental. Dash spent much of the third round hanging onto Stocks trying to smother her punches. Stocks took advantage of Dash’s lack of inside skills and landed a barrage of body shots. Stocks lost her balance twice in the end of the fourth round and ends the fight on the ground as the bell rings. The referee ruled both trips to the canvas as a slip. Stocks raised her hand in victory and is met by applause as it goes to the scorecards which all read 40-36, giving Stocks the unanimous decision. Her record advanced to 5-0-0.
Mikkel LesPierre v. Cornelius Whitlock
Mikkel LesPierre walked to the ring accompanied by tonight’s promoter, Lou Dibella, and a roar from the crowd. The hometown kid, from Brooklyn, NY, with a record of 1-0, 1 KO, faced off against Cornelius Whitlock, making his pro debut from Hanover, MD. Whitlock started the fight waiting for an opportunity to counterpunch. He found it and began landing body shots.
Fighting most of the first round off the ropes, a style that worked for him, he landed a strong right hook, and forced LesPierre to put a stiff guard up. LesPierre pinned Whitlock into a corner at the start of the second round, but Whitlock was able to turn LesPierre around and regain control. The crowd roared at the end of the second round as LesPierre landed a few huge punches, but both fighters survived the round.
Whitlock controlled the beginning of the third round and put LesPierre down. He got up and just as quick to continue taking punches. Lacking defense, and looking hurt, LesPierre held onto Whitlock. Whitlock was boxing quite slick and seemed to be picking his punches, throwing meticulously and putting LesPierre down for a second time. LesPierre got up and convinced the referee not to stop the fight.
He survived the second round. As the fourth round began the crowd so sternly favoring LesPierre at the beginning of the fight looked nervous and sounded anxious. LesPierre landed the majority of the punches in the final round, and it went to the scorecards. All three judges scored the fight 37-37. The fight was a draw.
Travis Peterkin v. Edward Tigs
Broadway Boxing alum and Brooklyn native Travis Peterkin was next up facing Edward Tigs of San Antonio, TX. Peterkin, looking to keep his undefeated record 5-0-0, 3 KOs unblemished, outweighed Tigs (1-4-2) by six pounds. Peterkin’s jab proved to be an effective weapon as he dominated the pace of the first round and kept Tigs on the ropes. Peterkin lands a body shot that clearly hurt Tigs, went on the defensive. Peterkin landed a huge overhand right in the second round that backed Tigs up. Peterkin displayed a variety of skill brought the fight inside and kept the fight where he likes it; in the middle of the ring.
Peterkin ended the second round with more of the huge punches he landed in the first. Peterkin put Tigs down again. The punches in bunches game plan was being executed perfectly. In the fourth round Peterkin continued to dominate and landed a flurry of punches. The judges scored the fight 40-35 all three times, and Peterkin remains unbeaten.
Ionut Ion Dan v. Franklin Gonzalez
Dan, the slightly more experienced fighter with a record of 29-2, 16 Ko’s faced off against Gonzalez, who has just three less fights, but many more losses with a record of 15-11, 11Ko’s. Dan controlled the pace through the first two rounds, landing mostly combinations that almost always included a body shot. Dan continued to control the fight in the third round, managing to hit the elusive Gonzalez. With yells of “stop the fight” from the crows, Dan continued to punish Gonzalez in the fourth round. Gonzalez went down in the opening seconds of the fifth round and the referee stopped the fight, eleven seconds into the round.
Ivan Redkach v. Edward Valdez
For the first time in the evening the local fighter was not the one favored to win. Edward Valdez of Brooklyn, NY (11-8-2 8Kos) stepped into the ring against Ivan Redkach of Los Angeles, CA (12-0 11Kos). With the reputation of having one of the hardest punches in boxing, and an over 90% KO ratio, it was hard for one to assume that this fight would last long. But, Valdez catching Redkach early in the first round landed a flush right hook gave us some hope. Valdez stunned Redkach two more times with the same punch in the first round. Redkach returned the favor at the end of the round, and ended the first round with a bang.
In the second round Redakch seemed to find his groove, and landed huge body shots on Valdez, slowing him down. The power that Valdez showed in the first round seemed to be draining rapidly. Some of the power came back for Valdez in the third round when he backed Redkach up with a two-punch combination targeting Redkach’s head and body. Valdez pinned Redkach against the ropes with a vicious attack to the body, but it wasn’t long before Redkach utilized his jab to turn Valdez around.
The fight kept the same pace through the sixth round with Valdez showing pops of power in-between moments of taking the majority of the hits from Redkach. The eight round began with heavy punches, but the action quickly dropped off and it was clear that both fighters were tired, maybe even surprised that they were still there. Each looking reckless, perhaps seeking that knockout punch that had eluded all night, there was nothing more in the last round than a sense of relief that it was almost over. The judges scored the fight 79-73,78-74, and 78-74 for Ivan Redkach.
Gabriel Bracero v. Johnnie Edwards
Another Brooklyn native, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (20-1 3Kos) was next into the ring. Taking on Jacksonville, NC’s Johnnie Edwards (15-5-1 8KO) it was clear the crowd was in Bracero’s corner. Bracero scoring a knockdown in the first round really set them off as he controlled the pace. Edwards seemed to be walking straight into the punches coming from Bracero, but as is evident by his record and past showings on Broadway Boxing, Bracero is not known for his power.
After a warning from the referee aimed at Bracero, Edwards landed a flurry of body shots. After four rounds of punishment from Bracero, the referee decided it is enough for Edwards and stopped the fight two minutes and forty seconds into the fourth round.
Will Rosinisky v. Otis Griffin
“The Busiest Man in Boxing” Will Rosinisky was next. His fight against Otis Griffin (24-10-2 10 KOs) of Sacramento, CA. Rosinisky, a Queens, NY native with a record of 16-2 9KOs, was making his return to the ring since losing a ten round unanimous decision to Kelly Pavlik this July. Rosinsky controlling the fight seemed to lose his defense when he took a barrage of huge shots to end the second round. The action lulled through the sixth round.
Edwards started the eighth round with a flurry of shots, but the fight returned to the middle of the ring where Rosinsky held on and tried to re-establish a distance. The distance was re-established in the ninth round as Rosinsky controlled the pace with his jab. With a swollen eye but spirits not broken, the tenth round began. The pace as slow as the previous round and the look in the eyes of the principals is reminiscent of a fight earlier in the night. They seem relieved it’s almost over, but they fought it out ‘til the end with perhaps the best combination of the fight coming in the last ten seconds. The judges scored the fight 97-93,96-94, and 96-94, all for Will Rosinsky.