Friday, November 22, 2013

Manfredo vs. Gingras; results from Twin River Event Center

Peter Manfredo (L) bangs with Rich Gingras (R)
Peter Manfredo Jr stops Rich Gingras in heated fire-fight at Twin River Event Center
Words & Pictures by Alex Pierpaoli

Billed as Pride & Power, super middleweight combatants Peter Manfredo and Rich Gingras showed both and then some, in a thrilling Main Event at the Lincoln, Rhode Island venue.

Manfredo's boxing skill and busy left hook were the difference in a fight that saw both men doing damage and exchanging often to the delight of the sold-out crowd. Gingras had Manfredo stunned and in serious trouble in round three but after that Manfredo upped the pressure and was never in trouble again as he broke Gingras down with hard body shots and chopping combinations.

In the seventh, Manfredo did lots of damage, scoring repeatedly with double left hooks and rights straight up the middle into Gingras' face. When the end came in the 8th as Referee Joey Lupino stepped between the fighters, Gingras staggered away, slumping back and headed to the canvas in his own corner if not for the ropes and Lupino to catch him. The official time was 1:33 of round 8.

The victory brings Manfredo's record to 40-7 (21) and Gingras' drops to 13-4-1 (8).

Female lightweight Jaime The Hurricane Clampitt, of Warwick, RI, made her successful final fight-return to the prize-ring with a six-round unanimous decision win over Dominga Olivo, of Brooklyn, NY. Clampitt got
right down to business in the first, crowding Olivo and digging at her with chopping punches to the guts and head. But Olivo kept trying, swinging wide shots at Clampitt's head that came close to landing but often just grazed the target. As the fight wore on, Clampitt was able to box better behind a jab, landing combinations at a distance and controlling the action when they exchanged.
Clampitt's hand is held aloft by Ref Callas
At the end of six rough, scrappy, energetic rounds the officials see the bout at 58-56 x 2 and 59-55. One of several collisions of heads in the 6th may have caused a rapidly swelling knot in the middle of Clampitt's forehead visible at the end of the fight. Despite the battle-wound, The Hurricane was all smiles having accomplished her goal of ending her fight career in a better way than the 2010 TKO loss to Holly Holm.

With tonight's win Jaime Clampitt improves to 22-5-1 (7) while Dominga Olivo falls to 8-9-1.

Heavyweight, Jesse "Bad News" Barboza, of Hyannis, MA, returned to the ring for the first time in a decade with a second round TKO over Arthur Saribekian, of Cranston, RI. After a cautious start that saw Barboza boxing in a very controlled manner. He started the second more aggressively, pressing
Heavyweight Jesse Barboza wins by TKO
Saribekian back into his own corner. Halfway through the round Barboza shot a hard straight right over the guard of Saribekian and after hanging there for a fraction of a second, the Rhode Islander pitched forward onto his face. Referee Johnny Callas stepped in and waved the fight off without a count. But Saribekian seemed to recover suddenly and he complained a little bit about the quick finish. No matter, the result was already official, Barboza gets the TKO at 1:15 of the second. Jesse Barboza improves to 7-1-1 (5) while Arthur Saribekian falls to 23-5-1 (18).

Middleweight Kevin Harrison-Lombardi, of Providence, won a unanimous decision in an ugly 4 round scrap over debuting Mike Rodriguez of Springfield, MA. Rodriguez's very long arms made it difficult for him to find the range on the pressing Harrison-Lombardi throughout the bout. In the last round Referee Joey Lupino took a point from Rodriguez for excessive holding reducing his chance of a points win.
Harrison-Lombardi in white, drives Rodriguez back into a corner
When the cards are read they are 39-36 x 2, and 38-37, all for Kevin "KJ" Harrison-Lombardi who improves to 3-0-1 while Rodriguez will have to wait for his first win as he debuts at 0-1.

In the first bout of the evening, Ethan Pena, of Providence, RI,  scored a split decision win over Antonio Marrero of Hartford, CT. Pena started slow but controlled the distance in the first and then opened up with a body assault that kept Marrero along the ropes. In the second, Pena was warned for an uppercut he landed very low on the trunks of Rodriguez and when he did it again in the third Referee Johnny Callas took a point. But even with the deduction, Pena came away with a split decision win by scores of 38-37, two in his favor and one for Marrero. Pena improved to 2-0 (1) while Marrero dropped to 0-2.

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