By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (January 24, 2015)– In the main event of an eight bout boxing card at Webster Hall in New York City promoted by Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions on Thursday evening, January 21, 2014, Floriano Pagliara of Cecina, Italy won twice. First, Pagliara won the World Boxing Union Americas Featherweight vacant title with an eight round decision over Antwan Robertson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After the win, Pagliara proposed marriage in center ring to his girlfriend, Stefania Fuselli, also from his hometown of Cecina, Italy, who accepted, much to the delight of fight fans in attendance who witnessed both of Pagliara’s happy moments.
Both fighters engaged in a quiet technical war, with Pagliara busy and Robertson mostly defensive, and trying a counter combination here and there but rarely connecting. Neither fighter had power. Both were in top condition, so the bout went the distance. Pagliara is now 15-7-2 with six knockouts, while Robertson, Minneapolis, Minnesota, falls to 9-12-1 with six knockouts.
Result: Floriano Pagliara Win 8 Antwan Robertson, Featherweights
Pagliara wins vacant World Boxing Union Americas Featherweight title
Referee: Sparkle Lee. WBU Official at Ringside: Felipe Gomez
Vito Antuofermo, Bobby Czyz, Iran Barkley, Junior Jones, Leona Brown, Rafael Vazquez and Gabriel Tito Bracero were among those fighters in attendance at the event. The boxing card was dedicated to the memory of recently fallen New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. A memorial plaque was presented by boxer Junior Wright, and his trainers Rick Wilson and Steven Clemente, to their cut man and retired NYPD officer Big George Mitchell, in honor of the two patrolmen.
In a Carlos Monzon style result in the preliminary bout to the main event, Chicago cruiserweight Junior Anthony Wright cruised to a second round stoppage of journeyman Rayford Johnson. Wright gave the first round away, seeing what Johnson had to offer. Johnson landed one bodypunch but nothing else, swinging wildly. Wright ended the show in a corner in the second round, cutting off the ring, and landing brutal body and head power shot, jab and uppercut combinations on Johnson, who was left unconscious on his feet, forcing the stoppage by referee Earl Brown.
Undercard Bouts at Webster Hall
Referees: Earl Brown, Eddie Claudio, and Sparkle Lee
Junior Wright TKO 2 Rayford Johnson, Cruiserweights
World ranked Wright took target practice on journeyman Johnson, who made weight.
Akil Auguste Win 6 Eddie Edmond, Middleweights
Rising prospect Auguste not fluid enough, got taken the distance by defensive Edmond.
Marcos Suarez Win 6 Micah Branch, Junior Lightweights
Suarez, six pounds heavier, outworked last minute substitute Branch, a lighter lightweight.
Gary Beriguette TKO 4 Raphael Luna, Welterweights
Unbeaten prospect Beriguette stopped popular Mexican fighter Luna on left eyebrow cut.
Treysean Wiggins TKO 1 Llyas Aksabaev, Welterweights
Mismatch! Wiggins overpowered Aksabaev, dropping him and finishing him on the ropes.
Mack Babb Win Split Decision 4 Damien Yero (Debut), Super Welterweights
First win for 0-5 Babb who dropped Yero in second. Not a close bout. One judge disagreed. Babb appeared at the weigh-in in best shape of his career. Given that, it was not an upset.
Emilio Salas Draw 4 Ytalo Perea, Heavyweights
Taller Salas, 207 lb. technical fighter, battled much shorter Perea, 237 lb. power hitter.
Strange matchup yielded the ‘Fight of The Night’. 39-37 Salas, 39-37 Perea, 38-38 Draw.