Manfredo A Contender Again!
Reports byScott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Pride of Providence” is back once again and just like most warriors in the sport, if you knock them down, they get right back up.
For Peter Manfredo Jr. ,(34-6, 18 KOs) his career is back on the fast track as he battered and bruised Matt Vanda (42-10, 22 KOs) over ten rounds to score a unanimous decision on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, CT. The judges saw the bout as a perfect shutout for Manfredo Jr. as the cards read 100-89 twice and 99-90. More importantly in doing so he captured the vacant NABF middleweight title and a chance as a “Contender” to challenge for a world title in the middleweight division. The seven bout fight card was promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Manfredo Jr. started out early in the first round by using his jab as he began to work the body of Vanda with combinations. Vanda countered early with a big left but was not able to sustain any amount of offense on Manfredo Jr.
By round three it was obvious that Manfredo Jr. was simply outworking Vanda as he was able to get inside and come up with some powerful uppercuts that had his opponent backed against the ropes. Manfredo Jr. then followed up with several hard shots as he continued to hammer away at Vanda in the fourth round, shots that had the crowd on their feet. Vanda was able to counter Manfredo Jr. at times but just could not come up with anything significant.
Manfredo Jr. continued to work the body of his opponent as he battered him from pillar to post. A right hook to the head and then a left hook to the body by Manfredo Jr. put Vanda on the canvas at the end of the sixth round. Vanda was able to get up and recover but like a shark, Manfredo Jr. could smell blood.
Manfredo Jr. came right after Vanda and tried to put him away in the seventh and eighth rounds of the fight as he continued to use his body attack to open Vanda up for the uppercut. To his credit, “The Predator” showed his heart and determination as he was able to stay in the fight. He countered Manfredo Jr. with his straight right while able to keep a safe distance away from Manfredo’s attack.
Vanda scored well in the late rounds as he continued to counter the aggressiveness of Manfredo Jr. As Manfredo Jr. would come to fight on the inside, he started using his jab to keep a safe distance away while trying to get a second wind, but it was too little too late.
Manfredo Jr. took Vanda’s second wind and beat it out of him in the final round as he again continued to work the body of his opponent. Vanda had a very late rally but Manfredo Jr. was able to keep away from his attack just as the final bell sounded. In all it was a very good fight for “The Pride of Providence” as he now looks ahead toward his second opportunity at a world title.
Remillard Stops Lora
The undefeated NABF featherweight titlist, Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard silenced his critics as he is poised to move to the next level as he decimated his opponent Rafael Lora over three rounds. Lora was unable to come out of his corner to start the fourth round, which gave Remillard the convincing TKO victory.
It was Lora who started the fight early by landing his jab as he moved around the ring well. Lora connected to the body of Remillard with a left right combination.
Remillard also connected with a good body shot in the round but it was Lora who was the more active fighter early on.
By round two it was Remillard who turned the tide as he landed a solid left hook counter to the ribs of Lora. Remillard had Lora hurt late in the round after landing a five punch combination that had the crowd on its feet.
Sensing that Lora was hurt, Remillard pounced on him as he stalked him around the ring. Remillard landed two shots to the body followed up by a nice uppercut. Lora at this point was already hurt and was not fighting back as it seemed as though he was gasping for air from the ferocious body attack by Remillard and as a result he could not come out of the corner to start round four. With the third round TKO victory, Matt Remillard kept his perfect record intact (21-0, 12 KOs) while Lora fell to (11-2, 5 KOs) with both of his losses coming at the hands of “The Sharp Shooter.”
Clark Decisions Irizarry
Fayetteville’s Rachel Clark won a close split decision victory over Hartford, CT’s Addy Irizarry over six two minute rounds. Scores of the bout were 58-55 and 57-56 for Clark, while the third judge scored it 57-56 for Irizarry. The fight was an all out brawl for six rounds as Irizarry landed a few more shots early in the fight than her opponent. She fought with the crowd on her side throughout the contest however it wasn’t enough to deter Clark from accomplishing what she traveled up the east coast for, a victory over Irizarry in her own back yard.
Neither fighter backed down as it was a brawl from start to finish. Irizarry narrowly outworked Clark in the first round; however Clark came back strong with a good combination in round two. Clark seemed to get the better of the exchanges as the fight progressed. Irizarry was able to counter well as she fired hooks at her opponent in round three.
A flurry and a straight left from Clark sent Irizarry to the canvas; however Irizarry was able to get up at the count of eight. Clark continued to get the better of the exchanges, while Irizarry continued to get tired as the fight entered the later rounds. In the end it was Clark that walked away with the decision in Irizarry’s own backyard.
Perez Decisions Quezada
In a hard fought four round lightweight battle, Joseph Perez (3-0, 1 KO) won a very close majority decision over Luis Quezada (1-2) by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38 even.
Perez started out early firing hard punches at the taller Quezada. As the fight progressed, Quezada used his reach advantage to keep the fight close as he was able to land hard punches of his own. Quezada came back firing with combinations in the second round while Perez was able to effectively counter to the delight of the crowd.
The fight could have gone either way on the judges’ scorecards, until Perez made a late charge in the final round. He chased Quezada around the ring while Perez landed some powerful hooks and combinations to which his opponent had no answer for. In the end the final round proved to be the winner for Perez as he took the narrow decision.
In other action:
J’Leon Love made his professional debut a successful one as he knocked down his opponent Vince Burkhalter (0-3) twice in the opening stanza. The second knockdown after a vicious right hook left Burkhalter crumpled on the canvas for the count of ten at 1:33 of the first round. Love improves to (1-0, 1 KO) with the stoppage.
Arash Usmanee (5-0, 2 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Jorge Ruiz (7-11-2) after a clash of heads caused a halt to the bout in the fifth round of their scheduled six round bout. Since the bout was called to a halt, commission rules stated that the fight go to the scorecards. It was there that Usmanee ultimately won by scores of 50-45, 49-45, and 48-47.
Joseph Elegele remained unbeaten as he stopped the previously undefeated Chris Russel at 1:26 of the opening round as a hook found its mark on the chin of Russel. With the win, Elegele moves to (3-0, 2 KOs) while Russel falls to (1-1).