Onolunose downs Bartinelli
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer & Gary "Digital" Williams
Photos by Mike Greenhill
An almost-packed house at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland on Thursday night, witnessed the successful US debut of middleweight Albert “The Punisher Onolunose (17-0-6 KOs) of Calgary, Canada who scored an impressive eight-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2 13 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona, in the main event of the evening.
The card, promoted by Michael Wagner of Ballroom Boxing, in association of Chet Koerner’s TKO Promotions, had several bouts on the undercard, featuring local prospects on their way up.
Albert Onolunose, who is the brother of Eromosele Albert, seemed to gain control of the bout with his single, but heavier shots on Bartinelli as the bout wore on. Bartinelli was game though and returned fire throughout to keep Albert on his toes, but he just did not have the fire power to stop him from pressing the attack.
Onolunose controlled the middle rounds with huge uppercuts, but Bartinelli went into survival mode and boxed his way out.
Late in the eighth and final round, Onolunose staggered the game Bartinelli but he backed out and survived until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout easily for Onolunose by scores of 79-72 x 2, and 80-71, respectively.
Paschall outclasses Hill
Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall (19-1-1, 4 KOs) of Catonsville, Maryland continued his comeback from the bad loss to Andre Dirrell with a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision victory over “The Punching Policeman” Sam Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri.
Paschall was in control, throughout the contest, whether it was fighting on the inside or boxing from the outside, or on the bicycle. By round four, it was clear that Hill was wearing down and unable to land anything on the slick fighting Paschall, who boxed his way to the end of the fight.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Mike Paschall by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 x 2.
“I was hurt before the fight,” said Paschall. “I don’t pull out of fights. I have bone chips in my elbow and have to get an MRI tomorrow. My trainer wanted me to pull out of the fight. Once I sell 150 to 200 tickets, I can’t pull out. I just look at it like this, if my kids still love me at the end of the day, nothing else can hurt.”
Remillard topples Perez
Manchester, Connecticut featherweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (17-0, 9 KOs) easily battered the awkward Columbian Jesus Perez, by way of Miami, Florida, en-route to a third round retirement in the corner. The bout was a rematch of a fight in which Remillard scored a unanimous decision victory, but it was a hotly-heated and close contest.
This time the outcome as was different as “The Sharp Shooter” was in control throughout with heavy combinations that landed flush on Perez’s noggin. The swollen face of Perez showed some damage as he walked away in round two. Remillard finally hurt Perez with a left hook, which deposited him on the canvas. Perez was able to rise to his feet and began to hold, forcing referee Gary Camponeschi to take a point away from Perez. Remillard connected with a big combination that staggered Perez into the corner as the round ended
Faced with a hopeless situation, battered and bruised, Perez retired in the corner.
It was good because it was a new crowd for me here at Michael Eighth Avenue with a new promotion,” said Remillard. “He (Perez) made me look bad on ESPN in the last fight, so that was sitting in the back of my mind and I really wanted to show you that in a couple of fights, I have come from going to a close decision to a knockout.”
Kennedy defeats Denson
Guyana Middleweight Julius Kennedy, now fighting out of Baltimore, Md., overcame the early slick combinations of Akron, Ohio’s James Denson and then attacked him en-route a fourth round stoppage of their scheduled four round contest.
Denson opened the show with slick movement and nice combinations in round one. Kennedy sporting the colors of the flag of Guyana was not deterred and began back his opponent up with leaping combinations.
The heavy combinations began to land at will as Denson covered against the ropes late in round two.
Kennedy attempted to seize the moment as he bashed away, while trying to fight at angles. Just when it looked like Denson was going down, he uncorked a counter right on the button, which hurt Kennedy and had him backing up. Denson went on the attack and landed another big right hand that had Kennedy holding on. Just when Denson looked like he had him, he backed up onto the ropes which allowed Kennedy to go back on the attack. Denson was not finished though and landed to heavy counter uppercuts near the end of the round. Kennedy accidentally connected with a shot below the border that had Denson gasping for air in the corner for several minutes.
Kennedy went on the attack in round four with a viscous assault as Denson looked tired and spent most of the round with his back to the ropes. Kennedy used a heavy arsenal of hooks and uppercuts as Denson could only cover up from, which forced Referee John Gradowski to call a halt to the bout at 2:24 of the fourth and final round.
Kennedy ups his record to a respectable 4-1 (2 KOs) while Denson falls to 4-4 (2 KOs).
Afterwards Kennedy pointed out Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow (19-1, 7KOs) in the audience. Not only did Nicklow not back off, but he predicted a 20 second knockout should they fight.
Johnson outpoints Wilson
Hard-punching heavyweight Kevin Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland raised his record to 2-1 (1 KO) with a tough four-round unanimous decision over a very game but outgunned Kareem Wilson (0-2) of Washington, DC, in the opening four rounder of the evening.
Wilson tried to used movement and several combinations of arm punches, but Johnson found his mark late in the second with a big overhand right on the chin which slowed the flurries.
Johnson sporting a little extra weight, carried it easily and did not seem winded as he pressed the attack with big shots in round three. Finally in round four, Johnson knew his power was going to take the fight and unleashed two four punch combinations that had a tired Wilson on the bicycle. Johnson took his time and even snapped his opponents head back with several jabs, followed by a few right hands, but Wilson survived until the final bell.
The bout went to the scorecards. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Johnson by scores of 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.