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Santana Seeks Bigger Game
|JD Vena from Ringside
|MANCHESTER, NH - For Mel Peabody, finding opponents
for his featherweight protégé, Edwin 'Lightning' Santana is like
catching flies with chopsticks. There simply aren't many
top-rated 126-pounders in the world willing to risk a match with
the Lawrence, MA native for the amount of money involved.
"We were offered $3,000 for fighting Angel
Vasquez (an undefeated Hartford prospect)," said Peabody.
"Who is going to fight for that kind of money?"
Santana usually accepts most opponents despite
fighting men at weight classes one or two heavier than he that
what he fights in. In compiling an impressive 26-3-5 record,
three of Santana's draws have come against fighters that have
weighed more than the lightweight limit of 135. His last
defeat, was a 10th round TKO loss to now jr. welterweight
contender, Ben 'Wonder' Tackie. As Tackie had done in one of
his last appearances against former IBF jr. lightweight champion,
Roberto Garcia, Tackie was being thoroughly outboxed by Santana
until landing the home run ball in the final frame.
"Edwin was boxing (Tackie's) ears off
until getting hit with that shot," said Peabody.
This past Friday at the JFK Coliseum in
Manchester, NH, a durable opponent was found to help work
off the ring rust and prepare Santana for a bigger name in the
featherweight ranks. His opponent, was rugged 131 ˝-pound,
Renor Rojas of Brooklyn, NY via Columbia, who stood up to 24
minutes of non-stop punches thrown by a well conditioned Santana.
Santana (128) made every second of the match count attacking Renor
Rojas' body as if it were the sides of beef that Smokin' Joe
Frazier use to like hitting in the Philadelphia meat factories.
Santana was unrelenting with his body attack, as his punches to
the Jake La Motta sized cranium of Rojas didn't seem to faze him.
"He had a hard head and just kept
coming," said Santana. "I knew I'd slow him down
with the body shots and thought that if I had another two rounds I
would have stopped him."
Though the knockout never came, Santana
appeared to floor Rojas in the 7th round when two body shots from
knocked an off-balanced Rojas down in Santana's corner.
Referee Joe LaPlant ruled it a slip and Santana continued to
punish Rojas for the remainder of the bout. Santana couldn't
have lost any of the 8 rounds as all three judges had it 80-72.
"My hands felt good tonight," said
the winner who appeared to land over half of his punches.
"(Rojas) really came to fight tonight. I was glad so
many came to watch me perform."
Many of his fans, particularly young children,
were in attendance to not only cheer for Santana but a couple more
professional and amateur boxers appearing on Mel Peabody's first
ever Pro-Am Boxing card. On the undercard, Raquel "Rocky"
Temo, 118, Las Vegas, NV, upset local favorite, Allison King, 116,
Attleboro, MA via 5 round unanimous decision. The scores
were 50-45, 49-46 and 49-47.
Gil "Sugar" Reyes, 149, of Lawrence,
MA won his first professional bout by a 4th round TKO of 39 year
old, Bernie Boisvert, 152, Of Lewiston, ME. Though Reyes
dominated the fight with a slick attack, the end result came under
questionable circumstances. Trailing badly on all three
scorecards, Boisvert was cut unintentionally when the two collided
heads. Referee Joe LaPlant stopped the contest at 2:20 of
the 4th and final round and declared Reyes a TKO winner.
Apparently, the New Hampshire State Athletic Commission has not
yet adopted the technical draw rule when an accidental foul ends
the match before four rounds have been completed. Go figure.
Boisvert now slips to 7-7-1 with 1 KO.
In the 1st professional bout of the evening,
Adrian Vee Brown, 161, of Lowell, MA ran his record to 3-1-2 with
2 KO's after he decisioned used up Jose Williams, 165, of
Brooklyn, NY. Brown the brother of Gilberto Brown, the state's
top-rated light heavyweight won by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37
by another judge. With the loss, Williams' record fell to
8-43-1, with 3 KO's.
In NH's first Pro-Am boxing card, fans were
entertained by 4 spirited amateur bouts. Anyone who wagered
their beers or Starbursts on the boxers fighting out of the red
corner made out pretty well Friday night. In the first bout,
Quincy, MA bantamweight, Chris Traietti decisioned Brian Lopez of
the Queen City Boxing Club (of Manshester, NH). Somerville
Boxing Club featherweight, Henry Burgos avenged his only loss by
decisioning Ralph Cabral, of the Lawrence Boxing Club. In
the third bout, Ben Ellis of the Portland (Maine) Boxing Club eked
out a tough decision over John Levasseur of the Queen City Boxing
Club and Colman McDonaugh of Quincy won his bout over fellow
middlweight, Pat Place of Capitol Area Boxing.
Promoter : Mel Peabody