Photos and Ringside Report by Bob Ryder
Albert “Prince” Bell scored a lopsided victory over Nicolas Polanco in the main event of promoter Vick Green’s (Pulse Boxing) show at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo on Saturday night. In the process, Bell captured the vacant WBO/NABO super featherweight belt by scores of 100-90 x 2 and 99-91.
Bell thrilled his hometown fans by dominating the contest despite Polanco’s never-give-up attitude and aggressive attack. The early rounds showcased Bell’s uncanny ability to slide around the ring with excellent defense and footwork combined with annoying offense, though Polanco managed to pin him to the ropes with a nice shot in the second round that Bell handled with ease. Polanco never gave up trying to get into a slugging fight, but Bell repeatedly thwarted him, deftly moving out of the way as most of Polanco’s punches sailed harmlessly through the air, a pattern that continued throughout the fight. Bell landed a strong hook in the ninth, but Polanco, who came to win, got past him. Polanco took some good shots from Bell early in the tenth and final round, but Bell couldn’t do any real damage. Bell’s lack of a big punch is perhaps the only thing holding him back from going to the next level, but his boxing skills and leadership in the ring are excellent. With the victory, Bell moves to (22-0, 6 KOs) while the fearless Polanco of the Dominican Republic drops to (20-3-1, 11 KOs).
In one of the eight-round support fights, Cleveland’s Thomas Mattice defeated Orlando’s Eduardo Pereira Dos Reis (via Brazil) in their super featherweight bout. Mattice had too much for Dos Reis as he controlled the action with heavy shots. Mattice opened up in the fourth round and scored a hard knockdown just as the round ended. Dos Reis put in a good effort to stay there through the fifth round, but suffered two knockdowns in the sixth and referee James Easter stopped the fight at 2:14 after his second trip into the fight. Mattice advances to (19-3-1, 15 KOs), Dos Reis now stands at (24-10, 19 KOs). The less said about the other scheduled eight-round match, the better. In a tedious heavyweight contest, Cleveland’s Roney Hines improved his record to (12-0, 8 KOs) over Detroit’s Craig Lewis (14-6-1 8 KOs) via disqualification in :40 of the fifth round. Very little action or clean punches in this fight and as Lewis grew tired, retaining his mouthguard became an issue. Referee Lonnie Scott had to deduct a point twice from third-place Lewis for having his mouthguard hit the canvas as the crowd booed his distaste for the Motor City fighter. After Lewis lost the gum guard again in the fifth round (fifth time in the match), referee Scott immediately removed it to the general relief of those in the arena.
Toledo super middleweight Antwan Jones stayed perfect in (11-0, 5 KOs) as he outpointed Argentinian Victor Hugo Exner (8-11-1, 2 KOs) over the six round distance with scores of 60-54 x2 and 59-55. Exner was willing but too slow to deal with Jones. Exner kept going and landed some hard shots in the third round, but not enough to turn the tide in his favor. Two other six-round bouts were also on the show. His hometown welterweight Angelo Snow scored a much-needed win over Argentina’s Lucas Andres Dadamo. Snow displayed power by knocking his opponent to the canvas twice in the third round with the Argentine’s corner imploring him to stay down on the second knockdown which Exner complied to be counted out at 1:40 by referee Scott. Snow improves to (8-4, 5 KOs) with the win, Exner drops to (8-11-1, 2 KOs). Featherweight Javon Campbell now fights as Javon Woodard Jr used a solid body attack to outpoint Nicaraguan Manuel Guzman from the distance by scores of 59-55 x 3. Campbell-Woodard, a native of Raleigh, NC, has (10-1 , 8 KOs). Guzman now (8-7-1, 5 KOs).
Two four-round bouts opened the night. Pontiac, Michigan featherweight Cameran Pankey (5-0, 3 KOs) outpointed St. Louis native Printice Canada (3-7-1, 2 KOs) over the scheduled distance by scores of 40-36 x 3 The first bout of the night was also a shutout (40-36 x 3) for David Craddock of Columbus, who moves up to (3-0, 1 KO) over newcomer pro Ishmael Dixon of Benton Harbor in a welterweight matchup.
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