Greg Vendetti Defeats Michael Anderson
By Unanimous Decision
In the first ever ticketed event at Encore Boston Harbor,
the brand new 2.6 billion dollar resort casino located on
Boston's waterfront, a sold out crowd of 2,300 fans watched
hometown hero, Greg Vendetti (22-3-1, 12 KOs) score a
shutout unanimous decision over Newark, New Jersey's Michael
Anderson (17-3-1, 12 KOs) to capture the IBA Junior
Middleweight World Championship.
Entering the ring to "The Imperial March" aka Darth Vader's
theme song, Vendetti took a cue from the Sith Lord and began
a non stop pressure onslaught that Anderson had no answer
for at any point in the 12 round fight.
'The Villain' continually backed Anderson to the ropes and
unleashed a steady torrent of combinations averaging close
to 100 punches per round. Vendetti never slowed down,
putting on a near flawless performance that saw a bloody and
swollen Anderson hold on desperately throughout the fight.
Vendetti's performance was so dominant that one judge gave
him two 10-8 rounds despite no knockdowns in the fight for a
final scorecard tally of 120-108 x2 and 120-106.
The Stoneham, Massachusetts native was his usual blunt self
in his post fight interview to the delight of the chanting
"I just love to fight.", said the new IBA Junior
Middleweight Champion who is considering a move down to
Whether it's in the main event of a sold out ballroom for a
title or whether I'm alone in a room with another man and
two rusty machetes. It's all the same to me. It's a fight.
I'm ready to die in there and that's what makes the
"This was probably one of Vendetti's best performances. Look
at the scorecards. 120-106 is something you don't see too
often.", said Murphys Boxing founder and Vendetti's
promoter, Ken Casey.
"He's just relentless. He's constantly coming forward. Then
he's the type of kid that when he's done throwing punches in
bunches, he gets on the mic and says all the right things.
He's really turning into a star in the area. Sold out venue.
Main event. Fighting 12 rounds. Doesn't phase him at all.
The better the competition is, the more rounds he goes, the
more pressure he's under, the better he seems to be. We're
looking to get him back in the ring as soon as possible."
In the 6 round junior welterweight co-main event Venezuelan
Olympian and recent Murphys Boxing signee, Luis Arcon Diaz
(8-0, 8 KOs) dominated Argentina's Mario Lozano (18-4-1, 9
KOs) before scoring a brutal knockout in third round. In
what was supposed to Diaz's toughest fight to date, the 27
year old's speed and power overwhelmed his opponent from the
get go finally stopping him with a face first on the canvas
highlight reel knockout.
Dublin's Lawrence Fryers (11-1, 4 KOs), who was set to face
Ray Moylette in a highly anticipated all Irish junior
welterweight showdown until visa issues earlier this week
left Moylette unable to enter the United States, suffered a
major scare in the first round before stopping last minute
replacement Bryan Abraham (6-34-1, 6 KOs) by second
knockout. Seconds into the fight Abraham caught Fryers with
a massive overhand right sending him to the canvas. Fryers
beat the count on shaky legs and Abraham charged in and
dropped Fryers to his knees for a second knockdown. The
heavy handed veteran tried to finish off the New York based
Irishman but somehow he survived the onslaught. Clearing his
head between rounds, Fryers roared out of the corner at the
start of the second and fired off a straight right that
badly hurt Abraham who froze and slumped over the ropes,
causing the referee to wave off the contest to the roar of
the sold out crowd.
In a surprising upset, Carlos Hernandez (4-3-1, 2 KOs)
handed local favorite Mike Ohan Jr. (9-1, 5 KOs) his first
loss by way of majority decision with scores of 57-57, 58-56
and 59-55. In an incredibly close contest that could have
went either way, Hernandez didn't let the partisan crowd or
Ohan Jr.'s undefeated record intimidate him and the
Connecticut welterweight fought a gutsy toe to toe
performance that earned him a razor thin victory in the 6
round welterweight bout.
Boston based amateur standout, James Perella (4-0, 3 KOs)
went the distance for the first time in his young career
winning a shutout unanimous decision over crafty MMA
veteran, Bryan Goldsby (5-12) with identical scores of 40-35
x3. The popular young welterweight is off to a fast and
furious start having 4 fights in only 4 months and against
the elusive Goldsby got in some much needed rounds of
Soft spoken South Boston favorite, Joe Farina (7-1, 4 KOs)
continued his busy 2019 in ring campaign picking up his
third win of the year over the near 25 year veteran Jose
Angel Ortiz (5-14-1, 2 KOs) with a 4 round unanimous
decision in the welterweight division with scores of 39-36
x2 and 40-35. Farina kept Ortiz on the ropes for virtually
the entire fight and dropped Ortiz once in the third round.
Opening up the event, Belgium's Antoine Vanackere (11-1, 6
KOs) made his American debut a successful one, dropping and
stopping the always game Mexican veteran, Francisco Medel
(13-20, 8 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 6 round
junior welterweight bout.
The phenomenal turn out of 2,300 people, with hundreds more
turned away at the door, was enough for Murphys Boxing and
Encore Boston Harbor to announce at the end of the night an
immediate return event on August 23rd.
"It was a very special night.", explained Casey after the
"To be the first ever ticketed event at a brand new resort
casino that hasn't even been open for month and to sell the
place out with a local fighter in the main event, was an
amazing experience and a historic night. We want to keep the
momentum going and we'll be back next month with another
stacked card. We're thankful to everyone who supported the
event tonight. Boston is truly becoming one of the hotbeds
of boxing in the United States and with Encore, Murphys
Boxing now has the perfect venue to showcase that."