Ring of Combat 50 Review
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Courtesy of DAVID WEINBERG & pressofatlanticcity.com
ATLANTIC CITY – Mays Landing lightweight Jeff Lentz is now a champion.
The 25-year-old won the vacant Ring of Combat national title on Friday night with a three-round, unanimous decision over Virginia Beach, Va.’s George Sheppard at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
“This means a lot,” Lentz said. “Actually, the belt doesn’t mean as much to me as the win itself. I needed that bad after losing my last two fights.”
Lentz (10-4-1) got off to a slow start, but controlled the pace in the final two rounds against Sheppard (15-10).
Judge Michael DePasquale gave Lentz a 30-27 edge while Munah Holland and Vincent Sinclair both scored it 29-28.
Lentz was one of eight fighters to win titles at Ring of Combat’s 50th card.
Chicago’s Mike Santiago used a guillotine choke to earn the East Coast featherweight title with a first-round submission over Kenny Foster, of Long Island, N.Y.
Levittown, Pa.’s Matt Rizzo retained his flyweight national belt with a three-round, unanimous decision over Corey Simmons, of Defiance, Ohio.
Bronx, N.Y. middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose dropped Chicago’s Devon Morris with a roundhouse kick to win the vacant national crown in the first round.
New York welterweight Randy Brown pounded out a second-round TKO over Mike Winters, of Rochester, N.Y. to win the vacant national championship.
New York native Phillipe Nover submitted Long Island’s Dan Clon with a rear-naked choke in the second round to take an East Coast title at a catch-weight of 152 pounds.
New York bantamweight Julio Arce retained his national title with a three-round, unanimous decision over Mississippi’s Thomas Vasquez.
In the early bouts, Long Island middleweight Gregor Gillespie, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, notched a first-round TKO over New York’s Justin Stewart.
Bordentown lightweight Max Bohanan used a calf crusher to submit Leonard Simpson, of South Bend, Ind., in the first round.
Long Island lightweight Eddie Lenoci earned a three-round, split decision over North Carolina’s Lashawn Alcocks.
The only women’s bout saw Scottbridge, Mich.’s Cali Cutler score a third-round TKO over Jenna Serio, of New York.
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