RESULTS FROM PROVIDENCE
Rob Soucy @ ringside
Joseph Perez W8 Chazz McDowell... In the main event of Jimmy Burchfield's CES show in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday, Joseph "Chip" Perez won an eight-round majority decision over Chazz McDowell. The official scores were 76-76, 77-75 and 78-74. McDowell started strong, winning the first couple of rounds with his jab alone. After a few rounds, however, Perez was able to time McDowell and counter effectively. Perez began imposing his will by backing McDowell up and landing the harder shots. Perez improved to 10-1 with 3 KOs and looks like he is ready to step up in the junior lightweight division. McDowell dropped to 6-3.
Toka Kahn-Clary NC Jamell Tyson... Unfortunately, for young up-and-comer Toka Kahn-Clary his night ended early... but not in the way he envisioned. Kahn dominated the first round against Jamell Tyson with a strong jab and straight left hand out of a southpaw stance. Midway through the second round, an accidental head butt opened up bad cuts over the eye of both fighters. The ringside physician deemed each fighter unable to continue resulting in a no contest. Khan's record remains 2-0, while Tyson stays at 3-8-2.
UNDERCARD RESULTS (FROM CES PRESS RELEASE):
Female bantamweights Shelito Vincent (5-0) and Ivana Coleman (0-2) faced one another for the second time since July. Vincent, the popular Providence native who’s established a steady fan base in both Rhode Island and her hometown of New London, Conn., dominated the rematch much like she did in the first bout, beating Coleman unanimously, 40-36, on all three scorecards.
Fighting for the first time since switching strength coaches, Vincent looked much stronger and faster than she did in the first bout against Coleman three months ago. She landed early and often and kept Coleman, a native of Slidel, La., from developing any rhythm.
Welterweight Jon Smith (1-0) of Cranston, R.I., a three-time New England Golden Gloves champion as an amateur, won his pro debut, beating fellow newcomer Dinis Paiva Jr. (0-1) of East Providence, R.I., by unanimous decision, 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
“The Vermont Bully” Kevin Cobbs (6-0, 2 KO) of Burlington, Vt., kept his perfect record intact by finishing Alexander Mancera (8-5-1) of Queens, N.Y., with two minutes remaining in the fourth round. Mancera hung in for three rounds, but ultimately ran out of gas in the fourth. Cobbs, who dominated on the inside throughout the fight, finished Mancera with a short right to the temple.
Former reality television star Rich Gingras (12-3, 8 KOs), now training out of Attleboro, Mass., returned to the ring following a five-month layoff and beat Kentucky light heavyweight Dennis Ogboo (7-6) via technical knockout in the second round. Gingras drove Ogboo into the ropes with a flurry of punches and then knocked his opponent to the canvas with an overhand left to the temple at the 2:32 mark, prompting Ogboo’s corner to throw in the towel.
Woonsocket, R.I., middleweight Joey Gardner (9-5-1) overcame a slow start and narrowly escaped with a 56-59, 57-56, 58-55 split-decision win over Philip Burnette (2-6) of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gardner earned the win – just his second in his last five fights and first since March – despite getting knocked down in the second round.
The rematch between Providence super middleweight Alex Amparo (5-0, 3 KOs) and Nick Lavin (2-4) of Shelton, Conn., didn’t last as long as the first fight. After beating Lavin by majority decision a year ago, Amparo finished the job Thursday, stopping Lavin 53 seconds into the fourth round. Amparo dominated from start to finish, knocking Lavin to the canvas 30 seconds into the opening round, and then pummeling his opponent with overhand rights throughout the rest of the fight. Referee Joey Lupino stopped it in the fourth when Amparo unloaded with a flurry of unanswered punches after driving Lavin back into the corner.
Coming off a dominant win in July, middleweight Thomas Falowo (8-1, 6 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., picked up right where he left off, stopping Michael Walchuk (9-6, 2 KOs) of Ontario, Canada, :40 into the fifth round. Falowo controlled the pace from the opening bell and eventually ended it in the fifth when he drove Walchuck into the ropes with a flurry of lefts and rights. Falowo has now won two consecutive fights by knockout since his first career loss in May.