Vladine Biosse Stops Santiago Samaniego
By Stephen Tobey at ringside, MaxBoxing (Feb 5, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Emily Harney/CES)
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Youth speed and power got the better of experience as New England super middleweight champion Vladine Biosse knocked out former World Boxing Association interim junior middleweight titleholder Santiago Samaniego in the third round of a scheduled eight-round, non-title bout Friday at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Biosse, 10-0 (5), dropped Samaniego twice in the third round, both with left uppercuts. The second time Samaniego hit the canvas, referee Dick Flaherty counted him out, ending the fight at 2:27. “The fight game is not simple,” said Biosse, a 28-year-old former football player at the University of Rhode Island. “I learned when I have a guy down, don’t jump right on him and go wild. You have to be smart and work carefully.”

Biosse’s next fight is on April 1 on an ESPN2 show.

“Every win is a big win,” he said. “My goal is to be at the top of the game.”

Former world middleweight title challenger Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Conn. won a six-round unanimous decision over Mustafah Johnson of Indianapolis. All three judges scored it 60-54. Ayala controlled the bout with his jab, landing an occasional solid right hand. Johnson landed some good shots of his own but Ayala controlled the tempo. Ayala is now 21-5 (9); Johnson is 8-10-1 (2).

Pawtucket, R.I.’s Thomas Falowo stopped Greg McCoy of New Haven, Conn. in the fourth and final round of a middleweight bout. Both fighters landed heavy shots throughout the fight. Early in the fourth round, Falowo drove McCoy back into the ropes with a straight right hand. McCoy fought his way off the ropes with some hard right hands of his own but Falowo drilled McCoy with another solid combination, causing referee Dick Flaherty to stop the fight at 1:40. Falowo is now 2-0 (2); McCoy is 2-2-1 (1).

Welterweight Javier Flores of Hartford, Conn. stopped Marcus Hall of Rochester, N.Y. in the second round of a scheduled six. After Flores, 5-0 (5), dropped Hall with a left uppercut, referee Eddie Cotton waved off the count and stopped the fight at 2:05 of the second. Hall dropped to 4-3-1 (2).

Sean Eklund of Lowell, Mass. won a four-round unanimous decision against Springfield, Mass.’ Noel Garcia at welterweight. All three judges scored it 39-37. Eklund is 8-4 (1); Garcia is 2-7-1 (1).

Edwin Soto of New Haven, Conn. won a six-round unanimous decision against James Ventry of Niagara Falls, N.Y. at junior welterweight. All three judges scored it 60-54. Soto is now 6-0-1 (2); Ventry dropped to 7-13-1 (4).

Heavyweight Theron Johnson of Chicago outpointed Billy Mofford of Randolph, Mass. in a six-round bout. The scores were 59-55 (twice) and 60-54. Johnson improved to 5-3 (1). Mofford, fighting for the first time since 2004, dropped to 9-2-2 (4).

JC Peterson of Ft. Myers, Fla. picked up his first win in nine fights, a four-round split decision against Brian Macy of Ledyard, Conn. at middleweight. Don Ackerman and Don Trella scored it 38-37 for Peterson. Clark Sammartino scored it 38-37 for Macy, 5-2 (2). Peterson knocked down Macy in the first round with an overhand right. This was Macy’s first fight since Feb. 6, 2009. A sergeant in the U.S. Army, Macy recently returned home after serving in Iraq.

Super bantamweight Luis Rosa of New Haven, Conn. stopped Justin Goodall of Cape Coral, Fla. at 1:14 of the third round in a scheduled four. Rosa, 5-0 (4), dropped Goodall twice, once in the first and once in the third. After a left hook put Goodall on the canvas in the third, Eddie Cotton stopped the fight. Goodall dropped to 1-2 (1).

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