By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Promoter Lou DiBella delivers another Broadway KO!
Lou DiBella can tell you a thing or two about discovering talent. After all, he was a former Senior Vice President of HBO Sports Programming that brought you Roy Jones, Jr., Riddick Bowe, Evander Holyfield, a resurgent George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Ike Quartey, Sugar Shane Mosley, David Tua, Andrew Golota, Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Naseem Hamed, Fernando Vargas, Felix Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins, and Manny Pacquiao – all under DiBella’s watch.
DiBella left his comfortable HBO suite in midtown Manhattan across from Bryant Park to grow is own crop of fighters underneath his DiBella Entertainment stable. For nearly 15 years, DiBella continues to transcend his success from being a former executive into a successful boxing promoter.
DiBella’s remarkable eye for talent was on display last Thursday at B.B King’s Blues Club & Grill during another Broadway Boxing event, as world-ranked super bantamweight contender Rafael Vazquez (13-1, 11 KOs) scored a four-round TKO of Joseph Rios (13-12-2, 4 KOs). Vazquez’ punches were sharp, scrip, and powerful as he scored two knockdowns in round two and brought Rios to his knees in round four. Rios simply couldn’t continue, as the referee waved off the one-sided beating.
Also, the “KO King” Luis Rosa Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) knocked out Noel Echevarria (11-5, 6 KOs) in one round. The heavy-handed Rosa dismantled Echevarria with an accumulation of punches while trapped in a corner following a knockdown.
“Luis Rosa is a beast!” exclaimed promoter Lou DiBella afterward.
Two-time Golden Gloves winner, Travis Peterkin (14-0, 6 KOs) of Brownsville, Brooklyn, now competing as a cruiserweight, stopped Julio Garcia (6-8, 3 KOs).
Brooklyn’s junior middleweight southpaw Shawn “Killa” Cameron (8-0, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Calzada (10-13-2, 2 KOs).
Bronx middleweight southpaw Chris “Golden” Galeano (6-0) won a six-round unanimous decision over Alex Mancera (7-6-1, 5 KOs). The judges had it 59-55 twice and 58-56, all for Galeano.
Brooklyn’s Wesley Ferrer (7-0, 4 KOs) defeated Hilario Ramirez-Medina (2-5) over sizx rounds to take a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores read 60-54 across the board.
Super middleweights Steed Woodall (6-0-1, 4 KOs) and Jas Phipps (4-5-1, 1 KO) fought to a draw after six rounds. , 160½, battled to a six-round draw.
Unbeaten middleweight Ivan Golub 6-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Rashawn McCain (2-3
Light heavyweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen (18-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting for the first time in 17 months, KO’d Kojo Issah (14-2, 7 KOs) in the second round.
Also, Ivan “Beast” Baranchyk (4-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO) in the first round.
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In the eighth and final round Falowo looked determined to secure a knockout. By the end of the fight the crowd was on their feet at Foxwoods and Lamour and Falowo were both trading big shots. Falowo walked away with the unanimous decision victory and the New England Middleweight Championship with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 (twice). He also handed Lamour his first professional defeat and only his second victory over “The Haitian Sensation.”
In the first fight of the night to go the distance, local light heavyweight Charles “The Truth” Foster (7-0, 3 KOs) defeated Washington, DC native Larry Pryor (9-9, 5 KOs) via unanimous decision. The bout was six rounds and the judges scores were: 60-54, 59-55 and 60-54 in favor of Foster. Middleweights Shane Mosley, Jr. (3-1, 3 KOs) and Rafael “The Penguin” Machado (0-3) were scheduled for four rounds of action. However, Mosley, Jr. knocked down Machado twice in the third before the referee stopped the fight. Working Mosley, Jr.’s corner were his father “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Sr.