By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Photos: Leonard Wilson Jr. & Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
In the night’s finale at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, an unsightly, mauling affair took place involving Chicago’s Alex Martin (13-0, 5 KOs) and Juan Carlos Abreu (19-3-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The bouts only highlight was a straight right by Abreu that briefly deposited Martin on the canvas in the eighth and final round. When all was said and done, the welterweight “attraction” ended up in the laps of the three ringside judges who should all be commended for not abandoning their posts. Judges scores were split, 76-75 for Abreu, and two favoring Martin, 78-74, and 77-74. No rematch please.
In a ten round middleweight attraction, Maciej Sulecki (23-0, 7 KOs) Warsaw, Poland drubbed listless Hugo Centeno Jr. (24-1, 12 KOs) Oxnard, CA for nine one-sided rounds before ending matters with a huge straight right hand at 1:06 of the tenth and final round. Centeno Jr. somehow beat the count but kudos to referee Mark Nelson for not sending him back into battle.
Undefeated rising super welterweight Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (15-0, 11 KOs) brutally stopped Daniel Sandoval (38-4, 34 KOs) in the third round. The out was waved off with Sandoval absorbing heavy punishment. Time was 2:36.
Ramiro “El Lobito” Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs) Cicero, IL overcome a cut right eye and the tenacious, bull-like challenge of Honduran Jorge Luis Munguia (12-6, 4 KOs) to win a six round decision in super lightweight action. Carrillo landed everything, outside of the kitchen sink, however Munguia kept coming. All three judges had it a shutout, 60-54 for Carrillo.
In welterweight action scheduled for six, local prospect Jose Felix Quezada (11-0, 6 KOs) had to work hard to overcome the stern challenge of Cameron Krael (8-11-2, 1 KO) Las Vegas NV. Outside of round three, in which Krael shaded on the basis of good bodywork, Quezada’s volume and precision punching carried the fight. Two judges had Quezada up 58-56, with one judge somehow seeing it even, 58-58.
Chicago super featherweight Josh Hernandez (3-0, 3 KOs) impressed with a one-round blastout over Eric Gotay (3-4, 1 KO) Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Only a minute into the fight, Hernandez launched a booming straight right that caught Gotay flush, collapsing him on his back. No count was needed as Gotay was going nowhere fast. Time of the stoppage was 1:14.
In a slugfest kicking off tonight’s huge Premier Boxing Champions card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, female lightweight Katonya Fisher out of Chicago won her pro debut with a four round split decision over Chicago’s Jessica McCaskill (1-1, 1 KO). McCaskill was down in round two but fought hard in rounds three and four to make it close. At the conclusion, two judges had Fisher up 38-37 with one judge favoring McCaskill 38-37.