By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: John Gatling
Coney Island, NY (August 22, 2016)– In two featured televised bouts on NBC Sports Network broadcast from Ford Amphitheatre on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, on Sunday, August 21, 2016, Heather Hardy won a majority 10 round decision over Shelly Vincent, while Errol Spence Jr. knocked down, then knocked out an aging Leonard Bundu in the sixth round.
Hardy, 18-0 with four knockouts, Brooklyn, New York, was chased for this bout by Vincent, 18-1 with one knockout, Providence, Rhode Island, for two and a half years, since Vincent began shouting at ringside in the Roseland Ballroom on February 12, 2014, claiming Hardy had just gotten a gift split decision over eight rounds over 2-4-4 Christina Fuentes or Laredo, Texas. Chief Inspector Felix Figueroa intervened during the lengthy ringside taunt, argument and callout, and died later that evening after the final show at Roseland Ballroom ended.
Lou DiBella, who promoted Hardy, eventually also signed Vincent, and over the course of 30 months both fighters reached a combined 35-0. DiBella also signed WBO World female Featherweight champion Amanda Serrano, 29-1-1, with the three female featherweights combining for an incredible 64-1-1 under Lou DiBella’s current guidance, wisdom and promotional expertise.
Hardy had height and legs, and at 34, had a bit more youth than Vincent, 37, whose tattoos and multicolor hairdo added to the weirdness of the match. Hardy fought Vincent’s fight and went toe-to-toe for most of the bout on the inside. At times both fighters exchanged their bombs, but neither possessed the knockout blow. Any of the rounds were close, but not the last three, which belonged to Hardy as Vincent tired slightly. Vincent threw more punches overall, while Hardy landed more and landed the more effective blows.
Scoring did not appear to be neutral and fair, with one judge scoring the bout 95-95 a draw, while another judge had it 99-91 for Hardy. Vincent won three or four rounds, and the judge who scored it 97-93 was probably closest to correct. Vincent had issue with the scoring, and felt she won the bout. Vincent stated afterwards “I in no way lost that fight!!!!! I knew going into New York (Brooklyn, site of the bout, is Hardy’s hometown territory) what it (the situation) was. Stevie Wonder can see all those numbers (even a blind man can see the judge’s scorecards) were bogus.”
Hardy Wins Vacant World Boxing Council Female International Featherweight title
Scoring: 95-95 Draw. 99-91, 97-93 Hardy. Referee: Gary Rosato
WBC Supervisor: Jill Diamond
In the other featured bout, Errol Spence Jr. won an International Boxing Federation Eliminator by knocking out Leonard Bundu in the sixth round. Spence, 26-0 with 18 knockouts, DeSoto, Texas, a 26 year old welterweight southpaw, had 15 years on aging European Welterweight champion Leonard Bundu, now 33-2-1 with 12 knockouts, Toscana, Italy, who at age 41 after 10 years of fighting, got knocked out for the first time.
Ina n ending similar to Mike Tyson versus Lennox Lewis, Spence landed a powerful left uppercut, then pushed Bundu to the canvas. Bundu got up. Spence landed a left-right combination to the chin which put Bundu on the canvas on his knees, unable to get up and out of it, ending the contest. Bundu came to win, and was in top condition, with good hand speed, foot movement, and switching of stances. Spence was faster and eventually got him.
Result: Errol Spence Jr. KO 6 Leonard Bundu, Welterweights (2:06)
Referee: Johnny Callas
Untelevised Bouts on Ford Amphitheatre Undercard
Referees: Danny Schiavone, Eric Dali, Gary Rosato, and Johnny Callas
Chordale Brooker Win 4 Brandon Philips Black, Super Welterweights
Opening bout on the Ford Amphitheatre card. 40-35, 40-35, 40-35 identical scorecards.
Abraham Nova Win Majority Decision 6 Wilfredo Garriga, Lightweights
Nova down in second, Garriga down in third, Nova wobbled in fourth, came back to win!