Omar Rosario nearly beat Raekwon Butler in the first round on Saturday night, but Butler recovered, made their fight fairly competitive and went all the way.
However, Rosario of Puerto Rico went undefeated when he defeated Brooklyn Butler unanimously in their six-round junior welterweight contest in Verona, New York. Judges Glenn Feldman (59-54), Eric Marlinski (59-54) and Don Trella (58-55) all scored their fight for Rosario (6-0, 2 KOs) on the Joe Smith Jr.-Steve Geffrard undercard at Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Butler (4-2, 2 KO’s) lost a unanimous decision for the second time in his last three fights.
Rosario’s right hand landed flush with just over 1:10 left in the sixth round, but Butler was otherwise effective in the final three minutes of the fight. He established distance and landed several straight left hands on Rosario in the sixth round.
The third, fourth and fifth rounds were competitive, despite Rosario overpowering Butler with powerful punches in the opening round and early in the second.
Butler’s trainer nearly stopped early in the second round, but he hesitated and Butler responded by getting back into the fight. Bulter landed some hard shots himself towards the end of the second round, when Rosario didn’t protect himself properly.
Rosario rocked Butler with two right hands just after the middle of the first round. An aggressive Rosario blasted Butler with powershots for the remainder of the first round, but was unable to finish.
In the match for Rosario’s win, Jahi Tucker showed Akeem Black that his strength is unlike anything Black had experienced in his first 10 professional fights.
Tucker became the first opponent to drop Black, stopping him in the second round. He sent Black to the canvas late in the first round and assaulted him in the second round, until referee Mark Nelson intervened and the action stopped at 1:18 of that round.
18-year-old Tucker, of Deer Park, New York, improved to 6-0 and produced his fourth knockout. Black, a Milwaukee raised in Chicago, dropped to 6-5 (2 KOs).
With less than two minutes to go into the second round, Tucker caught Black with another right uppercut that stunned him. Nelson stepped in between them after Tucker made contact with several more powerful punches.
Black took numerous flush right hands from Tucker until Tucker finally sent him to the canvas with 13 seconds left in the first round after landing a right uppercut. Black went down for the first time in 11 professional fights.
In the previous match, Troy Isley didn’t get the knockout he wanted, but he continued the strong start to his professional career.
The junior middleweight prospect actually defeated Harry Keenan Cruz-Cubano for six rounds and went unbeaten. The 2021 American Olympian beat the brave Cruz-Cubano with several head and body shots en route to victory with a unanimous decision with scores of 59-53, 59-54 and 59-54.
23-year old Isley, from Alexandria, Virginia, improved to 4-0 and went the distance for the second time. Cruz-Cubano, a clumsy southpaw from Jacksonville, Florida, dropped to 6-3 (2 KOs).
Referee Benjy Esteves deducted a point from Isley for another low blow at just under 1:40 in the sixth round. Isley drove Cruz-Cubano to the left with an uppercut that had just over 30 seconds left on that final lap.
With just under 1:20 to go into lap five, Esteves warned Isley of a low blow. A right-left combination from Isley landed on the fifth lap with about 45 seconds left.
Isley was again the busier, more effective fighter during the fourth round. He landed several uppercuts during the final 40 seconds of round four, but Cruz-Cabano just kept pushing forward.
Isley made a series of head and body shots during the third round, but Cruz-Cubano never stopped coming forward and trying to make his own shots.
Isley caught Cruz-Cubano with a right uppercut about 30 seconds into the second round. A left hook to the body by Isley also impacted Cruz-Cubano with just over two minutes left in the second round.
With just over 40 seconds left in the first round, Isley shot Cruz-Cubano with a left hook that shook him. Less than 20 seconds later, Isley nailed Cruz-Cubano with another left hook.
Just before the first round ended, Isley landed two hard right hands supporting Cruz-Cubano.
In Saturday night’s opening bout, Lyubomyr Pinchuk outpaced Jose Mario Flores in their eight-round cruiserweight bout.
The Ukrainian-born former Pittsburgh heavyweight defeated Flores by unanimous decision. Pinchuk won by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 79-73 and improved to 14-2-1 (8 KOs).
Flores, of Woodbridge, Virginia, dropped to 8-3-2 (4 KOs).
Back-to-back left uppercuts by Pinchuk rocked Flores with just over two minutes left in the eighth and final round. Pinchuk snapped Flores with a right hand that knocked out his mouthpiece with just over a minute to go into the eighth round.
Pinchuk caught Flores with a right uppercut with just over a minute left in the seventh round. He snapped Flores’ head back with another right hand when there were only about 30 seconds left on the seventh lap.
Flores landed on Pinchuk’s body early in the sixth round with a right hand. Both boxers landed shots to the inside during the sixth round, when Pinchuk was bleeding from a cut around his left eye.
Pinchuk connected back to back right hands to the side of Flores’ head hurting him in the middle minute of the fifth round.
Pinchuk continued to work well from his jab through the fourth round, when he out-landed Flores. But just before the middle of the fourth round, Flores drilled Pinchuk with a right hand on the body hurting his opponent.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.