Thankfully, the temperature at ringside was considerably cooler but that didn't stop the fighters from bringing heated action to a capacity crowd of 1,100 frenzied fight fans.
In the televised main event, "Hammerin" Hank Lundy was a hammer all night, and his opponent was a nail. Lundy did exactly what he needed to do (box) to win his important crossroads fight against Nigerian brute Ajose Olusegun. Fans will remember Olusegun, 139.8, for the awful beating he took last year at the heavy hands of Lucas Matthysse. For the 29 year old Lundy, loser of his last two fights, this was truly a must win situation. Few expected he'd be able to deliver and many, including this reporter, assumed Lundy would be hammered by Ajose. By boxing southpaw, using his jab, and moving smartly—Lundy, 140, controlled the ring and limited the heavy exchanges while hammering his confused opponent when suitable opportunities presented themselves. Fans were expecting a war but instead what they got was a boxing match that featured one way skirmishes in favor of Philadelphia's Lundy.
|Lundy all business before, during, and after the fight|
The co-main event stole the show at Rockingham Park and produced a highlight reel moment! Known as "The Polish Prince" — Quincy, MA's popular junior lightweight prospect Ryan Kielczweski entertained his fans with a nice display of boxing, even managing to mix in power punches to the body in the third before settling back down into cruise control in the fourth. The fight was taking an uncharacteristically aggressive tone in fifth when Kielczweski, 128.6, suddenly caught lightning in a bottle.
|The Polish Prince celebrates the KO of the Night|
This was your KO Digest "KO of the Night" and ironically it couldn't have been scored by a less intimidating puncher! That explains what Kielczweski wished for today when he blew out the candles on his birthday cake. Happy 24th to the Polish Prince!
|The Animal Kinch looks up at the Prince|
Gerald Schifone W4 Noel Garcia - It was a successful middleweight pro debut for Brockton, MA's Gerald Schifone, 155.4, as he pounded out an easy 4-round decision over the game but extremely limited Noel Garcia, 150.4, from nearby Springfield, MA. Official scores were little more than a formality. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 in favor of Schifone who hurt his now 2-19 opponent to some degree in every single round of the fight.
Russell Lamour TKO1 Aquilano Brandao - In the evening opener, Portland, ME middleweight prospect Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour (4-0, 2 KOs) made short work of Worcester, MA's Aquilano Brandao at 1:46 of the first round after scoring three knockdowns, including one from a wicked right hand to the body, before the fight was waved off. It was a tough pro debut for Brandao, 160.4, but it was just the kind of win Lamour, 164.6, needed after looking shaky winning a decision in Lowell, MA last March against rugged trialhorse Eddie Caminero.
|Santos finally disposes of Marlon Hayes|
The unfit Hayes collapsed in a heap in a corner and the referee mercifully (finally) waved this one off to the delight of local fans there to see Santos hurt somebody. Santos, 221, goes to 10-0, 9 KOs while Hayes (who began his career as a middleweight) slips to 23-12. Fans love Santos, that's for sure!
Chris Gilbert TKO3 Luis Viramontes - Little more than a tune-up for Vermont's junior middleweight Chris "Gumby" Gilbert, 147.8, as he applied more than enough pressure and punishment to convince the elder looking Viramontes, 149.6, not to answer the bell for the 3rd. Gilbert improves to 9-0, 7 KO's while Viramontes goes home to Brockton with a cut on the back of his head and a 3-3-1 record.
In a heavyweight "walk-out" bout, the Henry Tillman trained Jonathan Hamm (247.6, Atlanta, GA) lost a majority decision to the Jack Loew trained Daniel Martz, 252, over the distance. Scores were 57-57, 59-55, and 58-56 in favor of Martz. Hamm goes to 7-2 while Martz improves to 9-1. Neither fighter looked particularly like a future champ!
Images and Word by Jeffrey Freeman