Cranston, RI – A day greater than 60 years within the making delivered as anticipated.
Selling its first occasion in entrance of a dwell viewers since February of 2020 – and the primary out of doors occasion in Rhode Island for the reason that late Nineteen Forties – CES Boxing returned to UFC FIGHT PASS® Saturday at historic Cranston Stadium underneath the intense sunny skies for an action-packed afternoon of hard-hitting fight sports activities.
Compton, CA, featherweight Adan Ochoa kicked off the occasion with a first-round knockout win over Angel Luna to seize the vacant WBC USNBC title and feminine boxing pioneer Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt closed the present with an exciting, six-round draw towards former world champion Olivia Gerula.
On what turned out to be a vivid, sunny day with an occasional breeze, the motion within the ring was as scorching because the temperature outdoors.
The 23-year-old Ochoa (12-2, 5 KOs) wasted no time towards Luna (14-7-1), scoring the knockout inside minutes of the opening spherical, staggering Luna with a left hand earlier than sending him via the ropes with a formidable flurry to shut it out. The 31-year-old Luna by no means recovered, and referee Danny Schiavone stopped the bout earlier than he may climb to his toes, awarding Ochoa the victory in his first title bout as a professional.
Ochoa was initially scheduled to combat Worcester’s Irvin Gonzalez, however Gonzalez was compelled to withdraw on account of an elbow damage. A second opponent fizzled inside days, prompting Luna, a Dominican Republic native who now lives and trains in East Haven, CT, to step to the plate for a chance to combat for the inexperienced and gold belt.
Additionally on the principle card, New Bedford, MA, tremendous light-weight Wilson Mascarenhas (4-1, 1 KO) scored his first profession knockout win, stopping the powerful Geoffrey Then (1-1) of Danbury, CT, on the 1:31 mark of the third spherical. Mascarenhas, who has now received 4 in a row, seemed sharp from the opening bell, touchdown combos and dealing the angles to maintain Then at bay. Then stored urgent, so Wilson properly remained affected person and commenced to counterpunch successfully, dropping Then twice within the second spherical and once more at the beginning of the third earlier than a double left hook – the second sending Then crashing to the canvas once more – completed the combat for good. Then, additionally knowledgeable Muay Thai and MMA fighter, boxed for the primary time since 2019.
Preventing for the primary time since 2019, Windfall tremendous welterweight received a slim majority determination over the hard-charging Martez Jackson of Georgia, 40-36, 39-37, 38-38. Peter Hary scored the bout a draw whereas Bob Paolino and Eddie Scuncio scored it in favor of Reynoso, who used his top benefit to often stall Jackson’s and combined in an efficient jab to manage the motion. Jackson fought nicely on the within and actually surged within the center rounds, however Reynoso boxed effectively within the ultimate spherical to seal the win. Jackson dropped to 5-5-3 whereas Reynoso remained unbeaten at 7-0.
Simply over a month faraway from his eighth profession MMA bout, gentle heavyweight Gary Balletto III (2-0), a Cranston native, returned to the ring for his second professional boxing bout, taking over newcomer William Dunkle (0-1) from Idaho. Dunkle, additionally a professional MMA fighter, ran out of gasoline halfway via the scheduled four-round bout, however hung powerful towards the slick-boxing Balletto, who discovered his groove early within the combat and successfully out-boxed his opponent to earn a methodical 40-36, 40-36, 39-37 win on the scorecards.
Within the finale, Clampitt (22-5-2) and Gerula (18-9-3) staged a back-and-forth conflict over six entertaining rounds, a combat so shut all three judges scored it 57-57. Gerula appeared to return ahead extra constantly within the center rounds, whereas Clampitt completed robust within the fifth and sixth, exhibiting no indicators of fatigue regardless of boxing for the primary time in eight years.
The 42-year-old Gerula, a local of Winnipeg who now trains out of Las Vegas, fought to a draw for the third time in her profession and first time since 2003, coincidentally towards Mia St. John, whom Clampitt defeated in 2007 for one among her 4 world titles. Clampitt final boxed in 2013, defeating Dominga Oliva, and returned Saturday on the age of 44, additionally combating to a draw for simply the second time in her profession and the primary time since 2004. The 2 lightweights by no means let up from the opening bell, every rallying at numerous factors within the bout to seize management of the momentum.
Highlighting the preliminary card, Mansfield, MA, welterweight James Perella (7-0, 5 KOs) made fast work of Mexican challenger Gael Ibarra (5-4), stopping his opponent with a physique shot on the 1:21 mark of the opening spherical.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and likewise a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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