McCline Get’s Controversial Win Saturday! By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (April 2, 2012) Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
Nedal Promotions and KEA Boxing added
Jameel “Big Time McCline, 41-1-3 (24), formerly of NY, now out of
West Palm Beach, FL, and the much smaller Livin Castillo, 16-12 ( 10)
of Ecuador, now out of Atlantic City, NJ, about a week before the
show. It seemed like a good replacement when main event fighter
Derrick Webster’s bout fell out along with Juan Rodriguez in an
The show had 5 good fights and then
came the main event. The show opener was the best fight of the
night. Tyrone Luckey, 4-1-1 (), of Neptune, NJ, and Ramon Ellis,
2-7-2 () of Philadelphia never let up for the entire 4 rounds of a
lightweight match. The fans saw Luckey take the first 2 rounds and
Ellis to come back and take the next 2 per judges Eugenia Williams
and Pieree Benoist as Joe Pasquale had Luckey ahead 39-37.
Luckey landed 10 consecutive punches in
the first round before Ellis came back with 3 of his own. In the
second round, Luckey had Ellis out on his feet at one point. In the
third round Ellis came back to win the round. The fourth round was
close with Ellis landing 6 straight punches driving Luckey into the
ropes before he came back to finish strong. Seems Luckey wasn’t
lucky enough but a draw was very deserving for both. Ring announcer
Larry Tournambe was calling for a rematch.
The 41 year-old McCline went through
the motions at times missing 3 straight jabs. His right hand saw
little action as the smaller southpaw Castillo played a waiting game
and would counter McCline. The former contender had over 50 pounds
on his opponent but showed his age and one wondered is it all about a
payday at this point?
A frustrated McCline pushed Castillo to
the canvas in the fifth round losing a point when referee Earl Morton
justly took it away from McCline. Williams seemed to be in line
with a 77-74 score for Castillo but Pasquale 77-74 and Benoist 76-75
gave it to McCline. Castillo deserved nothing less than a draw.
McCline went off in a rush after the fight not wanting to speak to
Middleweight Eberto Medina, 6-7-1 (1),
now out of Newark, NJ, was more fortunate than his fellow Ecuadorian
Castillo as he won every round from built-up record Polish boxer
Pryzemyslaw Opalach, 9-1 (8), making his US debut. Medina was too
strong for Opalach who was a big disappointment to his backers. The
most competitive rounds were the fifth and sixth as both fighters
slugged it out in this 6 round bout. Williams and Benoist had it
60-54 while Pasquale had it 59-55. Sammy Viruet was the referee.
Alando Swain, 5-1 (1), of Trenton, NJ,
defeated Eddie Edmonds, 2-2-2 (1), of Newark, over 4 rounds of this
middleweight match. Edmonds seemed to do more holding than punching
and Morton didn’t break them enough to the satisfaction of the
fans. Swain took the decision 39-37 from Pasquale while Benoist and
Williams had it 40-36.
Jose Calderon, PR, 4-1 (4), of
Farjardo, PR, chasing a retreating southpaw in Jason Sia, Ewing, NJ,
0-5, who boxed well until a right hand put him down for the count at
2:49 of the first round. He tried to beat the count but it was all
over. Sammy Viruet was the ref.
Nydia Feliciano, 5-2-3, the Bronx, NY,
looked like she had an easy opponent in young looking Mikayla, Nebal,
0-1, out of Hilliard, OH, making her debut but had a fight the last 2
rounds of a 4 winning all 4 rounds in this super bantamweight match.
The fans gave Nebal a good ovation for effort. Viruet was the
It was a nice crowd at the Hamilton
Manor, in Hamilton Township, in NJ, and Nedal did a good job of
matchmaking. He and Andre Kut of KEA are coming back 4/27 at Resorts
in Atlantic City with a barn burner in Omar Shieka and Yusaf Mack!
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