Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mike Oliver, Cornelius Lock Battle To a Draw at Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Looking for his second consecutive win after capturing the North American Boxing Association (NABA) featherweight title two months ago, Hartford’s Mike Oliver fought to an entertaining draw against Brooklyn challenger Cornelius Lock on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The eight-round bout between Lock and Oliver was the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s “Connecticut Classic” pro-am card, featuring six amateur and six professional bouts. Following his disqualification win over Eric Hunter in September, Oliver (26-5-1) came out aggressive against the stronger Lock, but was at his best when weaving in and out of trouble while Lock was the better fighter toe-to-toe.

The two staged a tremendous finish over the final four rounds, exchanging blows along the ropes and in the center of the ring. Lock (21-6-2) earned a 78-74 decision on one card while the other two judges each scored the bout 76-76, resulting in a majority draw.

Fighting for the first time since capturing the Women’s International Boxing Association bantamweight title in May, New London’s Shelito Vincent (10-0, 1 KO) showed no signs of rust whatsoever in the six-round co-feature, coming out firing against the undersized Alisah McPhee (2-1) of British Columbia, Canada, who moved up in weight from 118 pounds to put her unbeaten record on the line against Vincent.

McPhee fought hard, but didn’t have the strength or speed to match Vincent, who looked just as sharp Saturday as she did in her previous win against Angel Gladney in May. Vincent caught McPhee early and often and eventually caught her in a flurry in the neutral corner late in the fourth round, forcing referee Shada Murdaugh to stop the bout with 2:08 remaining.

Worcester, Mass., heavyweight Donnie Palmer (3-0-1, 3 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, stopping New Haven’s Solomon Maye (1-1) with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth and final round. Palmer agreed to fight Maye early Friday morning, 24 hours before the event, after Maye’s original opponent, Zeferino Albino, was forced to withdraw Thursday due to personal reasons.

The 6-foot-10 Palmer had the distinct height advantage over the shorter, 6-2 Maye, but Maye looked sharp early, working the body aggressively while Palmer backpedaled looking to avoid sustaining any damage. As the fight wore on, Palmer ultimately wore down Maye, using his 267-frame to keep Maye against the ropes while landing clean blows to the head. Murdaugh deducted a point from Maye in the fourth for spitting his mouthpiece out a third time and eventually stopped the bout moments later when Maye could no longer defend himself.

In one of the most entertaining fights of the night, female bantamweights Marcia Agripino (1-0-1) of Groton, Conn., and newcomer Michelle Cook (0-0-1) of upstate New York battled to a majority draw following four action-packed rounds. Cook, a highly-regarded amateur from the Adirondacks, dominated the early rounds with sharp, effective counterpunching against the aggressive Agripino, but Agripino fought back in the latter half of the fight and began landing cleanly while avoiding Cook’s counterpunches. One judge scored the bout in favor of Cook, 39-37, while the remaining judges each scored it 38-38, resulting in a majority draw.

Super welterweight Christian Lao of New Haven (5-2-1) won for the first time in more than a year, outworking Hartford’s Joe Wilson Jr. (1-1) to earn a 39-37, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision. Lao’s speed and footwork were too much for Wilson, as he ducked in and out trouble and landed cleanly without taking much punishment. Following a year-and-a-half layoff, Lao returned to the ring Oct. 5, fighting to a draw, before beating Wilson on Saturday night.

New Haven welterweight Jimmy Williams (5-0-1) bounced back from a draw in early October with a unanimous decision win over the slick, elusive Evincii Dixon (2-3-1) of Lancaster, Pa., 39-37 on all three scorecards. The two spent most of the opening round posturing while trying to find an opening. Dixon seemed intent on counterpunching while Williams was the aggressor looking to press the action. The pace picked up in the third round as Williams opened with his most effective flurry of the night, forcing Dixon to exchange. Williams continued to press in the fourth round while Dixon landed several effective counterpunches, but not enough to sway the judges, resulting in his second loss in his last three fights dating back to September.

Tags: Mike Oliver image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Queen_Leia on 11-04-2013

Nonsense...Mike-Mike, his manager, trainer and everyone around him are bums. He'll lose the moment he fights someone with a semi heartbeat

Comment by cja07007 on 11-03-2013

Wish I could of been there. Go Mike-Mike

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Tony Yoka Blasts Out Ali Baghouz in Two Rounds Saunders: Lemieux Has No Chance, I'm Convinced I'll Stop Him! Lemieux: Many UK Fans Wrote To Me, Want Me To Drill Saunders Avni Yildirim vs. Derek Edwards on March 3rd in Germany Denys Berinchyk Secures KO Win To Capture WBO Regional Belt Tom Schwarz Back on February 3, Dominic Boesel Returns on 3/3 McGregor Rules Out Pacquiao, Says Return To MMA is Next Saunders vs. Lemieux - CompuBox Historical Review Damon Allen Outboxes Martin Honorio in Quebec, Canada Jessie Vargas: I Want Thurman, Spence-Peterson Winner or Garcia Frank Warren: Saunders Can Send a Message To Canelo, GGG Billy Joe Saunders-David Lemieux: Pre-Fight Report Card Demetrius Andrade Will Be Ringside To Scout Saunders, Lemieux Saunders Unfazed by First Pro Bout Outside UK, Judging in Canada Lemieux to Saunders: Will Be Blood, Big Punches Saturday Night Hopkins: Rigondeaux is 90% Done, May Quit Again in Future Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence, Cotto, Golovkin-Charlo, More Frank Warren on DeGale's Loss, Selby Win, Corcoran, Frampton John Molina: I Had To Dig Deep, Can't Lose With Family at Ringside Fury: What Will Critics Says When I Make Joshua Look Like a Child? Bernstein: Mikey Garcia vs. Lomachenko Can Become Special Fight Golden Boy's Diaz Willing To Make Morales-Zenunaj Rematch The Argument For (And Against) Lomachenko Being #1 P4P Jessie Vargas Drops, Dominates Aaron Herrera For Easy Win Horn Admits Interest in Facing Mundine Before Crawford Jamal James Crushes Diego Chaves With Body Shot Knockout John Molina Gets Off The Floor, Drills Ivan Redkach in Epic Slugfest Omotoso Overcomes Slow Start, Out-Points Freddy Hernandez Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios, Benavidez-Gavril II Eyed For 2/17 Video: Bernard Hopkins on Loma-Rigo, Wilder-Joshua, More Video: Tyson Fury Talks Loma, Wilder, Joshua, More Saunders: I'm in Lemieux's Head, I'll Break His Heart! Horn: Very Few Picked Me To Beat Pacquiao, I'll Beat Crawford Too! Tyson Fury Moves Trainers: Leaves Uncle Peter, Hires Davison Lemieux Laughs: Saunders Can KO Me? Maybe With a Baseball Bat! WBA Confirm: Povetkin is Now The Mandatory To Joshua Photos: Douglas vs. O'Sullivan, Seldin vs. Ulysse - Weigh-In Photos: Saunders, Lemieux - Nearly Erupt With Heated Weigh-In Alexander Povetkin Dominates Hammer - In Line For Joshua, Parker Jessie Vargas Eyes Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Ali Rematch
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement