Griffin Decisions McCreedy
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Stepping up the competition. That’s what it’s all about for a young, developing fighter.
Learning, improving and fighting better competition as you yourself progress to be prepared for the day when, hopefully, you’ll get a shot at the big time.
For “Irish” Joe McCreedy, a gutsy 24-year old from Lowell, Massachusetts, that step up was this past Friday night at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented CES Boxing’s “Autumn Classic,” which featured several rising stars on the New England Boxing horizon.
The test was the immensely more experienced Otis Griffin, (21-6-2, 8 KOs) of Sacramento, CA. Griffin had faced the far superior competition. In April, he lost a nationally-televised majority decision over ten rounds to former world champ Jeff Lacy.
With almost exactly half of Griffin’s ring experience as a professional, McCreedy took a bold step in fighting the 32-year old Griffin, but in spite of a determined effort, he came out short, losing a unanimous decision to the veteran.
McCreedy pressed the action throughout, but unfortunately it was the counter-punching Griffin who was the more effective fighter, showing good defense and accuracy when he did let his hands go. McCreedy’s conditioning was superior, continuing to press ahead as he threw bombs throughout the eight-round affair, however the movement of Griffin proved to be a puzzle that McCreedy could not solve.
The unanimous decision by Griffin could open more doors for the “Next Great Champ” reality show winner, campaigning in either the light-heavyweight or super-middleweight divisions.
Griffin said afterwards, “I’ve won in other fighter’s backyards, but I was concerned about the decision because I got robbed against Jeff Lacy. McCreedy fought his best. I thought I clearly won. He brought his A-game and really stepped-up. He wasn’t the same fighter we watched on tape. He obviously can take a good shot because I hit him with some good ones. Joey is a brawler and the plan was to make him pay when he missed and stay clear of trouble. It was Boxing 101. Next, I’d like to come back here and fight Joey Spina.”
For “Irish” Joe McCreedy, it’s back to school. – Mark Vaz
O’Connor Shines with Victory
2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (10-0, 3 KOs) took the fight to a game challenge from his opponent James Hope (4-3, 4 KOs) however in the end it was O’Connor walking away with the shutout six round unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the bout 60-54.
From the opening bell, O’Connor found a home for his left and right hooks with that home being the rib cage of Hope. He was able to land to the body throughout and then follow up with his straight right hand to the forehead of his hopeless opponent.
As the rounds progressed it was Hope that was running out of gas from O’Connor’s body attack, while O’Connor continued to outwork and outland his opponent to easily win every round on the cards.
“I felt great tonight,” O’Connor commented. “It was my most complete fight. Everything we worked on so hard started to come out and when it watch out when it’s all there. It’s all about angles, like (Paul) Spadafora, and a total team effort. I couldn’t have done it without my team behind me.” -- Mark Vaz
Clampitt Successful In Return
Four time women’s world title holder Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (20-4-1, 7 KOs) made her return to the ring a successful one as she won a convincing six round unanimous decision over North Carolina’s Rachel Clark (4-3-1, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a shutout at 60-54 on the cards. Clampitt worked the body of Clark at will by punishing her midsection with vicious hooks all night long. This would setup her strong right hand which complimented her attack and gave no chance for Clark to get into the fight.
Clampitt came out firing like wild fire in round one as her jab immediately led to a brawl with her opponent. She landed three left hands before Clark was able to even counter her attack.
“The Hurricane” went to work on Clark’s midsection in round two as she punished her ribs with several hooks that started to take the gas out of the now eight fight veteran Clark. Clampitt landed a nice straight combination backing Clark into the corner just as the round had ended.
Clampitt continued to pour on the attack as she gave Clark everything she had. To her credit, Clark could have quit fighting at any time but she was spirited and continued to press on hoping to get a chance to knockout the former four time women’s champion.
In the end however Clark’s dreams of that knockout will have to live for another day as Clampitt easily outboxed her opponent en route to the unanimous decision victory.
After the bout Clampitt stated to the media, ““It felt unbelievable. After the first round I came back to the corner and told Kurt (Reader, head trainer) that she was a lot faster than we thought. She had a great jab. I think my experience and body punching was the difference. It’s tough right now in women’s boxing and I give her credit for taking the fight. I’m very happy with my performance.” – Scott Ploof
Biosse Stops Osbourne
Providence, RI’s Vladine Biosse outworked and continued to land several combinations against his opponent Jeffrey Osbourne when referee Danny Chiavone called a very quick stop to the fight at 1:25 of the first round. Biosse nonetheless picked up the TKO win as he kept his record perfect at (5-0, 4 KOs) while the veteran Osbourne fell to (8-15-2, 3 KOs). – Scott Ploof
Smith Destroys McGowen
Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, the 2008 New York Golden Gloves champion simply devastated his opponent Brandon McGowen in just 45 seconds after landing only one punch. That one devastating punch was a left hook to the body of McGowen that put him down and out on one knee. McGowen improves to (2-0, 2 KOs), while McGowen drops to (0-1). – Scott Ploof
Minor KOs Gauch
Worcester, MA native heavyweight Rashad Minor (3-1, 3 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over Hannibal, MO’s Lance Gauch (1-2, 1 KO) with a counter overhand right at 2:47. After getting hit with the hard shot, Gauch immediately landed face first on the canvas and referee Danny Chiavonne called an immediate halt to the fight.
Minor outworked Gauch throughout the first round and landed to the body while he used his weight and reach advantage to outland his opponent as well. He continued his onslaught again connecting on Gauch while his opponent continued to swing and miss, leading to his eventual downfall. -- Scott Ploof
Crowder TKO’s King
Maceo Crowder made his pro debut a successful one as he punished his opponent Duane King over three masterful rounds until King’s corner had seen enough. King’s corner threw in the towel to stop the fight at 1:48 of the round. Crowder (1-0, 1 KO) landed an impressive left right combination that sent King (0-1) to the canvas in the first round however his opponent was able to recover as the first came to a close. Crowder continued to effectively counter King and land bombs until his opponent could not continue. – Scott Ploof