Vincent Cruises Past Kiss In Main Event Rematch; Ortiz
Captures WBC Youth Championship
Worcester, Mass., lightweight Jamaine Ortiz capped a wild,
historic night Saturday at Twin River Casino Hotel,
dethroning the previous unbeaten Ricardo Quirozof Oxnard,
Calif., to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC)
World Youth Lightweight Championship.
The 22-year-old Ortiz, now 10-0, became just the third
fighter under the guidance of CES Boxing to capture a WBC
Youth Title, joining “Bad” Chad Dawson and Matt Remillard by
earning a methodical, 78-74, 78-74, 78-74 unanimous decision
Ortiz took control from the get-go, not letting Quiroz’s
height advantage prevent him from boxing effectively on the
inside. Ortiz went to the body early and often, fought out
of clinches and landed clean, short hooks as Quiroz
retreated, winning each of the first six rounds on two of
the judges’ scorecards. Quiroz mounted a late comeback as
Ortiz’s pace slowed in the seventh and eighth rounds, but
with little zip on his punches at that point, Ortiz remained
in the driver’s seat and survived the finally rally to
capture his first title as a professional. Quiroz drops to
10-1, the first loss of his pro career.
A decorated amateur who advanced to the semifinals of the
U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016, Ortiz now joins an exclusive
list of current and former WBC Youth world champions, which
included pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez, Danny
Garcia,Jorge Arce, and others.
In the female featherweight main event, New London, Conn.,
veteran Shelly Vincent (24-2) outboxed Edina Kiss (15-10) of
Budapest in a rematch of their 2015 bout, earning a 78-74,
79-73, 77-75 unanimous decision win. Vincent controlled the
pace, stalking Kiss for most of the fight, and consistently
backed her against the ropes while Kiss trained to land wild
hooks and overhands. Vincent dodged most of Kiss’ counters
and remained comfortably ahead in the middle rounds,
allowing her to establish and maintain her pace.
The heavyweight co-main event was a wild scene with Sicilian
heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (18-2, 16 KOs) capturing the
vacant National Boxing Association (NBA) World Title by
seventh-round knockout over California’s Brendan Barrett
(7-3-2) in a fight that featured six knockdowns, one fighter
getting tossed out of the ring and a melee at the end
following the final blow from Cusumano.
With a six-inch height advantage, Cusumano had trouble
letting his hands go against the shorter, stockier Barrett,
who kept charging, but would unload with one punch, maybe
two, at a time and then clinching to avoid Cusumano’s
counter. The 6-foot-4 Sicilian finally found his distance
and sent Barrett tumbling to the canvas three times in the
fourth round, but not without a complaint from Barrett, who
felt Cusumano pushed him in the back of the head.
Cusumano eventually sustained a cut on the forehead, which
only heightened the intensity as the fight progressed, and
the war reached its fever pitch in the fifth when the two
became entangled in the middle of the ring and Barrett
picked up Cusumano and tossed him through the ropes and onto
the scorer’s table. The chaos momentarily unraveled Cusumano,
who got caught with an overhand right in the sixth –
Barrett’s best punch of the night – and hit the ground
halfway through the round.
The shift in momentum was short-lived as Cusumano got his
legs back and finally finished the fight for good at the
2:51 mark of the seventh, catching Barrett with a right
cross that buckled his opponent’s legs and sent him crashing
to the canvas for the fourth time. The referee waved it off,
but that was only the beginning and a brawl ensued shortly
after the final bell between the respective camps and fans
sitting ringside, forcing Twin River security to quiet the
Once the dust settled, Cusumano had his third consecutive
win and 16th in his last 17 bouts.
In the first of the three title bouts on the card,
undefeated Boston super bantamweight Amanda Pavone (7-0)
remained unbeaten with a hard-earned majority decision win
over Connecticut’s Marcia Agripino (3-2-1), 77-75, 76-76,
79-73 to capture the vacant New England Title.
The two exchanged blows throughout the fight, which was
relatively through four rounds until Pavone began to land
the cleaner blows, specifically with her overhand left, over
the last half of the bout. Agripino continued to charge, but
Pavone began to establish her distance with the jab to
control of the fight.
In one of the more exciting bouts on the undercard, Marqus
Bates (6-2) of Taunton, Mass., continued his climbed in the
welterweight division with a scintillating knockout win over
Connecticut rival Jair Ramos (5-3-2) at the 2:46 mark of the
third round. Since losing in his professional debut in 2016,
Bates has now won six of seven, including two of his last
three by knockout.
Pawtucket, R.I., super featherweight Ricky Delossantos (7-0)
also preserved his perfect record in his toughest test to
date, earning a 59-54 win across the board against Indiana
veteran and U.S. Army National Guardsman Javar Jones (7-2).
Delossantos controlled the pace and fought his best on the
inside, winning the close exchanges with the lightning-fast
Jones. Delossantos iced it in the closing seconds, sending
Jones to the canvas right before the final bell.
Fighting for the first time in a year, Providence’s Michael
Valentin (5-0) remained undefeated with an inspirational
38-38, 40-36, 40-36 majority decision win over tough
Philadelphia veteran Christopher Burgos (1-4-1). Valentin,
who fights with a colostomy bag due to a rare birth defect,
dedicated his comeback fight to the memory of Seven Bridges,
the 10-year-old Kentucky boy who committed suicide in
January after also being bullied for wearing a colostomy
On the preliminary card, Providence super welterweight
Victor Reynoso (3-0, 3 KOs) stunned the crowd with the
biggest comeback of the night, rallying from a sure defeat
on the scorecards to stop Louisiana’s John Williams (1-1) in
the fourth and final round.
Working with a stiff jab and straight right hand that seemed
to knock Reynoso off his spot in the early rounds, Williams
controlled the pace and lead on all three cards heading into
fourth, including two cards in which the judges gave him
each of the first three rounds. Midway through the fourth,
Reynoso finally closed the distance, backed Williams against
the ropes and landed a looping overhand right that sent his
opponent crashing to the canvas. Referee Johnny Callas
immediately waved it off, awarding the victory to Williams
at the 1:51 mark, preserving Reynoso’s perfect record.
Also on the undercard, New York super lightweight Arnold
Gonzalez (1-0), a two-time national champion as an amateur,
breezed past Virginia’s Stacey Anderson (0-4) to earn a
40-36 unanimous decision win on all three scorecards, and
Worcester super lightweight Nicholas Briggs (3-0) remained
unbeaten with a 40-35, 40-36, 40-36 win over the durable
Andy Aiello (1-2-1) of Bridgewater, Mass. Super welterweight
Lamont Powell (3-0) of Providence also kept his perfect
record intact, dominating Quebec’s Kenneth Chery (1-2) to
earn a 40-36 unanimous decision on all three scorecards.