Last night Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the 20th installmentof the popular “Rockin Fights” series at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and the card more than lived up to its title.
Before a capacity crowd, fast rising Light Heavyweight Joe ” The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr.,(Mastic, NY) took on veteran spoiler Dion Savage, (Flint, MI), in a scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight match up.
From the opening bell those in attendance knew they were in for an exciting fight as Smith and Savage freely traded punches. Savage showed he came to fight as he withstood an early assault from Smith before answering back with his own power punches.
The pattern stayed the same until late in the 3rd round when a barrage of punches by Smith sent Savage sprawling throughthe ropes. Savage beat the count getting back in the ring and just as the bell sounded endingthe round caught another hard right hand which had him on wobbly legs as he headed back to his corner.
Savage recovered nicely and had a decent round 4 landing good shots on the ever charging Smith. The fight was turning into a battle of attrition as both fighters kept up a fastpace and both landed numerous hard shots on each much to the delight of the crowd. As the bell sounded for round 9 and as he did in round 1, Smith charged right at Savage throwing hard punches with both hands. Savage gamely tried to fight back but Smith finally overwhelmed Savage sending him to the canvas for the second time.
Savage rose at the count of 8 and motioned Smith on as the crowd was whipped into a frenzy. Smith obliged and attacked relentlessly forcing the referee to call a halt to the fight at 2:25 of round 9.
Smith improves to 19-1 16KO’s while the ever so game Savage dropped to 12-8 6KO’s.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing had this to say about the main event “What an incredible fight tonight here at The Paramount. Joe Smith has to be one of the most exciting fighters in the world today and credit has to be given to his opponent Dion Savage who came towin and fought his heart out. These are the type of fights our fans at The Paramount have become accustomed to and I’m very proud of Joe Smith Jr. and will be looking to match him against a rated Light Heavyweight in his next fight”.
The undercard featured Jr. Lightweight Anthony Karperis who improves to (11-1 4KO’s) knocked out Jose Morales (8-7 2KO’s) with a vicious left hook to the body in round 3 of a scheduled 8 round bout.
Local Featherweight Johnny Hernandez rebounded from his first loss by taking a unanimous 6 rounds decision over Hilario Medina in a fast paced fight.
Ronica Jeffrey saw her record go to (14-1 1KO) as she fought her way to a 6 round decision over Celene Roman (5-3-1) in a Female Jr. Lightweight bout. After the fight Celine said “her speed was a problem, I am more of a power puncher, but I was unable to get her timing down”
Courtney Pennington (8-3-1 4KO’s) won a hardfought majority decision over Rich Neves (9-3-2 4KO’s) in a 6 round Jr. Middleweight fight. While Neves admitted he “wasn’t able to use his jab enough and edge him out”