Reynaldo Ojeda decisions
Monty Meza-Clay in U.S. debut
Featherweight Luis Rosa goes from
Top prospect to legitimate contender
RESULTS FROM HARTFORD
HARTFORD, Conn. (May 15, 2015) — Undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) impressively introduced himself to American boxing fans in tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, presented by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The 26-year-old Ojeda took advantage of his decisive height and reach advantage in his U.S. pro debut, out-boxing the diminutive (5′ 2″), all-action Meza-Clay throughout a very entertaining fight. Meza-Clay continually walked down Ojeda, who used his quickness, superior movement and boxing ability to register a convincing victory by 12-round unanimous decision.
“I’m a top prospect at 135 now; I’m going to be giving them all grades now,” commented Ojeda, a teacher in Puerto Rico. “The plan was to box Monty because he’s such an aggressive fighter.”
Meza-Clay was hampered in the later rounds by a serious cut over his right eye. Ojeda wisely attacked the wound, pumping a series of stiff jabs and left hooks. “I got confident when his cut opened up,” Ojeda admitted. “What’s next for me is up to my promoter and manager, but I’m available to fight any 135-pounder in the world.”
Luis Rosa (R) finished off Jonathan Perez
Connecticut favorite Luis “KO King” Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), of New Haven, made a statement in the co-feature against Colombian featherweight Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-11, 27 KOs). Rosa was the aggressor from the opening bell through the end of the fight against a dangerous opponent, firing an array of effective combinations to the head and body, often switching from an orthodox stance to southpaw.
Rosa was penalized a point in the fourth round for hitting his downed opponent. From that point on, though, he never let up. He pounded Perez, caught him on the ropes, and unleashed an unanswered barrage of punches until referee Michael Ortega ended the fight in the fifth round.
Rosa is world ranked by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC), respectively, at No. 15 and No. 16.
“I said it was going to be explosive and we made it that way,” Rosa said after the fight. “I made a statement that I’m coming after all of the top 122-pounders. I’m a future champ in the making.”
Ivan Golub (R) finishes off outclassed Henry Beckford
In the ESPN2 opening fight, 5-time Ukraine National amateur champion Ivan “The Volk” Golub, fighting out of Brooklyn, improved to 13-0 with his eighth career knockout coming against late replacement Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO). Class prevailed as rising middleweight star Golub worked fellow southpaw Beckford’s body, dropped him in the fifth with a body shot, and referee Ortega moved in to call off the fight.
The Foster brothers from New Haven were both victorious. Light heavyweight Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated with a sensational knockout of Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO) only 62-seconds into the first round, while his younger brother, junior lightweight William Foster (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Gilvan Santos (0-2) in the opening round.
Bronx middleweight Chris “Golden” Galeano (8-0) remained unbeaten, boxing his way to a unanimous sixth-round decision over Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), of Las Vegas.
Decorated Kazakh amateur boxer Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), now fighting out of Brooklyn, wore down Louisiana super middleweight Jay “JD” Williams (3-7), winning by way of a sixth-round technical knockout as referee Danny Sciavone halted the action.
Waterbury, CT junior welterweight Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs) and Harlem’s Curtis Morton (3-5-2) fought to a four-round majority draw.
In the walk-out bout, Puerto Rican lightweight Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs) was too much for Brooklyn’s Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), as referee Ortega waved off the fight in the first round for a technical knockout.
All pictures by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Complete results below:
(winners listed first)
Main Event – Lightweights
Reynaldo Ojeda (17-0, 10 KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico
WDEC10 (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)
Monte Meza-Clay (36-5, 22 KOs), Rankin, PA
Co-Feature – Junior Featherweights
Luis Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), New Haven, CT
Jonathan Perez (33-11, 17 KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia
Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut
Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO), Woonsocket, RI
Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
Jay Williams (3-7), West Monroe, LA
Ivan Golub (13-0. 8 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO), Roosevelt, NY
Chris Galeano (8-0), Bronx, NY
WDEC6 (59-52, 59-52, 8-56)
Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), Las Vegas, NV
Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs, Waterbury, CT
D4 (38-38,38-38, 37-39)
Curt Morton (3-4-3), Harlem, NY
Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs), Miami, FL
Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), Brooklyn, NY
William Foster (2-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT
Galvan Santos (0-2), Woburn, MA
Ojeda wins by Unanimous Decision
By Pattee Mak, Real Combat Media New England Boxing Reporter-Ringside
Hartford, CT (May 16th, 2015)– In front of a good sized crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, lightweights, REYNALDO OJEDA, the current NABA USA Lightweight champ of San Juan, PR wins by unanimous decision against MONTY MEZA- CLAY of Rankin, Pennsylvania after a back and forth 10 round decision.
Ojeda the taller of the two, controlled the action in the bout with great defense and landing the cleaner shots. Although Meza-Clay was using his aggressiveness well, coming forward, going for the knockout and walking towards his opponent continuously through the bout; Ojeda used his defensive tactics well. Meza-Clay walked away with a bad cut over the right eye. In round 10 both fighters were taking a beating but in the end the judges scored it 99-91; 99-91 and 98-92 all in favor of Ojeda.
Ojeda record now stands at 17-0, 9 Ko’s and Meza-Clay 36-5-0.
Junior Featherweights and local favorite, LUIS “KO King” ROSA of New Haven, Connecticut vs. the former Colombian Bantamweight Champ JONATHAN “Popeye” PEREZ of Barranquilla, Columbia. Rosa is ranted #15 with the WBA, #16 with the WBC and Perez is the former Colombian Bantamweight Champ. This was a true test for Rosa. The bout was a scheduled for 8 rounds but Rosa only needed 5 rounds to complete his task while landing the cleaner shots and being aggressive in the ring. During round 2 Rosa drops a low blow on Perez. Perez doesn’t take the full 5 minutes. Round 4 Rosa hit Perez when he was down and received a point deduction because of it. Rosa backed up Perez against the ropes, Perez hunched over and a multitude of combinations were accompanied on Perez. Perez was saved by the bell. If it was a few seconds more I’m curious to know what would have happened. Round 5 Rosa continually coming forward and backing up Perez, referee Michael Ortega seen enough and called a halt to the bout.
Rosa increases and keeps his perfect record of 20-0-0 and Perez decreases to 33-11-0.
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS – JAIR RAMOS of Waterbury, Conn vs. CURTIS MORTON of Harlem, New York. Both throwing a lot of punches. I’m surprised they both didn’t punch themselves out. Judges scored the bout 39-37 for Morton, and 38-38; 38-38 therefore a majority draw.
MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS – IVAN GOLUB of Brooklyn, New York by way of Ukraine vs. HENRY BECKFORD of New York, NY. Golub continued to back up Beckford into the ropes/corner. During round 5, Golub connected with a body shot and Beckford took the knee. As the round continued Referee Michael Ortega called a halt to the bout at 2 minutes, 17 seconds due to too much punishment sustained by Beckford. Beckford took the fight at the last minute. Golub increases to 8-0-0 and Beckford decreased to 2-2-0.
MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS – CHRIS GALEANO of Bronx, New York vs. YOSMANI ABREU of Las Vegas, Nevada. Gallianocontrolled the majority of the action while landing the cleaner shots. Judges scored the bout 59-55; 59-55 and 58-56 all in favor of Galliano. Galeano increases to 8-0 and Abreau decreases to 4-9-2
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS – WILLIAM FOSTER III of New Haven, Connecticut vs. GILVAN SANTOS of Woburn, MA. Foster unleashed his beast on Santos. It was a quick round 1 at 2 minutes, 54 seconds when Foster landed a right to the head. Winner Foster by TKO after Referee Michael Ortega calls a halt to the bout.
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS – DAUREN YELEUSSINOV of Brooklyn, New York vs. JAY “JD” WILLIAMS of West Monroe, Louisiana. After 6 rounds of Yeleussinov controlling the action up until referee Danny Schiavone stopped the bout at 2 minutes 29 seconds into round 6. During round 5 a point was deducted against Yeleussinov for not breaking. Right before the opening bell of round 2, Williams was complaining that his left hand troubled him.