Monaghan Batters Johnson
Captures Vacant WBC Continental Americas Belt...
June 15, 2012 - Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Rich Hundley III
"Irish" Seanie Monaghan and Cleveland's Romaro Johnson dazzled fans at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City last night, engaging in an entertaining toe-to-toe battle until referee Eddie Cotton called a halt to the bout at 2:30 of the 8th round with Monaghan raining heavy blows over a stunned Johnson.
The scheduled ten round contest served as the main event of DiBella Entertainment's popular "Broadway Boxing" series.
Long Island's Monaghan (14-0, 9 KOs), who is never in a dull fight, engaged Johnson (11-7-1, 6 KOs) in the center of the ring as soon as the bell sounded for round one. Johnson, who was the victim of a first round TKO in his previous bout against Curtis Stevens in March, was happy to oblige the hometown fighter. The boxers threw caution to the wind and traded shots throughout the round, but Monaghan's brutal body attack was the difference.
Monaghan (174 lbs) appeared to be the heavier puncher, but he had to weather some swelling around his right eye as early as round three as he pressed Johnson in pursuit of a knockout. Johnson (173 lbs) took the punches well early on, landing enough of his own power shots to keep the ecstatic crowd on its feet for the duration of the bout.
Seanie stunned Johnson with a barrage of punches in round five, but backed off his opponent in the following stanza and paid the price, as Johnson landed a left hook that cut the Irishman over his right eye.
Undeterred, the fighters continued to pound away at one another in round seven, throwing multi-punch combinations to the head and body.
Just as it appeared that the fight would go the distance, Monaghan rocked Johnson in round eight with a combination to the head. The Clevelander retreated to the ropes, where Monaghan proceeded to unload a barrage of heavy shots that went unanswered for several seconds. To his credit, Johnson fired back as soon as it appeared that Monaghan had emptied his tank. The Ohio native's corner had seen enough, however, and they persuaded the ringside physician to stop the contest.
With the win, Monaghan picks up the vacant WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and keeps his undefeated record intact.
Monaghan vs Johnson Photos
Dulorme Lights Up the Ballroom!
Puerto Rico's fastest rising star shone brightly in the co-feature, as Carolina's Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12 KOs) dominated and stopped the very tough Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) of Riverside, CA after seven completed rounds of a scheduled ten round bout.
The normally composed Dulorme (146 lbs), a 22-year-old prospect promoted by Team Puerto Rico (DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions), appeared a bit over-eager to impress the New Yoricans in attendance, ripping left hooks and overhand rights to Herrera's head with reckless abandon.
Alberto (144 lbs), the younger brother of junior welterweight contender Mauricio Herrera, fought back bravely, attempting to gain Dulorme's respect as they traded in close.
The discrepancy in power was apparent, however, as Dulorme stunned Herrera with a short right hand in round two, causing the Mexican-American's knees to buckle as he almost fell to the canvas. Herrera composed himself, but was unable to hurt Dulorme when he landed his best shots.
As the bout wore on, it was apparent that Herrera was game but was falling victim to a sharper and more powerful puncher. Referee Harvey Dock warned Dulorme for low blows in round four, but the Puerto Rican prospect otherwise fired vicious left hooks, uppercuts and overhand rights that shook his out-gunned opponent whenever they landed.
Taking advantage of a lull in the action when Dulorme's taped right hand came loose in round seven, Herrera began to complain about ringing in his ears. In between rounds, Herrera continued to point to each of his ears while expressing concern, prompting the ringside physician to recommend that the referee stop the bout after seven heats.
"I feel great and am very moved by this victory," stated the young prospect moments after the bout. "This experience will help me to improve and to reach my goals in boxing. I hope the people in attendance enjoyed it. I'll be back in the gym on Monday to continue improving."
Dulorme vs Herrera Photos
Rosinsky "Powers" Past Pryor Jr.!
Will "Power" Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) imposed his will over Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-6, 11 KOs) in the main undercard bout, out-working the legend's son over eight one-sided stanzas in a super middleweight bout.
Despite a six inch height and a fourteen inch reach advantage, the 6'4" Pryor Jr. (168 lbs) was unable to keep the Ozone Park resident off of him, as the physically stronger Rosinsky (168 lbs) worked his way inside in the early rounds to rip body shots and take away his opponent's reach.
The Cincinnati native attempted to box more in round three, doubling up on the jab, landing an occasional straight left hand, and tying up Rosinsky when he got too close.
Rosinsky was not to be denied, however, as he adapted by using his superior footwork and boxing skills to dart in and out of his towering opponent's range.
After eight rounds, judges Steve Weisfeld, Don Trella and Waleska Roldan scored the bout 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74, respectively, for the New Yorker.
The win sets up Rosinsky with a huge step up in class, as the 27-year-old is now scheduled to face Kelly Pavlik on July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Rosinsky vs Pryor Photos
Bracero Overcomes White in Dirty War!
Gabriel "Tito" Bracero returned to the ring for the first time since his unanimous decision loss to DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in January.
It may have felt like deja vu for Bracero, as he entered the same venue and immediately locked his eyes on his well dressed conqueror, who was sitting in the first row in a powder blue suit while smiling intently at him. The Puerto Rican acknowledged Corley and then the crowd, who always comes in droves to support their native Brooklyn son.
Corley's presence may have been an omen of bad things to come, as Bracero had to endure a series of cuts to win a unanimous decision in an eight round foul fest against Chicago's Jermaine White (17-5, 9 KOs).
Bracero (19-1, 3 KOs) was cut over his left eye from a clash of heads only seconds into round one. Despite the cut, the Brooklyn native landed a few right hands and appeared to outwork White to win the round.
A second accidental head butt cut the New Yorker under the same eye in round two. Again Bracero shook it off and met White with a big right hand in round three, but just as it seemed that Tito was warming up, a third clash of heads left Bracero bleeding from his hairline, causing referee Harvey Dock to deduct a point from White for leading with his head.
Incredibly, a fourth head butt in as many rounds left Tito with a bigger gash below his left eye. Furious but composed, Tito spent the remainder of the round countering White effectively.
Worrying that the doctors may stop the bout at any moment and knowing that he lacked the firepower to knock out his opponent, Tito employed his superior boxing skills to overcome the rough start, landing sharp jabs and a series of well-timed counter right hands. Following this strategy, Bracero out boxed White from round five through the end of the bout to win a comfortable unanimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 77-44.
Bracero vs White Photos
In a battle of super-sized female heavyweights, fan-favorite Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KO) and Tiffany Woodard (4-6-3, 3 KOs) fought to a majority draw. It was the third encounter between the popular Lamonakis (234 lbs) and North Carolina's Griffin (198 lbs). Lamonakis won the previous two meetings, and like its predecessors, the third did not disappoint as the ladies traded bombs for six entertaining rounds. Judge Glenn Feldman saw the bout 58-56 for Griffin while Waleska Roldan had it 58-56 for Lamonakis. Steve Weisfeld turned in the deciding vote of 57-57 for the draw.
Lamonakis vs Woodard Photos
Lightweight Floriano Pagliara (13-4-1, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Rynell Griffin (6-10-2, 2 KOs). After a tentative start, Brooklyn's Pagliara was the busier fighter, landing the more-telling blows. Judges Steve Weisfeld, Don Trella and Waleska Roldan all scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Pagliara.
Pagliara vs Griffin Photos
In the opening bout of the evening, DiBella Entertainment prospect Ivan "Junito" Redkach (11-0, 10 KOs) obliterated Dedrick Bell (7-15, 5 KOs) in just under two minutes. Redkach, a highly touted prospect out of Los Angeles, CA, patiently stalked Bell before throwing blistering combinations from different angles. A big left hand stunned Bell (135 lbs) and the follow-up barrage dropped the Memphis native to the canvas midway through round one. Redkach (140 lbs) ended the four round junior welterweight contest moments later with a left hand right hook combination, prompting referee Steve Willis to wisely stop the fight at 1:55 of the round.