Jose Antonio Rivera Is Back With A Gleaming Victory Over Rival Opponent Luis Maysonet
By Daniel Miltz, Doghouse Boxing (May 24, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Jose Antonio Rivera
WORCESTER, MA. - This past Friday, Worcester’s own Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6, 24 KO's) started slow in his first bout back after a hiatus of 33 months; but after round three, it seemed like Rivera started putting more pressure on Hartford's Luis Maysonet (32-12, 25 KO’s) connecting with more precise jabs and counters along with compounded hooks and combos with a sprinkling of occasional uppercuts. The many in attendance of about 2,300 were roaring loudly for their hometown champion during the middle rounds and continued to the end of the bout.  

On the contrary, Maysonet started showing signs of a resurgence late during round six, when he connected with a shot causing Rivera to get off balance. His revival continued with a spirited round seven, making many to believe this could be a come from-behind victory.  Rivera got it together rather fast and finished off Maysonet with a display of confidence and respectability.  He was awarded with a unanimous eight-round decision.  All three of the official judges surrendered scores of 79-73 for Rivera, who now improves to the magical number of 40 wins. Many at press row scored it 79-73 and 78-74 for Rivera.  

Afterwards, Miltz Boxing News caught up with Jose and asked him to describe his assessment of his winning performance: “I think it was a fair performance, it was good.  I haven’t fought in over 33 months. To come here and perform in this manner, I did myself proud.  I was able to dictate the rounds, shake the rust off the cobwebs; but mostly, I definitely was satisfied with it, not thrilled; but pleased. I would give myself a {C+} performance.  Maysonet on the other hand said: “It was a closer fight. I won more rounds than that.”  

In other bouts of the evening, Heavyweight Alexis Santos of Lawrence, Massachusetts (4-0, 3 KO’s) looked very strong with an impressive victory over Jeremiah Witherspoon of Altoona, Pennsylvania (2-1, 1 KO) at 2:39 of round one.

  Leominster Massachusetts Joe Siciliano (5-4, 3), using all of his 288 pounds ran over his opponent, 249-pound Carossee Auponte of Philadelphia (0-4) causing the referee to stop the bout at 1:17 of round one. - “It wasn’t the way I liked to fight, but I showed him my power tonight; I’ll be back,” remarked Siciliano.

  Agustine Mauras (1-0, 1 KO) got a professional debut win over Fred Mandrachia (0-2) to score a TKO at 1:38 of round one. Mandrachia got knockdown twice. Veteran referee, Mike Ryan stopped the contest.

  Jose “Flacko” Velazquez (2-7-1, 1 KO) battled to a unanimous four-round decision over Edwin Rosado (1-7, 1 KO) by the scores of  39-37, 40-35, 40-36.  

Two Cruiserweight Warriors, Scott Domenech of Worcester, Massachusetts (1-0) and Chuck Shearns of Auburn, Massachusetts (2-1, 1 KO) came out blasting with all their guns blazing giving Domenech a unanimous four-round decision. Reporters at press row deemed this bout the 'Best Fight of the Night.'  

In a "blood bath" fight, Keith Bianchini (1-0) of Worcester, Massachusetts took it to the the face of Aneuedy Rodriguez (pro debut) in a third round TKO victory. Rodriguez's nose and mouth was gushing blood (like Niagra Falls) all over the ring and spraying the officials at ringside. No words announced if Rodriguez's nose was broken. The official stoppage was at 2:50.

  The evening's entertainment was presented by "Paxton Promotions" at the beautifully antiquated Worcester Palladium.

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