By Matt Benoliel – Boxlab Promotions and Warrios Boxing provided an exciting night of pugilistic action with Caribe Royale Presents Championship Boxing at the beautiful Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, FL.
In the main event, a highly-touted prospect from Cuba, Kevin “Alfa” Brown (1-0) TKO’d Adriano Profirio Ramirez (12-4) for the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Super Lightweight title. Brown had been a member of the Cuban National Team before defecting to the United States earlier this year. At the opening bell, Brown took to the center of the ring and controlled the pace with a probing jab. Ramirez had trouble figuring out his taller oppponent, but fought hard to get inside. First blood occurred when Brown was cut above his left eye by a headbutt in round three. By the end of round four, Brown seemed to be ahead on points, out-jabbing and winning most of the exchanges. Brown landed a left hook in 2:34 of round six that knocked Ramirez backwards onto the canvas impacting the back of his head. The ref did not want Ramirez to continue and stopped the action at that point.
The opening fight was a four round super bantamweight contest between Steven “The Finishing Touch” Ray, Jr. (1-0) of Lauderhill, FL and Dakota “The Joker” Laster (3-14-2, 3 KOs) of Hannibal, MO. Laster was a game opponent with an unorthodox style, switching stances and throwing from angles, but Ray, Jr. was able to control the action. Ray, Jr. came out swinging in round two, connecting at will. Laster hung in there for the punishment. Following a mid round knockdown, Ray, Jr. was able to stop Laster at 2:41.
On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, undefeated heavyweight prospect Lorenzo “The Giant Killer” Medina (2-0, 2 KOs) of Miami, FL improved his record to 3-0, defeating debutante Michael “Smooth Like Butter” Shaw of Atlanta, GA. Medina began boxing at age 7, and had won several national titles as an amateur. Before turning pro earlier this year, Lorenzo was the #1 ranked super heavyweight in the country. The bout only lasted one round. At the opening, both fighters landed some hard shots, but Medina was quickly able to find his rhythm and landed some body shots and a right to the side of the head that rocked Shaw. At the final ten-second warning, Shaw told the ref that he could not continue, earning the TKO for Medina at the official time of 2:59.
Jay Dabelus, also of Lauderhill, FL, and training out of Contender’s Gym, made his pro debut against Frankie Solomon (0-2-1) in a four round light heavyweight contest. After a lackluster start, this fight took on a new life in round three. Dabelus’ corner was urging their fighter to pick up the action, which he did, and Solomon responded in kind. In round four, Dabelus was more the aggressor, but the southpaw Solomon scored consistently and turned it on in the final ten seconds, landing a hard left at the final bell. Judges scored a majority decision for Frankie Solomon, earning his first professional win.
Jamar “J-Money” Pemberton (1-0, 1 KO) of Missouri, who enjoyed a decorated amateur career TKO’d Brad Ragan (1-1) in a scheduled four-rounder in the middleweight division. Pemberton controlled the action from the onset. Ragan suffered a shoulder injury in the first round that he was unable to overcome. J-Money showed superior skill throughout, landing hard straight lefts out of a southpaw stance. Ragan was unable to come out for the third round due to the shoulder injury.
Orlando’s own welterweight, eighteen year-old Darrius “Hawk” Jackson (3-0, 3 KOs) knocked down and then TKO’d the more experienced John Brewer (3-5-1) in just forty nine brutal seconds.
Damian “The Punisher” Lescaille of Cuba made his pro debut against Ramon de la Cruz Sena (23-34-3, 13 KOs) of Argentina, clearly looking to make a statement. Lescaille brought the action in the first round attacking the body and head of his opponent. At times, Sena shook his head, appearing unintimidated by the Cuban. Sena kept a tight guard throughout the fight, so Lescaille kept looking for openings to the body. The fight went the six round distance and the scorecards were unanimous at 60-54 in favor of Lescaille.
Ariel “La Machina” Perez De La Torre (8-1, 6 KOs) of Cuba took on Facundo Eduardo Ased (9-5, 5 KOs) of Argentina in a 6 round super bantamweight contest. Perez de la Torre took Facundo into some very deep waters from the opening bell, landing combinations at will. All Ased could do was cover up before being knocked out at 1:41 seconds of the opening round.
Next, local favorite super lightweight Sean Mason (10-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Eduardo Melendez (12-17, 1 KO) in 1:55 of round two to continue his undefeated streak.
Hometown favorite and former Olympian Antonio Vargas (14-1, 7 KOs) faced a game opponent in Colombian southpaw Jesus Martinez (31-16-1, 16 KOs). Vargas set the pace in the opening rounds and won more of the exchanges, though the two seemed evenly matched. Then the tide turned. Vargas knocked Martinez down midway through the third round, then continued to stalk Martinez for the rest of the round. Martinez decided he could not continue and Vargas won by TKO.
3-0 Elijah “2-Tec” Flores brought a large following with him to the Caribe Royale including Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas. His opponent Rashield Williams (6-1-0) was more than prepared for this encounter and gave Flores the toughest fight of his professional career. Fireworks were flying from the opening bell. Williams seemed to tire slightly in the fourth round, and Flores, possibly sensing opportunity, came out energized in the fifth. However, Williams was still very much in the fight, taking Flores best shots and returning fire of his own. The sixth and final round saw both men scoring and battling to the end in this easy candidate for fight of the night. Judges awarded Flores the split decision. Scorecards read 59-55 Williams, 58-56 Flores, 58-56 Flores.
A native of Poland, cruiserweight Adrian Pinheiro (9-0, 9 KOs) looked for his tenth career knockout against Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers (11-17-2). But Capers had no intention of going down easy. The cruiserweights fought solidly for six rounds. Pinheiro proved to be the aggressor throughout and the final scorecards read 59-55, 60-54, 60-55 for a unanimous decision win.
Mexico’s Armando “El Toro” Resendiz (12-1, 8 KOs) took early control in his bout against Venezuelan southpaw Heber Rondon (20-1, 13 KOs). For two rounds Rondon enjoyed taunting Resendiz with his hands held low, but was unable to launch any kind of offensive. After round two, Rondon told the referee he was dizzy and unable to continue, hand the TKO victory to Resendiz.
IN the co-main event, undefeated super welterweight Derrick “Diesel” Jackson (9-0, 5 KOs), a hometown favorite, faced Argentina’s Damian Bonelli (24-11, 20 KOs). Bonelli is always a game opponent, who previously knocked out undefeated prospect Derrick Cuevas in Miami. Jackson connected with two hard rights to the head of Bonelli at the end of round two that prompted the ringside physician to check Bonelli’s equilibrium between the rounds. Jackson put his foot on the gas in the third round but somehow Bonelli managed to survive on wobbly legs. Bonelli came around in the fourth and hammered Jackson with some hard shots of his own. By round five we had a war on our hands. Round six was all Jackson with Bonnelli just trying to survive. Diesel scored with a big overhand right at the end of round seven but still his Argentinian opponent held on. Bonelli showed tremendous grit and determination in this fight. All three judges scored in favor of Jackson 79-73.