September 21, 2011

10th Annual "Fight to Educate" with Gerry Cooney!
KO Digest was live at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH for what promised to be an entertaining & charitable evening of professional boxing. The card was headlined by undefeated 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade who took on the challenge of rugged veteran Saul Duran in a 10 round junior middleweight contest. Duran twice challenged for a world title in his career and holds a recent win over Hector Camacho. Andrade is coming off a win over Grady Brewer on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.

KO Digest caught up with former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney prior to the start of the fights. Cooney was in attendance along with former champs Vinny Pazienza and John Ruiz for the fundraising portion of the evening. Hit play below to hear all of what Gentleman Gerry had to say! And be sure to catch Gerry along with Randy Gordon on SIRIUS radio talking boxing on Friday nights from 7-9pm!

Fight to Educate Results:

Demetrius Andrade KO3 Saul Duran (junior middleweights) The favored Andrade did what he was supposed to do tonight, he won handily and looked pretty good doing it, against admittedly limited opposition. Duran was down in the second and then down again in the third. Mercifully, his corner stopped the fight between rounds and so it was No Mas for Duran who did not come out for the fourth round.  Andrade improves to 15-0 w/ 10 KO's while Duran falls to 38-19-2 w/ 31KOs. All in all a good performance for Andrade who mixed his punches up well to the head and body. Said Andrade after the fight, "My plan was to use the jab, and go to the body. But he made me mad at the weigh-in so I came out aggressively. I hope to fight one more time this year." 

Saul Duran upsetting Boo Boo Andrade!

Jose Medina KO2 Anibal Acevedo (middleweights) In this scheduled 6 round co-main event, Stinger Medina controlled the first and then dropped the 40 year old Acevedo in the 2nd with a hard right hand. Acevedo beat the count and survived the round but his handlers stopped it in the corner, to the surprise of the crowd. Medina improves to 15-9-1 w 7 KOs while Acevedo falls to 13-8-1 w/ 11KOs. 

Danny O'Connor KO1 Jamal Del Cid (junior welterweights) The Irish Danny O'Connor dropped the grossly outclassed Del Cid in a heap with a combo to the head and body. Time of TKO 1:20 of round 1. O'Connor improves 15-1 w/ 4 KOs, Del Cid falls to 7-6 w 3 KO's.  O'Connor is trained by Ronnie Shields.

Dan Powers W4 Luis Rosario (featherweights) Powers busier through four rounds as both fighters fought on the inside the whole fight. Powers improves to 4-0 w/ 2 KOs while Rosario slips to 4-16 w 2 KOs. 40-36 on all three judge's cards. Neither fighter hurt in this decent, entertaining scrap.

 Chris Gilbert KO1 Noel Garcia (welterweights) In the evening opener, Chris Gilbert stopped Noel Garcia with a right uppercut in the first round. Time of the KO 1:33 of the 1st. Gilbert improves to 2-0 w/ 2 KOs while Garcia quite literally falls to 2-12-1 w/ 1 KO. Garcia beat the count but was on wobbly legs and was ruled unfit to continue by the referee.

Proceeds from tonight's card will go to benefit the SEE Science Center, The Bobby Stephen Fund for Education and Saint Joseph Community Services and their Meals on Wheels program.