In front of over 800 people Saturday night at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), Boston Boxing Promotions brought Professional Boxing back to Cape Cod for the first time in nearly a decade, and it was an action packed evening of professional fights.
In the main event of the evening, Hyannis’ Jesse Barboza (10-1-1, 6 KO’s) made quick work of Pennsylvania’s Jesse Oltmanns (10-6, 7 KO’s) with a first round KO to win the Northeast Heavyweight Championship. A left hook early in round 1 staggered Oltmanns into the ropes. A follow up barrage of body punches and another big left hook to the head put Oltmanns down. Referee Jackie Morell immediately called a halt to the fight and the official time of the KO was 1:11 of round 1.
Pembroke, Massachusetts’ Vinnie Carita (10-1-1, 9 KO’s) did two things he has never done before in earning an eight-round unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Jose Humberto Corral (18-19, 12 KO’s) – he went eight rounds and also won a fight on the scorecards as all nine of his previous win were by KO. Official scores were 79-73 (twice) and 78-74 in favor of Carita.
Harwich’s Paul Gonsalves (8-7-1, 4 KO’s) scored a first round TKO over Mexico’s Rafael Valenzuela (8-6, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight bout. Gonsalves dropped Valenzuela with a left hand early in the fight, and while Valenzuela beat the referee’s 10-count, the official deemed him unfit to continue as he stumbled to his feet. Official time of the TKO was 1:22 of round 1.
In a middleweight bout, Brockton’s Lionel Young (1-2, 1 KO) picked up his first professional boxing win over New Jersey’s Tolan Tascoe (1-7-1) via third round TKO. Young, a former regional mixed martial arts champion, showed great improvements in his pure boxing ability.
In the show opener, the fight of night and KO of the night took place. New Jersey’s Malik Jackson (2-6-4, 1 KO) and Connecticut’s Oscar Diaz (0-8) exchanged blows on even terms for the first two rounds much to the crowds delight. Then in round 3, Jackson blasted Diaz who fell backwards through the ropes and onto the arena floor. The fight was stopped then and there. Thankfully, Diaz was okay and even managed to come back into the ring for the official announcement of the TKO in a display of good sportsmanship.
The event was promoted by Boston Boxing Promotions. Boston Boxing Promotions is dedicated to the resurgence of professional boxing at the regional level, particularly in the New England area. To learn more about the promotion, you can follow them on Twitter @BostonProBoxing, join the promotion’s official Facebook page “Boston Boxing Promotions,” and visit the promotion’s websitewww.BostonBoxingPromotions.com .