Joel Diaz Stops Guillermo Sanchez in Atlantic City
Joel Diaz Stops Guillermo Sanchez in Atlantic City
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (July 20, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Carlos Baeza)
Joel Diaz
20-year old Super featherweight Joel Diaz, 11-0 (10), of Los Angeles, CA, remained unbeaten stopping Puerto Rican southpaw Guillermo “The Vampire” Sanchez, 14-7-1 (5), of Buffalo, NY, at the end of the 2nd round at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday night!  

John Lynch’s Pound For Pound Promotions had a stacked undercard of local and nearby talent to support the two out of town boxers before a nice crowd.  The taller Sanchez did well in the first round reaching the oncoming Diaz with straight left hands.  In the second round Diaz landed a pair of straight right hands that had Sanchez hurt forcing the latter to hold on until the bell sounded.

After minutes of discussions with the ringside physician, and referee (Ricardo Vera) in the corner of Sanchez the fight was waved off.  Ring Announcer Henry Hascup called the end at 3:00 ending the second round of this 10 round main event.  At ringside for Diaz was Boxing 360 president Dr. Mario Yagobi who looks like he has a puncher in the young L.A. prospect.  

The lone 8 rounder on the card was a mismatch due to the late arrival and much smaller size of southpaw Franklin Gonzalez, 15-11 (10), a Dominican out of NY who was no match for Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, 15-0 (9), of Passaic, NJ, getting knocked out at 2:05 of the first round after hitting the canvas twice.

Gonzalez didn’t seem ready to go after the first knockdown caused by a glancing right hand on top of the head but referee Lindsay Page let it go on.  When Tapia dropped Gonzalez immediately after the fight was allowed to continue Page could have counted to 100.  Why he even bothered to count was questionable at best.  Gonzalez had upset Ireland’s Eddie Hyland in January of 2012 but is no middleweight.

Pat “Paddy Boy” Farrell, 8-1-1 (4), of Jersey City, NJ, found himself on the canvas in the 1st round from a chopping right hand by Wayne Hampton, 5-6- (3), of Capital Heights, MD, in a scheduled round heavyweight match-up.  Farrell was able to fight his way back against the much bigger Hampton (+40) using a steady jab to keep Hampton off of him until the bell sounded.  

Hampton was trying to capitalize on the knockdown throughout the 2nd round but was missing as much as he landed.  By the 3rd round he seemed exhausted holding onto Farrell.  After several warnings and a point deducted by referee Vera for holding the fight was stopped in favor of Farrell.  Hampton had nothing left as he went to his corner resting his head on his arms onto the ropes.  It wasn’t the way Farrell wanted to win but he showed plenty of heart in coming back to take the win.

In a battle of unbeaten heavyweights it did not live up to what looked like a good fight on paper.  Philadelphia’s Joey Dawejko, 7-1-1 (3), looked like a sure winner for 3 rounds landing what little was landed between the two.  His opponent Dorsett Barnwell, 7-0 (3), of Northport, VA, started putting the pressure on in the 5th possibly feeling he may need a knockout to win.  Dawejko of Boxing 360 was able to slip most of Barnwell’s punches but rarely capitalized.  It was acknowledged by his trainer, former Philly boxer Brian McGinley that Dawejko needs to be busier in the future and letting his hands go.  The judges were split with Rubenstein having Dawejko ahead 59-55, while both Weisfeld and Stewart had it 58-56 for Barnwell.  DHB had it 57-57 a draw.  

Dawejko’s best punch were left hooks to the midsection but rarely landed any combinations.  There was much too much posing on both parts of the fighters.  For Barnwell it was his second straight win in Atlantic City making his promoter Dee Lee very happy with this mild upset.  Dawejko asked for a rematch feeling he pulled it out but it isn’t something the fans need to see again.  “Maybe with a loss on my record it will be easier to get fights now,” said Dawejko.  He had an ice pack on his left forearm.  

Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna, 9-0 (5), of Millville, NJ, won a split decision over Yolexcy “El Pitbull” Leiva, 5-4 (4), of Nashville, TN, over 6 rounds of junior welterweight action.  The fans liked this back and forth battle.  The taller Lamanna seemed to have his way with his long left jab and even dropped Leiva in the 2nd round but couldn’t finish him off.  

In the 3rd round Leiva got Lamanna to fight his fight inside and seemed to all but even the score going into the 5th except for the knockdown.  Lamanna’s jab seemed to keep Leiva at bay most of the round but it was close.  In the final round Lamanna outpunched Leiva 2-1 in taking the win.  Alan Rubenstein had it for Lamanna while John Stewart had it for Leiva with identical 57-56 scores.  The deciding vote from Steve Weisfeld agreed with DHB’s 58-55 for the winner by split decision Lamanna.

In one of the best fights of the night prospect Anthony “Pelion” (meaning fighter) Gangemi, 1-0 (1) of Mine Hill, NJ, made it a successful debut in breaking down the much taller Jimmy Ellis, 1-2 (1), of Florence, C. forcing referee Vera to stop it at 2:26 of the 3rd round in favor of Gangemi.  

Ellis with that Thomas Hearns build got his licks in though Gangemi had a good defense and a warrior mentality that was very pleasing to the fans and this writer.  Wearing patches on his trunks from Italy and Colombia Gangemi came into the ring sporting a 70-15 amateur record going into 2012 and was the NJ amateur boxer of the year in 2011 and should be a natural draw in the future.  He is trained by Ed Leahy.  

Southpaw Tyrone McKenna, 1-0 (0), of Mt. Arlington, NJ, was one of two of Ireland’s boxers debuting on the card.  He looked like Andy Lee utilizing his much taller southpaw stance defeating Anthony Morrison, 0-1, of Philadelphia also making his debut in this welterweight 4.  All 3 judges had it 40-36 for McKenna. Morrison a well built former MMA fighter showed his best round in the final one but was much too small for the long armed McKenna.

Ireland’s Toka Khan Clary, 2-0 (1), now out of Providence, RI, won his second fight in as many months easily stopping fellow southpaw Jamel Winfield, 0-1, of VA, at 1:16 of the 1st round when referee Vera had seen enough.  Clary dropped Winfield with a left hand to the head and though Winfield beat the count he didn’t seem to be in very good condition.  The referee Vera let it go until a lead left dropped Winfield again.  Vera finally called a halt.  

Former NJ GG super heavyweight champion Tyrell Wright, 1-0 (0), of Jersey City, NJ, did enough to win a 4 round decision over the much larger Dennis Benson, 1-3 (1), of Norfolk, VA, by scores of 40-36 by Weisfeld and 39-37 by Rubenstien and Stewart.  Wright rocked Benson in the 2nd and 3rd rounds but seemed to tire in the 4th in a close round.  Page was the referee.   Freddy Blumstein was the time keeper.

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