This past Saturday July 30th saw the return of Murphys Boxing at the Plymouth Memorial Hall, and it was a jam packed night. Murphys Boxing brought back the best professional boxing to the Memorial Hall, with some of the most exciting bouts to date.
Whitman’s Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca remained undefeated with a one-sided decision of Gabor Gorbics over 8 rounds. DeLuca, 153.5 lbs, has taken his time in dropping from super-middleweight to Jr. Middleweight, testing the waters a bit at a time, but looks like he’s found the right weight to settle at. Saturday, he showed remarkable strength and improved speed at his new weight division. DeLuca kept the pressure on Gorbics throughout, moving in behind a strong jab, seamlessly switching from southpaw to orthodox to create new openings, and moving his head well. Deluca showcased a variety of skills, but Gorbics was determined to last the full 8 and used constant movement to negate DeLuca’s power and leverage.
Hurting Gorbics to the body in the 7th, it appeared that DeLuca was close to the stoppage he obviously wanted, but Gorbics remained defensive to the final bell, forcing the decision, a predictable 80-72 from all judges. DeLuca improves to 15-0 (10 KO’s) and will be returning to the ring on Murphys Boxing’s September 17 event in Gilford, NH, part of the Dropkick Murphys Irish Music Festival.
The third time was the charm for Marshfield, MA’s Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes’s bid for a world title. The Polish-born, now Massachusetts, resident has come up short in two previous world title bids, but left no doubt sweeping in Plymouth. Lopes went the distance, and then some, in a ten round bout against Szabados, who was out of Budapest, and was awarded the decision for the vacant WBC Silver Women’s Welterweight Title.
Lopes consistently landed her long jab against the aggressive Szabados, as well as clean right hands while she side stepped the somewhat reckless advance of her Hungarian opponent. Lopes, an attorney practicing out of Brockton, MA said it was a great week, “Not only did I bring home a belt, but I won the biggest case of my career an hour before weigh in!” Lopes improves to 16-3-2 while Szabados drops to 13-7. Scores were 100-90 across the board.
Greg “The Villain” Vendetti, 11-2-1, successfully defended his New England Jr. Middleweight Title via an 8 round unanimous decision over Ibrihim Shabazz, 2-3-1. Vendetti has continued to show improvement in recent fights, utilizing controlled aggression, head movement, and a non-stop punching. Shabazz showed slick defense and determination to last, but Vendeti remained patient by punching when in range and not falling into the traps Shabazz attempted to set up with his movement.
Wexford, Ireland’s Niall Kennedy, 225 lbs, remained undefeated at 6-0 with a 3rd round stoppage over former prospect Willie Palms, 299 lbs, who drops to 10-11-1 in his first fight in 5 years. Kennedy got an early start, landing from long range on New Jersey’s Palms. “I know these old veterans sometimes take a few rounds to warm up,” explained the Irishman. “I figured I’d get some rounds in the bank early, but caught him some clean shots and fortunately finished him.” Although the crowd and Willie felt the stoppage was perhaps slightly premature, Palms was definitely dancing on ice when he got up from the knockdown as the ref waved the fight to a close.
Amateur standout Amana Pavone of Billerica, MA was successful in her pro debut with a unanimous decision over Kaline Medeiros of Fall River in the bantamweight division. Pavone was able to rock Medeiros repeatedly throughout, impressing the crowd with her exciting “take no prisoners” style.
In a battle of pro debut welterweights, Brooklyn, NY’s Yurik Mamadov scored a close decision win over Matt Probin, Lewiston, Maine, over 4 exciting, nip-and-tuck rounds. Both fighters impressed the crowd with their well-matched skills and determination.
Athlone, Ireland native Paddy Irwin improved to 2-0 with a stoppage over Philly’s Khaaliq Core with a consistent body attack, dropping core finally at 2:45 of the first round in a successful second bout on a Murphys Boxing card.
Lawrence, MA amateur star Adrian Sosa scored a first round stoppage over Shavone Dixon in one round. Sosa blitzed Dixon with a barrage of punches. Dixon beat the count and wanted to continue, but the ringside physician had seen enough and wisely recommended the fight be stopped.
Heavyweight Nick Cyr, also trainer of several other fighters on the event, made quick work out of tough Philly native Brian Richardson. Cyr overwhelmed Richardson with a variety of punches in the first round of a scheduled four. Cyr improves to 4-1, while Richardson starts his pro career 0-1.