“Fright Night at the Sun”
By:Mark Vaz at ringsidePhotography by Emily Harney
It’s an age-old story in boxing.
The young, up-and-coming contender facing a veteran, fading former champ.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports brought an enthusiastic audience of 2500+ another installment in this classic boxing story, as Providence light-heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-2, 18 KOs) fought to a majority draw against former title holder Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) over ten spirited rounds in the main event of a very entertaining “Fright Night at the Sun” Halloween night event at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, CT.
Spina, who is ranked across the board in the light-heavyweight division, showed determination and great conditioning but a lack of experience against the patient Del Valle. Spina looked uncomfortable with the southpaw style of Del Valle, having difficulty finding range to land his power shots consistently. Del Valle still possesses a sharp jab and accurate left, but didn’t look to have confidence in his conditioning, only showing offence in spurts. His defense was solid, however, forcing Spina to work hard for the punches he landed.
Judge Frank Lombardo scored the bout 97-93 for Del Valle, while Glen Feldman and Don Trella saw it 95-95.
“I lost 60 pounds in five weeks,” said Del Valle who weighed 185 pounds. “Give me six weeks and I would have knocked him out. I was sluggish, not rusty. I hut my right and my left was numb the whole fight. I want a rematch with Spina and then we’ll go from there. I’ll do it at 175 but give me two months.”
“I just couldn’t get off like
I wanted,” said Spina who came in at 176 1/2 pounds, slightly above the light heavyweight limit. “He’s a slick fighter. He was very frustrating. I thought I hit him with the better punches, but I couldn’t get close enough. I’d hit him, he’d grab and the ref wouldn’t let us fight. He’s a tough, experienced guy.”
Local favorite Edwin Soto (2-0, 1 KOs) of nearby Hartford, CT remained undefeated with a split decision over tall southpaw Deroy Beaton (1-1, 1 KOs) of Toms River, NH in a four round junior welterweight contest.
Amateur standout Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, Jr of Long Island showed excellent poise in his professional debut weathering a determined early attack from David Brown of Newark, NJ to score a spectacular first-round knockout in a light heavyweight four rounder. Late in the first round, Smith drove Brown (0-1) through the ropes with a barrage of power shots, prompting referee Danny Schiavone to call a halt to the fight at 2:35.
In a very entertaining lightweight bout, Ryan Kielczewski (6-0, 2 KOs) of Quincy, MA outworked Israel Suarez (2-3) of Puerto Rico over four fast-paced rounds in a lightweight contest to capture a unanimous decision.
Former Olympian Sadam Ali of the Bronx, NY advanced his record to (4-0, 2 KOs) with a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over a game Osvaldo Rivera (2-2-1, 1 KO) from the Bronx in a welterweight contest.
Middleweight David Bauza (3-0, 3 KOs) Hartford, CT dropped Philadelphia’s Vaughn Anderson (0-2) with a clean right hand 45 seconds into the fight, finishing Anderson in his own corner at 1:09 of the first round.
Henry Lundy (16-0-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia looked extremely impressive stopping the usually durable Aldo Valteirra (25-12, 13 KOs) of Cuernavaca, Mexico with a clean left hook, dropping Valteirra in his own corner where referee Benji Estaves counted him out at 2:21 of the first round in a lightweight bout scheduled for ten. Lundy hurt the Mexican veteran earlier in the round with the same short, tight left hook, which he set up with a strong jab and determined body attack.