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  Moloney Masterful In Defeating Baez

By William Trillo


Now you know why they call him “Mayhem”. Bantamweight Jason Moloney (21-1, 18 KO’s) made mincemeat out of Leonardo Baez (18-3, 9 KO’s). From top to bottom, inside and out Maloney looked world class tonight in a dominant and impressive performance.

Not deterred by the size and length of Baez, it was all Mayem, especially on the inside. While Baez was all about wild long winging punches Maloney was either beating him to the punch or making him miss and countering with wicked punches.

Blood started to trickle down the face of Baez early in the bout and that turned into a stream as the fight was coming to an end. Maloney was all over Baez in round seven, there was no stopping him. Baez returned to his corner bloodied and beaten; he was unable to get up off his stool after that. While the corner was bringing a merciful halt to the bout in that corner Maloney jumped for joy as he was the knockout victor after seven very eye-catching rounds.

“That was the greatest moment of my career. It was tough watching my brother the other night, but I knew I had a job to do. Thank you to my team. I sacrificed so much for six weeks, leaving my fiancée and my baby. I’m just over the moon.My brother told me he loved me and that he was proud of me. He’ll be back better than ever. Trust me.”

Lightweight Abraham Nova (19-0, 14 KO’s) remained unbeaten but was given a good night of work from Avery Sparrow (10-2, 3 KO’s). The battle was a lot closer than the final scorecards would indicate as Sparrow kept Nova uneasy with his game plan and forced him to do things he may not have wanted to. Nova did drop Sparrow with a nice punch in round eight but couldn’t close the show on the slippery veteran. Scores were all over the place as judges saw it 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor of Nova.

Spaeking about the fight Nova said, “Sparrow was slippery in there and tough to hit. I had to be patient and search for my openings. In the last few rounds, I began to time him, and that won me the fight. Listen, this was a learning experience. I’ll be ready for the top guys in the 130-pound division very, very soon.”

Highly touted Featherweight Orlando Gonzalez (15-0-10 KO’s) was given a pretty good test from a crafty Luis Porozo (15-3, 8 KO’s). Gonzalez who has been marked for greatness looked uneasy with the herky jerky style of Porozo. Knockdowns by- Gonzalez at the end of rounds two and seven gave him the edge in a bout that could have been a disaster for the young Puerto Rican otherwise. Razor thin scores read 77-73 and 76-74 twice giving the nod to Gonzalez.

In a rematch bout, Heavyweight Kingsley Ibeh (4-1, 4 KO’s) evened the score when he defeated Waldo Cortes Acosta (5-3, 2 KO’s) by KO. Early on it looked like dueling windmills but as the fight wore on the two lumbered throwing one punch -at a time. In round four Acosta wrapped up Ibeh with his left hand but was the recipient of five uppercuts in a row from Ibeh. As the two separated Ibeh landed a clubbing shot to the head of Acosta that dropped and stopped him at the 1:41 mark of the fourth.

It was a nip and tuck battle between Welterweights Vlad Panin (8-1, 4 KO’s) & Benjamin Whitaker (13-4, 3 KO’s). Panin looked steady and in control with a long jab in the early going. Whitaker for his part was unorthodox in style but did his best to keep Panin needing to work. It may have been a case of too little too late for Whitaker. Final scores read 57-57 even and 58-56 twice for Panin giving him the majority decision nod.

Welterweights Reymond Yanong (11-5-1, 9 KO’s) & Clay Burns (9-8-2, 4 KO’s) put on a real nice show in this six round scrap. Burns started well early and seemed to be giving Yanong trouble. But as the fight ensued Yanong became more comfortable with distance and started scoring with accurate punches. Burns gassed out at the end and his punch output dwindled, that was most likely what cost him. The fight that went the distance was scored 58-56 Burns, 59-55 Yanong and 58-56 for the winner by split decision Yanong. On a side note: as far as boxing nicknames go, Clay “Third Degree” Burns is as good as they get…I like it.


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