Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams, of New Haven, CT, lost to WBO NABO champion Angelo “El Chinito” Leo, of Las Vegas, NV, Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT, for the vacant WBO World Super Bantamweight title. This was a Sampson Boxing – Sampson Lewkowicz, TGB Promotions – Tom Brown and Mayweather Promotions – Leonard Ellerbe event with the return of Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions.
In the Main Event Super Bantamweight southpaw WBO NABO and USBA champion Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams 19-1 (6), #121 1/2, of New Haven, CT, lost to Angelo “Chinito” Leo, 20-0 (9), #121, of Las Vegas, NV, over 12 rounds for the vacant WBO World Super Bantamweight title.
In the first three rounds Leo spent chasing the countering Williams that were close. In the fourth and fifth rounds it was all Leo with Williams doing more holding than fighting. In the sixth round Leo was warned by referee Harvey Dock for a low blow. He had been scoring well to the body of Williams up to that point.
In the seventh round the fight was in the center of the ring with Leo out landing Williams for the most part. In the ninth round Leo continued to deal out a solid body attack on Williams. In the tenth round Williams continued holding more than throwing punches as Leo kept up out working him. Williams landed a lower punch than Leo did in the sixth round with a warning but no rest.
In the eleventh and final twelfth round Leo continued the solid body work with Williams doing more holding than fighting.
Judge’s scores were Don Trella 117-111 while Don Akerman and Glen Feldman scored 118-110 as did this writer.
“I showed my mental fortitude in there,” said Leo.
In the co-feature in a world title eliminator and a rematch Super Bantamweight Marcus Bates, 11-2 (8), #121 ¼, of Wash., D.C., was stopped due to injury to Raeese “The Beast” Aleem, 17-0 (11), #121 ¼, of Las Vegas, NV, in a WBA Title eliminator, at 2:18 of the tenth in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the second round Aleem continued chasing the reluctant Bates landing three left hooks to the chin in the final seconds of the round. In the third round it was all Aleem until the final ten seconds when Bates countered an Aleem miss with a right on the chin rocking him.
From the fourth through the eighth rounds Bates continued looking for one punch as Aleem outworked him. After the ninth round referee Gary Rosato had the ring physician come in to check Bates who complained about hurting his right hand but told Rosato he wanted to go on. Within a minute of the tenth round Rosato wisely called a halt as Bates turned his back on Aleem walking away.
“I didn’t know his hand was hurt. I just thought he was trying to distract me. I want the winner of the next fight (main event) or any other champion,” said Aleem.
Judge’s Steve Weisfeld, Tom Schreck and Glen Feldman had it 90-81 at the stoppage while this writer also had it 90-81. Both fighters are promoted by Kings Promotions – Marshall Kauffman.
In a Light Heavyweight rematch Joseph George, 11-0 (6), #174 ¼, of Houston, TX, well behind knocked out Marcus Escudero, 10-2 (9), #173 1/2, of Bueno Aires, ARG, and West Palm Beach, FL, as the time ran out in the ninth in a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first round George came out swinging while Escudero met him and outworked him for the most part. In the second round Escudero forced George to the ropes where he continued to outland him. In the third round Escudero continued to outwork George until the final ten seconds when George opened up with a flurry. In the fourth round Escudero landed almost ten unanswered punches before George landed one while against the ropes. Escudero worked the body well though George blocked half of them.
In the fifth round Escudero had George on the ropes on the defense only occasionally throwing wild punches back. In the sixth round George came off the ropes landing a 3-punch combination. Escudero had George on the run in the final minute. In the seventh round Escudero worked the body of George who continued to load up only throwing sparingly.
In the eighth round George came out fast landing half a dozen unanswered punches. He then went into his defensive mode though having his best round. In the ninth round out of nowhere after missing a right he followed with a violent left uppercut while Escdero was ducking on the chin of Escudero and down and out he went. What a shocker! Referee Dan Schiavone counted to 9 and waved it off. Escudero hit his head on the canvas and was out.
Judge’s scores were Tom Carusone and Don Trella 79-73 and Steve Weisfeld 77-75 with this writer 80-72 at time of stoppage.