Concepcion defeats Guardia
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Marty Rosengarten / Ringsidephotos.com
Gleason’s Gym launched their monthly boxing shows at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn as two ex-champions went toe-to-toe, seeking to, once again, become a factor in the super flyweight division. Former WBA interim super flyweight champion Rafael Concepcion plodded his way to an unpopular eight round unanimous decision over former WBO minimumweight and WBO interim light flyweight champion Kermin Guardia.
Guardia – who fell to 37-9, 21 KOs - was looking to bounce back from consecutive losses against Concepcion but the judges wouldn’t be on his side on this night. It wasn’t as if Concepcion put on an impressive display either. From the opening round, “El Torito” was befuddled by Guardia’s southpaw stance and couldn’t quite find a way to get into a rhythm.
The two spent the first three rounds dancing in circles rather than engage in a meaningful battle. Concepcion – who improved to 13-3-1, 8 KOs - edged the Columbian by remaining the aggressor even though the most significant punch to that point was a hard lead right that stunned Guardia in the second.
As the rounds came and went, Concepcion continued to look off balance until Guardia finally found that the straight left hand was an effective weapon. Unfortunately for Guardia, he was entirely too gun shy for the punch to make a difference. Concepcion continued to chase after Guardia and would take rounds strictly because of his aggression.
By the time the final bell sounded, fans felt as if Guardia had landed the cleaner punches but the judges scored the fight 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75 all in favor of Rafael Concepcion.
Samir overwhelms Spiegel
In other action, Ahmed Samir overwhelmed Jerry Spiegel in four round cruiserweight action. Samir improved to 5-0 with his first career knockout coming by TKO at 1:01 in the first round. Samir dropped Spiegel – who falls to 3-4 - with a straight right hand and let his hands go until the referee called a halt to the action.
Evans-Espinal fight of night
Coy Evans and Jose Espinal put together the evening’s most exciting fight, with Evans pounding away a unanimous decision in four-round super featherweight action. Although the scores read 40-36 and 39-37 twice, Espinal (5-4) kept himself in the fight by brawling with the sharper Evans. Evans and his crisper punching would prevail as he remained undefeated and improved to 4-0-1.
Saunders makes successful debut
In women’s flyweight action, debuter Keisher Mcleod-Wells stopped unwon Treasure “Fire” Saunders at :55 in the first round. Saunders was assaulted early and because she wouldn’t fire back, referee Sparkle Lee waved the fight off.
(NOTE: Originally, we mistakenly reported that Saunders had won. Sorry, Keisher!)
Jackson-Benson gains easy win
Phillip Jackson-Benson rolled to an easy victory over Bryan Smith in four round middleweight action. Although Smith (0-1) would try to stink out the fight by holding and being penalized two points, Jackson-Benson (2-0, 2 Kos) would finally dispose of him at 2:00 in the 3rd with a glancing left right combination.
Kadem beats down Rosa
Eilon “Nono” Kadem used sharp punching and hustle to beat down Joe Rosa in their four round super bantamweight battle. After “Nono” (9-1-3, 7 Kos) opened a nasty cut over Rosa’s (1-4-1) right eye with punches, the doctor stopped the fight at 1:16 in the third to give Kadem the TKO victory.
Quick work for Dalphone
Richmond Dalphone made quick work of Fuceka Bezebb and earned his first victory with a knockout at 1:42 in the first round. Dalphone improves to 1-5-2 (1 KO) while Bezebb loses his professional debut.