Ex-Champ Abril Just Gets Past Belmontes in DiBella Main Event
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
New York, (June 5th, 2016)– In the main event of a nine bout card at Resorts New World Casino in Queens, New York, on Friday evening, June 3, 2016, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, former WBA World Lightweight champion Richar Abril of Isla De La Juventud, Cuba moved up to 140 pounds junior welterweight and got taken on a ten round trip to technical hell by an experienced, game and ready to win challenger Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Belmontes, 21-9 with six knockouts, outboxed and outworked a ring rusty Abril for five rounds. A push was called a flash knockdown in the first round, allowing Abril to gain a point. The point did not ultimately decide the outcome. A quiet close inside fight went on and on. Abril managed to outwork Belmontes for the last five rounds, but it was close.
Abril, 20-3-1 with eight knockouts, inactive for 21 months, needs to be more active if he intends to move up in the 140 pound division, or go back down to lightweight, in the near future. Belmontes is a much improved fighter with a great deal of experience. Abril did win the fight, fighting cautiously with a solid defense and not taking unnecessary chances.
Other Fight Results at Resorts New World Casino
Referees: Ricky Gonzalez, Eddie Claudio, Alan Huggins
James Wilkens (Debut) TKO 2 Jack Grady, Junior Welterweights (2:49)
Debuting Wilkens had 0-4-1 Grady down in the second round to earn first win.
Yuri Foreman TKO 2 Jason Davis, Super Middleweights (1:55)
Ex-WBA Junior Middleweight champ Foreman scored three knockdowns in second.
Maruis Moore TKO 1 Turner Williams, Super Middleweights (1:20)
Both fighters had identical 1-2 records. Somebody had to win. Moore did.
Joe Williams TKO 2 Lamar Harris (2:38), Cruiserweights (2:38)
9-0 Williams had Missouri club fighter Harris down in the first.
Steve Rolls TKO 5 Emmanuel Sanchez, Super Middleweights (3:00)
Sanchez gave up in his corner after five rounds, claiming cramps.
Julian Sosa Win Split Decision 6 Isaac Johnson, Welterweights
It looked like Johnson won, and Sosa got a gift. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
Mike Lee Win 8 Michael Snyder, Cruiserweights
Rough tough Snider was down in fourth, but survived to go the distance. Tough foe.
Alicia Napoleon TKO 8 Latasha Williams, Female Super Middleweights (1:48)
Walkout Bout. Napoleon, outweighed by 9 lbs., finishes Williams with 12 seconds left!
Former multi division world champion Junior Jones and rap artist Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson were among those at ringside.