“Queen” Ronica Jeffrey Wins & Mike Stewart Loses in WBU Title Bouts
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (May 24, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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“Queen” Ronica Jeffrey

Brooklyn’s “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, 10-0 (1) won the vacant WBU Featherweight title against a solid opponent in Jackie “the Force” Trivilino, 8-5-2 (1), Plattsburgh, NY, who never stopped coming forward at the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, DE, this past Friday night.

Jeffrey had too much speed for Trivilino throughout this 8 rounder.  It was also an NABF title defense for Jeffrey who won the title last August.  It was her seventh appearance at Dover Downs and the fans have “adopted” her as one of their own.  “She was very competitive,” said Jeffrey.  Her manager Brian Cohen seemed please with the boxer.

Jeffrey took the victory by scores from the judges 80-72 from Joe Pasquale, 79-73 from Steve Weisfeld (and DHB) and 78-74 from John Gradowski.  Gary Rosato was the referee.

The main event was cancelled when Mike Mollo, couldn’t pass an MRI examination per Executive Director Greg Sirb.  Mollo suffered a neck injury in his football days and even though he has fought 24 times since the commission was not able to get in touch with his physician for approval.  His opponent Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence was disappointed for he was looking forward to his return to the casino.

The cancellation moved Mike “No Joke” Stewart, 48-7-3 (25), New Castle, DE, into the main event against Chris “Kid Kayo” Fernandez, 20-15-1 (12), of Salt Lake City, UT, for the vacant welterweight title.  It was back in 2004 when Stewart lost to Ricky Hatton for the WBU junior welter title in the only stoppage of his career.

Stewart hadn’t lost since 2007 but got caught in the second round and was holding on at the bell.  He never seemed to get past that punch while going through the motions the rest of the way.  Fernandez, like Stewart, has been in with some of the best competition in their careers.  Stewart’s goal of getting 50 wins was put on hold as Fernandez took a lopsided decision while the fans let Stewart know they were not pleased with his performance.  

Weisfeld had it 80-72, Gradowski 79-73 (as did DHB) and Pasquale 77-75 all for Fernandez.  The referee was Benjy Esteves, Jr.  “I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the victory,” said Fernandez.  A Christian in the heart of Salt Lake City where the Mormon church is most powerful?  “I fought 11 top fighters and feel stronger at 147.  It seemed he couldn’t pull the trigger,” said Fernandez.

Omar “Super O” Douglas, 5-0 (3), Wilmington, DE, turned in his best performance to date against a strong Jonathan Garcia, 2-2 (0), of Aguada, PR, taking a 6 round decision in the lightweight division.  Douglas would get inside of the long reach of Garcia and pin him to the ropes landing combinations to the head and body for most of the fight.  When Garcia was in the middle of the ring he did his best work but Douglas knows how to slip punches.  He has had over 150 amateur bouts and has already become a fan favorite in the professional ranks.  Featured was a first for press row as Executive Director Sirb got into the ring and wiped whatever the corner of Garcia had on his upper body off with a towel.

This was to be a 4 but increased to a 6 at fight time.  “I was prepared for 6 rounds,” said Douglas.  He’s a complete boxer who seems to enjoy the competition and give’s the fans plenty to cheer about.  Weisfeld and Pasquale saw it 59-55 (as did DHB) while Gradowski had it 58-56 all for Douglas.  The referee was Rosato.  

“Rockin” Ryan Belasco 17-5-3 (3), looked like a shut out winner taking on Tyrell “Da Show Shocka” Samuel, 14-5-1 (6), of Baltimore, MD, who couldn’t seem to get untracked.  By the fourth Samuel had a cut on his bottom lip but landed a hard right at the bell.  In the fifth it was Belasco who had a cut below his left eye.  It was another workmanlike effort on Belasco’s part winning this 6 rounder at lightweight.  Weisfeld and Pasquale had it 59-55 while Gradowski came up with a 57-57 score.  It was pointed out by Belasco that Gradowski like Samuel was from MD.  DHB had it 60-54 Belasco.  Rosato was the referee.  

Duane D. King, 4-2 (2), Reidsville, NC, shocked the fans and Mike “Strictly Business” Denby, 4-13-4 (2), Felton, DE, stopping the hometown fighter in 2:05 of the third round.  King dropped Denby in the first round with a left hook.  In the second when Denby’s glove touched the canvas it was rightly recorded as a knockdown.  Denby did come back in the round.  In the third Denby was floored by a right uppercut and fell face first into the ropes.  Referee Esteves had seen enough waving the fight off.  

In the opener it was a slugfest as Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary, 4-0 (2), Dover, DE, had his hands full with Rogelio “Little Heathen” Saldana, 1-3 (1), of Hesperia, MI, as he was rocked in the first round with about 20 seconds to go.  He followed up with another half dozen punches but Singletary was able to weather the storm.  In the second a wild right hand rocked Singletary whose left eye started closing.  He came back with some nice uppercuts and got Saldana’s attention.  Both fighters suffered bloody noses, Saldana in the second and Singletary in the fourth and final round of this cruiserweight 4.  

Singletary took the win as Weisfeld and Gradowski had it 40-36 and Pasquale 39-37 (as did DHB).  Esteves was the referee.  Singletary can box but got caught up in a slugfest by Saldana.

John “Church Boy” Bowman, 3-0-1 (0), Dover, DE, took a 4 round decision over Dorian “The Sneak” Hatcher, 1-5 (0), of Battle Creek, MI, in a light heavyweight match-up.  Hatcher suffered a bloody nose in the second and Bowman one in the third.  In the fourth round a right uppercut knocked back the head of Hatcher bringing a roar from the crowd.  Weisfeld and Gradowski had it 40-36 while Pasquale scored it 40-35 all for Bowman.  

At the broadcast table of WealthTV3D was former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes with side kick Mike Mittman.  The latter saw to it that DHB writer Dave Ruff got an interview with the champ prior to the show.  The crowd seemed to put the past derogatory remarks Holmes said about unbeaten heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, 49- (43), and gave Holmes a nice reception. Former IBC super middleweight champion Dave “TNT” Tiberi and unbeaten Anthony Caputo Smith were in attendance.  Nick Tiberi did the matchmaking while Larry Tornambe was the ring announcer.  Handling publicity for Dover Downs was Lisa Butler who always does a great job.

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