Julio decisions Adjaho
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Main Events returned this past Friday to the Prudential Center’s intimate AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ with hard hitting Columbian Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) earning a workmanlike, but one sided unanimous decision over late replacement Anges Adjaho (17-6, 9 KOs) of Benin, Africa in the main event of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card. In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KOs) had to survive a few tense moments in the eighth and final round along with a power outage to capture a unanimous decision over a game but outgunned John Revish (9-4-2, 8 KOs).
The heavy handed Joel Julio - who had been campaigning at jr middleweight since 2007 but weighing in now as a welterweight - had to switch gears in his training after his original opponent Antwone Smith pulled out due to an elbow injury. After several fights that were either turned down by the proposed fighters or the New Jersey State Athletic Commission, a suitable replacement was found with Adjaho.
Right from the opening bell it looked like Julio would have be the aggressor as the well-built Adjaho circled away to his left and jabbed to maintain distance. Julio was calm and didn’t appear to get frustrated as he jabbed when possible and shot single hooks to the body and landed two-punch combination on the gloves of his defensive minded opponent.
Adjaho appeared to spend more time on the ropes in the opening minute of the third, allowing Julio to pound away while looking for openings. Adjaho was not hurt though and even traded with Julio as he fought his way off the ropes making the round close.
Adjaho was mindful that he shouldn’t trading with the hard hitting Julio so he went back to circling and boxing in the fourth. Julio was still the better boxer and it showed as he steadily walked Adjaho down and placed heavy shots cautiously through his opponent’s defensive guard.
Julio switched up his attack in the fifth and went to the ribs with hard hooks which appeared to slow the movement of Adjaho.
Adjaho remained on the retreat throughout, which led to several more dull rounds as Julio could only carefully stalk and place single combos whenever possible.
Heavily behind on the scorecards, Adjaho went for it in the tenth landing several well placed overhand rights but Julio shook them off and was never clearly hurt as Adjuho’s tank emptied. Julio closed the round behind a couple well place hooks, making the final round close.
All of the judges saw the bout in favor of Julio by identical scores of 99-91 giving the heavy handed Columbian a less than crowd pleasing unanimous decision victory.
ALI SURVIVES TOUGH TEST!
The co-feature of the evening had a little more drama as 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali remained undefeated, but had to overcome a power outage and a late surge by veteran John Revish to pull out a victory.
Ali, of Brooklyn, NY easily controlled the early going with well timed counters and a superior reach advantage, even dropping Revish, from the Baton Rouge, LA in the second with a big right hand.
However, things changed in a hurry in the opening seconds of the fifth as a power outage hit the Arena just two seconds into the round. Revish who seemed to be fading, had a fifteen minute break and got his second wind.
When the lights went back on, Ali went back on the attack, but the Revish seemed to have gained his composure and found his mark more and more with heavy right hands.
Ali was smart though and stayed on the outside, out boxing his opponent until the eighth and final round when Revish made a furious rally. Ali made a big mistake and choose to slug with Revish and was caught with a heavy one-two combo that buckled his knees. After a few anxious moments Ali clinched and withstood a few smothered flurries before he regained his senses. Revish tired and just could not mount another attack as the bout went to the scorecards.
All of the judges saw the bout easily in favor of Ali by the scores of 79-72. Ali ups his perfect record to 13-0, 7 KOs while Revish falls to 9-4-2, 8 KOs.
CASTILLO POUNDS ORTA!
Undefeated Bronx light heavyweight prospect Joel Castillo continued his winning ways, dropping a game but outgunned Jesse Orta of Dallas, TX before stopping him in the fourth round of their scheduled six round contest.
Castillo had Orta on the retreat with several heavy combinations in the early going, sending him to the canvas in the second with a heavy barrage of both head and body shots. Orta rose to his feet and furiously tried to turn the tide, but Castillo was too strong and eventually wore him down. Finally after five heavy left hooks to the body, which had Orta ready to drop again, the bout was mercifully waived off at 2:33 of the fourth round of their scheduled six round contest.
Castillo moves to 9-0, 6 KOs, while Orta slides to 7-16-2, 4 KOs.
MONTALVO TAMES THE LION
The fight of the night was easily a four round non-televised welterweight war between local fan favorite Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien and Puerto Rican Rafael Montalvo.
O’Brien with two knockout victories in his only bouts as a professional has already become known for his constant energy and aggression, sort of in the style of Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough which has made him a big fan favorite.
O'Brien tried to control the bout right from the opening bell with his aggressiveness, but had trouble with the hand speed of the winless Montalvo, who is now training out of Philadelphia. Late in the opening round O'Brien sent his crowd of fans into a frenzy as he wobbled Montalvo briefly with a counter overhand right.
At the behest of his corner, O’Brien began mixing some faints into his repertoire which allowed him to pick his spots on the inside. Montalvo was strong and his straight combinations along with some slick movement gave O'Brien fits. Both began to trade and O'Brien stood up Montalvo and then dropped him in the closing moments of the second round. O'Brien went right after Montalvo, smelling blood, but got careless and a left hook deposited him on the canvas as the bell sounded to end the round.
O'Brien showed the heart of his namesake "Lion" in the fourth as Montalvo connected with several heavy shots that opened up a bad cut over his right eye. O'Brien was bleeding profusely but would not quit, continually doing his best to turn the tide back in his favor. Montalvo showed experience of a more seasoned veteran as he continually found spots for left hooks and right hands. Late in the fourth the bloody O'Brien was flailing away, desperate for a victory, but it left too many openings. Montalvo seized the opportunity and rained down overhand rights. Finally a right hand and a left hook combo , sent O’Brien reeling into the lower ropes. It was clear O'Brien would not be on able to recover from the knockdown in time and the bout was mercifully waved off at 2:09 of the fourth and final round.
The surprising victory for Montalvo even his record at 1-1, while O'Brien loses for the first time, falling to 2-1, 2 KOs.
LUCKY STOPS BLOCKER
In the opening bout, Tyrone Lucky (4-0, 4 KOs) of Middletown, NJ needed little time to dispose of Hamilton, NJ native Sidell Blocker (1-5-1), dropping him three times en-route to a one sided second round stoppage. The official time of the stoppage was 1:52 of the second round.
CONCEPCION DECISIONS GOYKO
In the walkout bout, Newark’s own undefeated light heavyweight Angel Concepcion had to get off the canvas to capture a four round unanimous decision over Taneal Goyko of Philadelphia.
Goyko charged out of the corner in the opening round and surprised Concepcion with big left hook which sent him to the canvas just seconds in. Concepcion rose to his feet and eventually found his mark with more precise combinations that continued to give Goyko fits throughout the contest. Goyko would constantly fall off balance when missing a punch. Goyko had a habit of lean over which made him an easy target for counters throughout the contest. All of the judges saw the bout in favor of Concepcion by scores of 39-37, 38-37 and 38-37.
Concepcion keeps his perfect record intact at 5-0 while Goyko slides to 4-2, 2 KOs.