Friday night, April 10th at The sold out Memorial Hall in Melrose, Ma, Danny O’Connor (25-2 9KOs) continued his climb to an inevitable championship fight, with a devastating 1st round KO of tough veteran Michael Clark. O’Connor the man credited with reviving the boxing scene in Boston ended the fight just 1.15 into the 1st round, when he caught Clark with a perfectly timed right hook that that put him down for the count. As soon as the punch landed and Clark hit the floor, it was apparent to everyone in attendance that Clark would be unable to get up.
What began with the sold out crowd on there feet for the bagpipe led ring walk ended with the raucous crowd cheering wildly as O’Connor jumped onto the ropes and Clark laid on the canvas. With the win O’Connor moves one step closer to a major fight in the welterweight division.
In the Co feature Undefeated Jr. Lightweight Logan McGuinness of Ontario Canada, fighting for the 1st time in his new adopted home of Boston, made quite the impression on his new legion of fans with a 1st round KO of Carlos Fulgencio. Logan completely dominated Fulgencio with a relentless attack working both the body and head. Logan dropped Fulgencio 3 times with the last coming from a vicious body shot that kept Fulgencio down for the 10 count. With the win Logan improved to 22 wins with no losses and has put himself into the Jr Lightweight championship picture.
In the other Co feature fan favorite Mark DeLuca (13-0 10KO’s) continued his unbeaten ways with a 6th round KO win over the game Larry Smith. DeLuca dominated the one sided affair ending the fight in the 6th round with a huge overhand right after trapping Smith in the corner. DeLuca dropped Smith 3 times in the fight as he landed big blows to both the head and body.
In other action, Local Stoneham product Greg Vendetti improved to (6-2-1) with a 4th round KO over Angel Valdez. In an entertaining fight that had the sold out crowd on their feet, Vendetti proved just to strong for Valdez as he continued to bulldoze his way through. Vendetti looking a lot like a throw back fighter, figures to be a tough fight for anyone in the Middleweight division.
Aleksandra Lopes (13-3-1) beat Lucretia Meacham by a unanimous decision. After being dropped for the 1st time in her career by an overhand right, Aleksandra was able to climb off the canvas and utterly dominate the fight the rest of the way. Aleksandra picked up her 13th win, while proving her mettle.
2 Time Ma. Golden Glove Champion Timmy Ramos made a successful pro debut beating Gilvan Santos, who was also making his pro debut. In a fight that saw a lot of action, Ramos showed why his future is bright, as he dispatched of a tiring Santo’s with a 2nd round KO. Ramos used a full array of shots mixed with good ring movement to pick up his pro debut win in front of large contingent of his fans.
Marcos Forestal (2-0 2KO’s) of Los Angeles CA, absolutely destroyed an overmatched Brandon Garvin of Philadelphia, knocking him out in the 1st round.
Rounding out the card was Matt Doherty of Salem MA, who won his pro debut with a KO win over Moses Rivera of Boston.
One of the highlights of the night was once again the check presentation of the $5000 donation made by Murphy’s Boxing and the Claddagh Fund on behalf of The Mass Fallen Heroes association.