Recap by Resolution Sports.
Results from the undercard of a loaded night of boxing at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, as part of a Zab Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse main event that was featured on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Bastie Samir (6-0, 6KO) vs. Damion Reed (2-4, 1KO)
Samir, fighting out of Las Vegas, wasted little time in showing his speed and power in this battle of junior middleweights, and he almost spent more time awaiting the count of the referee than he did working his punches. He scored an early knockdown and followed up with three more quickly after that, and Reed was unable to make it out of the first round when he was too dazed to continue after the fourth drop. The official time of the TKO was 2:47.
Mikael Zewski (5-0, 3KO) vs. Ardrick Butler (5-3, 2KO)
Zewski came into this welterweight pairing with a perfect 4-0 record and a more patient approach than his Philadelphia counterpart, who held a 5-2 mark. Butler was a bit wild with his approach, but he did display some toughness after Zewski landed some well-crafted combinations throughout the four rounds of competition. The Canadian fighter turned it up a notch in the latter two rounds and rolled to a unanimous decision victory, with all three judges scoring it 40-36.
Mike Perez (10-0-1, 5KO) vs. Hevinson Herrera (14-7-1, 12KO)
Local favorite Mike Perez needed just 1:02 of the first round to dismantle Herrera in this lightweight pairing, much to the pleasure of the early arriving spectators at Prudential Center. He wobbled Herrera early with a sharp left hand, immediately following that strike up with a hook that had the Miami native in trouble. He tried to back off the attack of Perez, but the Newark resident quickly closed in and dropped his opposition with a powerful combination of well delivered punches. Herrera made an attempt to get to his feet, but the referee waved this bout off when he was clearly unable to safely continue. The win improved Perez to 10-0-1 as a professional fighter.
Tyrone Luckey (2-0, 1KO) vs. Alex Montes (1-2 0KO)
There was a bit of a scary moment early in this fight when Luckey was caught with a sharp right hand from Montes, dropping him just 10 seconds into the first round. The local junior lightweight was able to recover, however, and he did wobble his Puerto Rican counterpart in the final minute of the first round to gain some momentum. Luckey immediately picked up the pace in the second stanza, dropping Montes on two separate occasions. He scored his third knockdown of the bout in the third minute of the following round, clearly beginning to damage his opponent. As soon as Montes returned to his feet, Luckey attacked and began to land a devastating rally of punches. Unable to protect himself to the referee’s satisfaction, the fight was waved off at the 2:55 mark of the third frame.
Mike Brooks (3-0, 1KO) vs. Kywayne Hill (1-6, 1KO)
Undefeated Long Island junior lightweight Mike Brooks cruised to a unanimous decision victory by three counts of 40-36 in this bout, but he got a little bit more from Hill than he likely expected. The Philadelphia native hung tough throughout the four rounds of action, but Brooks used a disciplined strategy of moving and striking to take the points in each frame. Chants of “Lefty” began multiple times during the fight for the victorious southpaw, and his fans did not leave disappointed.
Angel Concepcion (3-0, 0KO) vs. Maurice Amaro (1-3, 0KO)
Concepcion, another Newark favorite, controlled this light heavyweight match the whole way, but Amaro was able to stand tough and take it to the cards. Amaro was fairly wild when he would throw his punches, and Concepcion did a nice job of patiently waiting and countering his advances. The Newark resident did soundly land plenty of punches to both the body and head of his opposition, but four rounds were simply not enough time for him to finish chopping him down. In the end, Concepcion would have to settle for a convincing unanimous decision by a trio of 40-36 tallies.
Adrien Broner (18-0, 15KO) vs. Ilido Julio (40-20-1, 35KO)
Broner, an undefeated junior lightweight from Cincinnati, looked about as impressive as a fighter can look in 1:34 of action. He nearly dropped Julio with a left jab to the body quickly after the opening bell, and he was successful in that initiative less than a minute later when his opposition hit the canvas following a sharp right hand. Honestly, Julio should probably not have been allowed to continue at this point, but he was able to convince the referee that he had more fight in him. That decision was proven to be an obvious mistake as soon as the bout resumed, as Broner absolutely exploded on him with a devastating flurry of punches. He once again fell to the floor after that deliverance, and the referee was forced to wave off the fight.