After co-promoting (along with GH3 Promotions) the historic 200th episode of “SHOBOX: The New Generation,” last Friday, July 25, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions wishes to congratulate his two victorious fighters, Cecil McCalla and Tony Luis.
Welterweight McCalla (19-0, 6 KOs), of Randallstown, Maryland, won a dominating eight-round unanimous decision over Watsonville, California’s Oscar Godoy (13-3, 6 KOs), while Canada’s “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) handed Newark, New Jersey’s Wanzell “Venom” Ellison (11-1-1, 5 KOs) his first defeat via unanimous decision in a lightweight eight-rounder.
While many experts had predicted McCalla would be in tough against the capable Godoy, McCalla made it look easy and cruised to a wide unanimous decision with only one judge giving Godoy even a round. Scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73.
McCalla’s clever upper body movement and lead right hand backed up and befuddled Godoy, backing him to the ropes and slowing the Californian’s work rate to minimal levels.
Luis, of Cornwall, Ontario, was considered an underdog in his battle against formerly undefeated Ellison, but stuck to his game plan and worked the body to great effect. Ellison had a few moments in the middle rounds, but the determined Luis wrested back control and cruised to the victory by scores of 79-73, 77-75 and 78-74.
“Both of my fighters were given strong tests and both passed with flying colors,” said Greg Cohen. “Cecil’s performance was strong enough to solidify him as someone to watch in the welterweight division, which is something I’ve known for a long time. And Tony Luis came back from a questionable loss to show what he’s learned since then. He stuck to the strategy the team laid out for him and reignited his career with a clear win over a very talented opponent.”
Cohen says he’s already back at work, finding the next step for McCalla and Luis.
“They’ll both be back in high-profile fights very soon. I’m very proud to be working with both of these fighters and they deserve high praise for coming through when tested.”