Gamalier Rodriguez & Ronald Cruz Win at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA!
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Gamalier Rodriguez and Ronald Cruz Win at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 11, 2013)

Gamalier “Gammy” Rodriguez
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The Latino’s brought out a good crowd Saturday night at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, promoted by Peltz Boxing, Top Rank and BAM Boxing.

Gamalier “Gammy” Rodriguez, 22-2-3 (15), of Bayamon, PR, defended his NABO Featherweight title defeating game Jorge Pazos, 19-6-1 (13), of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, MEX, over 10 rounds. It was the 14 th straight win for Rodriguez.

In a fight he dominated until the 8 th when Pazos started giving back some low blows and forearms of his own. Referee Shawn Clark gave one 5 min rest for Pazos who like this writer was very frustrated with all the “border line body shots” from Rodriguez. In the 9 th round he spun behind Pazos and delivered 2 blows to the face with just a warning from Clark. In the 10 th and final round Rodriguez was on his motor bike until Pazos gave him a taste of his own medicine “south of the border”.

All officials Joe Pasquale, 98-92, Robin Taylor and Dana DePaolo 99-91 scored it for Rodriguez. DHB had it 99-91 but could see it 98-92 with Pazo coming on late.

Former WBC Super bantam, WBC Featherweight, WBA World Super Featherweight great Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, 44-3-1 (42), of LasMonjas, PR, was at ringside being very gracious to his many fans during the show who approached him including this writer.

The winning return of Bethlehem’s local hero Ronald Cruz, 18-2 (11), stopping Rodolfo Armenta, 12-11-1 (9), of Rico, AZ, in 2:40 of the 2 nd round brought many cheers from the crowd. Armenta was better than his record shows but couldn’t handle the body shots by Cruz. Armenta was in the corner on the receiving end when Cruz suddenly turned southpaw and landed a straight left to the jaw and down went Armenta. Gary Rosato counted him out. “Body shots did what we planned. No more cute stuff,” said Cruz.

Another local Jerome Rodriguez, 5-0-1, (2), gave another outstanding performance coming within seconds of giving Ariel Duran, 7-6-1 (4), of Queens, NY, his first stoppage in this 6 round junior welterweight match. The southpaw turned it up in the 2 nd round and never looked back.

Rodriguez had Duran out on his feet in the 2 nd round. In the 4 th he landed 4 straight left hands to the head of Duran prior to the bell. In the 6 th a left uppercut by Rodriguez rocked the head back of Duran once again having him out on his feet. A clash of heads earlier in the round had Rodriguez cut outside the left eye brow. “I took my time and kept my composure. I could have easily gone 8 rounds tonight,” said Rodriguez. Pasquale had it 60-54 as did DHB while Dewey LaRosa and DePaolo had it 59-55 for Rodriguez. World traveling referee Steve “double SS” did his usual top job.

PR Olympian Felix Verdejo, 7-0 (5), of San Juan, pitched a shutout over 6 rounds in the lightweight division over game southpaw Guillermo Delgadillo, 4-5-1 (0), of Walla Walla, WA, who never stopped coming forward. Pasquale, Taylor and DePaolo all had it 60-54 as did DHB. Smoger was the referee.

Former GG 2011 champions Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 9-0 (8), of Philadelphia and Arturo Trujillo, 2-0 (1), of Easton remained unbeaten in a pair of 4’s. Hart came out looking to end it early against the only opponent having gone the distance with him in late substitute (making it a light heavyweight match) Steven Tyner, 3-12-2 (2), of Akron, OH,

Hart stopping him at 1:22 of the 1 st after scoring 3 knockdowns forcing referee Smoger to wave it off. Hart is on a mission and looks better with each outing. He has “future champion” written all over him. Fred Jenkins and “Cyclone” Hart worked the corner.

Trujillo is a tall southpaw for a welterweight who was looking for another early stoppage in the 2 nd round landing a pair of left uppercuts scoring a knockdown. In the 3 rd tough Ukranian opponent Yurii Polischuk, 1-1 (1), of Alexandria, VA, used a good defense and landed enough to keep Trujillo from continuing his offensive barrage.

Seems the Polischuk camp didn’t know about the past success of Trujillo. Their boxer was 18-3 in the amateurs but put up a good showing. Trujillo who lost in the Olympic Trials has shown quite an array of punches and knows he doesn’t need a knockout every time. “I let my fists do my talking”, said Trujillo. He’s a fan favorite in Bethlehem. All 3 officials Pasquale, Taylor and LaRosa saw it 40-35 as did DHB. Clark was the referee. Keep your eye on Trujillo.

In the opener Allentown’s Will Miranda seemed to get the edge in the 1 st of a rematch (draw) with Philadelphia’s David Williams, 7-7-2 (2), but it was all down hill from there in this 4 round heavyweight match. Williams found a hole in the defense of Miranda landing quite a few right uppercuts the rest of the way earning the decision of LaRosa, 39-37, Taylor 38-37 (?) and DePaolo 40-36. Rosato was the ref.

Southpaw Toka Kahn Clary, 7-0-1 (5), of Providence, RI, stayed unbeaten winning all 4 rounds from Jose Valderrama, 3-5 (3), of Manati, PR, in a 4 round junior lightweight malch. Peter Manfredo worked the corner of Clary. Pasquale, LaRosa and Taylor had it 40-34 as did DHB while Rosato was the referee.

Matchmakers were J Russell Peltz, Brittany Rogers, Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman. Peltz will be back in Bethlehem September 26 th on a Thursday. Next for Peltz is at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City August 24 th .

Houston’s excellent ring announcer Lupe Contreras did his usual fine job especially considering many TV breaks. He’s a dead ringer for past actor Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island show) and has granted this writer a future interview.
Ken Hissner responds to all his emails at: kenhissner@gmail.com

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