Namauu stops Davis at Rio
Ringside report by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Former University of Nevada, Las Vegas boxer Henry Namauu (6-3, 4 KO) stopped Chad Davis (2-5) via TKO at 1:06 in the sixth round Friday in Crown Boxings Friday Night Fight’s club show at the Crown night club inside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The hometown hero came out with a vengeance, rocking Davis with a straight right hand in the bout’s opening moments.
The Arizona native weathered the early storm but was unable to mount much offense shy of a straight right hand of his own that temporarily flattened Namauu. With a visibly hurt opponent, Davis was too fatigued to close the deal. By the fifth, the Phoenix fighter was fighting with an open mouth while attempting to land a bout ending haymaker.
Unable to finish, Namauu went on the attack in the sixth, pinning Davis against the corner and battering his face and body with big blows.
With Davis unable to mount a successful defense, referee Tony Weeks stepped in to save the tiring Davis who protested the stoppage.
Namauu, 26, will likely fight again in December. - Andreas Hale
Santamauro wins decision
In a featherweight bout that showed the number of punches dictates the winner, newcomer Rocco Santamauro (5-0) topped Walter Santibanes (2-1) via unanimous decision.
Santibanes, 19, picked his shots carefully, tagging Santamauro repeatedly with stiff jabs. The wild throwing Rocco threw far more punches, but landed fewer quality shots. When Santamauro was able to land, Santibanes quickly countered with a shot of his own.
The judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 twice. - Anthony Springer Jr.
'Beaver' batters Battease
Alexis Santiago utilized a stiff jab along with an effective straight right hand to cruise to an easy unanimous decision over Las Vegas’ Brian Battease in a six round battle of junior featherweights.
Santiago – affectionately called “Beaver” – immediately found his range with the jab and throttled Battease with combinations whenever the Vegan tried to get inside. Battease – who falls to 6-3-2 – had a difficult time mustering up any offense against the slicker Phoenix boxer. By round five, Battease looked battered and beaten as Santiago (4-0-1) nearly earned a shutout with scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. - Andreas Hale
Hoy-LaPointe steals show
In the most entertaining bout of the evening, featherweights Crystal Hoy and Mandy LaPointe battled to a majority draw in four round female action. Hoy, looking to bounce back from back to back losses, was much more impressive and fleet of foot in her first bout since losing to Jennifer Han back in April. Hoy (3-2-3) started off well as she effectively popped the jab and damaged LaPointe’s face for the first two rounds. But Lapointe (2-1-2) turned up the heat in the third frame and got the better of Hoy when the two battled in close quarters. The same can be said for a close final round as the two ladies duked it out up until the final bell. But, in the end, judges saw the fight 39-37 and 38-38 (twice) as Crown Boxing’s Frank Luca immediately shouted “Rematch” much to the crowd’s approval.- Andreas Hale
Reece defeats Alcolea
Light welterweight Daniel “DJ” Reece (2-0) defeated Juan Rumaldo Alocea (2-3) via unanimous decision in the night’s opening bout. After a brief feeling out process, Reece turned up the heat and never looked back. Alocea was unable to get into rhythm and seemed a step slower than his foe. Reece landed at will utilizing his right hand to set up two and three punch combinations. When the bout turned into a fire fight in close range, Reece more than held his own, going toe to toe with Alocea. All three judges scored the bout 40-36. - Anthony Springer Jr.