March 30, 2012

ESPN Friday Night Fights "ALL IN" Results

By Jeffrey Freeman -- ESPN Friday Night Fights was live tonight at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's CES Promotions, the main event featured a battle for the NABF lightweight title between Philadelphia's Hammerin Hank Lundy (22-1-1 w/ 11 KOs) and St. Louis native Dannie Williams (21-2 w/ 17 KOs). The co-main event was originally scheduled to include Hector Camacho Jr but in typical Camacho fashion, the much maligned son of Hector Sr pulled out of his fight against Elvin Ayala (25-5-1 w/ 11KOs) two days before the fight citing a very non-specific hand injury. The notoriously unreliable Camacho Jr was replaced by journeyman Eric Mitchell (23-9-1 w/ 11KOs).

Hank Lundy W10 Dannie Williams (lightweights) - Hammerin Hank Lundy successfully defended  his NABF lightweight title with a hard fought ten round decision over "Dangerous" Dannie Williams who lived up to his nickname in the first, hurting Lundy with a powerful left hook high on the head that caused Lundy to buckle, his knee touching the canvas. That's a knockdown and referee Danny Schiavone issued a standing 8-count to Lundy. The rest of the fight belonged to the left jab of Hank Lundy and he used it effectively to control the tempo and set up his power punches. There were some furious exchanges in the third round but as the fight wore on, Lundy's jab proved the difference in the fight. Scores: 98-91, 97-92, and 97-92. KO Digest scored the fight 97-92, giving Williams the first round 10-8 and the fifth 10-9. NABF lightweight champion Lundy improves to 22-1-1 w/ 11 KO's. Williams falls to 21-2 w/ 17 KOs.

Elvin Ayala W8 Eric Mitchell (middleweights) - New Haven, CT native Elvin Ayala, fighting in front a very partisan crowd, successfully defended his WBC USNBC Middleweight title in a fight that was probably more challenging than it should have been considering that Mitchell was a last minute substitute for Hector Camacho Jr. Working behind a busy jab, Ayala methodically picked his opponent apart with combinations to the head and body. Mitchell had some success in the middle rounds and he opened a cut under the right eye of Ayala but by the seventh round he was visibly tired and Ayala cruised to the decision win. Ayala improves to 25-5-1 w/ 11 KOs while Mitchell falls to 23-9-1 w/ 11 KOs. Scores: 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. KO Digest scored the fight 78-74 for Ayala, giving Mitchell the fourth and sixth rounds.

Joe Smith Jr TKO2 Dennis Ogboo (light heavyweights) - Working behind a strong jab to set up his punches to the head and body, the much taller Joe Smith Jr poured on the pressure in the second round, hurting his outgunned opponent on the ropes moments before the white towel came flying in from the Ogboo corner. Smith improves to 8-1 w/ 8 KOs while Ogboo slips to 6-5 w/ 5 KOs. Time of the TKO: 2:06

Shelito Vincent W4 Karen Dulin (female featherweights) - Fighting in just her second pro fight against the very same opponent she fought her pro debut against last year, the very popular Shelito Vincent pounded out an easy decision win over the feather fisted Karen Dulin. Vincent improves to 2-0 while Dulin goes to 2-11 w/ 1 KO. Scores: 40-36 and all three cards.

Paul Gonsalves TKO4 Nick Lavin (super middleweights) - In the evening opener, crowd favorite Nick "Victory" Lavin was thoroughly outboxed and outpunched by Paul Gonsalves before being stopped with a brutal barrage of flush shots along the ropes in the 4th. Lavin showed a ton of heart but in the end, the referee did the right thing by stopping the fight. Time of the stoppage was 2:07 of the 4th and final round. Gonsalves improves to 3-2 w/ 3 KOs while Lavin falls to 2-3 w/ 2 KOs.