HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 28 – You could say it was lucky number seven for hot junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor Saturday night at The Roxy in Boston, Massachusetts, but when you win by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three judges’ cards, there’s no luck involved. The victory, O’Connor’s seventh in seven pro fights, was his first six round test against 31 fight veteran Sebastien Hamel, and the Framingham, Massachusetts native passed with flying colors in front of scores of local fans who cheered on the 2008 US Olympic team alternate..
“This was another big win for Danny, and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, O’Connor’s promoter. “He was in tough and he delivered when the bell rang. We’ve got big plans for Danny, and the rest of the 140-pound division had better get ready for him.”
Mike Arnaoutis Defeats Doel Carrasquillo
NORTH BERGEN, NJ – “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis made his return to the ring a victorious one with a ten-round unanimous decision over the highly-motivated Doel Carrasquillo in front of a capacity crowd at North Bergen, NJ’s Schuetzen Park. Scores were 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94. Arnaoutis of Atlantic City, NJ by way of Sparta, Greece, made good use of his platform in Pound 4 Pound Promotions’ “Summer Rumble” main event to put on a fan-friendly rumble with the tough Puerto Rican based out of Lancaster, PA.
Arnaoutis, 141 1/2, came out boxing at a fast pace, keeping the aggressive Carrasquillo at bay with southpaw lefts and a consistent right jab. Carrasquillo, 143 1/2, did not come to lay down in his highest profile bout to date, however.
Carrasquillo made a real fight of it in the middle rounds by pressing the action along the ropes and taking advantage of his greater size. He was aided when a headbutt opened a small cut under his right eye and accelerated the swelling in the region. Both men took turns ripping into each other with power punches but Arnaoutis’ greater workrate was the primary difference during those competitive stanzas.
Arnaoutis was in complete command by the eighth round, landing four punches to one and using his boxing skills to avoid the incoming flack.
“Tonight wasn’t my best performance but I needed the work,” says Arnaoutis, 22-3-2 (10 KO). “I learned a lot from this fight and was happy to go a few rounds. I’m happy I got to show the people that I can take a good punch. I went into the last fight with Ortiz without warming up and it was a big mistake.”
Carrasquillo now stands at 12-12-1 (10 KO).
“I want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting me still,” says Arnaoutis. “The Greek flags and people wearing my t-shirts brought joy to my heart. I am still the champion of Greece and soon I will be champion of the world.”
Undefeated Gabor Veto scores first round TKO
Undefeated lightweight Gabor Veto (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a brilliant first round TKO over hometown journeyman Anton Glofak (2-79-8) on Saturday night at the City Hall in Komarno, Slovakia.
The 20-year-old Veto, a former member of Hungarian amateur national team, had to show his excellent skills against the experienced journeyman Anton Glofak. The 38-year-old Slovakian has had 90 fights and he’s fought world class fighters such as the former IBF-World Title Challenger Cyrill Thomas, who he went the distance against, and WBO-World Title Challenger Zoltan Kalocsai.
Veto of Varpalota, showed his superiority and potential over an outclassed Glofak already in the opening round. Veto dropped Glofak with a left hook to the head at the beginning of round one. Glofak stood up on shaky legs and the Optimum Sports Agency’s Hungarian prospect immediately went on the attack, flooring Glofak again and the bout was stopped by referee Jan Sedlak. Time was 1:23.
“I think tune-up fights against such an experienced journeymen as Anton Glofak are important to build up a career and to gain more ring-experience“, said Veto. With the victory Veto now looks towards a match with Mohesen Moradian (2-1) for the WBC Youth Lightweight Title Eliminator at the Castle of Varpalota in Hungary on July 25th, 2009