Warriors Boxing Promotions’ President, Leon Margules, wishes to congratulate all four of his fighters who were victorious this past Friday, May 11.
Making his nationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation debut in the co-main event of a Warriors Boxing event entitled “Shootout at Texas Station”, from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack "The Ripper" (11-0, 8 KOs) survived a close fight against awkwardly confusing opponent Alexander Brand (17-1, 15 KOs).
Jack had to call on all his experience to overcome the herky-jerky style of Brand and win via split decision (77-75, 77-75, 75-77).
To his credit, the Swedish import was able to keep his cool and deliver well-placed power shots and control just enough of the rounds, while Colombia’s Brand ran around the ring and then jumped in with unconventional punches from strange angles.
On the Texas Station undercard, super featherweight powerhouse Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a clear-cut unanimous eight-round decision (79-72, 78-73, 78-73) over Denmark, via Nigeria’s Robert “Super” Osiobe (11-5, 6 KOs).
Osiobe went for broke in the early rounds and found limited success, but gradually the strength and wicked body attack of Barthelemy took over. After finding a way to outbox the careful Hylon Williams in his last fight, Barthelemy showed in this fight that he also knows what to do when an opponent tries to bull rush him.
Puerto Rican super middleweight prospect Roberto Jose Acevedo (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped and stopped opponent Martinez Sharod Porter (1-1) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 2:19 of round two. Acevedo displayed tremendous timing and strength while walking down the game Porter.
Meanwhile, on the same night at the Miriam "Betty" Segarra Coliseum in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, Warriors Boxing Promotions’ (co-promoted with Universal Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions) undefeated lightweight sensation Jorge "Machito" Maysonet (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a breathtaking first-round TKO over Gabriel Diaz ( 5-7, 1 KO ). Diaz was down three times before the referee stopped the fight at 1:26.
“All my fighters got what they needed tonight,” said the proud Margules. “Badou Jack showed tremendous focus in sticking to the plan against a very awkward opponent. It was a valuable learning experience for an up-and-coming fighter of what to do when a guy doesn’t come at you in the conventional way. Rances Barthelemy showed once again why he’s a monster at super featherweight. Give Osiobe credit, he came to fight, but after Rances sunk a few of those body shots he settled down quite a bit. Roberto Acevedo and Jorge Maysonet are both developing prospects we look for big things from and they both got early stoppages against decent opponents. These kinds of fights give a young prospect time in the ring and get them ready for the next step up.”
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