The World Resorts Casino in Queens, NY, was the site of a great night of boxing last night, May 4.
Before Floyd Mayweather won a mechanical decision over Robert Guerrero, it was the live action, brought to life by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing, and W.O.N. Promotions, who came together to give fans another reason to come to the casino other than playing the slot machines.
For some it was gamble to fight this evening, like Brooklyn prospect Angel Garcia, for example. He brought a 5 -1- 1 mark against Ray Velez, 2- 3. In the second, Velez was hit so hard that he somersaulted across the ring. But Velez came back smarter and even opened up an extended assault against Garcia in the corner coming oh so close to a stoppage.
Yet Garcia survived and after a give and take final round the scorecards were split 58 -57 and 57 -56 for Velez and Garcia was left winning only one 57 -55 and his second defeat
For others, like the main event, it was worth it as this bantamweight bomber, Juan Dominquez, 14-0, 10 KO’s, scored a third round knockout over experienced lefty Manuel de los Reyes Herrera. The first two rounds showed Juan patiently stalking his foe and walking him down until a right hook to the body caused a delayed reaction fall. On all fours, Herrera looked in great pain as the third man in the ring tolled ten.
The co-main event was entertaining as the judges awarded a unanimous decision in a 175 pound match that was wide on the cards but close in the ring. Joe Smith Jr, a light heavyweight bomber started strong against Hamid Abdul Mateen. Power was his best asset and it was put on display early in the second as he was stunned by a counter but responded with a four hook power attack as he measured Mateen with his left and landed thunderous right hooks that ended with Mateen crashing to the canvas.
Mateen was frustrated and complained loudly about fouls as he stomped his foot in anger. But something happened to this 3 -3- 2 fighter that has fought nothing but top prospects and four undefeated fighters in his nine fight career. He counter punched and used the ring more while and holding the strong Smith when they reached the ropes.
The third turned things for him and Mateen did even better in the fourth and the fifth as he neutralized the power attack for the most part and stayed busy on the outside landing often. He made his lone mistake by starting to exchange on the ropes again at the end of the fifth and throughout the sixth as Smith’s few power flurries were so impressive that it seduced the judges and undid all off Mateen’s good work.
The scores were too one sided 59- 54. 58- 55 and 59 -54. The Irish Bomber, Smith goes back to Shirley, Long Island with a 12 -1 with 11 KO’s but with more work to do if he wants to overcome more experienced ring technicians.
Frank Galarza brought a 9- 0 -1 record in this 154 pound six rounder against Jason Thompson. Galarza started well winning the first three rounds and taking the close rounds with a flurry to secure them. But as the fight progressed Galarza energy ran down and his constant switching could not prevent Jason Thompson from rallying. He made it interesting as he got inside and outside was the better technician in the second half of the fight.
Galarza power flurries won many of the early rounds and the final round he stood his ground and breathed easier as he won a split decision. Galarza took one at 58 -56 and Thompson one at 58 -56. The third was even at 57 making the fight a draw. Jason, now 5- 6 3 was inconsoluable, but improved his value this evening.
The preliminary duels had much to offer. Shawn Cameron stayed undefeated at 5 -0 by outpointing a game kid from Eloy, Arizona, Gustavo Medina, in a middleweight four rounder, who fell to 1-4-1 but his conditioning and competitive fire made it a close fight and denied Cameron a knockout for the first time. After the fight, Gustavo won the hearts of the media as he was filming other fights and self promoting with refreshing enthusiasm.
Byrant Cruz , junior lightweight, moved to 4-0 with his fourth knockout as he used his skill set which included a stiff jab and accurate right cross against a hard working but raw Michel Doyle from Pritchard, Alabama, 1-2 now, and closed the show with a flurry that brought the stoppage from referee in the fourth.
Subryan Ramayya and Daniel Hernandez was an interesting contrast. In this four round featherweight bout it was a case of what you like. Did Hernandez. 0-1-1 used his lefty stance and height and decent jab though underutilized to score better? Or bald, short, but smarter Ramaya, 1-0-1 who mixed up his attack more and picked his spots making Hernandez look ordinary? It was unanimous in that it was quite even and that’s how it was scored.
Irish Allen Phelan used his four round junior lightweight match to even his record at 2-2. He put down Jimmy Small , loser of three fights, down for his fourth with an overhand right that put him out for the count.
The cards only woman’s match between Vanessa Greco and Susan Reno was cancelled. But there was not a bad fight on the card and with promotor and matchmaker Felipe Gomez, the organization and quality of the event was excellent. The guest introductions had a few gems.
Luis Collazo, former WBA 147 pound champ, is two fights away from getting back in the big picture. Junior Jones and heavyweight Monte Barrett also appeared. IBF Super middleweight Women’s champ, Amanda Serrano and Hall of Fame champion, Juan Laporte brought great prestige to the event. Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone looked very fit a week away from his next fight in Huntington, NY.
A special attraction was top contender Dmitriy Salita, who came out decked out to film a music video in the ring as he put on a shadow boxing show. All in all, International fight night at Resorts World Casino was another success with an excellent locale for future New York fights.