Sunday, November 26, 2017

#SlugfestAtTheSun Twitter Recap

Danny O'Connor looked sharp in a 3rd TKO win
Bejenaru prevails against Mchunu, O'Connor and Reis impress at Star Boxing's Slugfest At The Sun
 Ringside Twitter Recap
By Alex Pierpaoli
Photos by Sean Laydon

As is our tradition here, if we covered a fight live and tweeted details from ringside we like to post a recap later for any of you anti-social media types. Here is a chronological recounting of our live-tweets from ringside, made slightly more grammatical and a little bit less hashtaggie.
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 we're live! from RINGSIDE for @starboxing's #SlugfestAttheSun featuring 10 rounds of cruiserweight action in the Main Event #Boxing Bout 2 underway now. 7 Bouts Total
@FistThingsFirst is here live-tweeting now that he's successfully gotten onto the WiFi
In the first bout of the night, Wendy Toussaint of Huntington, NY scored a second rd TKO over Daniel Castro of Yonkers, NY, welters

Bout 2, Valerio Nocera of Roma, Italy is manhandling Dan Murray of Lanoka Harbor, NJ. 140 pounders, 4 round bout, round 2 now #SlugfestAtTheSun
Through 2, Valerio Nocera in charge, both guys throwing with bad intentions but the Italian is landing harder and more frequently. Got credit for a knockdown in 1st that looked more like a slip.
Not a lot of finesse in Nocera's attack. He bulls his way in behind wide heavy shots. He tried but couldn't hurt Murray. Nocera should win this 40-35 on all three cards I'd guess. #SlugfestAtTheSun
Wow! What do I know? The judges see it 38-37 for Nocera overruled by 38-37 x 2 in favor of Dan Murray of NJ who improves to 3-1. Nocera loses for the first time, now 3-1-1. #SlugfestAtTheSun

Bout 3, Carlos Marrero, 129.7 lbs, of Hartford, CT, makes his pro-debut against  Rochester, New York native, Sequan Felton, 130.2 lbs   4rds #SlugfestAtTheSun #boxing
Marrero has a large group of fans here to support him and they're enthusiastic, urging him on, and he needed it in that 2nd rd. Looked like Felton won it, Marrero hesitating too much, falling for feints, eating sporadic jabs. #slugfestAtTheSun
Rd 3 of Sequan Felton in gold & black versus Carlos Marrero of Hartford, CT
Carlos Marrero needs a huge 4th round here after being dropped hard in last minute of round 3 by Sequan Felton
This one is in the books, waiting on the scorecards. Marrero is the local guy but between the low punch output and the knockdown I have a feeling he is going to back into the pro-ranks at 0-1 but we shall see...
Sequan Felton picks up the Unanimous Decision with scores of 40-35 x 2 and 39-36 all in his favor. He is now 2-2. While Marrero is 0-1.

up now, Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis 158.2 lbs  of Providence, RI  versus Tiffany Woodard of Wilson, North Carolina 159.5 lbs 6x2 rds
K.o. Mequinonoag Reis vs Tiffany Woodard #SlugfesttTheSun
K.o. Mequinonoag Reis has made her way to the ring! #SlugfestAtTheSun
@KO_MoC86 landing heavy bolts to the head of Woodard at the start of round four #SlugfestAtTheSun
@KO_MoC86 looking sharp tonight. Throwing punches in bunches and landing heavy. Woodard is gritty, hanging in there and trading.
Reis landing heavy shots to the head of Woodard. Straight right, left hook.
Lots of toe-to-toe action here which is a little out of character for @KO_MoC86 she's usually more of a counterpuncher. She's slugging it out tonight, looking to do damage.
Reis really swinging for power here in round 6.
snappy three and four punch combinations to head and body from @KO_MoC86 in that sixth & final round. She looked very sharp in what's likely to be a lopsided UD win. Waiting on cards... #SlugfestAtTheSun
Kali Reis won a 6 rd, Unanimous Decision. Scores were a somewhat peculiar 59-55, 60-53, 60-54, despite no knockdowns @KO_MoC86 is now 13-6-1 (4). Tiffany Woodard fell to 4-9-3 (3)

#Boxing now, "Action" Anthony Laureano 5-0 (3) 139 lbs East Hartford, CT versus Johnny "Hitman" Hernandez of Huntington, NY 8-2 (1) 137.2 lbs., 6 rds #SlugfestAtTheSun
@GW_Relentless looks to be outworking Johnny Hernandez through 3 here @MoheganSun #boxing
Big fourth round for Anthony Laureano. This one is scheduled for 6 rounds.
Laureano dominating here. Hernandez' face is the same scarlet color as his trunks from the many punches he's absorbed. Final round coming up. #SlugfestAtTheSun
Hernandez is hanging in there, doing a lot more catching than pitching but he's right in front of Laureano and battling away. Fun fight. Laureano should win by wide margin. Waiting on scorecards now...
wow, the judges saw it closer than I did, the scores are 57-57, 58-56 x 2 in favor of @GW_Relentless winner by Majority Decision. Laureano now 6-0 (3).

up next, Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez 14-0 (5) Woodhaven, NY, 139.2 lbs versus Danny "Danny O" O'Connor 28-3 (11) 139.7 lbs. Framingham, MA  10 rds for the vacant WBC Silver International Super Lightweight Title #SlugfestAtTheSun
It's Daniel versus Danny here @MoheganSun
O'Connor busier in round 1, landed heavy body shot at the end of the first that made Gonzalez stop and stick his tongue out at him. #SlugfestAtTheSun
Horrible cut over the left eye of southpaw Danny O'Connor. not sure if it was caused by a butt or a punch. O'Connor digging a right hook to guts of Gonzalez repeatedly.
O'Connor in charge here. Really applying lots of pressure, fighting with urgency due to the cut and controlling the distance very well. Doctor Anthony Alessi is up in his corner, hopefully they can patch him up cuz he looks very sharp so far tonight #SlugfestAtTheSun
O'Connor just landed a huge overhand left, Gonzalez fell forward, tried to rise, reeled into the ropes and that was all ref. Steve Willis needed to see. TKO 3 :39  #SlugfestAtTheSun

results thus far from @starboxing's #SlugfestAtTheSun card #boxing 

here's the Main Event, cruiserweights, WBC International & Continental Cruiserweight Champion Constantin Bejenaru 12-0 (3) originally from Moldova, now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, 199.5 lbs versus @ThabisoMchunu 200 lbs. Ximba, South Africa #SlugfestAtTheSun
quite a bit of hesitating in the last thirty seconds as both of these guys are southpaws who like to counter and neither wanted to take the lead.
lots of boos from this crowd for two guys who did not celebrate Thanksgiving this week... One's from South Africa and the other from Moldova. Lot of hesitating from both guys. Each loading up, feinting then firing and missing with big whiffing shots.
If this keeps up like this it's going to be a long ten rounds...
Mchunu landed a short right hook to the chin of Bejenaru that seemed to knock him off balance.
This fight cannot be easy to score. Very little is happening. Mchunu is probably ahead but there have been precious few cleanly landed punches. #Dreadful
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these mats they are using in the corners are really a great idea and it's kind of hard to believe it took so long to come up with something like that. It's a needed change in a sport that is slow to change.KOFantasyBoxing® added,
Bejenaru scored a flash knockdown in that seventh round off of what looked to be a right jab. It's the only really definitive round of this fight and barely so.
This card has been billed as #SlugfestAtTheSun but they clearly were not referring to this Main Event which is a #FeintFest and a hard one to watch
Final round coming up and Bejenaru might have a lead here due to the knockdown but there have been very few definitive rounds for either fighter.
Well, I saw Mchunu win two rounds for sure and Bejenaru won one for certain due to the knockdown. The rest, I don't know. Not a lot happened. Lots of posing, feinting, missing and hesitating. No damage to either guy & precious few landed shots. Waiting on the scorecards...
The scores are 97-92, 98-91 and 97-92 all in favor of the champion, Constantin Bejenaru, now 13-0 (3), but he certainly didn't win any new fans here tonight. Thabiso Mchunu falls to 18-4 (11). #SlugfestAtTheSun

One more bout to go... And we need it! Like an Altoid after that last one.

last bout of the night here at #SlugfestAtTheSun, Charles Foster 13-0 (7) of New Haven, CT, 179 lbs. versus Charlotte, NC native , Quinton Rankin 12-4-2 (9) 179 lbs
Quentin Rankin has quite a beard on him, surprised the commission didn't ask him to shave it off or trim it down considerably.
Charles Foster is getting to Rankin here in round four. The North Carolinian seems to have deflated quite a bit. Foster stalking.
Dr. Anthony Alessi up in the corner of Rankin, talking to him before round 5. #SlugfestAtTheSun
Foster lands two and three hard punches at a time and then doesn't follow up. He seems able to stun Rankin but has been unable to put him down.
After consulting with the ringside physician, referee Steve Littles stops the bout at the start of the sixth and final round giving Charles Foster the TKO victory. #SlugfestAtTheSun

That's all from here, fight-fans! Thanks for all the RTs and follows! Until next time... #Boxing

Saturday, November 25, 2017

#SlugfestAtTheSun Results from Ringside #Boxing

Constantin Bejenaru scored a 10rd UD over Thabiso Mchunu in the main Event
Bejenaru defends title in tedious win over Mchunu, O'Connor makes quick work of Gonzalez & more
Results from Ringside at Mohegan Sun
By Alex Pierpaoli
Photos by Sean laydon

Bout 1

Wendy Toussaint of Huntington, NY, made his twenty-seventeen debut, his first bout in almost 3 years, and didn't need long against Daniel Castro of Yonkers, NY. Toussaint used speedy power shots to control the action and opened up on Castro in the final seconds of the first, slamming him with
Toussaint blasts away at Castro just before the stoppage
lefts and rights through his guard. The end came at :38 of Round 2, when referee Danny Schiavone called a halt to the action with Wendy Toussaint blasting away at Daniel Castro with both hands. Toussaint returns to action, now 7-0 (1) while Castro falls to 2-2 (1).

Bout 2

Dan Murray, 138.2lbs, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, defeated Valerio Nocera, 139.2lbs, of Rome, Italy, by 4 round split decision. Fighting for the first time in the United States, Nocera looked to have landed the heavier and more accurate blows through four hard-slugging rounds. But when the scorecards were read the decision was split, with one judge seeing it 38-37 for Nocera, overruled by the other two who had it for Murray by the same score. In victory, Murray improved to 3-1 while Nocera loses for the first time, in his first fight outside his native Italy, now 3-1-1.

Bout 3

Sequan Felton, 130.2lbs, of Rochester, NY, defeated debuting Carlos Marrero, 129.7lbs of Hartford, CT. Despite a large and supportive section of the crowd, Hartford's Marrero spent too much time
Sequan Felton & his team celebrate the win
looking for openings and falling for feints from his clever opponent. Felton was able to speed his own jab through the guard of Marrero, striking him on the chin repeatedly. In the third Felton scored a knockdown off of a sizzling left hook Marrero never saw coming. At the end of four the judges saw it 39-36 and 40-35 x2 all in favor of Sequan Felton. Felton improved his record to 2-2 while Marrero debuted at 0-2.

Bout 4

Kali Reis, 158.2lbs, of Providence, RI defeated Tiffany Woodard, 159.5lbs, of Wilson, NC by unanimous decision. Fighting for the third time since her November 5th, 2016, loss to Champion Christina Hammer, Reis looked sharp in pressing the action and keeping the fight right in the face of Tiffany Woodard throughout the six rounder. Reis connected repeated with heavy left hooks and straight rights to the face of the North Carolinian.
Kali Reis jabs at Tiffany Woodard
Normally more of a counterpuncher, Reis never held back on this night and appeared close to scoring a knockdown on more than one occasion. But to her credit, Woodard gave as good as she got and one judge thought she landed frequently enough to win a round. At the end of six two-minute rounds the scores were 59-55, 60-53, 60-54 all in favor of Kali Reis, now 13-6-1 (3). Tiffany Woodard fell to 4-9-3 (3).

Bout 5

Anthony Laureano, 139lbs, of East Hartford, CT, remained undefeated, notching a six round majority decision win over Johnny Hernandez, 137.2lbs, of Huntington, NY. Laureano seemed to control much of the close, toe-to-toe action, landing multi-punch combinations and reddening the face of Hernandez. To his credit, Hernandez
Laureano cracks Hernandez with a right
stayed right in the chest of Laureano, exchanging and making the CT fighter work each moment of the bout. At no point did either man hurt the other but it was Laureano who seemed to be landing heavier throughout. At the end of six the scorecards revealed a closer fight than this observer had witnessed. One judge saw it even at 57 a piece, overruled by two scores of 58-56 in favor of Anthony Laureano. Twenty two year old Laureano improved to 6-0 (3) while Hernandez fell to 8-3 (1).

Bout 6

Danny O'Connor, 139.7lbs, of Framingham, MA, scored a stunning third round TKO over Daniel "El Gallo" Gonzalez, 139.2lbs, of Woodhaven, NY. Starting fast, O'Connor established his southpaw jab in the first and repeatedly went to the ribs of Gonzalez with a nasty right hook. At some point in the first a cut opened over the left eye of O'Connor and it was unclear whether it was caused by a butt o
Danny O'Connor after his TKO victory
r a punch. Either way, O'Connor amped up the pressure especially after a visit from ringside physician Anthony Alessi after round two. In the third O'Connor slammed Gonzalez with a well-timed overhand left Gonzalez moved right into. El Gallo fell forward, face-first, tried to rise only to reel back into the ropes, unable to gain his balance where referee Steve Willis waved-off the bout at :39 of round number 3. O'Connor improved to 29-3 (11) while Gonzalez dropped to 14-1 (5).

Bout 7

Constantin Bejenaru, 199.5lbs, originally from Moldova, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, defended his WBC International & Continental Cruiserweight Championship over Thabiso Mchunu, 200lbs, of Ximba, South Africa in a barely watchable 10 round Main Event. Bejenaru scored a knockdown with a right jab in round seven but it was one of few cleanly landed punches in the bout. Both southpaws, the fighters feinted at each other repeatedly, hesitating, firing and missing, then setting up and doing it again. Bejenaru had a number of supporters in the crowd and even they were booing but they hung in there to the final bell and cheered their champion when he notched a unanimous decision at the end of ten. The scores were 98-91 and 97-92 x2 all in favor of Bejenaru who improved to 13-0 (3). Mchunu dropped to 18-4 (11).

Bout 8

Charles Foster, 179lbs, of New Haven, CT defeated Quinton Rankin, 179lbs, of Charlotte, NC, by 6th
Charles The Truth Foster after his stoppage win
round TKO when referee Steve Willis halted the action just as the sixth got underway. Willis stopped the bout after being advised by ringside doctor Anthony Alessi, who felt Rankin had absorbed too much punishment. It was at the end of round five when the southpaw, Foster, really started landing heavy shots with little to no resistance from Quinton Rankin. With the victory Foster improved to 14-0 (7) while Rankin dropped to 12-5-2 (9).

#SlugfestAtTheSun weigh-in results

Weigh-In Results from Mohegan Sun

Slugfest At The Sun

Main Event:
The 10 Round WBC International and Continental Cruiserweight Champ Constantin Bejenaru (12-0 3KOs) weighed in at 199.5 lbs, ahead of his title defense bout against #1 mandatory challenger, and former world title challenger Thabiso Mchunu,  who weighed-in at 200 lbs.

Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez (14-0 5KOs) is prepared for his chance to earn the vacant WBC Silver International Super Lightweight Title, as he weighed-in earlier today at 139.2 lbs, but standing in his way is Irish-American and Massachusetts native Danny "Danny O" O'Connor (28-3 11KOs), who weighed-in at 139.7 lbs. Both men are looking to take their careers to the next level by winning this co-feautre bout.

New England's top prospect "Action" Anthony Laureano (5-0 3KOs) weighed in at 139 lbs., and is looking to continue his winning ways as he returns to his hometown to take on the tough New Yorker Johnny "Hitman" Hernandez (8-2 1KO), who weighed in at a ready 137.2 lbs. You will not want to miss this one. This is a scheduled 6-round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Former Two time women's world champion, Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis (12-6-1 3KOs) weighed-in at 158.2 lbs, and her opponent Tiffany Woodard (4-8-3 3KOs) of Wilson, North Carolina weighed-in at 159.5 lbs. This is a scheduled 160 lb 6-Round bout.

Carlos Marrero (debut) will be fighting in his backyard to make his pro-debut, as he tipped the scales at 129.7 lbs.; looking to derail his party is Rochester, New York native, Sequan Felton (1-2), who weighed-in at 130.2 lbs. This is a scheduled 4-round, 131 lb. bout.

Valerio Nocera (3-0-1) is making his United States debut, as his previous four fights took place in his native Italy; he weighed in at 139.2 lbs. His opponent Dan Murray (2-1) comes in at 138.2 lbs. This is a scheduled 4-round, 140 lb. bout.

In addition to the stacked card, a swing bout has been added between local favorite and undefeated Charles Foster (13-0 7KOs) of New Haven, CT, as he weighed in at 179 lbs. against Charlotte, NC native , Quenton Rankin (12-4-2 9KOs)
who weighed in at 179 lbs.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

@StarBoxing returns to @MoheganSun #SlugfestAtTheSun

Promoter Star Boxing presents SLUGFEST AT THE SUN
on Saturday, November 25th, 2017
at Mohegan Sun Arena

Undefeated cruiserweight Comnstantin Bejenaru takes on his toughest test as a pro next Saturday night when he faces South Africa's Thabiso Mchunu in Uncasville, CT. Bejenaru, currently 12-0 (3), was born in Moldova but fights out of Brooklyn, NY and will be making his first trip through the ropes in over a year. Bejenaru is thirty-three years old and the long layoff is unlikely to do him any favors against the speedy and clever, 29 year old Mchunu, who is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Johnny Muller in June. Bejenaru currently holds the WBC Continental Americas and WBC International Cruiserweight Titles and the bout against will Mchunu is a title defense scheduled for 10 rounds of action.

**Just added--Undefeated Super Lightweight Daniel Gonzalez will be returning to the site of his last bout, a six round UD over Samuel Amoaka in May, when he challenges Framingham, MA's Danny O'Connor for the vacant WBC International Silver Super Lightweight belt in a ten rounder.

Also on the card is top ranked female middleweight Kali Reis of Providence, RI, fights in the co-main event against Tiffany Woodard of Wilson, NC. Reis will be fighting for the third time in twenty-seventeen, and hopes to make it 3-0 since a 10 round UD loss to WBC & WBO Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer just over one year ago. Reis versus Woodard is scheduled for six 2-minute rounds.

On the undercard, undefeated East Hartford, CT, junior welterweight Anthony Laureano when he takes on John Hernandez of Huntington, NY in a six round bout. Laureano will be returning to Mohegan Sun where he won his fourth pro-fight, a six round UD over Sidney Maccow.

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Saturday 25, November 2017
promoter           Joe DeGuardia (Star Boxing)
matchmaker      Ron Katz (Star Boxing)
division                 boxer                            w-l-d         opponent                        w-l-d
cruiser             Constantin Bejenaru         12-0-0         Thabiso Mchunu         18-3-0                       
super light          Daniel Gonzalez              14-0-1         Danny O'Connor          28-3-0
super welter       Kali Reis                          12-6-1         Tiffany Woodard        4-8-3
super light          Anthony Laureano           5-0-0         John Hernandez          8-2-0\
super welter       Wendy Toussaint             6-0-0          Daniel Castro              2-1-0
super feather      Carlos Marrero                debut          Saquan Felton             1-2-0
super light          Valerio Nocera                  3-0-1          Dan Murray              2-1-0