By Danny Serratelli, ringside
Last night, Main Events presented a great card to the fans at the sold-out Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. It was a night where a couple of hometown favorites were upset on the undercard, however, both of Main Events featured fighters, Jason Litzau and Joel Julio were victorious.
In the main event of the evening undefeated featherweight prospect Jason Litzau (16-0, 14KO’s) took on Miguel Munguia (15-5-1, 13KO’s). Litzau was taken the distance in a solid performance. He was the aggressor all night, and while neither fighter ever appeared to be hurt Litzau dominated the action with his aggression and by staying busy from beginning to end. Munguia was game, but out-gunned and in the end the scorecards read 99-90 and 99-91 twice all in favor of the undefeated Litzau.
In the co-feature, Joel Julio, 24-0 (21 KO’s), the undefeated welterweight from Monteria, Colombia who is trained by Buddy McGirt, advanced his record to 25-0 via 4th round TKO over Hicklet Lau after the second knockdown in round four. Julio continued to impress with his performance. His opponent Lau, has been in there with some good fighters, and usually performs better and lasts longer. He had been the distance with Kofi Jantuah in his last fight and has lasted the distance in all of his fights with top notch opponents with the exception of this fight with Julio and with Kermit Cintron who stopped him in 9.
In a puzzling light-heavyweight fight, up-and-coming Wayne Johnson, 9-1, 5 KO’s was handed his first defeat by a questionable majority decision. In a difficult fight to score, Johnson was the aggressor, but had a tough time getting to Detroit’s Joe Hill, who improved his record to a 4-2, 2 KO’s. Hill, who has fought all of his fights as a heavyweight or cruiserweight, apparently dropped 20 pounds for this fight. Johnson, who I spoke to prior to the fight, had no idea that Hill was a southpaw and well over 6 feet tall. Hill slapped his right jab and held whenever Johnson got into range. Johnson, who just returned from Jermain Taylor’s training camp, pursued the much taller and awkward Hill but neither fighter was able to land much. They say it’s tough, almost impossible to come to another guy’s backyard and win a close fight