PAST RESULTS |
From The Grand Casino, Hinckley
Photos and Report By Jesse Kelley
January 26th, 2008
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Marcus Oliveria (17-0, 12 KO's) of Kansas won an 8 round majority decision
over Rayco Saunders (16-11-2, 7 KO's) of Pennsylvania in the main event
Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
Both fighters showed respect for the other in the early rounds which didn't
go over well with the crowd. Oliveria used his strength to out-muscle
and out-hustle Saunders to secure the early rounds of the fight. Saunders
had success avoiding most of Oliveria's power shots but was not busy enough
to win the rounds.
Oliveria continued to press forward and attempt to take Saunders head
off in the fifth and sixth with mostly single punches. Saunders now began
to fire back with hard combinations that seemed to confuse Oliveria and
send him back pedaling.
The final two rounds saw the slow early pace reverse as both fighters
traded powershots. Saunders looked to be the fresher fighter but Oliveria
hung on as both fighters finished the fight throwing punches.
Scores read 78-75, 78-76 and 76-76 giving Oliveria the majority win. Oliveria
smiled as part of the crowd booed the decision and Saunders shook his
head in disbelief.
MN's Caleb Truax (10-0, 7 KO's) scored a fifth round TKO over Johnny Hayes
(6-4-1, 4 KO's) of New Jersey in the co-feature.
Action was slow until a huge right hand to the head by Truax sent Hayes
falling to the floor and halfway through the bottom ropes in round two.
The 35 year old Hayes surprised most of the crowd with his toughness as
he made it to his feet. Truax must have sensed that Hayes had quickly
recovered as he boxed for the rest of the round rather then look for the
finish. Hayes did a good job of tying Truax up and was firing back by
the end of the round.
Hayes seemed like a strong, durable opponent but Truax looked sharp as
he carefully timed hard combinations to the head and body. Hayes had his
moments but his best was always met with Truax firing back with bigger
punches. Hayes' only answer was to grab and hold when the fighters were
within punching distance by the fourth round.
Hayes began to fade in round five as he clinched Truax more and more.
Truax's frustration with the holding was short lived though as he cornered
Hayes and fired a barrage of head punches that had Hayes hurt later in
the round. Referee Gary Miezwa stepped in to stop the fight at 1:21 of
the fifth round.
Featherweight Wilton "Pretty Warrior" Hilario (10-0-1, 8 KO's)
of Saint Louis Park, MN stopped durable Baltimore native Darrell Martin
(4-7, 1 KO) following the end of the fifth round of an exciting bout.
The excitement started early as Martin came out of his corner throwing
wild shots as Hilario returned the favor.
Although the action was intense, Hilario always seemed to be a step ahead
of Martin in the exchanges throughout the bout, displaying a more polished
arsenal of punches and higher work rate.
Hilario's aggression began to take it's tole on Martin by the fourth round.
Hilario kept his foot on the gas, landing hard head and body shots as
Martin started to cover up and back pedal. Martin, exhausted by the fifth,
was able bob and weave his way out of serious danger but couldn't find
the strength to put any offense together. Referee Mark Nelson waived the
fight off between the 5th and 6th rounds with no protest from Martin's
super bantamweights Willshaun Boxley (4-0, 2 KO's of Coon Rapids, MN)
and Torrance Daniels (12-8, 5 KO's of Colorado Springs, CO) stole the
show in a bout reminiscent of a high speed chess match.
Both fighters had their moments in the opening rounds. Boxley was the
aggressor, attacking with hard punches while Daniels looked to counter
However, by the third round, Boxley changed things up on Daniels by becoming
the counter puncher while still mixing in power shots.
Both Boxley and Daniels looked a bit winded going into the fifth round
due to the fast pace each set in the prior rounds. Boxley was able to
keep up the pace though as Daniel's punch output began to decline.
Boxley was digging in hard punches to the body in round six. Daniels fired
back but Boxley calmly pressed forward and stole any momentum there was
left to take.
At the end of 6 rounds, judges scores read 59-55, 59-55, 58-56
Dion Savage (4-0, 3KO's) of Flint, MI brutally stopped Jeffrey Osborne
Jr. (8-12, 4 KO's) of Davenport, IA at 2:31 of the fourth and final round
in the nights opener. .
Like any Jeffrey Osborne bout, this one didn't lack excitement. From the
opening bell, both men went toe to toe throwing power punches. Savage
probably held the edge going into the final round but Osborne refused
to give in and marched forward as both fighters were cut and bloodied.
Osborne landed a huge right hand to the temple, cracking Savage's head
sideways near the end of the final round. Savage took it well, shook his
head and landed a left-right to the head in return. Both fighters may
have been shaken and clinched and held for a few moments. Savage shoved
Osborne off of him and nailed him with a huge left-right to the head just
as referee Gary Miezwa was stepping in to break them. Osborne dropped
his hands to his waist and started walking away shaking his head as if
to say he wasn't hurt and Savage landed a brutal left-right-left to the
head that sent Osborne crashing to the floor hard where the bout was immediately
stopped. Osborne was actually about to get to his feet seconds later with
clearing eyes but then laid back down when the doctor asked him to!