MELROSE, MASS – This past Friday night, October 30th Murphys Boxing put on another great night of old school boxing as they hosted their second annual Monster Brawl, taking place at the Melrose Memorial Hall. Headlining the night was heavyweight Alexis Santos (15-1 13KOs). Santos, the hometown hero from nearby Lawrence, Mass, started the fight with an impressive display of power punches that seemed to instantly hurt his opponent Aaron Kinch. Santos continuously landed thudding right hands as Kinch looked to survive the early rounds. In the 5th round with Alexis in full control, he once again caught Kinch on the ropes and unleashed an onslaught of power punches. With the referee seemingly having seen enough, he stepped in and halted the action before Kinch could absorb anymore punishment. With the 5th round TKO win Alexis has positioned himself to fight some of the bigger names in the heavyweight division in 2016.
In the co main event, in a bout that kept half of Ireland laying awake, new fan favorite Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (20-2 11KOs) from Dublin Ireland, notched his 20th win, when he squared off against tough veteran Orlando Vazquez (18-7-1 12KOs). Invoking shades of Lightweight sensation Roberto Duran, Ormond absolutely steamrolled Vazquez from the opening bell. With a relentless body attack and an abundance of punches, Ormond continued to cut off the ring and as he dug in his punches from his crouched position, one could not help but to see the resemblance to past champion Roberto Duran. With Ormond’s energy at such a high pace, the crowd seemed to love every second of the fight. As the Dublin native entered the ring wearing a hockey mask, and Boston Bruins jersey, it was clear victory was on his mind. Although Vazquez came to fight, the pure volume and power of the punches he was taking insured that this would not go the distance. In the fourth round with Ormond once again cutting the ring, he dropped Vazquez with a picture perfect 3 punch combination prompting the ref to halt the match at 2:20 of the 4th round. With his 20th win, 2016 looks to be the year that Stephen Ormond fights for a Lightweight Championship of the world.
In other action, Local Stoneham fighter Greg Vendetti improved to (8-2-1 6KOs) with a 2nd round TKO. Vendetti, with a pack of supporters in attendance, continuously walked his opponent, Jordan Rosario (0-2) down, while landing crisp power punches. In round 2 of the 6 round Jr Middleweight bout, Vendetti, who is known for his quick and powerful punches finally caught Rosario against the ropes and with Rosario taking power shots and not defending himself, the ref was forced to call the fight. With a legion of fans and a pleasing come forward style, Vendetti looks to be a fighter to keep an eye on in the coming year.
Another local fan favorite, Aleksandra Lopes (14-3-2) faced Andria Wawro, making her pro debut. In the 6 round Female Super Welterweight bout Aleksandra once again used her superior boxing skills to win an unanimous decision winning all three judges scorecards by shutout. Aleksandra continues to impress as she looks to challenge for a world title.
Welterweights Chris Gilbert (13-3 10KOs) of Windsor VT, and Shakha Moore of Norwalk CT, fought an entertaining 6 round bout, that saw the two of them relentlessly lay into each other. With good back and forth action, the fight looked like it seemingly could of been a draw, but in the end was ruled an unanimous decision win for Moore.
Local Quincy fighter, Paddy Irwin (1-0 1KO) made his professional debut in a 4 round Super lightweight bout against Theo Desjardin. In the 1st round Paddy came out tentatively as he looked to see what his opponent Desjardin offered. By the 2nd round Paddy seemed relaxed and was swinging with intensity, catching Desjardin with a right hand that drove him to the canvas, where he was unable to get up before the ref counted him out. It was an impressive outing for the debuting Irwin.
Lightweights Matt Doherty (3-1-1 2KOs) and Briam Granado (1-1-1) battled to a 4 round draw. In a fight that a lot of the crowd thought should of gone to Doherty, both men seemed to think a rematch was in order.
Godson Noel opened the night with a 1st round TKO of Rodrigo Almeida in their 4 round Super Middleweight bout.
Monster Brawl 2 was another night of great fights, promoted by Murphys Boxing. Welterweight contender Danny O’Connor, as well as ranked Lightweight contender Ryan Kielczweski and undefeated Middleweight Mark DeLuca took in the action ringside, as well as one time Welterweight Champion of the world, Tony Demarco.
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Sean Sullivan, 617-650-2925