Dibella Entertainment put on another exhilarating card at the famed B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York's Times Square last night, which featured several emerging superstars.
BRACERO VICTORIOUS AGAIN
29-year-old Gabriel Bracero (13-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated, capturing an eight-round unanimous decision over Hector Alatorre (16-13, 5 KO's). All three judges scored the bout 80-72 for the Brooklyn resident.
Bracero exhibits exceptional balance when he is jabbing and moving laterally around the ring. It was no different than his previous outings, as Bracero did a tremendous job of sticking and moving throughout the fight, utilizing his left jab and throwing loads of combinations behind it. Bracero was first with his shots through the majority of the fight. Alatorre, a southpaw, closed the distance on occasion, but he never really hurt Bracero. However, he did leave a small cut on the left side of Bracero's head from a right hook he landed in round two.
In round three, Bracero received a minor hairline cut from a headbutt caused by Alatorre when they met in close quarters.
All through the fight, Bracero let Alatorre get close enough where he could let loose numerous combinations, while keeping him turning thereafter. Bracero believes he put on a good show in front of a growing fan base.
"He's a tough kid," confirmed Bracero. "I guess he likes to get hit. He came in with his head and elbows, but he couldn't do anything to me."
Afterward, Bracero also discussed his style and technique.
"I thank God that everything that comes out is natural," stated Bracero. "The only things I work on are my conditioning and sitting down on my punches. I feel really good. I'm having fun taking care of business and doing my job."
Additionally, Bracero gave an honest assessment on where he needs improvement.
"I have to learn to stick and move without giving guys opportunities to headbutt and elbow me," acknowledged Bracero. "We're working on that little by little."
FORTUNA ANNIHILATES VALENZUELA
Junior lightweight sensation Javier Fortuna (13-0, 10 KO's) scored a devastating knockout at 1:10 of the first round over previously unbeaten Victor Valenzuela (8-1, 1 KO). The victory marked Fortuna's 7th stoppage in the first round.
Fortuna, 20, connected with a quick left uppercut in the early seconds. From there, both men exchanged heated flurries. All of a sudden, a straight left - right hook combination by Fortuna buckled Valenzuela near the ropes. Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. immediately stopped the fight. Valenzuela went crashing down, his eyes wide open while he lay on the canvas. Valenzuela shouted, "No". After that, Valenzuela, 23, stayed motionless for approximately forty seconds, but eventually sat on his stool and reached his feet again.
Fortuna, a native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was brought to the United States by matchmaker, advisor and promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, who also brought Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez to the United States. Fortuna was trained by Gabriel Sarmiento, who is the head trainer for middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
After the fight, promoter Lou Dibella exclaimed, "The kid is a beast!"
HAMER DOMINATES KING
Tor Hamer (13-1, 9 KO's) totally outclassed and outpointed Demetrice King (15-19, 13 KO's), winning an eight-round unanimous decision. Hamer won by scores of 80-72 on all the judges' cards.
Hamer, 27, circled and constantly got his punches off before King, landing precise combinations. Hamer looked much improved, as King displayed a great deal of hesitation to mix it up with the sharp punching, New York based heavyweight. Hamer's hand speed simply overwhelmed King, which enabled Hamer to land at will.
Hamer desperately wants to avenge his only professional loss, a six-round split decision to unbeaten 35-year-old Kelvin Price (9-0, 6 KO's).
LAMONAKIS DEFEATS WOODARD
Sonya Lamonakis (3-0, 1 KO) beat Tiffany Woodard (3-4, 2 KO's) by a close six-round unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout. Lamonakis won by scores of 58-57 and 58-56 twice.
In the early moments of round one, Lamonakis, 36, hit Woodard, 23, with a powerful left hook. From that point, the bout turned into a complete slugfest. Lamonakis pressed forward, continually attacking Woodard's body and scoring with left hooks. Woodard caught Lamonakis with a series of head shots, as Lamonakis charged at her.
In round two, both fighters exchanged a multitude of blows, however, it was Lamonakis landing the cleaner, effective shots. Heading to her corner after the round, Lamonakis seemed slightly fatigued.
During round four, Woodard connected with a hard three-punch combination, but Lamonakis kept pressuring unremittingly.
Toward the end of round five, Woodard belted Lamonakis with a sequence of shots to the head.
Lamonakis brought merciless pressure in the final round, frequently scoring with body shots. Woodard continued to fire head shots, although it was Lamonakis who had the higher connect rate.
Lamonakis, who hails from Greece, is a four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, and is also a school teacher during the day. It was Lamonakis' 2nd consecutive victory at B.B. Kings in Manhattan.
PEREZ OUTPOINTS CARASQUILLO
In welterweight action, Newark, New Jersey's Alex Perez (13-0, 7 KO's) captured a difficult eight-round unanimous decision over Doel Carasquillo (14-17, 12 KO's), who despite his record, was an extremely tough opponent. Official scores were 78-73 and 78-72 twice.
Perez, a 28-year-old southpaw, scored frequently with lightning-quick combinations, hurting Carasquillo, 37, with countless crisp lefts. Still, Carasquillo kept coming at Perez relentlessly, absorbing a tremendous amount of punishment to the head. However, Carasquillo floored Perez with a quick right in round five. Perez got up at the count of six, but it was the beginning of Perez losing steam on his punches. After taking more punches from Carasquillo in the sixth round, Perez trapped Carasquillo in the corner and unloaded a barrage of punches until the bell rang ending the round.
Perez used more lateral movement in the seventh round, as he hammered Carasquillo with multiple body and head shots. At times, Carasquillo made gestures at Perez to let him know that his punches were not hurting him. Yet, Perez was outworking and breaking Carasquillo down. While Carasquillo kept the pressure on, his punch output significantly dropped.
In a highly competitive eighth round, Perez was much more fluid with his punches than Carasquillo, and had enough in the gas tank to outwork him in the final three minutes to seize the win.
MARTINEZ DECISIONS LOPEZ
20-year-old Steven Martinez (7-0, 6 KO's) continues to improve, outpointing David Lopez (3-3-3) over six rounds in a junior middleweight contest. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Martinez 59-55.
Martinez showed great composure and patience during the bout. He never rushed his punches, and creatively looked for openings before letting his hands go. He also formed his own openings by working behind a steady left jab. Martinez was poised and exhibited tremendous natural balance, striking Lopez repeatedly with well-timed left hooks that eventually brought Lopez to a point where he was not unleashing many punches.
As an amateur, Martinez won the 2008 National Golden Gloves as a welterweight. He is off to a fast start in his professional career, and is co-managed by New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.
PARSLEY TAKES DECISION OVER MEDINA
22-year-old Delen Parsley (4-0, 2 KO's) of Brooklyn, N.Y. defeated Eberto Medina (5-5, 1 KO) by a four-round unanimous decision in a junior middleweight showdown. All three judges scored the fight 39-37 in favor of Parsley.
"I thought it was a good, solid performance," stated Parsley. "At times, I rushed it a bit, but it was my first time fighting at home."
Parsley used the ring to his advantage in round one, scoring with body shots and a right to Medina's head. Medina momentarily dazed Parsley when he connected with a strong right, but Parsley responded quickly, striking Medina at the bell with a right hand shot that left Medina's mouthpiece on the canvas.
Round two started at a faster pace, as Medina caught Parsley with a left hook. Both men went toe-to-toe, although it was Medina applying constant pressure.
In round three, it appeared that Parsley floored Medina with a rock-solid left hook, but referee Wayne Kelly ruled that Medina had slipped. Yet, Medina's mouthpiece had popped out. After that, Parsley struck Medina with consecutive left uppercuts, snapping the Newark, New Jersey native's head back.
During round four, Parsley had Medina in trouble in the corner, but let him escape. In the last thirty seconds, Parlsey landed the cleaner, sharper punches.
Parsley added, "He was a tough guy and a good test for me. I was trying to land my left hook to the body off my jab. Hopefully, I can fight again on the east coast before Christmas."
GONZALEZ OVERWHELMS WASHINGTON
Light heavyweight Angel Gonzalez (2-2, 1 KO) needed just :43 in round one to dispose of Borngod Washington (0-7). Gonzalez pounded Washington on the ropes with a series of left hooks until referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. halted the action.