Chatman beats Falowo again in rematch to claim New England Title; Reis earns 10th professional win
City vet delivered Friday, earning a
split-decision win over rival Thomas Falowo(14-4) for the second time in
three years to capture Falowo’s New England Middleweight Title in the main
event of CES Boxing’s summertime spectacular at Twin River Casino.
After beating Falowo in 2013 – same ring, same venue – Chatman (14-5-1) out-boxed and out-worked the Pawtucket, R.I., native, fighting effectively on angles and, at times, boxing circles around his opponent. The two clashed heads in the third round, opening a cut over Falowo’s right eye, but Falowo bounced back and closed the round effectively.
The eye didn’t appear to bother Falowo, but Chatman’s speed and elusiveness did; Chatman was his usual boastful self, showboating between punches and dancing during breaks to simultaneously keep the crowd entertained and avoid Falowo’s onslaught. The first time they fought, Chatman won 77-75 on all three scorecards. This time, it was a 78-74, 74-78, 78-74 split decision verdict with Clark Sammartino and Steve Weisfeld scoring it in favor of Chatman and Eddie Scuncio in favor of Falowo.
In his seventh appearance at
, Chatman improved to 5-2 in
including last year’s win over Ocean State Providence
native Vladine Biosse.
Reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight Champion Kali Reis improved to
10-5-1 in Friday’s co-feature,
beating Atlantic City’s Althea
Saunders ( 3-3-2) by
unanimous decision 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 in an exciting, yet lopsided, fight.
Saunders hung in for eight rounds, but Reis was the busier, more effective
fighter, turning on the pressure starting in the third round and coasting down
the stretch for her third consecutive win.
Rising lightweight prospect Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., stepped up in his second pro fight to face St-Georges, Quebec native Kimmy St-Pierre (1-2), who fought tooth and nail for three rounds until a series of body shots sent him to the canvas in the closing seconds. Though he was saved by the bell in the third, St-Pierre didn’t answer the bell for the fourth, cutting short a valiant effort in which he traded blows for nearly nine minutes with a decorated amateur in Ortiz, who came within a whisker of qualifying for the Olympics in 2015.
Stepping right back into the fire after capturing the vacant New England Super Lightweight Championship in May,
, native Nick DeLomba (10-1)
put the title on the lineFriday in another tough test against Cranston,
R.I. , vet Oscar Bonilla ( Bridgeport,
Conn. 3-2-2). The two stood toe-to-toe in a
see-saw battle with DeLomba narrowly defending the belt by unanimous decision,
58-56, on all three scorecards.
Bonilla came out firing early, using his speed to land early and often, but DeLomba settled down in the middle rounds before Bonilla opened the sixth and final round with a hard, overhand right, momentarily stunning DeLomba. After settling down a second time, DeLomba continued to box effectively on the outside to close the fight to defend the title, his second consecutive win and second of 2016.
In a strong candidate for Fight of the Year, junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0) of
, kept his
perfect record intact with a hard-earned majority decision win over New
Bedford, Mass. Worcester’s Andy
Gonzalez (3-1), the first loss of Gonzalez’s pro career. Weisfeld scored
the bout a draw, 38-38, while Scuncio and Sammartino ruled 39-37 in favor of
The four-round battle was all action from the opening bell. Gonzalez and Oliveira Jr. fought in close quarters the majority of the fight, trading blows on the inside with Gonzalez utilizing his right hook from a distance while Oliveira Jr. repeatedly stemmed the tide with uppercuts on the inside. Oliveira’s work along the ropes was the difference-maker as Gonzalez wasn’t nearly as effective when locked in defense mode in the later rounds.