PBC results: Mansour wins majority decision over Kauffman
The main event of Bounce TV’s latest Premier Boxing Champions broadcast featured heavyweights Amir Mansour vs. Travis Kauffman in its main event, hosted at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Round one was a feeling-out round between the two big men. Kauffman, 31-2 (23), and Mansour, 23-2-1 (16), both tried to land some big punches. One of Mansour’s shots caught Kauffman and caused a small mouse to form under his left eye.
Kauffman came out in the southpaw stance to start round two. It worked as he established himself as the man in the center of the ring, with Mansour moving. A straight left hand caught Mansour and momentarily stunned him in a good round for the younger Kauffman.
Mansour let his veteran skills carry him through round three. He continued to walk and move around the ring and counter Kauffman with both rights and lefts. Kauffman did not want a repeat of round three in round four. Mansour continued to move but, this time, the stalking Kauffman landed the better shots when he got Mansour’s back against the ropes.
For a fighter of age 44, Mansour was constantly moving and, halfway through the fight, he scored points from the outside, avoiding constant exchanges with his younger opponent. Mansour kept complaining about low blows and countered by basically tackling Kauffman to the canvas.
Round eight saw Kauffman look somewhat tired after chasing Mansour and winging big power shots. Mansour saw his opportunity and cracked Kauffman with huge right hooks. A jab and left hand connected and pushed Kauffman back into the ropes and had him stunned.
As the fight moved into the championship rounds, Kauffman keep switching his stance in order to try and find the right angle from which to throw. Every time it seemed like Kauffman would come on and get the better of the exchange, Mansour would let his hands go. This kept the momentum of from switching to Kauffman’s favor.
Round 12 was a treat for the fans in attendance. As the crowd tried to will Kauffman to land something big, Mansour and Kauffman traded bombs. Once again, right when it looked as though Kauffman was going to take over and Mansour looked winded, Mansour landed a vicious combination. Both fighters ended the fight throwing serious power punches as the crowd rose to its feet.
In the end, it was not a happy night for the crowd, as the official ringside judges’ scorecards read 114-114, 117-111, and 115-113, in favor of Mansour.
Cintron vs. Grayton ends in technical draw
Local fan favorite and former IBF welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron, 39-5-3 (30), took the ring to huge ovation. Awaiting him was David Grayton, 15-1-1 (11). Cintron had some trouble figuring out Grayton’s southpaw stance throughout the opening round. Grayton snuck in some good left hands to the body in an mostly uneventful stanza.
Cintron came out wanting to exchange and Grayton was more than happy to let his hands go. Power punches were landed by both fighters throughout rounds two and three. Grayton landed some blows that served notice that this would not be an easy night for Cintron. Round three, at least, saw less of the two fighters getting tangled up when they threw power punches but Cintron’s straight right hand started to land late in the round.
Round four was a good one for Grayton as he dropped Cintron with a straight left hand to the jaw. Grayton was the fresher of the two fighters and took Cintron’s power punches better. After Cintron rose to his feet, he tried to show that he was OK by exchanging. Once again, Grayton had the quicker punches. That’s when they both moved forward to land a punch and both their heads crashed into each others. After referee Gary Rosato asked Cintron (who claimed he couldn’t continue, possibly due to dizziness) if he could continue, he walked Cintron over to the ringside doctor.
A few moments later, the fight was waved off. As a result the fight was forced to go to the scorecards. Judge Tony Lundy scored the fight 49-46 in favor of Cintron, while Adam Friscia and Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 37-37, a draw.
Booker wins odd unanimous decision over Aleem
Despite the odd unanimous decision by a wide margin, this was a good scrap between two young, hungry junior middleweights who clearly wanted to impress and did just that. Both Chordale Booker and Moshea Aleem are two fighters to watch.
Both fighters started circling each other but Booker, 6-0 (3), patiently waited to land sharp counters, including a thudding straight left hand that rocked Aleem, 4-1-1 (2) and forced his mouthpiece to come out. Aleem handled it well and was able to get out of the round.
Booker came out firing shots but Aleem’s dedication to body work with both hands forced Booker to move around the perimeter of the ring. Booker scored some hard shots, as he tried to counter the hard body work from Aleem.
In the third round, Aleem came out stalking and blasting Booker to the body. Halfway through the round, Booker started landing his own counter body shots, including a sick right hook to the body that stopped Aleem in his tracks. Aleem seemed to tire out a little as Booker had a strong round.
After the second half of the fight started, Booker seemed to be the more composed fighter with more wind in his lungs. He calmly moved around the ring and landed thudding counters to both the body and head. Aleem looked winded as the round came to an end.
Aleem came out firing and looking the stronger fighter in the fifth. Booker looked as if he spent himself in the last round and Aleem got back to pressuring Booker with a body attack.
More of the same happened in the final round with Aleem pressuring Booker into the ropes. His constant body attack made Booker circle the ring without doing much countering. Booker’s bright spot in the round came when a straight left knocked Aleem’s mouthpiece out. As the final bell rang, you got the sense these two could fight 10 times and all 10 fights would be similar.
Heavyweights: Steve Cunningham, 29-8-1 (13), took care of business in a stay busy fight with an eight-round unanimous decision over Felipe Romero, 19-12-1 (13). Cunningham looked sharp throughout the fight, connecting on power combinations and rocking Romero several times. Cunningham almost stopped Romero in the final round. The former champion looks ready to get back into fighting cruiserweights soon.
Junior lightweights: Chris Colbert, 6-0 (2), did his best Floyd Mayweather Jr. imitation against Wilfredo Garcia, 3-5-1 (2). Colbert even came to the ring wearing a sombrero, even though Garcia is Puerto Rican. Colbert has natural skills; quick feet, reflexes and fast hands. Most of the action came when Garcia would try to press the action and Colbert could counter. He was a little too concerned with not getting hit, as opposed to actually hitting Colbert. Interesting to see what happens when one steps up in class and fights someone who can cut the ring off and land something meaningful, especially since he got booed for his extended periods of inactivity when the scores where read.
Junior middleweights: Erik Spring, 9-1-2 (1) UD 6 Jeremiah Wiggins, 10-6-1 (5) – Spring is an entertaining southpaw who moves forward behind a jab and throws punches. If he had some power, the fight would have ended earlier, since he hit Wiggins with everything including the kitchen sink. Spring is someone to keep an eye on, as his competition gets tougher.
Welterweights: Darius Ervin, 4-1, won a majority decision over hometown favorite Kashon Hutchinson, 2-2 (1).
Junior welterweights: Jesus Perez, 2-0 (1) UD 4 Titos Matthew Gosalves, 0-1 – Exchanges were intense and both men hurt each other. Perez badly hurt Gosalves in the third round with a vicious right uppercut. Perez wasn’t able to finish him off but not due to a lack of effort. Gosalves was ready to rumble in his pro debut but came up short.
Featherweights: Matt Quirindongo, 1-0, UD 4 Weusi Johnson, 2-3, in Quirindongo’s pro debut, with lots of exchanges and crowd support in favor of the hometown fighter. Quirindongo dropped Johnson in the second round with a sharp left hook. Johnson was game but Quirindongo was sharper.