|Burchfield Sr, Vinny Paz, Hank Lundy|
KO Digest was ringside on Friday night at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI for what promised to be an entertaining evening of professional boxing. The card, billed as "Rhode Warriors" and promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, featured a number of local fighters as well as two separate but highly anticipated fights involving Rhode Island natives Richard "Bobo The Bull" Starnino and Vladine "Mr Providence" Biosse.
As noted, the card featured many local fighters and the fans were very supportive of the fighters they came to see. The fights proved to be generally competitive and there were even some surprises along the way.
Former world champion and Rhode Island boxing legend Vinny Pazienza was in the crowd and he briefly took the mike and spoke to the fans about his career after a video was shown featuring some of his greatest hits.
Vladine Biosse D8 John Mackey (super middleweights)
In the main event, Mr. Providence Vladine Biosse appeared to have outlasted and outfought the slick John Mackey to win a decision but instead had to settle for a majority draw. Fighting behind the jab, Biosse found it difficult to put together truly effective combinations on the inside against an opponent who showed excellent reflexes and defensive abilities. Mackey made it interesting by clearly winning the fifth and sixth round but he lacked the energy and punching power to close the gap and truly challenge for the win. Scores: 77-75 Biosse and 76-76 & 76-76 even. Knockout Digest scored the fight 78-75 for Biosse who goes to 11-1-1 w/ 6 KOs. Mackey goes to 13-6-3 w/ 6 KOs. Asked what he thought of the decision, Biosse said after the fight, "This is my house and I thought I won the fight. I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder in the first round but no excuses, he came to fight."
Reynaldo Rodriquez TKO4 Richard Starnino (super middleweights)
Coming to the ring to the sounds of "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People, the wildly popular Providence native "Bobo the Bull" Starnino was all Bull for the first three rounds as Reynaldo Rodriquez played the role of Matador, gradually setting up his charge for the finish. In the fourth round of this co-main event, the matador finally put the bull away, dropping him with a sweet left hook to the chin of an onrushing Starnino, who beat the count but was ruled unfit to continue by the referee. Starnino falls to 9-6-2 w/ 2 KOs while Rodriquez improves to 6-2-1 w/ 3 KOs. Time of the stoppage: 1:07
Chris Chatman TKO5 Rahman Yusubov (junior middleweights)
In a grueling affair, the heavy handed Chris "The Psycho Crusher" Chatman pounded the durable Rahman Yusubov from pillar to post, busting up his face and earning a TKO win after five rounds had been completed. Chatman goes to 10-1 w/ 5 KOs while Yusubov falls to 11-5 w/ 9 KOs. Chatman has good power but lacks speed and needs to tighten up his defense.
Benny Costantino W4 Odais Dumezil (super middleweights)
After a slow start from the local favorite Benny Costantino, things heated up in the second and third as Costantino started going to the body of Odais Dumezil. In the fourth, Dumezil used his superior boxing skills against the tiring Costantino and landed several sharp left hooks to win the round. Costantino hangs on to win a unanimous decision by scores of 39-37 on all three judge's cards. Knockout Digest scored the fight a draw, 38-38. Costantino goes to 7-0 w/ 4 KOs while Dumezil falls to 3-7 w/ 1 KO.
Alex Amparo W4 Nicholas Lavin (light heavyweights)
In an entertaining give and take battle, Providence native Alex Amparo won a majority decision over the game but outgunned Nicholas Lavin. Amparo almost got Lavin out of there in the second, Lavin came back well in the third, and the fourth was a a toe-to-toe war, with Amparo getting the best of it. Amparo goes to 2-0 w/ 1 KO while Lavin falls to 2-2 w/ 2 KOs. Scores: 38-38 even, 38-37 & 39-37 for Amparo.
Bryan Abraham TKO3 Johnathan Vazquez (welterweights)
|Amparo & Lavin do battle in the fight of the night. |
In a mild upset, the undefeated Johnathan Vazquez was stopped in the third round of what had been up to that point a pretty good fight. Vazquez was knocked down three times in the third round, and the fight was stopped when he hit the canvas for the third time. Vazquez falls to 4-1-1 w/ 3 KOs while Abraham improves to 5-7 w/ 5 KOs. Time of the TKO 2:55.
Kevin Cobbs W4 Steven Chadwick (light heavyweights)
Vermont native Kevin Cobbs pounded out a majority decision win over Florida native Steven Chadwick. Chadwick, who somewhat resembles MMA legend Chuck Lidell, was cut in the forehead in the forth round. Cobbs improves to 2-0 w/ 1 KO while Chadwick falls to 0-2. Scores: 38-38 even and two scores of 39-37 for Cobbs.
Shelito Vincent W4 Karen Dulin (female bantamweights)
Crowd favorite Shelito Vincent made a successful pro debut and won a unanimous four round decision over her opponent Karen Dulin. Scores: 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37. Vincent starts her career 1-0 while Dulin falls to 2-10 w/ 1 KO.
Thomas Falowo W4 Borngod Washington (middleweights)
In this crowd pleasing fight, local Rhode Island prospect Thomas Falowo won a four round unanimous decision over the game but outclassed Borngod Washington. Falowo won the first two rounds by staying busier and more accurate to the head and body. The third was a slugfest and Falowo was close to stopping his opponent with rights to the head. Falowo goes to 5-0 w 4 KO's while his Washington slips to 2-9-1. All three judges score 40-36.
Augustine Mauras TKO2 Christian Rivera (lightweights)
In the evening opener, Augustine Mauras pounded the head and body of MMA fighter Christian Rivera who was making his pro boxing debut. A vicious left to the liver sent Rivera to the canvas in his own corner where the referee ruled the fight over without a count. Time of the TKO 2:34 of the second.
Maurus improves to 2-1-1 w/ 2 KOs while Rivera starts his career 0-1.