At the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT, Premier Boxing Champions, TGB Promotions – Tom Brown and Sampson Boxing – Sampson Lewkowicz, Saturday over Showtime in the Main Event former two-time WBC World Super Middleweight champion now No.1 ranked David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez impressed when he stopped No. 8 ranked Ronald “Reckless” Ellis, in the eleventh of a title eliminator.
In the Main Event David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, 24-0 (21), #167.2 of Seattle, WA, formerly of Phoenix, AZ, stopped Ronald “Reckless” Ellis, 18-2-2 (12), #167.2, of L.A., CA, at 2:03 of the eleventh round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Ellis outworked Benavidez from the start until the final half minute of the round. In the second round Benavidez countered well picking up the action. In the third round Ellis had Benavidez against the ropes with a half a dozen unanswered punches only to have Benavidez come back with his own half a dozen unanswered punched to take the round. In the fourth and fifth rounds both fighters had their moments in an action packed round with Benavidez having a slight edge.
In the sixth round, near the final minute of the round, Benavidez had Ellis hurt with a variety of punches to the head. In the seventh round Benavidez continued to dominate the fight though Ellis held his own but not enough to win the rounds for the most part. In the midway of the eighth round Benavidez landed over a dozen unanswered punches having Ellis against the ropes. In between rounds the ring physician warned Ellis he may stop it due to the number of head punches he was taking. In the ninth round Benavidez continued to have his way trying for the stoppage while Ellis managed to fight back enough to get through the round.
In the tenth round Benavidez started working the body of Ellis who had no quit in him even snapping back the head of Ellis with a right uppercut to the chin with half a minute left in the round. In the eleventh round at the halfway point it looked like referee Johnny Callas was going to step in. Half a minute later he did with Benavidez dishing out punch after punch mostly to the head.
Scores were 98-92 twice and 99-91 with this writer 99-91 after ten rounds.
“I hope the fans enjoyed my landing punches in bunches. I give Ronald Ellis credit hanging in there. I want the big names whoever including Canelo Alvarez. I plan to stay at 168 for another couple of years,” said Benavidez.
No. 4 WBA ranked Lightweight Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz, 21-1-1 (15), #134, of Mexico City, MEX, defeated No. 6 WBA ranked late sub Matias Romero, 24-1 (8), #134 3/4, of Cordoba, ARG, title eliminator over 12 sloppy rounds.
In the first two rounds the shorter Cruz kept on the pressure coming in head first landing to the body as Romero used his countering jab for the most part while the sloppiness continued by the two as they hit the canvas. Cruz landed his best punch a left hook to the chin of Romero at the bell ending the second. In the third Cruz got away with a low punch with Romero being warned by referee Harvey Dock for pushing the head of Cruz down. In the fifth round Cruz rocked Romero with a left hook to the chin near the end of the first minute of the round. In the sixth round Cruz continued to chase Romero whose been warned for holding. Halfway through the round again Cruz landed a low blow causing referee Dock to deduct a point.
In the eighth round Romero continued to jab and grab having a better round. He was warned though taller ducking down and getting pushed by Cruz to the canvas. In the ninth round Cruz kept up the attack in this sloppy fight. In the tenth and eleventh rounds Cruz continued his attack on Romero. In the twelfth and final round after a minute Cruz rocked Romero with a left hook to the chin.
Scores were Feldman 114-113, Morgan 115-112 and Weisfeld 118-109 with this writer 117-111.
Super Welterweight southpaw Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark, 15-2-1 (7), #154.6, of Cincinnati, OH, was stopped by Olympian Terrell Gausha, 22-2-1 (10), #154.4, of Cleveland, OH, at 2:44 of the second round of a schedule 10 rounds.
In the first round southpaw Clark was a bit busier in a feeling out round. In the second round Gausha landed a counter right over the jab from Clark and down he went. Upon rising referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. gave the 8-count. Gausha jumped on Clark driving him back with a right on the chin with the referee already looking to stop it rather quickly if not too quick while Gausha missed several punches with the referee jumping in calling a halt. After the fight ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. called it a first round stoppage not a second.
Super Bantamweight Michael Angeletti, 2-0 (1), of Spring, TX, defeated Fernando Ibarra De Anda, 2-6 (0), of MEX and Fairfield, CA, over 4 rounds.
Welterweight Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov, 18-0 (10), of UZB and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, stopped southpaw Javier “El Chino” Flores, 15-3 (13), of Aguadilla, PR, after 8 rounds of a scheduled 10 rounds.