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In the main event of Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Alexis Santos (17-1, 14 KOs) out-punched Jesse Barboza (11-3-1, 7 KOs) over 8 rounds in an exciting heavyweight slugfest. Portions of the fight could have been fought in a phone booth with both fighters landing heavy shots. Santos moves well for a heavyweight and scored on powerful combinations which Barboza absorbed in spurts. His overhand right winced Barboza on the ropes on several occasions but he was not able to drop his opponent to the canvas at any point throughout the fight.
Santos has a strong chin as he was on the receiving end of Barboza’s counter punches to the head and body. Barboza towered Santos by several inches and at least 25 pounds as he moved slower and threw less punches. Nonetheless, this is good news for heavyweight boxing as it has seemed to vanish from New England boxing cards for the past few years. Steve Farhood and Lou DiBella said afterwards that the bout was the best heavyweight bout on the Broadway Boxing Series in 11 years, which has temporarily moved to Connecticut. The final scores were 78-74 (twice) and 79-73 with the crowd standing on its feet through most of the fight.
Courtney Pennington (9-3-1, 5 KO’s) scored an upset knockout over Army Reserve Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (15-2-1, 4 KO’s) in the 7th round with a body shot. Pennington wore down Melson and scored in spurts sometimes in close quarters. Melson who was retiring after the fight, moved up in weight and looked sluggish from the beginning of the bout. Pennington took advantage of his own conditioning and dropped Melson in the 3rd and then for good at 2:40 in the 7th.
Melson donated his purse to Big Vision, a non-profit charity to promote awareness to narcotics addiction. After the bout, and a tearful speech from Lou Dibella, Melson announced he was running for Congress in 2018. “I have promoted better boxers, but never a better man than Boyd Melson who has donated every single one of his boxing purses to charity.”, said DiBella
Russian amateur sensation Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (4-0, 3 KO’s) punished Gabor “Squirrel” Goerbics (22-4, 13 KO’s) with 1-2 combinations for 8 straight rounds in a bout at junior middleweight. Gorbics, severely outmatched, was somehow able to survive the bout without falling to the canvas. He was on the dangerous end of many exchanges in the corner, but would pivot and race around the ring to get out of trouble. Butaev was not aggressive enough and frustrated at times, with Gorbics unwillingness to exchange. Butaev has a stinging jab which heavily marked the face of his opponent. The judges agreed on 80-72 for the ‘Python’ Butaev who wins the vacant NABF Jr. Middleweight title with his victory.
Mykquan Williams (5-0, 3 KO’s) couldn’t get the knockout, but thoroughly destroyed Jimmy Rosario (2-4, 1 KO) through 4 rounds of boxing. “Marvelous Mikey’ is not overly active, but throws punches with bad intentions, particularly to the body. Rosario was chased around the ring and landed few shots which left Williams unfazed. Judges scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37 for the young 18 year old from East Hartford, CT. He is undefeated at Foxwoods where he has fought all of his bouts.
Ireland’s Noel Murphy (7-0, 2 KO’s) put on a boxing clinic in his unanimous decision victory over tough-as-nails ohamed Allam (3-2, 1 KO) over 6 rounds at welterweight. Murphy’s quick hands and combinations were too accurate and wore down the forward-coming Allam for the entire fight. Allam hit the canvas in the third round by Murphy’s left hook which scored early, then turned to his straight left hand as Allam tired later in the bout. Final scores were 60-53 on all three judges scorecards.
In the opening fight of Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Christopher Davis Fogg (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Quincy Brown (1-4) in a 4 rounder at middleweight. Both fighters had their moments, scoring huge blows to the head at times, however, the southpaw Davis-Fogg stalked his opponent enough to meek out a 39-37 victory on all the judges scorecards.
Story by: Jason Marchetti at ringside via fightnews.com