All-Star Boxing Shines with Sammy "Hurricane" Valentin and Orlando Cruz
By Hector Franco
In the televised main event Orlando Cruz (23-4-1) faced off against Romulo Koasicha (25-6) for the WBO NABO super featherweight title. Cruz won a unanimous ten round decision via scorecards of 99-88 twice and one 100-87 scorecard. Cruz was masterful in gaging the distance in the bout. His right hand was a thing of beauty as he landed right uppercuts and right hooks on Koasicha. Koasicha was able to close the distance on Cruz in the third round and get him into the corner. Cruz however, was able to land the cleaner more effective punches throughout the round. Cruz was always able to beat him to the punch. In the middle of the fifth round Cruz was able to land a straight left counter to drop Koasicha. Another knock down was scored with a minute left in the round with a combination by Cruz. It looked like a push down, however, punches from Cruz did connect. The fifth round was the most dominating round of the bout for Cruz. Cruz let Koasicha off of the hook in the sixth round. Koasicha had his best round of the bout as he corned Cruz and landed combinations while Cruz was on the ropes. Cruz went into cruise control for the next few rounds just picking his spots and potshotitng Koasicha.
In the final round Cruz scored another knockdown after landing a counter straight left once again and then following Koasicha to the ropes landing some body punches. It was a dominating performance by Cruz.
The real main event of the night came with local fighter Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin (6-0 with 5 knockouts) facing off against veteran Cosme Rivera (38-23-3). This was Valentin’s sixth professional bout while Rivera has over 60 professional bouts. Valentin stoped Rivera at 1:30 of the third round.The first round was a slow round as both men traded jabs. Valentin was coming forward pushing the initiative and making the fight. Valentin landed more power punches in the second round. His right hand was landing at will on Rivera. Valentin closed the show in the third round. Valentin had been working the body the whole night and in the third the body punching became too much for Rivera. Rivera went to the ropes and took a knee after a body shot and was counted out to end the bout. Valentin showed an arsenal of weapons on this night. Valentin displayed his jab in the bout along with power in both hands. Valentin showed veteran savvy by knowing to go to the body. Fans should look forward to seeing Valentin again as he is certainly a future star.
The next bout was the only women’s bout of the night. Former Andre Berto trainer Tony Morgan worked the corner of Christiana Campfort (4-1-1). Campfort was facing Chennose Casseus who making her pro debut. Campfort made quick work of Casseus. Campfort was able to get on the inside immediately and load up on body punches. CampfortCasseus wasn’t throwing punches back forcing the referee stopped the contest at the 1:48 mark of the first round.
Making his debut Mark “Rocky” Reyes faced off against Harrison Mendez who also was making his debut. Reyes is a hometown native of Tampa, FL and had the crowd behind him. Reyes made quick work of Reyes as he patiently awaited Mendez for an opening. When the opening was provided Reyes landed a left hook and swarmed on Mendez. Reyes stopped Mendez with a body shot with 1:24 remaining in the first round. Reyes made a great impression in his professional debut showing that he wasn’t afraid to go right after his opponent.
In the first fight of the evening we had heavyweight action as Puerto Rican Jose Medina made his professional debut against Richard “Medusa” White. This was White’s second professional bout. In the second round of the bout Medina scored a knockdown with a big overhand right on White. Medina took over the bout afterwards as he got White into the corner and unloaded a barrage of punches. White took a knee to stop from getting hit. The fight was stopped at 2:59 of the second round after it was deemed by the referee that White could not continue. This was the second time White was knocked out in his two professional bouts.
In the closing bout of the night we had bantamweight action. Santiago Arroyo (4-0 with 3 knockouts) faced against Luis Villegas (0-2). In what was the most exciting and competitive bout of the evening Santiago Arroyo knocked out Luis Villegas in the fourth round with a monster overhand right. The bout was stopped at the 2:14 mark of the fourth round.