You got your bang for the buck when you attended the 11 bout Dibella Entertainment card at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY Thursday evening.
The in it to win it to the very end saw Mykquan Williams and Tre'Sean Wiggins in a junior welter scrap which went to the eighth and final round. One saw it 77-75 for Williams but the other two had it 76-76, to result in majority draw. Not on my card: they need to re-watch because Williams pressed the action and landed the cleaner and harder shots. Bad ending to the lengthy session of fight-watching.
Williams, with manager Jackie Kallen present rooting on from ringside, pressed the survivalist Wiggins and knew he had it in the bag when Mark Fratto announced the tallies. Or so he thought…
Williams (139.2; from East Hartford, CT) in round one dipped at the knees, looked to land a sneaky right lead, kept the guard high, and peek-a-booed. Wiggins the lefty struck and moved and stayed fairly cautious.
In the second, we saw Wiggins (139.4; 11-4-2 entering; from Newburgh, NY, living in PA) seek to use a height and reach advantage. Then we had a time stop, because the canvas started slipping. It was tightened and after a couple minutes, they fought on. There was a some mutal holding, clinching, was one or the other seeking that break? They were getting chippy and yapped at each other after the bell.
To the third–we saw Williams pressing, slipping launches, and Wiggins rolling to his right, backing up.
In the fourth, Williams got tagged advancing, and stayed alert defensively. Williams landed a 3/4 bomb and his peeps yelped. Was he finding the range and distance? To round five, we saw Wiggins circling faster, and popping more. He'd load up, though, and Williams would slip. The distance tightened, Wiggins was tiring. In round six, Williams saw Wiggins get a second wind, so that distance elongated. “Keep moving,” we heard from the Wiggins corner.
To the seventh; Williams kept being the aggressor, and Wiggins stayed pretty slippery. He'd throw, then clinch, just to be safe, when he wasn't moving. The eighth and final round saw more clinching, both were a bit beat. Williams tried to be the effective aggressor, his hand speed was decent for this late. But Wiggins is lanky, and used those octopus arms to grab on. We went to the cards, with the bell to end the last round tolling at 12:48 am ET.
Heavyweight George Arias upped his record to 15-0, downing Gabriel Hernandez, from San Diego, who slipped to 10-1. The judges were utilized after eight: the scores were 77-75, 79-73, 80-72.
Bombs were thrown, by both, in the first and even more in round two. Arias' were heavier, he was 16 pounds heavier, at 241. A left hook to the body rattled the loser, but he hung in, tried to stay busy. Arias was having fun in the third, the loser was now fatigued, though he still mustered energy to throw now and again. And he got a bit of a second wind, because Arias lagged some too. I was surprised this thing was still going in round seven–Arias wanted to end it, with left hook, but Hernandez has a sturdy beard, to this point. Arias sought to use hand speed to his advantage in the eighth, but his tank wasn't full enough to sustain anything to the point he could force a stoppage. To the cards we went.
Before the Arias win, ring announcer Mark Fratto offered a sweet tribute to Patrick Day, the Long Island boxer who died from traumatic brain injury Oct. 16, and a ten count was performed.
Jose Roman (now 10-0) snagged a win, over Fabian Lyimo (23-11-2), from Tanzania, in a junior middleweight faceoff. Roman is a tall one, 6-2 plus, and he used that height to good effect. It was easy work, as he was composed and stayed busy. The ref pulled the plug, and no, that would not have happened prior to Oct. 12. The winner was landing clean shots but there hadn't been a knockdown. Still, the ref halted the proceedings, in round five at 57 seconds elapsed.
Jose Gonzalez upped his mark to 13-0, with a stoppage of 15-7 Ramon Contreras, from Chile. This was a featherweight fight, set for 8 or less. The lefty JG edged forward, but had to be conscious of the hand speed of the southpaw Chilean in the first. In round two, we saw a peppy left from the victor, and the rooters there for him hooted praise. JG's power and superior hand speed, and mobility, had him able to start cruising more. He stayed at the range he preferred most all the the time, through four. Even though he had a point taken he still got the UD: by scores of 76-75, 78-73, 78-73.
Next was a cruiserweight tussle. After four rounds the scores were 40-36 times three for Juan Carillo, who is 2-0. He downed Afunwa King from the Bronx, who dropped to 1-1.
Super feather Tiara Brown went to 9-0, with a W over Vanessa T Bradford (now 5-2-2), from Canada. Brown is a cop in DC by day, and fighter by night. She had the edge all the way through, and after eight, it was unanimous.
In the first UFC Fight Pass scrap, Pablo Valdez went to 3-0, with a TKO2 win over 3-8 Jimmy Rosario. They were trading, then Valdez, from NYC, got that upper hand. The end for the Puerto Rican boxer came at 1:58 into the second. He fell into the ropes and the ref called it a knockdown. He wasn't all there so the plug was pulled.
Jude Franklin (10-0; living in Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy to be specific) grabbed a win over Hayron Santiago-Lopez (6-6-1), who came from Puerto Rico. In this junior lightweight faceoff, HSL was ripping shots late, what if this was an eight? But Jude got judge love, 58-56, 58-56, 59-55. As Xavier Porter pointed out, he could stay on the outside and safely and smartly jab his way to winning easier, but he lets foes get inside a lil bit.
Khalid Twaiti (6-0) got the W over Jose Chanez (7-11), who came from Mexico. Twaiti, living in Brooklyn, after six rounds. No knockdowns. All the arbiters had it 60-54.
Ariel Lopez (13-0-1) got a lesson from Victor Garcia (17-11-2), and escaped with a draw. The crowd didn't universally love that call. After six, we thought maybe the 17-11 guy would get the nod, but the 13-0 hitter escaped with the draw call in this junior feather scrap.
Melissa St Vil (12-4-2) started the night off, with a win, a UD6 over Dahiana Santana (36-12 )in a junior welter tango.