Bronx Boxing: Fists Fly in Paradise


Francisco Reyes (Left) and Mike Perez

On Friday May 14th, Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing presented some fine boxing talent at the beautiful Historic Paradise Theatre.

Adrien Broner

In an action packed Co-Main Event, Lightweight Mike Perez took on Francisco Reyes for 6 scheduled rounds. Fast hands for both fighters in the first three rounds, but Perez scored many solid rights to the head causing a knockdown in the second and opening a blood gusher above Reyes’s left eye in the third. And then, despite Reyes keeping his hands too low and taking hits, he hung tough and came back strong. (Special note and commendation: I have no idea how his cut-man stopped the bleeding, and for the rest of the fight.) For the last 3 rounds of heavy trading and a lot of heart, Reyes scored well with uppercuts, but Perez continued to score solid with his right for a win by Unanimous Decision.

Daniel Aquino (Left) and Raul Lopez

For the Main Event, Lightweight Adrien Broner defeated Rafael Lora with an “End of First Round TKO” of a scheduled 10 round fight.

Junior Featherweight Raul Lopez squared off against Daniel Aquino for 4 rounds. One judge called it even, but overall, Aquino got the better end of trades in the 1st round, set up his punches nicely with left jabs in the 2nd, scored better with volleys to the head and body in the 3rd and connected with heavy hooks in the 4th for a not-even-close Aquino “Majority Decision” win.

Shqiprim Murqi (Right)

Super Middleweight Shqiprim Muriqi took on Rondu Campbell in a scheduled 4 round bout. Muriqi scored better with his unorthodox style throughout the match, landing some heavy head shots in the 4th and winning by Unanimous Decision.

Bronx angel Maureen Shea squared off against Norma Faris for a scheduled 6 round Junior Lightweight match-up. For a moving-well in-the-zone Maureen, this was a practice bout as she dominated the fight scoring to her opponent’s head and body until the referee stopped the match 1:59 into the 3rd round.

Maureen Shea (Left) getting busy

Cruiserweight Ahmed Samir defeated John Douglas in a 6 rounder; load-up, wind-up, sloppy-jalopy who knows what fight.

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