PHOTOS: Warriors Boxing presents 'Windy City Fight Night'
By Steven B. Weinberg
*Click on each individual photo to initiate slide show. All photos from Oct 1, '16 event, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois: Steven B. Weinberg/FrontProofMedia.com
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - On October 1st, Warriors Boxing presented six action packed fights in Chicago, Illinois at the UIC Pavilion in its Windy City Fight Night Promotion, featuring local up and coming fighters.
First up was a 4 round women’s lightweight bout featuring Jessica McCaskill and Alexandria Williams. McCaskill hales from Chicago by way of St. Louis, and Alexandria Williams of Elmont, New York, was making her professional debut. McCaskill came out strong and knocked down Williams just as the bell sounded at the end of the first round. Williams took the standing eight count, and then the much needed rest between rounds. Unfortunately, the rest wasn’t enough as Williams narrowly avoided another knockdown in the second, being saved only by the ropes. In the third, McCaskill was able to ruin Williams’ debut by unleashing a series of head shots before the referee stepped in, ruling the contest a TKO. McCaskill improved to 2-1 (2 KOs) and Williams dropped to 0-1.
In a 4 round featherweight bout, Chicago’s Givovanny Cabrera Mioletti (2-1, 1 KO) faced Gavino Guaman (5-0, 0 KOs) of River Falls, Wisconsin. Mioletti threw a lot of power shots to set up the bum rush, but Guaman was able to successfully use his jab to keep Mioletti on the outside. When Mioletti was able to get inside, Guaman’s quick 1-2-3 combinations to the head and body shots, moved Mioletti back and reestablished the distance. Guaman won by unanimous decision.
The night’s most exciting fight was between bantamweights Joshua Greer from Chicago (10-1-1, 3 KOs) and Juan Gabriel Medina from the Dominican Republican (10-1, 9 KOs). In the first round, each fighter taunted the other to throw his hardest shot, testing the other’s power. Despite Medina’s 9 KOs, Greer was able to best Medina, knocking Medina down late in the round. Greer scored another knockdown in the opening minute of the second round, but Medina was able to recover and throw a number of power shots without much effect. The pair continued to exchange power shots in an even third round and Greer took over and dominated in the fourth. Medina showed some life in the fifth, aggressively attempting to pursue Greer, but to no avail. In the sixth round, Greer, clearly ahead on the scorecards, got on his bicycle, forcing Medina to chase. A frustrated Medina stopped in the middle of the ring, calling out Greer to face him. Greer did not take the bait, and won by unanimous decision.
Next, Chicago’s Yousif Saleh made his professional debut at super featherweight, facing Puerto Rico’s Hector Fernandez (2-4, 1 KO). Saleh, clearly dealing with first time jitters, won by unanimous decision and earned a record of 1-0. It was a messy back and forth bout, that was much closer than the score cards indicated.
Josh Hernandez (4-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago, dominated early and won a second round KO of Tijuana’s Juan M. Saldana (2-4) in a super featherweight bout scheduled for 4 rounds. Hernandez extended his record to an impressive 4 KOs. Hernandez, whose father was a professional fighter as well, appears to be one of the most promising young fighters in Chicago, and will need to improve the level of his competition soon.
The night’s main event was Achour Esho, of Palatine, Illinois (12-0, 7 KOs), facing Ecuador’s Eduardo Flores (24-23-3, 15 KOs) in a 6 round super welterweight attraction. Esho established control early, working Flores’ body in rounds one and two and was able to successfully block any punch Flores threw. In the fourth, Flores attempted to gain control with aggressive offense, but Esho was able to slow the attack by continuing to work the body. Esho’s body work finally paid off in the fifth, hurting Flores with a series of blows to head when Flores dropped his hands. Flores was able to make it out of the round, however, showing the durability that his record reflects. The sixth round was all Esho as he landed body and head shots at will. Esho won by unanimous decision.
Altogether, it was a great night of boxing. Showcase events like this often feature one-sided fights designed to make the hometown fighters look good, but Warriors Boxing did a great job of making all the fights reasonable competitive, which kept the crowd energized. It was a pleasure to see a couple of new faces making their professional debuts, and Chicago will be excited to watch all their young fighters improve and try to establish themselves on a larger level.
(Feature photo: Steven B. Weinberg/FrontProofMedia.com)