ESPN2 Results from Hartford

Reynaldo Ojeda decisions Monty Meza-Clay in U.S. debut

Featherweight Luis Rosa goes from Top prospect to legitimate contender

RESULTS FROM HARTFORD

Reynaldo Ojeda-Monty Meza-Clay

Reynaldo Ojeda (R) out-boxed veteran Monty Meza-Clay for impressive decision

HARTFORD, Conn. (May 15, 2015) — Undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) impressively introduced himself to American boxing fans in tonight's ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, presented by 50 Cent's SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The 26-year-old Ojeda took advantage of his decisive height and reach advantage in his U.S. pro debut, out-boxing the diminutive (5' 2″), all-action Meza-Clay throughout a very entertaining fight. Meza-Clay continually walked down Ojeda, who used his quickness, superior movement and boxing ability to register a convincing victory by 12-round unanimous decision.

“I'm a top prospect at 135 now; I'm going to be giving them all grades now,” commented Ojeda, a teacher in Puerto Rico. “The plan was to box Monty because he's such an aggressive fighter.”

Meza-Clay was hampered in the later rounds by a serious cut over his right eye. Ojeda wisely attacked the wound, pumping a series of stiff jabs and left hooks. “I got confident when his cut opened up,” Ojeda admitted. “What's next for me is up to my promoter and manager, but I'm available to fight any 135-pounder in the world.”

Luis Rosa-Jonathan Perez

Luis Rosa (R) finished off Jonathan Perez

Connecticut favorite Luis “KO King” Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), of New Haven, made a statement in the co-feature against Colombian featherweight Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-11, 27 KOs). Rosa was the aggressor from the opening bell through the end of the fight against a dangerous opponent, firing an array of effective combinations to the head and body, often switching from an orthodox stance to southpaw.

Rosa was penalized a point in the fourth round for hitting his downed opponent. From that point on, though, he never let up. He pounded Perez, caught him on the ropes, and unleashed an unanswered barrage of punches until referee Michael Ortega ended the fight in the fifth round.

Rosa is world ranked by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC), respectively, at No. 15 and No. 16.

“I said it was going to be explosive and we made it that way,” Rosa said after the fight. “I made a statement that I'm coming after all of the top 122-pounders. I'm a future champ in the making.”

Ivan Golub-Henry Beckford

Ivan Golub (R) finishes off outclassed Henry Beckford

In the ESPN2 opening fight, 5-time Ukraine National amateur champion Ivan “The Volk” Golub, fighting out of Brooklyn, improved to 13-0 with his eighth career knockout coming against late replacement Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO). Class prevailed as rising middleweight star Golub worked fellow southpaw Beckford's body, dropped him in the fifth with a body shot, and referee Ortega moved in to call off the fight.

The Foster brothers from New Haven were both victorious. Light heavyweight Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated with a sensational knockout of Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO) only 62-seconds into the first round, while his younger brother, junior lightweight William Foster (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Gilvan Santos (0-2) in the opening round.

Bronx middleweight Chris “Golden” Galeano (8-0) remained unbeaten, boxing his way to a unanimous sixth-round decision over Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), of Las Vegas.

Decorated Kazakh amateur boxer Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), now fighting out of Brooklyn, wore down Louisiana super middleweight Jay “JD” Williams (3-7), winning by way of a sixth-round technical knockout as referee Danny Sciavone halted the action.

Waterbury, CT junior welterweight Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs) and Harlem's Curtis Morton (3-5-2) fought to a four-round majority draw.

In the walk-out bout, Puerto Rican lightweight Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs) was too much for Brooklyn's Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), as referee Ortega waved off the fight in the first round for a technical knockout.

All pictures by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Complete results below:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

(winners listed first)

Main Event – Lightweights

Reynaldo Ojeda (17-0, 10 KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico

WDEC10 (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)

Monte Meza-Clay (36-5, 22 KOs), Rankin, PA

Co-Feature – Junior Featherweights

Luis Rosa (20-0, 10 KOs), New Haven, CT

WTKO5 (2:29)

Jonathan Perez (33-11, 17 KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia

UNDERCARD

Light Heavyweights

Charles Foster (8-0, 4 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut

WKO1 (1:02)

Joe Gardner (11-8-1, 1 KO), Woonsocket, RI

Super Middleweights

Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2 KOs), Brooklyn, NY

WTKO6 (2:29)

Jay Williams (3-7), West Monroe, LA

Middleweights

Ivan Golub (13-0. 8 KOs), Brooklyn, NY

WTKO5 (2:17)

Henry Beckford (2-2, 1 KO), Roosevelt, NY

Chris Galeano (8-0), Bronx, NY

WDEC6 (59-52, 59-52, 8-56)

Yosmani Abreau (4-9-2), Las Vegas, NV

Junior Welterweights

Jair Ramos (3-2-2, 2 KOs, Waterbury, CT

D4 (38-38,38-38, 37-39)

Curt Morton (3-4-3), Harlem, NY

Lightweights

Alberto Candeleria (5-2-1, 4 KOs), Miami, FL

WTKO1 (2:00)

Ian James (3-12-1, 1 KO), Brooklyn, NY

Junior Lightweights

William Foster (2-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT

WTKO1 (2:54)

Galvan Santos (0-2), Woburn, MA

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-oubobcat :

Ojeda looked good and did what he had to do against Meza-Clay. Meza-Clay is a tough relentless guy but does not know how to cut off the ring and has almost no defense. Ojeda used the ring and was able to pick off Meza-Clay as he charged in with no jab. Again, Ojeda did what he had to do against this opponent and I would like to see more of him. I was not impressed with Rosa. He got hit flush by too many right hands from Perez and right hands that were coming from a distance. Rosa should have been able to see them and avoid them. Yes Rosa did get the stoppage but Perez has only one win outside of Columbia and been stopped a lot.