By Tim Kudgis
Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York - Gabriel Bracero (23-1) vs Dmitry Salita (35-2) - Bracero was correct in his statement earlier this week on Boxingscene when he said Salita hand picked the wrong opponent. Salita's age was starting to show as the younger, stronger & faster, Bacero took control of all aspects of the all Brooklyn showdown. As the rounds went on Salita kept fading as Bracero seemed to get stronger to win a ten round unanimous decision.
The scores were 97-92, 99-90, 100-89.
Now many are wondering is that end of a long semi-successful career as a fighter. Has the "Star of David" fallen completely? Will it be time for a new star to be born. Could Bracero be in line for Judah-Malinaggi? Right now Bracero is on top of Brooklyn boxing and he bounced back nicely from the loss to "Chop Chop" Corley years ago.
Heather Hardy (7-0) vs Ana Laura Gomez (4-4) - Hardy went on the attack from the opening bell by landing some vicious combinations on the the usually game Gomez. In the 2nd round, the ringside doctor saw enough since Gomez was not throwing back and jumped on the apron. This forced the ref to call a halt to the action at the 2:41 mark of round two.
Charlie Ota (24-1-1) vs Mike Ruiz (17-8) - Ota, born in Harlem but fights out of Japan, had his hands full against the very gritty veteran Mike Ruiz. Ota was out working the game Ruiz, but he power, speed, and accuracy was too much for Ruiz to overcome but he gave a very valiant effort. Ota's dominant performance could have only been ruined by judging when the final bell rang, and they almost did.
The judges scored the bout 76-76 for the draw, 78-74 and 77-75 for Ota
Joe Smith Jr (13-1-1) vs Lamont Williams (5-3-2)
Lamont Williams gave Joe Smith Jr hell in their 6 round encounter. Williams was landing the more accurate punches but they lacked the power to hold back the aggressor, Smith. Smith had the advantage of power punches but Williams was more than willing to exchange As the final bell rang it became clear this was going to depend, once again, how the judges were going to score the fight.
After the final bell the judge's scorecards read 58-56 for Williams and 58-56 x 2 in favor of Joe Smith Jr.
Patrick Day (5-0-1) vs. Urmat Ryskeldiev (6-3-1) - Former #1 ranked amateur Patrick Day was in for the toughest challenge of his young career against Urmat Ryskeldiev. Ruskeldiev was coming in off back to back loses against opposition with a combined record of 35-0. Both men went back and forth trading punches but it seemed like Day was in control for a majority of the fight but Ryskeldiev was the aggressor. Some of the aggression seemed ineffective and Day was accurate with the faster and strong punches. At the final bell it came down to how the judges were going to score it. After the final bell the judge's scorecards read 59-55 & 57-57 for a Majority Draw. (Boxingscene.com had it 58-56 for Patrick Day)
Shemuel Pagan (4-0) vs. Jesus Cintron (1-5-2) - After a quick and vicious start by the underdog Cintron, Pagan was able to take control and dominate his opponent. After being inactive in 2012 and the first half of 13, Pagan didn't need much to shake the ring rust off. His vicious body punching and accurate combinations kept Cintron from scoring. Even though Cintron was game he did not do nearly enough the entire four rounds. After the final bell the judge's scorecards read 40-36 in favor of Pagan.
Chris Galeano (1-1) vs Jamil Gadsden (0-4) - Chris Galeano was able to bounce back from his loss in his pro debut. He overcame a vicious cut over his left eye to out box Gadsden. Gadsden was game but outclassed over the course of four rounds.
Junior Younan (1-0) vs Kenny Schmitz (2-11) - Junior "Sugar Boy" Younan made his long anticipated professional debut against a very overmatched Schmitz. Younan rushed and dropped him early but Schmitz beat the count. Younan continued the onslaught without being hit a single time by Schmitz. Finally after another barrage the ref called a halt to the action at the 1:40 mark of round two.
Louis Cruz (5-0) vs Bryan Acaba (3-4) - Cruz continued his winning streak in easy fashion over the very tough Bryan Acaba. Cruz contolloed the action in the 1st round keeping Acaba at bay with his boxing ability. In the second, he staggered Acaba with the uppercut but Acaba did not go down, even though it could have been ruled that way since he was held up by the ropes. Cruz continued his assault until he finally knocked him out on his feet with a nasty right hand at the 1:24 mark of round two.