On Saturday night at mohegan Sun Arena Delvin Rodriguez held off Shawn Cameron by ten round unanimous decision in the main event of a seven bout pro-am show presented by Star Boxing.
Delvin Rodriguez, 153.25lbs, of Danbury CT kept the pressure on Shawn Cameron, 153.5lbs, of Brooklyn, NY throughout the 10 rounder, recovering from a dubious "slip" in round seven that should have been called a knockdown. Recovering well, Rodriguez battled back in the final three rounds to secure the decision. The southpaw Cameron, a two-tour veteran of the US war against Iraq, gave a solid effort but was unable to overcome the consistent left jab-right hand blasts of Rodriguez. After ten the scorecards were 96-94 x 2 and 97-93 all in favor of Rodriguez who improves to 29-8-4 (16) while Cameron dipped to 10-2 (5).
Scott Burrell, 137.75lbs of Brooklyn, NY defeated Joseph "Chip" Perez, 137.75lbs, of East Hartford, CT by unanimous decision. Despite constant pressuring Chip Perez was dropped once in the first and
McLaughlin vs. Moore
outboxed over the distance. At the end of six the scorecards were 60-53, 59-54 x 2 all in favor of Brooklyn's Scott Burrell who improved to 12-2 (8). Perez fell to 12-4-2 (4).
Jose Rivera, 163lbs, of Hartford, CT stopped Saul Almeida, 162.5lbs, of Framingham, MA in three rounds, dropping him once in the first before Ref. Danny Schiavone waved off the action at 2:03 of the third. Rivera makes a successful pro debut, now 1-0 (1) while Almeida drops to 0-8.
Southpaw Michael McLaughlin, 147.5lbs, of Boston, MA defeated Shaka Moore 147.5lbs, of Norwalk, CT by unanimous decision. Fighting in a rematch of a March encounter that ended in a No Contest due to a cut caused by an accidental headbutt on McLaughlin, this time it was fsr more decisive a conclusion. Pressing the action throughout, McLaughlin scored a flash knockdown in round 6 to seal things on the scorecards. At the end of eight the judges had it 79-73, 79-72 x 2 all in favor of McLaughlin, now 12-1-1 (5). Moore falls to 12-22-3 (2).
Nain Terbunja, 175lbs, of Prustina, Albania flattened Joel De la Paz, 175lbs, of Atlantic City, NY with a big right hand at 1:23 of round number one. Terbunja scores his first kayo and impoves to 9-1 (1) while De la Paz drops to 7-1 (4).
Shawn Cameron: Iraq War Vet in Main EventTonightat Mohegan Sun Arena; Faces Delvin
Rodriguez in Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing Slugfest at the Sun Headliner
Uncasville, CT- The return to the ring
of former USBA Welterweight Champion and world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4 16 KOs/Danbury, CT) after a year-long
hiatus is just one of the storylines oftonight's(Saturday, July 23) "Slugfest at the Sun" stellar boxing card
presented by Joe
DeGuardia's Star Boxing card at Mohegan Sun Arena.
His foe in the 10-round junior middleweight contest, Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs), has fought much tougher battles
than the ring wars as a veteran of the Iraq war.
Here's what the 33-year-old native of Brooklyn, NY, has to say:
Military Training = Toughness
"I'm happy that I had the training, because boxing takes a
lot of mental toughness. If I didn't have the military experience, and I wasn't
used to adversity, I would have quit (boxing) a long time ago. A lot of people
that I started with didn't make it, because it's more than just fighting, it
takes a lot. You have to really love the sport and want to be a part of
Close Fights and Short Nights Highlight ShoBox from Foxwoods Premier Ballroom
By Alex Pierpaoli
Middleweight Ian Green 157lbs of Paterson, NJ upset Khiary Gray Pitts 155lbs of Worcester, MA in the most anticipated bout of the night. Gray started the first in signature-style, looking to land the right and finding success repeatedly. But in the second with Gray pursuing and swinging wildly at the head of his opponent Ian Green caught him charging in with a right of his own and put him down hard. Stunned, Gray barely beat the count and with time running out in the second he was unable to hold or keep Green off and was dropped again, almost through the ropes, by another brushing right from Green. Ref. Arthur Mercante had seen enough and called off the bout at 2:50 of the second, giving Green, a 5 day replacement opponent, a huge televised win over Worcester, MA's hottest prospect. Green improves to 10-1 (8) while Gray picks up his first defeat, now 13-1 (10).
Adam Lopez 121lbs of San AntonioTX and Roman Ruben Reynoso 121lbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina had to settle for a majority draw after toiling ten rounds for the WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title. They fought long past midnight with Reynoso the aggressor throughout with Lopez content to counter him and keep him at a distance. Again and again Reynoso rushed Lopez firing big rights that often landed just off the mark. At the end of ten rounds one judge had it for Lopez at 96-94, one for Reynoso at 97-93 and the third had it even at 95-95. With the draw Lopez goes to 15-0-1 (7) while Reynoso finishes at 18-1-2 (7).
Super Middleweight Jerry Odom, 168lbs of Bowie, MD crunched Julius Jackson 168lbs, of Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands with a big right that ended matters at 1:57 of round three. Odom improved to 14-2-1 (13) while Julius Jackson looks to regroup at 19-2 (15).
In the first bout of the night Brent Venegas III, 119lbs, of Elk Grove, CA, made a successful professional debut with a second round demolition of Christian Foster, 123lbs, of Alexandria, VA. Venegas scored a knockdown in round one and when rushing in to follow-up he got caught and dropped with a counter by Foster. Unhurt, Venegas gathered himself and continued, scoring a second knockdown before the close of the first. In the second he closed the distance on Foster quickly and Ref. Danny Schiavone called off the bout with Foster taking punishment at 1:37 of round 2. Venegas is now 1-0 (1) as a professional while Foster backs into the pro ranks at 0-1.
Bantamweight Leroy Davila 118lbs of New Brunswick, NJ defeated Edgar Cortes 121lbs of Vineland, NJ by four round unanimous decision. In an all southpaw contest, Davila scored with the harder punches throughout and dropped Cortes with a speedy left in round number three. After four the officials saw the bout 40-35, 39-36 x 2 all in favor of Davila who improves to 2-0 (1). Cortes falls to 2-3. David Wilson 161lbs of Meriden, CT scored a majority draw against Kendrick Ball Jr 162lbs of Worcester, MA. Both men threw punches with bad intentions during this four-rounder, with the orthodox Ball landing heavier on the southpaw Wilson. At the end of four the officials saw it 39-37 for Wilson, overruled by two even cards of 38-38. Wilson is now 5-0-1 (1) while Ball goes to 2-0-1 (2).
Lightweight Divante Jones 135lbs of Augusta, GA won a split decision over Anthony Burgin 136lbs of Philadelphia, PA. After 4 heated rounds one judge saw it 38-37 for Burgin, overruled by two scores of 38-37 for Divante Jones. With the split verdict win, Jones climbs to 9-0 (6) while Burgin's record dips to 9-2 (2).
Welterweight Jimmy Williams 145lbs, of New Haven, CT defeated Antonio Chaves Fernandez 148lbs of Brokton, MA by six round decision. After landing a crackling right hand in round one, Williams spent much of the bout hoping to repeat his success and he did sporadically when able to crack through the awkward ambidextrousness of his opponent. After six rounds the judges saw it 60-54 and 58-56 x 2 all in favor of Jimmy "Quiet Storm" Williams who improves to 12-0-1 (5). Antonio Fernandes' record dips to 7-27-3 (2).
Lightweight Rolando Chinea 134lbs of Philadelphia, PA scored a split decision win over O'Shaquie Foster 134lbs of Houston, TX. Rolando Chinea outworked and outhustled Foster over the eight round distance landing repeatedly with both hands. Foster countered well from against the ropes but Chinea crowded him, keeping him on the defensive too often. Scores were 77-75 for Foster overruled by scores of 79-73 and 78-74 in favor of Chinea.
In the Main Event, Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159lbs of Brooklyn, NY stopped Sam Soliman 159lbs of Melbourne, Australia in two one-sided rounds. Derevyanchenko made short work of the gangly and awkward Sam Soliman, dropping him twice, once in the first and once in the second before putting him flat on his back from a monster right hand. Derevyanchenko improves to 9-0 (7) while Sam Soliman falls to 44-14 (18).
In the opening bout of the night, Christopher Davis-Fogg, 158lbs, of Framingham, MA, made a successful pro debut with a quick stoppage of Jeff Anderson 158lbs of Lincoln, RI. Davis-Fogg pelted Anderson with speedy hard punches from the opening bell and followed up well when he stung Anderson with a right in a neutral corner. Davis-Fogg connected repeatedly while Anderson offered no resistance prompting Referee Johnny Callas to halt the action at 1:24 of the first. Anderson dropped to 0-2.
Alantez Fox, 162lbs, of Forestville, MD stopped Paul Valenzuela Jr 163lbs of Santa Rosalia, MEX after 6 rounds. Fox thumped away at the head and body of Valenzuela Jr, hurting him briefly in round two with a straight right hand blast. Valenzuela was game throughout, scoring well at times with short punches especially the uppercut, but as the rounds wore on the taller, longer Fox did more and more damage. In victory Alantez Fox improves to 20-0-1 (9) while Valenzuela falles to 17-4 (11).
Mykquan Williams 142lbs, of East Hartford, CT went the four round distance for the first time in his pro career against Isaac Johnson 143lbs. of Colorado Springs, CO. Johnson brought a lot of heart and busy hands from out West and tried his damnedest to put a wrinkle in the plans of the regional favorite. Williams countered better throughout, landing heavier on his aggressive opponent. Williams' left hook was especially effective in securing the decision in his favor. After four the judges were all in agreement at 40-36 x 3. Williams improved to 3-0 (2) while Johnson heads back to Colorado at 2-4.
In the ESPN opener, Ievgen Kytrov 159lbs of Brooklyn, NY stopped Paul Mendez, 160lbs, of Delano CA, after nine one-sided but entertaining rounds. Khytrov's heavy hands were far more accurate against the remarkably durable Mendez, whose defense consisted of mostly just pure toughness. After a punishing 8th it looked as though the ringside physician would convince Mendez' corner to halt things before the ninth but no luck. Referee Joey Lupino waved off the bout at 1:20 of the ninth with Khytrov slamming rights into the side of Mendez' head. With the victory Khytrov improves to 14-0 (12) while Paul Mendez drops to 19-3-2 (9).
In the final but most competitive bout of the evening, Shelly Vincent, 126lbs, of Providence RI, held off Christina Ruiz, 123lbs, of San Antonio TX by majority decision. Ruiz landed the more meaningful, scoring blows throughout the bout but Vincent closed the gap with volume punching especially in the later rounds. Having met once previously in April of last year, it was apparent Ruiz showed up with every intention of handing Vincent her first loss in her own backyard. She almost did. At the end of eight one judge had it 76-76, overruled by the other two who both scored it 77-75 in favor of Vincent. With the win Vincent moves to 18-0 (1) while Ruiz returns to Texas with a moral victory at least and a record of 7-9 (4).
Southpaw Ivan Golub 149lbs, of Brooklyn, NY scored a one punch TKO over Ernesto Ortiz, 148lbs, of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Ortiz caught the worst of a low blow in round one and while reeling on the canvas and taking almost the entire five minutes allotted to recover from a foul, it seemed very clear Ortiz was out of his out of his depth versus Golub. In the second Golub pursued Ortiz into a corner and blasted him with a left that put him down hard prompting Ref. Johnny Callas to wave things off at 2:49 of the round. Golub improves to 12-0 (10) while Ortiz drops to 10-4 (7).
Star Boxing Undercard Bouts Accompany Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron Main
Event at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday Night, July 23
July 19, Uncasville, CT- Joe
DeGuardia's Star Boxing has put together its customary, competitive
undercard to accompany the Mohegan Sun Arena main event featuring the
return of former USBA Welterweight Champion and world title challenger Delvin
Rodriguez (28-8-4 16KO Danbury, CT) against Iraqi war veteran Shawn
Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Brooklyn, NY in a 10-round Junior Middleweight
contest on Saturday night, July 23.
The action packed evening begins
at with three
exciting bouts featuring some of Connecticut's
best up-and-coming fighters to open the show.
Matchmaker Ron Katz has
finalized Boston's Michael McLaughlin (11-1-1, 5 KOs) to do battle
with Shaka Moore (12-21-3, 2 KOs) of Norwalk, CT. in an eight-round
affair for the vacant New England Welterweight title and home turf bragging
rights as the Slugfest at The Sun co-feature.