July 29, 2000
BOSTON, MA - Boxing returned to the Roxy last night for the second
time this summer, however, your writer almost pulled a Jay Miller
(an East Coast term for late boxing writer) because of a detour
created by Boston city officials. Apparently, some fellow named
Bill Clinton was passing through the area. Needless to say,
I was able to cover a nearly all women's boxing card in front of a
standing room only crowd.
Most fight fans were there to watch Bobby
Tomasello, 130, an unbeaten prospect from Saugus, MA, continue his
rise in the featherweight ranks. His opponent was the very
durable, Anthony Hardy, also 130 of Washington, D.C. Hardy
had lost a one-sided 6 round verdict two weeks ago to another
featherweight Massachusetts native and world-ranked, Edwin Santana
from Lawrence. This time, Hardy lost a unanimous 8-rounder
as Tomasello picked up his 14th straight win in as many starts.
Tomasello used a steady attack, which included
vicious hooks to the body and right crosses to the face of his
cagey left-handed foe. Hardy appeared headed for the canvas
in the final round as he had in his final frame against Santana,
but managed to remain upright as the bell saved him. Despite
losing for the 21st time, Hardy has only been stopped on three
Look for a possible turf showdown next year
between Tomasello and the battle tested Santana.
In the opening bout, amateur standout, Ann
Marie Francey, 160 won her professional debut by knocking out
Suzanne Pasenen, 162, at 1:11 of the first round. Pasenen
stepped into the ring for the first time in her life and took a
page out of her cornerman's strategy of quitting. That man,
Rueben James, a Jim Holly prospect, made his debut two weeks ago
in New Hampshire and retired on his stool after two rounds with
Jose Williams. The state's chairman, Nick Manzello, as you
may recall, has banned Jim Holly, from fighting and working on
Massachusetts's boxing cards. It wouldn't have mattered
which clown had worked Pasenen's corner since she carried little
if any experience into the ring against the very capable, Francey
Larisa "The Fighting Irish" Smith,
120, of Buffalo, NY, lost a unanimous 6-round decision in just her
second pro bout to Suzanne Riccio-Majors, 117 ½, of Pittsfield.
Smith started fast, then appeared to run out of gas after midway
through the 3rd round as Riccio-Majors scored effectively from the
outside. The win elevated Riccio-Majors' record to 7-7-1.
In attendance was the winner's son, Evander Ali Majors. And
y'all thought the CBZ was into boxing.
Like Riccio-Majors, Wendy Sprowl is also a
mother and has two careers to support her children. Sprowl
is a Union member with Local 133 and punches in for 40 hours a
week of shoveling. Last night, Sprowl, 133, punched in for
only 20 seconds for her second job as she blew away Latasha Sheffy,
122, in the first of a scheduled 4-rounder. Sprowl flattened
Sheffy with a picture-perfect right cross to the chin after
leading with her left jab. Referee, Mike Ryan's mandatory
count was unnecessary and may have robbed Sprowl for holding the
fastest knockout in women's boxing history. Sprowl has won
both of her professional fights by knockout and plans on getting
back into the ring next month.
Dawn George, 135, of Brooklyn, NY thoroughly
pounded brave Michelle Sharkey-Taylor, 131 ½ of Pittsfield, MA,
before the fight was declared over after two completed rounds.
With pleas to stop the bout from ringsiders, Sharkey-Taylor's
corner through in the towel.
Promoter - Cappiello & Pendarvis Promotions