Emmanual “Tranzformer” Taylor Stops Victor Cayo in ESPN War! - By Ken Hissner - Doghouse Boxing News
Emmanual "Tranzformer" Taylor Stops Victor Cayo in ESPN War!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (March 11, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor
Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor, 17-1 (12), of Edgewood Arsenal, MD, came from behind in the eighth round to stop Victor “Mermelada” Cayo, 31-4 (22), of Santo Domingo, DR, at 1:11 of the round in a scheduled 10 round junior welterweight bout Friday night. The fans at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ, were treated to a worthy of cable bout over ESPN2 and not the sometimes garbage the fans have been paying for on all the cable and pay-for-view lately!

The main event was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing while the rest of the show was promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing LLC, and matchmaker Ron Katz.

In answering to this writer whether he (Taylor) thought he was behind going into the eighth round he replied “yes, and he’s real strong,”! Two judges had Cayo ahead by 57-55 as did this writer while the third judge had it 66-66 going into the eighth round. Taylor found himself on the canvas in the fifth round from a straight right hand on the chin during an exchange. Cayo’s vicious body attack followed as Taylor weathered the storm.

“He proved tonight before a national televised fight he could come back and win,” said Doc Nowicki. Along with Dave Price, Nowicki forms D&D Management. Taylor got off to a slow start holding his hands high as Cayo went to work wherever his punches would penetrate that defense. Only a chopping right from Taylor seemed to be his only offense worth mentioning in the first round. In the second round Taylor landed a 3-punch combination that drove Cayo back a step. This was followed by 18 consecutive punches without return from Cayo who was out on his feet at the bell ending the second round.

In the fourth turned southpaw halfway through the round as Taylor was loading up with power returns. In the fifth during an exchange a straight right hand on the chin saw Taylor hit the canvas. Taylor would come back in the next round causing swelling around Cayo’s eyes. The seventh had Cayo countering well enough to take the round. Behind by several points on 2 of the judge’s cards, a left hook hurt Cayo, followed by a combination that put him on the canvas. Upon rising Cayo was met by a flurry of punches causing referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. to halt the action before Cayo was seriously hurt. Cayo objected while holding onto the ropes after a gallant performance on his part.

In a battle of heavyweights southpaw Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, 17-0 (17), of Makhachkala, RUS, now living in Oxnard, CA, was defending his newly won WBC USA-NBC heavyweight title against Victor Bisbal, 21-2 (15), of Salinas, PR, who had his 16 bout winning streak stopped in the fifth round at 1:12, when referee Randy Neumann had seen enough after Bisbal suffered a delayed knockdown. Bisbal seemed to take the first 2 rounds before Abdusalamov came back to take the next 2 rounds. Both fighters for heavyweights had thrown a lot of punches and seemed winded. The winner has to work on his defense if he is going to climb the ladder in the rankings.

John “The Rock” JACKSON, 15-1 (14), of St. Thomas, USVI, came out landing 6 unanswered punches. His opponent Francisco Alexis Pena, 7-2 (5), of Sinaloa, MEX, was overwhelmed until a right uppercut had Pena falling face first to the canvas. Referee Esteves could have counted to 100 but wisely waved it off after starting the count. The son of former WBA light middle and WBC middleweight champion Julian Jackson (49 ko’s in 55 wins) reminded the crowd of his father’s punching power. It was over at 0:56 of the opening round.

The nephew of the former 2-time world champion Samuel Rogers, 13- (7) was not impressive in gaining a decision over Ivan Ziglar, 7-3-1 (4), of VA Beach, VA, over 6 rounds in the junior middleweight division. Pierre Benoist scored it 59-55, Luis Rivera 58-56 and John McKaie 60-54 for Rogers. DHB had it 57-57. After dropping the first 2 rounds Zigler seemed to come back overcoming the stronger Rogers by outworking him. In a close last round Rogers seemed to even things up. The referee was David Franciosi. Rogers seemed lucky to leave with the win.

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 11-0 (6), of Millville, NJ, found himself in his toughest fight to date defeating Joshua “DC Bomber” Joshua Snyder, 9-9-1 (3) who found himself on the canvas in rounds 1 and 4 in an entertaining 6 round middleweight bout. Esteves was the referee.

Scotty “Bang Bang” Burell, 7-1 (5), of Brooklyn, NY, had an easy time with suborn Edgardo Torres, 2-2 (2), of Vineland, NJ, over 4 rounds in the lightweight division. He won on both Benoist and McKaie’s cards with 60-53 scores while Rivera had it 60-54. Burell wrestled Torres to the corner in the last round and it was called a knockdown. Franciosi was the referee.

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