In additional action throughout the night…
The co-main event saw Murphys Boxing's own Ryan Kielczweski (30-4, 11 KOs) win a wide unanimous decision over Nick Otieno (31-16, 13 KOs) in an 8 round lightweight fight. ‘The Polish Prince' from Quincy, Massachusetts scored his 30th victory and is now looking to face a Top 10 ranked fighter as he makes another run at a world title.
Fan favorite, Mike Ohan Jr. (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Shaka Moore (12-24-3, 2 KOs) winning a 6 round majority decision with scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 57-57. The recent Murphys Boxing signee from nearby Holbrook, Massachusetts used a sharp array of counterpunches and a tight defense to win a crowd pleasing fight against a crafty and game welterweight veteran. Ohan Jr., whose father was a successful New England based professional fighter, is quickly becoming one of the area's most exciting prospects.
Luis Arcon (6-0, 6 KOs), a two-timeVenezuelan Olympian, made his debut under the Murphys Boxing promotional banner, stopping Zack Ramsey (8-7, 4 KOs) in the 2nd round. The showboating Ramsey barely made it out of the first round after hitting the canvas twice but he managed to make the bell only to be dropped and stopped at the start of the second. All of the hard hitting Olympian's wins have come by knockout within the first two rounds and Murphys Boxing is planning on putting the talented young fighter on the fast track.
James Perella (2-0, 2 KOs) dropped Andre Belcarris (0-5) three times in the first round of a scheduled 4 round welterweight bout prompting the referee to call a halt to the action. The first two knockdowns came from body shots while the third came from a perfectly timed right cross. After turning pro just 2 weeks ago at Murphys Boxing's St. Patrick's Day Clash, the young Mansfield, Massachusetts native is off to a fast start. With a lengthy amateur career, which saw him win the Boston Golden Gloves four times, Perella is looking to return to the ring next month.
Joe Farina (6-1, 4 KOs) kept up a relentless body attack, dropping and stopping Carlos Galindo (1-9) in the third round of a scheduled 4 round welterweight bout. The South Bostonian is off to a busy 2019 having appeared just 2 weeks ago on Murphys Boxing's St. Patrick's Day Clash where he picked up a unanimous decision win.
Dublin, Ireland's Craig O'Brien (10-1, 1 KO) made his USA debut cruising to an easy 6 round unanimous decision outboxing veteran, Antonio Fernandez (9-36-4). Judges saw the fight 59-55, 59-55 and 60-54. The middleweight shares the same gym stable as Murphys Boxing's Gary ‘Spike' O'Sullivan and Niall Kennedy.
The night opened with surprising upset when Francisco Artri Neto (1-3, 1 KO) came off the canvas to drop and make Joe Gagliardi Jr. (1-1) quit in the third round of a 4 round cruiserweight fight. Neto, a beyond friendly Brazilian native that trains out of Rodrigo's Dungeon in Woburn, Massachusetts, picked up his first win in dramatic fashion, silencing Gagliardi's vocal supporters and, at 40 years old, proving age is only a number.
‘Mayhem at Melrose' also saw the presentation of Murphys Boxing's first annual Warrior's Code Award which has been established to honor legendary New England based fighters.
The inaugural awards were presented to 2019 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and at 87 years old, one of the oldest living champions in the world, Tony DeMarco and Melrose's own highly decorated amateur star, Michael D'Ampolo.
The two fighters were presented plaques in the ring by Murphys Boxing's Ken Casey and Sean Sullivan and they both received standing ovations from the sold out crowd.
2019 MURPHYS BOXING RESULTS
1/26 – William Foster III (9-0) UD over Angel Suarez
*Foster defended his NABF Jr. Super Featherweight Title
2/9 – Carlos Gongora (15-0) KO 5 over Jesus Aviles
*Gongora won the WBC South American Middleweight Title
3/16 – Mark DeLuca (23-1) UD over Jimmy Williams
*DeLuca defended his NABA Super Welterweight Title
Charles Foster (18-0) KO 9 over Mike Jiminez
*Foster defended his NABA Light Heavyweight Title
Gary O'Sullivan (30-3) KO 6 over Khiary Gray
Niall Kennedy (13-0-1) KO 1 over Mike Marrone