“Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis scores a knockout in Atlantic City!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 6, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
With the flags of Greece waving and his many fans yelling, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis 20-2-2 (10) scored a 3rd round knockout in 1:42 over tough fellow southpaw Nasser Athumani 20-7-2 (16) of Kenya Friday night at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City!

Joe DeGuardian’s Star Boxing showcased their #8 WBO light welterweight who excited the crowd in exchanging jabs with Athumani before rocking his opponent in the first round. In a close 2nd round Arnaoutis again
rocked Athumani just before the bell. It looked like a matter of time before he would score a knockout though in a tough fight with the Kenyan. Athumani got in a good punch in the 3rd round but was countered by a Arnaoutis left hook to the head that leveled him. With blood running out of the side of his mouth while lying motionless on the canvas referee David Fields stopped counting and waved the fight off.

This win should put Arnaoutis in line for a rematch with WBO champion Kendall Holt whom he lost to in April of 2007 in a title eliminator. Though not ranked in the IBF it was the winner of their champion Paul Malignaggi’s fight against former champion Ricky Hatton he seemed more interested in fighting. “I felt good in scoring a knockout win tonight and would like the Malignaggi-Hatton winner” said Arnaoutis.

The semi-windup had unbeaten heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson 20-0-1 (7) in a crowd pleasing fight with former world champion Bruce “Atlantic City Express“ Seldon 38-7 (34) who made it an interesting night for Johnson. Johnson’s piston like jab bothered Seldon who was landing a jab of his own while trying to get inside to land a big bomb. While Seldon would have Johnson on the ropes landing numerous punches, it seemed Johnson was well in control of the situation as he came back landing stiff power jabs and straight right hands. In what Seldon would later call a thumb in the eye Johnson gained control at the bell ending the 1st round. In the 3rd round Johnson scored a knockdown with a right hand and again Seldon complained of a thumb. Referee Earl Brown allowed Johnson to use a Holmes like left straight-arm throughout to set Seldon up. Johnson came out for the finish in the 5th round when a straight right hand spun Seldon around and down. With his left eye almost closed Seldon let the referee know he had had enough in 0:28 of the round. The boisterous Johnson let the fan’s know how good he was in Ali like fashion to a round of boo’s. Johnson’s quickness would make him a threat with most of the contenders though he lacks power.

Philly’s “The New” Ray Robinson 9-0 (3) won his first 6 rounder against the tough Eberto “Tito” Medina 5-4 (1) of Paterson, New Jersey, who was much better than his record showed. The tall southpaw kept his jab and left uppercut in medina’s face throughout. Robinson had Medina’s nose bloody as early as the 2nd round. A straight left hand scored a knockdown over Medina in the 4th round. The last punch of the fight, a straight left hand dropped medina under the ropes as the bell sounded. Robinson could be another Paul Williams in the making if he learns to fire that left hand with some force. The judges had it 59-54 and 60-53 (twice) all for Robinson.

Southpaw light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley 3-0 (2) of Panama City, Florida came out for an early ending as he dropped Philly’s Zeferino Albino 3-8-2 with a left hook. At the end of the round a double left hook to the body and head put Albino under the ropes. In the 2nd round a straight left again dropped Albino for the 3rd time in the fight. In the 3rd round with Albino’s corner telling him to continually move to the left of Riley while scoring straight right hands kept it close. In the 4th Albino bloodied Riley’s nose with straight right hands only to find Riley coming back landing the final punch of the round a straight left driving Albino into the ropes at the bell. It was a good learning experience for the talented Riley who won on the judge’s scores by 40-33 (twice) and 39-34. Albino deserves credit for hanging tough while Riley is one to watch.

In a super heavyweight match of nutrition Baltimore’s Bernard Brown 68-4-2 (3) defeated Plainfield, New Jersey’s Terrell Nelson 8-6 (5) in a 6 round crowd pleaser. Brown hurt Nelson in the first round and had Nelson’s left eye starting to swell. In the 4th Nelson’s same eye was cut by an unintentional head butt. He fought back in spite of the cut but Brown would have his way winning on all scorecards 58-56.

The opening bout had highly touted Patrick Lopez 14-1 (10) from Venezuela, fighting out of Londonderry, New Hampshire, scoring nothing but power jabs and straight left hands from the southpaw throughout this 6 round welterweight match with Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Doel Carrasquillo 12-8-1 (10) who was trying throughout to score the big bomb over his back peddling opponent. Though he took a beating he never stopping trying. A left uppercut dropped Carrasquillo in the 2nd round. Referee Brown let the fight continue though we had to wonder how much punishment would he allow Carrasquillo to take. All judges had it 60-53 for Lopez who is a fighter to watch in the future.

Ken at: kenhissner@yahoo.com

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