ALBANY, NY (May 19, 2012) Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returned to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York last night with a sensational ESPN Friday Night Fights card.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of Capital Region boxing fans, Philadelphia’s Raymond “Tito” Serrano and defending NABO junior welterweight champion Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield headlined in a scheduled ten round battle.
Throwing bombs with bad intentions from the opening round, Serrano and Mayfield engaged in a terrific clash that had the local fans on their feet throughout.
Towards the end of the third round Serrano was knocked down and suffered a cut on his forehead.
Valiantly fighting on against the aggressive Mayfield, Serrano opened up a cut near the title holder’s left eye in the fourth round but was knocked down for the second time as the bell rang to end the stanza.
Continuing to fight as the bell rang for the fifth round, Serrano was knocked down again from a Mayfield right hand and referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout at the time of 0:47.
The loss was the first of the 22-year-old Serrano’s career moving his record to 18-1-0 (8KO’s) while Mayfield stayed undefeated at 16-0-1 (10KO’s).
In the super middleweight co-main Jason “Monstruo” Escalera of Union City, New Jersey and Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson put on a sensational eight round war for the Times Union Center crowd.
The undefeated Escalera spent most of the fight stalking the once beaten Brinson, with vicious hooks to the body of the counterpuncher.
Escalera had Brinson badly hurt in the seventh round, but the bout continued with the Geneva, New York resident hanging on for the duration of the final round.
Scores at end of the terrific clash were 76-75 (Escalera), 76-75 (Brinson) and 76-76. Escalera’s record moved to 13-0-1 (12KO’s) while Brinson went to 9-1-2 (5KO’s).
In the ESPN Friday Night Fights opening bout, Kevin “KID” Rooney Jr. was upset by Newark’s Anthony Jones in their fast packed four round middleweight bout.
Rooney Jr. suffered a controversially called knockdown in the first but was dropped in the third, which proved to be the difference in the scores, which were 39-35 and 38-36 (twice) for Jones who improved to 2-0-1 while Rooney Jr. moved to 4-2-0 (2KO’s).
Come backing former world title challenger David Telesco of Port Chester, New York, was stopped in the fifth round of his scheduled eight round tilt against fast rising local cruiserweight prospect Vincent Miranda.
After four rounds of spirited action, Miranda dropped Telesco with a left hook to the chin halting the bout. With the win Miranda improved to
15-1-0 (9KO”s) while Telesco went to 30-8-1 (25KO’s).
In a scheduled six round welterweight bout Rochester, New York’s Kenny Abril, 12-5-1 (7KO’s) stopped popular local fighter Bryan Abraham, 6-12-2 (6KO’s) of Schenectady, New York in the fourth round, time was 2:45.
In the final bout of the evening Tony Brinson of Geneva NY and Lekan Byfield Atlanta GA both added a draw to their records moving to 2-1-1.
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ABOUT THE TIMES UNION CENTER:
Upstate New York’s premiere sports and entertainment facility, the Times Union Center, located in Albany, NY, is excited to welcome boxing back after a 14 year hiatus. Hosting boxing in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997, the Times Union Center offers the perfect atmosphere for championship events, and our fans are ready for championship boxing to make its long awaited return to the biggest stage in the Albany. Nestled between Hall of Famer Mike Tyson’s hometown of Catskill, NY, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, the Capital Region is a great boxing community for both fighters and fans locally and in our surrounding areas. Albany, NY is easy to get to from anywhere! Amtrak offers direct trains from New York City, Buffalo and all points in between, and major interstates from points east, west, north and south intersect in the capital region making it easy to drive from all parts of the state. For more information, please visit their website at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com
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