Star Boxing At The Tropicana:
A Night Of Rising & Falling Stars
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Vinny Maddalone, Chazz Witherspoon, and Shamone Alvarez are
all names that boxing fans in Atlantic City know. For years
we have watched them fight, witnessing their triumphs and
losses. Each has fallen short. However, none has given up
that dream. Maybe itís money that keeps them going. Maybe
itís fame or glory. Maybe itís something much deeper than
that, something more primal. They keep climbing in the ring,
hoping to achieve that prize.
For others, it seems
much easier. Ray Serrano came into the ring undefeated
and left undefeated. Jason Escalera also remains
undefeated. Do they have what it takes? We will see.
Looking at the scorecards, you would think Junior
Welterweight Ray Serrano had no competition in the ring.
That could not be further from the truth. Angel Rios was
always in the fight. Both came out jabbing at the bell.
Serrano was the first to throw a combination, going to
the head and body. Rios responded with a combination of
his own. But as the round went on, Rios found himself on
the ropes, several times. Serrano controlled the
majority of the first round.
As the second round started, Rios seemed jumpy. Serrano
again caught Rios on the ropes. Rios responded, trying
to punch his way off, but Serrano was using his weight
to keep him there. Serrano outworked Rios in the second
round. The third round saw a much calmer Rios. Both
fighters started trading in the center of the ring. Then
Rios threw a combination, finishing with a right
uppercut and hurting Serrano. Serrano recovered and the
two fighters traded shots for the remainder of the
round. Rios was able to catch Serrano with a right
uppercut again in the fourth round, staggering Serrano.
Again, Serrano recovered. Rios tried to keep the
momentum in his favor, but every time he tried to move
in he was being pounded by Serrano.
The two traded shots in the fifth. Rios was still taking
punishment as he would try to move in on Serrano.
Serrano appeared to be controlling the action in the
sixth round as well. Serrano was fighting in close to
Rios. He landed combination after combination throughout
the round. Rios would respond, but it was almost always
Serrano who initiated the attacks. By the seventh round
Rios was looking tired. Serrano was coming in and
landing a combination. Then he would back off, only to
come back in and do it again. Rios never backed off, and
for all of Serranoís landed punches, Rios never looked
hurt. Serrano ended the round with a flurry of punches,
probably securing the round.
The crowd really came alive in the eighth round. Serrano
was throwing hooks and catching Rios on the ropes. He
seemed to be getting cocky. Serrano started to taunt
Rios. Rios responded by landing a right to his chin,
slightly stunning Serrano. The ninth round found the two
trading shots, back and forth. Serrano was keeping more
distance this round. Then at the bell Serrano landed,
staggering Rios. Rios tried to come on strong in the
tenth round, but Serrano was keeping him back with his
jab. Once again, Serrano ended the round with a flurry
of punches. The scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92.
Alvarez has always been a favorite of the Atlantic City
crowd. Unfortunately, this was not his night. Looking at
the record of Doel Carrasquillo, 15-18-1, you would have
thought that Alvarez would have no trouble. Maybe
Alvarez thought that going into this fight because he
came out looking like he wanted a quick knock out.
Alvarez came out at the start throwing combinations.
Carrasquillo stayed closed up, waiting for his
opportunity. That opportunity came with a landed right.
Alvarez was down. Surviving the count, Alvarez came back
jabbing, hoping to keep Carrasquillo from repeating his
success. Carrasquillo staggered Alvarez again.
Carrasquillo kept up the pressure at the end of the
round, landing combinations. Alvarez had nothing left
but to hold. Alvarez staggered back to his corner at the
In the second round, Carrasquillo just kept battering
Alvarez, throwing uppercuts as Alvarez was trapped on
the ropes. Alvarezís punches no longer had any power
behind them. Throwing a right then left, Carrasquillo
put Alvarez back on the canvas. By the third round
Alvarez started to keep more distance. Carrasquillo was
able to back Alvarez up with a series of combinations.
Alvarez tried to take his fight to the body, but
Carrasquillo did not seem too bothered. He responded
with wide hooks.
Alvarez seemed energized in the fourth. He would jab and
follow it with a hook, always going to the head and
body. Carrasquillo still was looking for the big punch
and still staggering Alvarez, but Alvarez seemed to be
coming right back. Alvarez started to move more, causing
Carrasquillo to miss twice with two wide rights. But
Carrasquillo kept throwing hooks in the fifth round. It
was one of those hooks that put Alvarez back down on the
canvas. Alvarez survived the count. Carrasquillo came
right back with the hooks, backing Alvarez into the
ropes. Alvarezís corner jumped up to stop the fight. It
is unclear if the referee saw them as he jumped in to
stop the fight. Carrasquillo had won by TKO.
The last time we saw
Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone fight he lost to Tomasz
Adamek. But Maddalone made quick work of Mike Sheppard.
Maddalone is not one for fancy boxing techniques. He is
a puncher. He was coming straight at Sheppard. Maddalone
rocked Sheppard back into the ropes with a right. He
then chased him across the ring, dropping Sheppard with
a left hook to the ribs. Maddalone had knocked out
Sheppard in the first half of the first round.
Witherspoon has had a few setbacks in his career. But he
proved against Tyson Cobb that he is still an
entertaining fighter with a future. Chazz might be known
as ďThe Gentleman,Ē but in the ring he can be a killer.
Chazz was quick to throw the first punch. He was using
more lateral movement in his fighting than in past
fights, circling the ring, landing combinations to the
body. In the second round, Chazz was able to stagger
Cobb with a right. Cobb stumbled back into the ropes. He
knocked Cobb down with a hard right. Cobb survived the
count. Chazz was right back with combinations. Chazz
knocked him down again with a left hook, and then
knocked him down a third time with a body shot. Chazz
quickly cut of the ring at the start of the third round.
He then landed a left followed by a right. Cobb went
down and didnít make the count. Chazz won by knockout.
Super Middleweight Jason
Escalera easily defeated Mickey Scarborough. Scarborough
was running backward at the beginning of the first
round. Escalera knocked Scarborough down three times in
the first round. Scarborough surprisingly made it
through the first round. With a right followed by a left
hook, Escalera knocked him down and through the ropes.
The fight was over.