Brick City Boxing

Giovanni Lorenzo Stops ‘Shark Attack’ Archak Ter-Melikestian, Wayne Johnsen Impressive

By Danny Serratelli at Ringside for 12, 2006)

Main Events brought the boxing fans ‘Back to the Future II’ last night from Schuetzen Park in North Bergen New Jersey. In an action packed main event, undefeated super-middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo, 20-0 (12), came away with a TKO victory over Archak Ter-Melikestian, 15-3 (12).

Despite the fact that Lorenzo entered the fight undefeated and as the apparent favorite, Archak was both on paper and in reality his toughest opponent he has faced in his career. A look at Archak’s record shows that all 3 of his losses have come against fighters who were undefeated at the time. The fight was action packed and very close. After 7 round of action, one judge had Archak leading, one judge had Lorenzo up and the third had it even. The winner of the fight would end up being the winner of the 8th and final round, but there would be no 8th round.

Throughout the fight Lorenzo looked faster and probably landed more punches, but Archak appeared to be throwing the harder punches seeking a knockout that wasn’t to be. Lorenzo stood toe to toe and brawled with Archak more then anyone expected, and was effective. He had a point taken away in round number 6 after several warnings from referee Harvey Dock for elbowing, and punching behind the head.

The suspense ended in the corner after round number 7 when Archak was unable to answer the bell for round number 8 and Lorenzo was awarded a 7th round TKO victory. It appeared that Archak was vomiting in his corner after the 7th round and as a result the fight was stopped. Lorenzo showed a decent chin and was resilient after Archak had landed some powerful shots throughout.

In the co-feature of the evening, Lyndhurst , New Jersey’s super-middleweight Wayne Johnsen, 11-1, 6 KO’s came back to Schuetzen Park with a vengeance. Just 4 months ago, Johnsen would suffer his first loss, a questionable majority decision on Main Events first show at this venue. Wayne returned on the Gatti-Damgaard undercard and won a majority decision. In both of those fights Johnsen fought technically sound fights, but was a little cautious. Last night he was on a mission and he stepped up his game to the next level.

Johnsen fought an undefeated fighter in Clifton Roberson, who entered the fight at 2-0-1. Roberson was a game fighter who came to NJ to win. Johnsen started slow, but made the right adjustments every round with Roberson who couldn’t decide if he wanted to fight from the right or left side. Midway through the fight, Johnson would start to take control. Everything appeared to come together for Johnsen who started working the jab and following up with powerful right hands and left hooks.

In round number 5 Johnsen caught Roberson, and did not let him off the hook. The big right hand did most of the damage when Roberson was knocked through the ropes. Roberson beat the count, but Johnsen was relentless and attacked Roberson until referee Dave Franciosi was forced to jump in and stop the bout at 2:15 of round number 5. The crowd was ecstatic as Johnsen scored the knockout in a fight that was probably his best performance as a professional to date.

Undercard results


Leave a Reply