Friday, March 24, 2017

Greg Cohen Promotions Presents a Night of Boxing on SNY/Super Brawl III - Thursday, March 23rd (Randolph, NJ)

On Thursday, March 23rd, I had the opportunity to cover Greg Cohen Promotions Presents a Night of Boxing on SNY from the Skylands Event and Conference Center in Randolph, New Jersey.

The opening bout of the evening featured southpaw light heavyweights, Parisian Frederic Julan (4-0-0, 2 KOs), training out of Brooklyn, and Jermaine Corley (0-6-0) of Concord, North Carolina by way of Harlem. Julan, who weighed in at 174 pounds, controlled the four round contest over his lighter opponent, Corley, who weighed in at 170 pounds. In the third round, Julan knocked down his opponent with a left hand to the body, followed by a left-right combo to the head and body. Corley recovered from the knock down only to be dominated in the fourth and final round of the bout. The end came at the 2:51 mark of the fourth round, after Julan landed a vicious multi-punch combo to win the match by TKO.

The second bout of the evening featured Kazakhstan’s Aidos Yerbossynuly (5-0-0, 5 KOs) and Georgia’s Riarus Dudley (5-2-1, 2 KOs). Middleweights Yerbossynuly, who made his U.S. professional debut, weighed in at 162 pounds while Corley weighed in at 166 pounds. Early in the second round, Corley retreated to a neutral corner after appearing to injure his left hand. Corley, the loser by TKO, was unable to continue with the fight 39 seconds into the second round of a scheduled six round bout.

Russian welterweight Yurik Mamedov (5-0-0, 3 KOs) faced Francis Gakpetor (2-3-0, 2 KOs) of Ghana in the third contest of the evening. In the second round of a scheduled six round bout, Mamedov backed his opponent into the ropes with a series of hooks. He followed up these hooks with a multi-punch combo to the body and head. Referee Sparkle Lee called an end to the action at the 1:15 mark of the round.

Bronx based fighter Enver Halili (9-0-0, 3 KOs), the brother of Skender, fought veteran Nicaraguan boxer Ariel Vasquez (13-17-2, 9 KOs) in a six round super welterweight bout. The 147 pound Vasquez was knocked down by a Halili left to the body in the fourth round. Vasquez, who was clearly hurt, got back up to his feet to complete the round. Soon after, the tough veteran fighter’s night came to an end when he was unable to answer the bell for the fifth round. The elder Halili brother walked away the winner by TKO over an opponent who is rarely knocked out, despite having a losing career record.

In the fifth bout of the night, Paterson native Ian Green (12-1-0, 9 KOs) fought Utica’s Andy Mejias (15-1-0, 6 KOs). Mejias, who had not fought since 2013, kept the fight competitive. Both middleweights battled through six rounds of action, which at times seemed too close to call. When the smoke finally cleared, Green captured a majority decision victory over Mejias. One judge scored the bout a draw 57-57, while the other two officials scored the bout 58-56.

The six round main event featured super welterweights Skender Halili (14-1-0, 13 KOs) of the Bronx and Eduardo Flores (25-26-3, 15 KOs) of Ecuador. The younger Halili brother dominated the tough Ecuadorian through all six rounds of the contest. The judges scored the bout 60-54, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Skender Halili.

Following the conclusion of this evening's card, I had the opportunity to speak with welterweight boxer Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna of Rising Promotions. LaManna answered questions about tonight's card, his next bout, and Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa.

Below are links to my Bonus Round interview with Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna:


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