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By: Mark Vaz at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney

Junior featherweight Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver (22-1, 8 KOs) of Hartford, CT returned to his winning ways via a unanimous decision over the game Castulo Gonzales (9-9) of Lynn, MA this past Friday in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports “A Night to Remember” card at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.

It was the third meeting of the two New England favorites, with the first encounter resulting in a ninth round stoppage by Oliver back in 2006 and the next meeting ending with a no contest due to an accidental headbutt earlier this summer.

It was a hard-fought battle from the opening bell with a lot of inside fighting highlighted with solid exchanges but the contest was marred by excessive holding.

In the sixth round, referee Ed Claudio  -  in an unusual call  -  deducted a point from each fighter for holding.

Oliver came out strong in the seventh round with a more aggressive attitude.  Oliver unleashed a body assault that did slow down the offense of Gonzalez. 

The scores were 77-73 twice and 77-74 for Oliver.  Oliver captured the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association jr featherweight titles with his victory.

Oliver was the mandatory challenger for the IBF world title a couple of years back until a pair of setbacks derailed his promising career. He now hopes to continue the momentum of this win to return to world contention in 2009.


Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp (6-0-1, 2 KOs) of Lynn, MA outpointed Elton Dharry (2-5) of Brooklyn, NY in an entertaining bantamweight four rounder.  Dharry started strong, pinning Beauchamp on the ropes and working the body in the first round, but the far quicker Beauchamp used the ring, and his superior speed to win the balance of the contest. Scores were 39-37 twice and 40-36.


Ryan Kielscweski (5-0, 2 KOs) of Quincy, MA easily outclassed Norman Allen (0-4) of Toledo Ohio, stopping him with a left hook to the body at 1:39 of the third round of a lightweight bout.


Talented heavyweight prospect Jesse Barboza (2-0, 2 KOs) of Barnstable, MA dropped Lewis Cotuna (0-2) of Hickory, NC with a series of rights to the body in the first round.  In the second round, Barboza dominated Cotuna until knocking him out at 52 seconds of the round with a clean right hand to the chin.



Light heavyweight Paul Gonzalves (2-0, 2 KOs) of Harwich, MA easily handled Robert Graves (0-2) of Eden, NC dropping his hapless opponent twice in the opening round for the TKO victory at 1:39.


Super middleweight Mical Weisberg of Stoughton, MA ran his record to 3-0 (2) after a few shaky moments in the opening round against Frankie Reed (0-3) of Williston, SC.  Weisberg was hurt and nearly out at the end of the first round, and was likely saved by the bell, but he came back rejuvenated in the second, outworking Reed for most of the round. Conditioning was the key for Weisberg as Reed was exhausted by the third, losing his mouthpiece repeatedly before referee Mike Marvelli halted the action at 1:41 of the third.


Impressive 19-year old heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos (2-0, 1 KO) of Lawrence, MA easily beat Dom DeLouise look alike Dino Weingarten (2-5) of Memphis, TN.  In spite of giving away nearly 50 pounds, Santos dropped the inept Weingarten three times en route to a first round stoppage at 1:19.



Pro debuter Arturo Lopes of Marshfield, MA continued the family tradition of promising fighters by stopping the experienced journeyman Chris Cook (3-18-2) of York, SC in a welterweight bout.  Lopes is the younger brother of super middleweight prospect Manny Lopes, who was unable to appear due to a hand injury.  Lopes used excellent handspeed and movement to land at will against his defensive minded foe, ending the affair at 2:45 of the third with a left hook to the body.



The “A Night to Remember” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports.  Saturday’s card was the third event in a series of four shows scheduled for 2009 at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA.  “We promised to give the fans true entertainment value and we did,” stated the promoter.  “I am looking forward to returning to Plymouth Hall.

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