The fights at Roseland ballroom last night seemed eerily familiar. Paul Malignaggi was running around ringside, most of the fighters on the card were either Irish or from Brooklyn, if not both, and Lou Dibella was running around shaking hands, telling the press which ones were his favored prospects.
The first fight was Delen Parsley of Brooklyn against Ibaheim King of Hollywood, FL. Parsley started the fight working his jab and using his uppercut effectively. He showed more patience in the ring than he had the last time I saw him fight at the House of Blues in Boston, Ma. The second round was more of the same with Parsley’s jab setting the pace and showing skill defensively. He was on the ropes for a brief moment but did a good job of turning King around and won the round strongly on my card. The third round was less one sided, with the disappearance of “The Sniper” Parsley’s jab and right hand and King took the round. With the fourth and fifth rounds looking similar to the first two, Parsley entered the sixth round looking to keep it safe, but managed to land damaging right hands on King. King landed a vicious head but on Parsley but Delen turns king onto the ropes and finishes the fight with a flurry of punches on the ropes. Delen Parsley remains undefeated with the judges giving him the unanimous decision with the scorecards reading
58-56, 59-55 x 2
Peterkin v. Abdul-Mateen
Brooklyn was still in the house for the next fight between Travis Peterkin and Hamid Abdul-Mateen. Peterkin comes out to a loud roar from his hometown crowd. And the fight starts with Peterkin controlling early. Establishing his jab and setting the pace. After getting into a groove of sorts in the first, in the second round Peterkin starts to use his legs and cut the ring off, disabling Mateen’s running defense. The third and fourth are more of the same and the judges have it
39-37, 40-36, a unanimous decision for Peterkin.
McLaurin v. Pagliara
Floriano Pagliara, a transplant to New York from Italy, stepped into the ring next against Jeremy McLaurin of St. Paul. MN. While there were lots of punches landed, and Pagliara clearly dominated, there wasn’t too much action. Neither fighter had the power (Pagliara admittedly) to do any real damage. In the fourth round, McLaurin was hurt against the ropes, but Pagliara punched himself out before any damage could be done. The judges scored a Unanimous Decision for Pagliara with the scores of 78-74×1 80-72 x2.
Hardy v. Harris
The ladies of the evening stepped into the ring next. Unique Harris, of Philadelphia, Pa made her pro debut against Heather Hardy, an Irish girl from Brooklyn. Harris comes out confident but has no answers for Hardy’s barrage of punches. In the second and fourth rounds Hardy’s attacks to the chest are made evident by her chest padding flying out of her sports bra; like we often see with mouthpieces.
The fight took place in a phone booth and it was arguably the fight of the night. Leave it to the ladies to steal the show. The judges, fairly, gave it to Heather Hardt in a Unanimous Decision with the scorecards reading 40-36 x1, 39-37 x2
Bracero v. Cruz
The highly promoted, at least to those who follow Gabriel “Tito” Bracero on twitter and Facebook, fight was up next. Bracero, of Brooklyn, NY, took on Erick Cruz of Milwaukee, WI. In an eight round fight Bracero easily dominated and advanced his record to 20-1. His record of 20-1 with only three KOs indicates his lack of punching power, and his performance against Cruz proved it. Bracero easily took the unanimous decision with scores of 79-73 and 80-72 x 2.
Brosch v. Redkach
In what was scheduled to be an eight round fight, Ivan Redback made quick work of Tebor Borsch. Ending the fight in the first round after the ref stepped in and called a halt to action. Borsch was severely wobbled after eating a huge power shot from Redkach as well as several other punishing shots.
Monaghan v. Saunders
Next up was local Irish favor Sean Monaghan, of Long Beach, NY taking on Rayco Saunders in a ten round fight for Monaghan’s WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Championship belt. The first round was mostly Monaghan and Saunders feeling each other out before it settled down into a fight fought on the inside. Occasionally Monaghan would get counterpunched a time or two from Saunders. However, his short, inside punches and clean jabs dominated the pace and it stayed that way through the fight. Around the sixth round Monaghan started incorporating body shots into his game plan and the effects really showed in the ninth round when Saunders was looking defenseless on the ropes during a vicious attack from Monaghan. Saunders came out in the tenth knowing he needed a KO to win, but didn’t get it. The fight went to the scorecards and Monaghan took the Unanimous Decision with the cards reading 98-92 99-91×2