By David P. Greisman
Madison Square Garden, New York City - Subway commercial alum and undefeated Chicago resident Mike Lee seemed to be en route to a workmanlike decision victory — but instead he scored a one-punch technical knockout over Allen Medina in the fourth and final round of their light heavyweight bout.
With Medina out of it on the mat, the referee waved the bout off 55 seconds into the round.
The telling blow came when Lee followed a missed jab with the most solid right hand he’d landed all night — and, consequently, the last right hand he’d land that night.
Lee, 24, improves to 8-0 with 5 knockouts. Medina, 33, of Ft. Lupton, Colo., is now 9-20-1 with 1 knockout.
Popular local fighter Seanie Monaghan gave his raucous fans reason to celebrate, putting Santos Martinez down for the count with a body shot in the second round of their light heavyweight bout.
The end of the fight came with four seconds remaining in the stanza.
It was Monaghan’s second knockdown of the fight. The first came in the opening round, when a big left hook from Monaghan visibly wobbled Martinez with a minute to go, and the referee ruled that the ropes had held Martinez up.
Monaghan sent out haymaker after haymaker in the second, but when a head shot wasn’t ending things, he went elsewhere to lower Martinez’s resistance — and Martinez himself.
Monaghan, 30, of nearby Long Beach, N.Y., is now 11-0 with 8 knockouts. Martinez, 34, of Adrian, Mich., is now 2-3 with 2 knockouts.
New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia remains undefeated after scoring a thrilling second-round knockout over Mike Ruiz in a junior-middleweight bout that had been scheduled for four rounds.
The time of stoppage was 2:20 into the round.
Tapia had success in the first, backing Ruiz to the ropes on multiple occasions with one-two combinations. But Ruiz battled back in the second round, countering with right hands over Tapia’s jab, bloodying Tapia’s nose and appearing to take control.
Tapia quickly took control back — and then ended the bout.
An explosive flurry of punches included three right hands that landed solidly, plus a left hook, and other punches that grazed Ruiz as he began to crumble to the canvas. Ruiz could barely make it up to his arms and legs before the referee reached 10, and then he collapsed back to the mat. Ringside physicians promptly tended to him.
Tapia, 21, of Passaic, N.J.,is now 12-0 with 6 knockouts. Ruiz, 25, of Aguada, Puerto Rico, literally fell to 15-7 with 7 knockouts.
Undefeated prospect Hanzel Martinez overwhelmed Felipe Castaneda with sheer volume en route to a four-round majority decision victory in what was termed a bantamweight bout but was, in essence, a barely over-the-limit super flyweight bout.
The scorecards were 39-37 (twice) for Martinez and an even 38-38.
Martinez’s nickname is “Tornadito,” or “Little Tornado,” which is fitting, as he was a whirldwind of looping punches and body shots. Castaneda, meanwhile, was forced to look for opportunities to counter, though he couldn’t necessarily take advantage of all due to the oncoming onslaught.
Martinez, 20, of Tijuana, Mexico, is now 16-0 (13 KOs). Castaneda, 22, of San Antonio, is now 6-4-1 (3 KOs).
In the show’s opener, Puerto Rican prospect Samuel Figueroa won a split decision over Abraham Shabazz in a four-round welterweight bout. The two deciding scorecards were 39-36 and 38-37 for Figueroa, with the dissent reading 38-37 for Shabazz.
Figueroa dropped Shabazz in the first round with a right hand, but the previously winless Shabazz wasn’t necessarily at the Mecca of Boxing to remain winless. He brought Figueroa into a trench battle, working from inside and bulling him into the ropes. Though Figueroa had no problem getting off the ropes when he tried to do so, he often waited too long to try, giving Shabazz chances to score.
Figueroa did battle back, however, and did enough in the eyes of a pair of judges to lift his record to 2-0. The 20-year-old from San Juan is now 2-0 (1 KO). Shabazz, 27, of Newark, N.J., falls to 0-1-1.