By Thomas Gerbasi
Uniondale, New York - Minnesota’s Jamal James pulled off a minor upset in welterweight action, outpointing former world title challenger Jo Jo Dan over 10 grueling rounds.
Scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 for James, now 21-1 with 9 KOs; Dan falls to 36-5 with 19 KOs.
"My range was working perfectly," said James. "I knew he was going to be tough and he was a little tougher than I thought."
"I was catching him with nice clean shots, but he kept coming," said James. "I knew he was going to keep coming forward. He started moving his head and made me miss a couple times. I was trying to avoid a big shot but he did get me with some body shots."
Junior featherweight prospect Brandon Figueroa made it two for two for the family in a walkout bout, winning a clearcut eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Fatiou Fassinou.
Scores were 79-73 and 78-74 twice for the unbeaten Figueroa, who improves to 13-0 with 8 KOs; Benin’s ultra-tough Fassinou falls to 28-7-3 with 15 KOs.
In his third fight since an upset first-round loss to Carlos Hernandez in 2015, Freeport's Patrick Day delivered perhaps the most impressive effort of his career, dropping previously unbeaten Eric Walker en route to a decision win that earned him the WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight title.
Scores were 96-93 twice and 95-94 in a thrilling 10-rounder that saw neither fighter give an inch throughout. But a fourth-round knockdown by Day gave the Long Islander the breathing room he needed to surge ahead in the bout. That breathing room didn't last for long, as Baton Rouge's Walker (15-1, 8 KOs) roared back in an attempt to keep his perfect record intact. And while he fought well down the stretch, the flush counters of the poker-faced Day (14-2-1, 6 KOs) kept the local favorite ahead for good.
Mexico's Fidel Monterrosa upset the Long Island fans in the junior middleweight opener, spoiling the homecoming of local favorite Tommy Rainone via unanimous decision.
Scores for Monterrosa in an ugly, foul and clinch-filled six rounder were 58-54 twice and 57-55. Both fighters lost a point from referee Ron Lipton for fouls in the final round.
With the win, Monterrosa moves to 38-13-1 with 30 KOs; Rainone falls to 26-8-1 with six KOs.