|Broadway Boxing Results: Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen Impresses in Debut - Photos & Report
By Media Report (Aug 3, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photos © DiBella Entertainment / Ed Diller)
BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS
OOSTHUIZEN IMPRESSES IN NY DEBUT
MONAGHAN ANNIHILATES ARMENTA
New York, NY -
Earlier tonight before a near capacity crowd at New York City's famed
Roseland Ballroom, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) presented the latest
installment of its Broadway Boxing series, with an action-packed
eight bout card. Headlining the card was DBE's red-hot super
middleweight contender Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen, of South Africa,
as he looked to defend his IBO Super Middleweight Championship for the
fifth time taking on Florida's Rowland Bryant. The card was broadcast
live on the FIGHT NOW TV network, and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group,
Newlio.com and Everlast.
On paper, the matchup
between the two world-rated super middleweight contenders (Oosthuizen
IBF #4, WBC #8, WBA #13 and Bryant IBF #12) was one of the strongest
main event matchups in the history of Broadway Boxing.
Oosthuizen came out
measuring his shorter opponent and working behind a stiff jab. Bryant,
who was coming off a third round TKO over iron-chinned Librado Andrade,
looked to set up his big right hand from the outside.
In the second round, Oosthuizen began landing hard shots to the body, but Bryant was able to land a few big looping shots.
As the rounds progressed,
Oosthuizen continued to be the much busier of the two, mixing it up and
landing hard shots to both the body and head. Bryant was able to land a
few hard shots of his own, but Oosthuizen showed a granite chin, taking
the shots in stride.
Oosthuizen's jab began to take over in the later rounds, as he was able to score at will. In the 12th and final round, Oosthuizen opened a nasty cut over Bryant's right eye.In the end, Oosthuizen
defended his IBO belt for a fifth time, scoring a well-deserved 12-round
unanimous decision, winning by scores of 118-110, 117-112, 117-112.
After the bout Oosthuizen commented on his victory.
"He was a tough guy, who
took some really big shots," said the 24-year-old South African. "I
know there are still things that I need to improve on and I will go back
to the drawing board with my team after this. I am happy that I had
the opportunity to perform here in New York, and whatever my team
decides is next for me, I will be ready."
IRISH SEANIE MONAGHAN BLOWS AWAY ARMENTA
Long Island's, "Irish"
Seanie Monaghan continued to show that he is becoming a serious prospect
in the light heavyweight division, with a devastating third-round TKO
over George Armenta.
Monaghan came out in the
first, showing a new dimension to his arsenal, working behind his jab
and showing very good head movement.
The action picked up in the 2nd round and just as the bell was sounding to end the round Monaghan landed a short right hand that sent Armenta to the canvas.
Monaghan came out much more
aggressive in the third, stalking his opponent and landing hard shots.
A picture perfect right hand from Monaghan sent Armenta to the canvas
again, this time though it was evident that Armenta was in very bad
shape. Armenta was able to beat the count, but was clearly in no
condition to continue, forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest
at 2:25 of the third round.
Monaghan, who improved to 15-0, 10KO's, had this to say about his performance.
"My trainer Joe (Higgins)
was telling me to throw the right hand straight as he could see he was
open for that," said Monaghan. "I followed the instructions and was
able to end the show in impressive fashion. I get my confidence from my
conditioning. I put everything I have into my training. I am very
happy with my performance tonight and looking forward to whatever Lou
(DiBella) has in store for me next."
HARDY WINS PRO-DEBUT
In the opening televised
bout of the night on FIGHT NOW TV, female junior featherweights Heather
Hardy and Mikayla Nebel wasted little time in getting things going, as
the two combatants came out firing.
Midway through the round
Nebel landed a short right hand that seemed to catch Hardy off balance,
sending her to the canvas. Hardy stormed back though and the two
fighters ended the round exchanging heavy leather.
The action continued throughout with Hardy as the aggressor, but Nebel countering effectively from the outside.
The fourth and final round
saw both fighters leave it all on the line, exchanging heavy blows and
bringing the packed house to a standing ovation.
In the end all three judges
scored the bout 38-37 for the pro-debuting Hardy. Good start to her
professional career for the Brooklyn-native Hardy.
MELSON GETS BACK INTO THE WIN COLUMN
In a battle of junior
middleweights, Boyd "The Rainmaker" Nelson got back to his winning ways
with a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision over Khalik Memminger.
Nelson, who was coming off
his first professional defeat in an absolute war against fellow
undefeated prospect Delen Parsley back in March of this year, was the
more aggressive of the two, stalking his opponent throughout and picking
his shots wisely.
In the 6th and
final round sensing he was way behind, Memminger picked up the intensity
and landed a looping right hand that caught Melson flush, staggering
him. Memminger jumped all over Melson looking to close the show, but
Melson showed good ring generalship and was able to survive the round.
In the end, Melson was awarded a unanimous decision, winning by scores
of 59-55 across the board. With the win, Melson improves his record to
Jonathan Cepeda TKO 1 Orphius White
Floriano Pagliara D6 Willie Villanueva
Zach Ochoa KO1 Cody Osbourne
Allan Benitez W6 Osnel Charles
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