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Warren, Herring, Browne, Williams, Galarza Win at Barclays

By Thomas Gerbasi

Barclays Center, Brooklyn - Three-time United States Olympian Rau’Shee Warren kept his unbeaten slate intact in bantamweight action with an impressive second round TKO of Puerto Rico’s Jovany Fuentes.

What looked to be a competitive bout on paper quickly unraveled when it was revealed that Fuentes couldn’t get out of the way of Warren’s fast and accurate straight left. Two first round knockdowns for Warren resulted, but Fuentes was able to make it to the bell. A third left hand-induced knockdown followed early in round two though, and Fuentes’ corner had seen enough, calling for a stoppage 1:04 into the frame.

Warren ups his record to 13-0 with 3 KOs; Fuentes drops to 5-2 with 4 KOs.

Early on in their junior middleweight bout, former world champion Joachim Alcine looked to be no match for unbeaten young gun Julian Williams. But despite suffering three knockdowns, Alcine gave Williams a tough go before losing an eight round unanimous decision.

Scores were 77-72 across the board for Williams, now 13-0-1 with 7 KOs. Alcine, who has now lost four of his last six, falls to 33-5-1 with 19 KOs.

Dropped in the opening minute by an unrelenting barrage of power shots, Alcine seemed destined not to make it out of the first round, but the veteran survived and even showed signs of life in the second and third stanzas with some good work at close range as Williams took his foot off the gas and fought at a pace that favored the 37-year-old Haiti native.

A left hook on the break with a minute left in the fourth round changed the complexion of the fight, as Alcine hit the deck and then looked dazed as the bout resumed after a short break. A series of shots that began with another left hook – this time a legal one – put Alcine on the canvas again, but he made it through the round.

A single left hook sent Alcine to the canvas hard early in the fifth, and though the veteran rose, there were calls from the crowd for the fight to be stopped. Alcine would fight back, showing that he still wanted to be there, and he even outworked Williams throughout the rest of the round.

Round six was fought primarily on the inside, with Williams pulling ahead late in the frame after several heated exchanges at close quarters, and the same could be said for the seventh, with a strong Alcine round nullified by some flush power punching by Williams just before the bell.

Based on his performance in the final frame, Alcine probably wished he had another two rounds, as he rocked Williams with a flush shot to the face and again outworked the 23-year-old, garnering a well-earned positive reaction from the crowd as the fight concluded.

Early on in their junior middleweight bout, former world champion Joachim Alcine looked to be no match for unbeaten young gun Julian Williams. But despite suffering three knockdowns, Alcine gave Williams a tough go before losing an eight round unanimous decision.

Scores were 77-72 across the board for Williams, now 13-0-1 with 7 KOs. Alcine, who has now lost four of his last six, falls to 33-5-1 with 19 KOs.

Staten Island’s Marcus Browne, a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, remained unbeaten with a one-sided second round TKO of Mexico’s Ricardo Campillo.

Browne toyed with Campillo from the opening bell, with a straight left sending the Obregon native to the canvas a little over a minute into the first round. In the second, Browne lowered the boom, first hurting Campillo with a body shot and then putting him down with a three punch combination. Campillo gamely rose, but his corner had seen enough, with the fight being called at the 1:00 mark of round two.

Browne ups his record to 5-0 with 5 KOs; Campillo falls to 7-7-1 with 5 KOs.

Brooklynite Juan Dominguez made short work of Brad Patraw in their junior featherweight bout, knocking the Minnesotan out in just 96 seconds.

Patraw came out with an awkward style reminiscent of one of his cornerman, former contender Jason Litzau, but it only too Dominguez around a minute to figure it out, and after hurting Patraw with a left hook to the head, he finished the job moments later with a left hook to the body that produced a ten count from referee Ricky Gonzalez at the 1:36 mark.

With the win, Dominguez improves to 15-0 with 11 KOs; Patraw falls to 9-6 with 5 KOs.

Popular Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank Galarza remained unbeaten, upping his record to 10-0-2 (6 KOs) with a fourth round stoppage of Romon Barber.

Barber (4-5, 3 KOs) gave as good as he got in the first round, and often better than the favored Galarza, and the Kansas product’s success continued into the early part of round two. Yet by the second half of the round, Barber’s conditioning began to betray him and Galarza took advantage with accurate shots to the body and head.

A low blow by Galarza at the midway point of the third brought a brief halt to the action, and when the fight resumed, Barber got a brief second wind. It was Galarza finishing strong though and putting the round in the bank.

Galarza’s patient body attack paid off in the fourth stanza, with a steady barrage of shots downstairs finally forcing Barber to take a knee. Once he did, referee Earl Brown called the fight off, with the end coming at 1:54 of round four.

Toledo, Ohio lightweight Robert Easter Jr. upped his perfect record to 5-0 with five knockouts after a one-sided thrashing of game, but overmatched Antoine Knight.

Easter made every effort to get Knight (2-4, 1 KO) out of there in the first round, and he almost did, sending the Indiana native to the deck with a right hand in the final 40 seconds. Knight made it to his feet, but he only prolonged the inevitable, as the body attack and laser-like right hand of Easter brought on a third round visit to the doctor, who recommended the stoppage of the fight at 1:46 of the round.

2012 United States Olympian Jamel Herring got the night of action at Barclays Center started with a workmanlike four round unanimous decision win over Calvin Smith.

Scores in the lightweight bout were 40-35 and 40-36 twice.

Coram, New York’s Herring took much of the first round to get acclimated to his foe, but by the end of the opening frame he began tagging and rocking Smith with straight lefts. In the second, Herring moved his focus to the body, visibly hurting Smith, but the Pritchard, Alabama product hung tough. In the third, Smith emptied his tank trying to make something happen, but two near knockdowns by Herring continued to add to his lead, and while Smith wasn’t able to turn things around, making it to the final bell was a moral victory of sorts.

With the win, Herring improves to 4-0 with 2 KOs; Smith falls to 2-4.

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