A Short Card in Long Island: Issouf Kinda Decisions Mike Arnaoutis

A Short Card in Long Island: Issouf Kinda Decisions Mike Arnaoutis
By Jason Gonzalez at ringside (Oct 17, 2012) Doghouse Boxing

Issouf Kinda
Westbury, 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’ scorecards. 

“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 judges.”

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 title.”

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 option.

“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, Illinois.

“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 canvas.

“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 38-37. 

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 a southpaw.

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 is. 

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 Tidbits

-  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.

-  Former 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.

-  Junior 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.

-  Carlos 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 week.

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