By Thomas Gerbasi
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - Junior middleweight prospect Julian Williams continued to impress with his overall fight game, needing less than three rounds to blast out Mexican veteran Orlando Lora.
Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) controlled the action at close range in the first two rounds, ripping off short left hooks and right crosses with ease as he slickly evaded any incoming fire from Lora (29-5-2, 19 KOs). In the third, Williams closed the show with a vicious series of shots that prompted the Lora corner to wave the white towel at the 34 second mark.
Welterweight prospect Sadam Ali made his hometown fans happy with a one-sided sixth round TKO of Jesus Selig that kept the Brooklynite’s perfect record intact.
Ali mixed up his offensive attacks nicely in the opening round, getting little in return to worry about from Selig, and while the Arizonan began letting his hands go a bit more in round two, it only opened him up to more punishment from the 2008 US Olympian, who particularly targeted the body of his opponent.
The pace dipped a bit in the third, but the outlook for Selig didn’t change, as he was still taking punch after punch from Ali throughout, and “World Kid” was especially effective in the fourth, as he pounded away with both hands.
With 15 seconds left in the fifth round, Ali finally struck paydirt with a perfect right hand that sent Selig to the canvas. Selig rose to his feet and made it to the bell, but got a long visit between rounds from the ringside physician, and after eating a combination early in round six, referee Pete Santiago intervened, halting the bout 22 seconds into the stanza.
With the win, Ali improves to 18-0 with 11 KOs; Selig falls to 12-2-1 with 6 KOs
After a rough go in his previous win over Lamont Williams in September, 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne made short work of St. Louis’ Kevin Engel, halting his foe at the end of the first round.
Steadily putting more and more heat behind his punches as the round progressed, the Staten Island light heavyweight finally lowered the boom – or booms – with 10 seconds left, as Engel stumbled and took a knee after an accumulation of blows. He tried to rise, but the referee had seen enough, waving the bout off at the 3:00 mark.
With the win, Browne improves to 8-0 with 7 KOs; Engel falls to 20-9 with 16 KOs.
In the Barclays Center opener, Brooklyn’s own Juan Dominguez kept his unbeaten record intact with a workmanlike but fairly uneventful eight round unanimous decision over Puerto Rico’s Camilo Perez in a featherweight bout.
Scores were 78-74 and 79-73 twice for Dominguez, now 16-0 with 11 KOs; Perez falls to 9-2 with 4 stops.Tags: Julian Williams , Sadam Ali , Marcus Browne