Ringside by Billy "Loops" Luppert

Unbeaten Featherweight Prospect Matt "The Sharp Shooter" Remillard captured the NABF belt on Saturday night with an impressive 4th round TKO over previously undefeated Rafael Lora.

Fighting in his home state of Connecticut for the first time in over a year, Remillard did not disappoint his hometown fans, as he was fighting 10 minutes from his home,at Nomad's Adventure Quest in South Windsor, CT.

Lora was a formidable foe as he pressed the action early on, but Remillard's defense, poise, and accurate punching established who the better fighter in the ring was. Lora's come forward style and quick hands made Remillard work, but Remillard was able to counter-punch successfully and stop Lora in his tracks.

In round 4, Remillard hurt Lora with a right hand and turned away from Remillard. Remillard jumped on Lora and landed a 1-2 combination that dropped Lora in the corner, and the bout was stopped. Time of the stoppage was :50.

With the win, Remillard improves to 19-0 (11), while Lora drops to 11-1 (5).

Undercard Results:

Weltereight Noel Garcia (2-2-1, 1KO) spoiled the pro debut of Kelly Luchs knocking him down in the first round en route to an entertaining 4 round unanimous decision. Scores of the bout were 39-36 and 38-3 twice.

In a heavyweight bout that was seemingly more fit for a bar or a toughman contest, Winston Thorpe (2-0, 2KO’s)scored a third round TKO over Steve Kerner, who was making his pro debut. Both fighters continuously swung wild during the fight, and Thorpe was able to land a haymaker that dropped Kerner. Kerner beat the count but the fight was stopped at 53 seconds of the round when Kerner couldn’t defend himself any longer, as if he actually could during the fight.

Featherweight Robert Rodriguez made his pro debut an entertaining one as he scored a 4 round unanimous decision over a very game Jose Pacheco (2-7-6). All 3 judges scored the bout 40-36

Edwin Soto’s pro debut lasted 53 seconds as he literally hit Donald Miller with a rib cracking left hand to the body that sent Miller to the canvas crumbling in pain. Miller remained on the canvas for a few minutes afterward until being helped out of the ring.

In an all-action fight, lightweight Chip Perez had a successful pro debut by scoring a 4 round majority decision over Juan Zuniga. Scores of the bout were 39-37, 39-38, and 38-38.


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