49-0 Combined Record of Prospects Goes Up in Smoke at BB King DiBella Card
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (January 28th, 2016)– It was a test them night of seven hopeful rising prospects. Dreams fall hard, when an opponent comes in to win and causes disaster. On Wednesday evening, January 27, 2016, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, eight unbeaten prospects fought in seven bouts to determine their future. Four survived the litmus test. Four, unfortunately, did not.
In the main event, unknown super lightweight southpaw Michal Chudecki, 11-1-1 with three knockouts, Poznan, Poland, scored a major upset with extreme hard work, a solid training camp, and a brilliant ‘Plan A’. After getting knocked out in the first round in Krakow, Poland, by Michal Syrowatka in November 2014, and not doing the work, his career appeared to be done.
This time, though, 14 months later, Chudecki did do the work, and his great performance had much logic behind it. Moving forward feigning with the right, with superior head movement and foot movement, Chudecki came in to the body or head with the left hand lead or left hook, then followed with the right. His plan was to keep busy all night, apply pressure, cutoff the ring and break Cruz down. For Cruz, who was standing stationary, there was ample time to figure out his opponent’s game.
Cruz waited and waited, but he was not moving, and lost the first four rounds. He could no longer win the bout on points when the referee took a point away for rabbit punching in round four, and another point for pushing and hitting off the break in round five.
After slipping to the floor in round seven, Cruz got hit by Chudecki on the canvas, and Chudecki lost a point. This dude was rough, and any attempts at landing a bomb went nowhere. Cruz could not hurt Chudecki, who took his best shots, and Cruz was running out of gas, and nearly got knocked out as the bout ended, his 11-0 record in tatters. The moral was simple: never underestimate your opponent. Cruz did not prepare adequately, Chudecki did. Hard work pays off, and Chudecki wanted it more. His work rate and punches landed in every round were consistent, and Cruz had no ‘Plan B’ to stop him.
Result: Michal Chudecki Win 8 Louis Cruz, Super Bantamweights
In the preliminary to the main event, 21-0 Valentyn Golovko of Kharkov, Ukraine, got upset by 21-8 trial horse Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Texas. Belmontes clearly won the bout with crisp single power shots landed consistently in every round. Golovko failed to mount an offense or carry out a game plan. In round seven, he took the round off. Had he won it, the scorecards would have been a draw. Why he chose not to throw punches for much of the bout appeared to be because his limited opposition. Belmontes went ten rounds with Dierry Jean last June, and was successful in feeling out his opponent and knowing for sure he was not an eight or ten round fighter on the ‘A’ level.
Scoring: 77-77 Draw. 78-74, 77-75 Belmontes. Referee: Danny Schiavone
Undercard Bouts at BB. King Blues Club & Grill
Referees: Eric Dali, Danny Schiavone, Johnny Callas
Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0) Win 8 German Meraz, Featherweights
85 bout vet Meraz survived two knockdowns and penalized for numerous slips to canvas.
Lenin Castillo (13-0-1) KO 1 Marcelo Tavares (8-0-1), Cruiserweights (0:42)
Light Heavyweight Castillo weighed in ¼ pound over the limit, so the bout was at cruiser.
Brazilian fighter Tavares had a padded record. His plane flight was better than his bout.
Shelly Vincent Win 6 Enata Domsodi, Female Featherweights (60-54, 60-54, 60-54 Vincent)
Vincent went at it with world ranked Heather Hardy in the ring for upcoming showdown!
Two minute rounds. Domsodi, from Hungary, gave good effort and accounting of herself.
Devaun Lee Win Majority Decision 6 Ian Green, Middleweights (57-57, 58-56, 58-56 Lee)
6-2 Devaun ‘Unique’ Lee beats Green’s 8-0 with great effort. Green’s nose seemed broken.
Derrick Murray Win 6 Darryl Hayes, Featherweights (60-54, 60-54, 59-55 Murray)
Opening bout on the card. Murray appeared to win every round. Hayes was in the house.