A Short Card in Long Island: Issouf Kinda Decisions Mike Arnaoutis
By Jason Gonzalez at ringside (Oct 17, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Long Island - Nowadays it’s
a rarity to find a promoter in the game of boxing that keeps his word. But
after the recent success of club shows at the Paramount Theater in Huntington,
Long Island, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing vowed to bring quality boxing back to
Long Island, making it the hotbed it once was.
Obviously, DeGuardia was referring to the days of
the Commack Arena. Granted, those days may well be behind us but still, there
is nothing wrong with replicating the past.
Saturday night's action brought us to the NYCB (New
York Community Bank) Theater in Westbury, just minutes away from the
prestigious campus of Old Westbury University.
In the main event of the evening, 140-pounder
Issouf Kinda of the Bronx by way of Africa, accomplished three noteworthy things.
Kinda would improve to 15-0 (5), defended his New York State title and shut out
“Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis over the course of 10 rounds on all three of the judges’
“I am feeling good,” said the 24-year-old Kinda. I
didn't want it to go to a decision. I was afraid. I was really surprised by the
As ring announcer David Diamante recited the unanimous
scores of 100 to 90, clearly those digits echoed loudly throughout the tiny yet
nice venue - but still not as loud as they did in Arnaoutis' corner.
“I don't know what happened,” said Arnaoutis, who
now drops to 24-8-2 (11), with the loss. “I blocked a lot of the punches. I
feel bad; I am just upset with myself.”
Kinda easily outworked Arnaoutis by sticking and
moving. Kinda kept the jab in Arnaoutis' face and after every fifth jab, Kinda
would shoot the right hand. Arnaoutis was a sitting target for it.
“There is still a lot of work for me to do,” said
a humbled Kinda. “I am going back to the gym and work hard. I must defend my
Arnaoutis, 139 pounds, now residing in Astoria,
Queens, was once a championship contender. Back in 2006, he fell short against
the Colombian Ricardo Torres. Six years and 15 fights later, Arnaoutis sports a
losing record of 7-8. Now at 33 years old, one wonders if retirement is an
“I won't retire,” Arnaoutis would proudly say. “I
will go back to the gym. I will go back to the drawing board. I will go back to
the beginning. I will need a comeback as soon as possible. I just don't know
about tonight. 100-90? I just don't know.”
Arnaoutis has gone from championship contender to
gatekeeper and now to club fighter. That should be more than enough of a reason
for Arnaoutis to consider a second career.
So much for Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin
being tested. The welterweight improved his winning streak to nine in a row
after making quick and easy work of Carl “The Assassin” McNickles of Chicago,
“He wasn't as strong as he appeared to be,” said
Seldin, 9-0 (7). “Only once was he able to push me back on the inside. I was
ready to work; my work rate overpowered him.”
Seldin, 143, of Shirley, Long Island, stopped
McNickles, 143, now 8-4 (6), in the second round at the 2:48 mark after
flooring his opponent twice.
“He wasn't protecting his body well, so I stepped it
up and started attacking it,” said Seldin. “I hurt him; you could see that he
was on wobbly legs. The left hook dropped him the first time and the overhand
right dropped him the second time.”
Seldin earned his seventh knockout after referee
Tony Chiarantano waved off the fight after a flurry thrown by Seldin connected.
It knocked out McNickles’ mouthpiece and left him lying flat on his face on the
“The fight should have been stopped after the
first knockdown,” said Seldin. “It was just a matter of time. He had no legs
but what are you going to do; you know?”
Seldin is eager and hopes his promoter puts him on
the November 17 card at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.
Huntington native Alan Gotay added the second
victory of his career via four-round unanimous decision over Alberto Manukyan of
West New York, New Jersey. The ringside judges’ scores read 39-36 (twice) and
Both fighters gave such an excellent effort that
they resembled season vets as opposed to being just two fighters who were both fighting
in their second professional fights.
Gotay, 2-0 (1), floored the southpaw Manukyan in the second
stanza with a straight right hand to the chin.
Unfortunately for Manukyan, he now falls to 0-2.
In the bout, Gotay suffered a laceration on the
side of his left eye but just exactly how the cut caused has yet to be established.
One guess is a headbutt, often happening whenever a conventional fighter faces
Gotay was unavailable for comments as a result of
leaving to the hospital for stitches.
In the opening bout of the evening, junior
welterweight Bayan Jargal, 137.5, of Arlington, Virginia earned a six-round
majority decision over journeyman Luis Rodriguez, 140, of the “Boogie Down” Bronx,
by scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 57-57.
Early on, Jargal, did an excellent job cutting the
ring off on the much slower, lesser skilled Rodriguez. For much of the contest,
Jargal dictated the tempo, making Rodriguez look like the 6-6-1 (1) fighter he
Jargal would hurt Rodriguez multiple times
throughout the contest. To Rodriguez's credit, he did have his moment in the
final round when he hurt Jargal with what appeared to be a left hook to the
chin. With the victory, Jargal improves to 16-3-3 (10).
Jay Gon's Ringside
- It was a
pleasure sitting next to Diamante and talking about basketball. The dreadlocked
man with the golden voice is convinced the Brooklyn Nets will have a much
better season than the Knicks. It’s possible that he may have a bias.
welterweight champion Luis Collazo of Williamsburg, Brooklyn was in attendance.
Collazo will be fighting next week at the Barclays center. His fight will be
televised by Showtime Extreme.
middleweight contender and 2011's “Fight of the Year” participant Delvin
Rodriguez was in attendance as well. Rodriguez told Maxboxing that he wants to
face the winner of the Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout fight, which takes place on
December 1 at Madison Square Garden. Rodriguez also mentioned that he welcomes
a rematch with Trout at anytime.
- If you
saw DeGuardia, you would swear he was never in a life-threatening auto accident
just mere months ago. He looks great but, most importantly, is doing great.
- The NYCB
Theater isn't appropriate for boxing. Let's hope there aren't any more fights
being held there in the future.
- What Raul
Ibanez is doing at the age of 40 is just crazy.
Beltran is sick!
- Alex “A-Rod”
Rodriguez could very well be a shot player.
- I am
really looking forward to seeing “Argo” and “Seven Psychopaths” in the upcoming
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