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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Spadafora Wins Again, Eyes Title Shot

Paul "The Pittsburgh Kid" Spadafora (47-0-1, 19 KO's) won his second fight this year, securing a ten-round unanimous decision against rugged Solomon Egberime (22-4-1, 11 KO's) in a welterweight battle. Spadafora won by scores of 98-91, 97-94 and 100-90.

Spadafora, 37, utilized terrific feints and worked behind a reliable right jab to dictate the pace of the fight. At times, Egberime landed some firm right-hand shots. Yet, Spadafora's peerless reflexes allowed him to roll with Egberime's punches to avoid the full effect.

Both men battled blow-for-blow in round four. Spadafora remained poised, and ripped off a series of methodical combinations. Spadafora's right jab really made it difficult for the 34-year-old to get into a groove.

Although Spadafora was decisively putting rounds in the bank, Egberime undoubtedly made him work.

In the eighth and ninth rounds, Spadafora's punch volume dropped and Egberime took full advantage, connecting with blistering right-hand shots to the body and head. Spadafora acquired a small cut under his right eye. However, Spadafora stepped up the pace in round ten, nailing Egberime with an accumulation of punishing shots off the right jab to close the show strong.

With the victory, Spadafora may have cemented a clash against Brooklyn's Paul Malignaggi for Malignaggi's WBA World Welterweight title in the near future.

In the co-main event, lightweight Monty Meza-Clay (34-3, 21 KO's) defeated Emmanuel Lucero (26-13-1, 14 KO's) by an eight-round, unanimous decision in their second meeting via scores of 77-75 twice and 80-72. Lucero has now lost seven fights in a row. Previously, Meza-Clay captured an eight-round, majority decision versus Lucero on July 14, 2012.

Meza-Clay, 31, and Lucero, 34, battled in close quarters, striking each other with brutal body shots the entire fight. Both fighters displayed similar styles, which enabled them to engage in a fan-friendly slugfest.

Peter Oluoch (12-6-2, 6 KO's), 34, of Nairobi, Kenya, handed Jake "The Bull" Giuriceo, 27, of Youngstown, Ohio, (16-2-1, 3 KO's) his second consecutive loss, winning a five-round, split decision in a highly-competitive, junior welterweight showdown.

Oluoch's stiff left jab, along with a distinct height and reach advantage kept Giuriceo off-balance in the first two rounds. Giuriceo attempted to close the distance, but ate many punches in his effort doing so because he lacked a steady jab. However, Giuriceo began to find his rhythm in round three, unleashing a higher punch output.

In round four, Oluoch successfully connected with countless, flush right crosses to Giuriceo's head.

During the early moments of the fifth round, Oluoch discharged a vicious right uppercut, snapping Giuriceo's head back. Giuriceo continued to employ a relentless attack, but Oluoch was much more consistent finding the target.

At the end of the round, the ringside physician deemed Giuriceo unable to continue due to a cut sustained from an accidental clash of heads. Official scores were 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Oluoch, and 48-47 for Giuriceo.

Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (8-0, 4 KO's) remained unbeaten, stopping Cameron Allen (4-12, 2 KO's) in the first round of a super middleweight contest. Fitch, 29, hit Allen with a paralyzing left hook to the liver. Time of the stoppage was 2:28. Originally from Louisiana, Fitch now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In a welterweight match-up, Bill Hutchinson, 23, (5-1-2, 3 KO's) stopped Jose Caraballo (5-5, 1 KO) at :39 of the second round. After landing numerous left hooks to Caraballo's head in round one, Hutchinson dropped him with a powerful overhand right. Moments later, Hutchinson landed a rock-solid, overhand right that sent Caraballo sprawling to the floor as the bell rang ending round one. Caraballo did not last much longer. Hutchinson struck Caraballo with an overwhelming right cross-left hook combination, prompting the referee to halt the action.

Joey "The Hitman" Holt (1-0, 1 KO) scored a first-round knockout in his professional debut against Alan Moore in a light middleweight contest (3-18, 2 KO's). Holt, who is also an MMA fighter, floored Moore three times, as the bout was halted due to the 3-knockdown rule in West Virginia.

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