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Wesley Ferrer met Will Madera in a lightweight faceoff in the main event at BB Kings on Thursday evening, topping the Lou Dibella “Broadway Boxing” event, and it was anticipated, for a local face-off.

But liftoff wasn’t really ever achieved for more than spurts, sadly. Till round seven, then they both showed urgency. Both men were in watch mode too much, overall, though Ferrer had pockets of action which I thought had convinced the judges that he deserved the nod after eight. The judges saw it thusly: a split draw.

No one pulled away so maybe a draw was best.

In the first, the Brooklyner Ferrer (12-0 entering) worked off the back foot, then advanced, scouted Madera, nodded when he got caught with a counter.

In the second, Madera from Albany (11-0 entering) picked it up. He stabbed a jab, winged a counter left hook, looked serious and dialed in. In the third, the action heated, we saw Madera go lefty, and the fight was tight.

In round four, Ferrer started strong. He’d heard it in the corner. They had a strength test, shoved each other, Ferrer showed muscle. But was anyone pulling away? To 5; this one hadn’t erupted yet. Yet. The crowd edged in, vocalized, the fighters responded with more urgency. Then settled in to watch more. In center ring, Ferrer watched and didn’t pull that trigger.

In the sixth, Ferrer showed a hand speed edge. Now righty, he missed wildly. But Madera wasn’t making him pay after missing. Too much studying, not enough flurrying.

In the seventh, urgency was shown. The crowd willed it. Now we were cooking…They were in tight, and too close to wait and watch. Body shots were exchanged, now, and the joint buzzed. Madera landed an overhand right, and yes, we’d lifted off.

In the eighth, most fans were standing. Then, waiting, in center ring. Curiously paced fight…To the cards we went…

George Arias tangled with Juan Goode of Michigan in the night’s opener at BB King’s in Manhattan, to kick off the Lou DiBella “Broadway Boxing” card on Thursday evening with a heavyweight faceoff.

The Bronx resident Arias came in 9-0, and was 240 on Wednesday, while Goode was 8-7, and 260.

In the first, Arias bounced and slid. Late, he landed a left hook and then a right cross a bit later made Goode blink and swallow.

In the second, Arias again started out looking happy and loose. He weaved his way inside, looking to land harder and nastier. Goode was grabbing, backing up, and not liking the feeling of those hooks. He took a knee, and didn’t beat the count.

The CompuBox crew saw Arias go 25-62 for a 40 percent connect percentage, while Goode was 8-44 for 18%.

The end came at 2:19, and I dare say all who watched left with at the very least a slight curiosity on seeing Arias again. The Dominican born boxer should be on your watch list, if you’re an NY-area fight fan.

In the second of the fight fight card, we saw Hurshidbek Normatov (4-0 entering; 153.4 on Wednesday) fighting out of Brooklyn, scrap with Nicklaus Flaz (151.6), a Puerto Rican with a 5-0 mark coming to BBs. The action was non-stop and Flaz’ aggression was working against him when low blows were rewarded with point deductions. After six, the cards were read and Normatov stayed unbeaten.

In the first, Norm can on late after Flaz started hard and fast. Flaz came forward and looked to land hard early. Norm got his bearings and was moving smartly while he assessed the high energy PR an coming at him. To the second, we saw Norm coming forward, pressing, and then Flaz turned the tables. The ref warned Flaz for going low, a sharp one. Both worked the body, and the Uzbeki Norm scored a few times with a right hook, delivered before sliding out. In the third, Norm’s right hooks and movement worked well but did the judges dig Flaz’ aggression, the come forward style, the insistence on landing? In the fourth, the lefty Norm got hit low and Flaz had a point taken. Norm was the sniper, and he popped and then slid, and ducked well, not letting his longer torso be as inviting a target. Norm landed at the bell and immediately hugged Flaz. Good action round, who knows how the judges would be seeing it?

To the fifth–we saw Flaz came forward, but he landed another low blow, and Norm went down. The ref took another point! The Norm corner hollered at him, asking for more, imploring him to show his best. To the sixth round; we saw Flaz the aggressor but he needed a KO, with two point deductions. Norm was making a wilder Flaz miss, slipping smartly. The rumbled to the final second. To the cards we went…59-53, 58-54, 57-55 for the guy who didn’t throw low. Flaz went 83-417 to 103-298 for Norm.

Dejan Zlaticanin of Montenegro met Hevinson Herrera in a junior welter tango set for eight rounds or less, and the ex WBC lightweight champ didn’t work OT, he battered the loser in a corner, made him drop to the floor and wave a surrender flag.

In the first, Z the lefty bore in, and sought to land nasty early. The left over a dropped right hand worked for Z. The crowd dug it. HH hit the deck, was on two knees, and didn’t beat the count. He’d been getting whacked in the corner. 1:57 was the time of the ending. HH said after he hurt his hand.

Larry Fryers was on point in his welterweight clash against Charles Natal. The Irishman, living in the Bronx, went to 6-0; trainer Don Saxby from Gleason’s had to like his work rate, light feet, focus on smart boxing, pumping jab, all of it, really.

In the third, we saw more of the same as before from the Irish lad. A long right tagged Natal (9-1-2), who was too often one and done and looking to counter, not as often as he needed to.

In the fourth, Fryers was seeing everything coming at him. In the fifth, Fry kept plugging forward, was too busy and insistent, while maintaining a defensive presence. In the sixth, Fry stayed on message. He was a bit more ragged, from fatigue. Nope..he perked up, shot to the body, clanged a wide right, gave the peeps something to hurrah.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.