Adamek stops Maddalone in Newark
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 10, 2010)
Tomasz Adamek, 43-1 (28), of Gilowice, Poland, now living in Bergen County, NJ, stopped Vinny Maddalone, 33-7 (24), of Flushing, NY, in the fifth of a 12 round bout . This was a title defense for Adamek for his IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Kathy Duva’s Main Events, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Ziggy Promotions combined together before a near packed house Thursday night. J Russell Peltz served as matchmaker.

The expected clash took a different turn for Maddalone as Adamek picked him apart with a solid jab and solid right hands to the midsection through the first 4 rounds. Maddalone never stopped coming forward landing an occasional left hook or wild overhand right which connected in the second round to Adamek’s temple that Adamek took without any trouble.

In the third Adamek decided to open up with a quick flurry of punches that had Maddalone in trouble. In the fifth Adamek landed a left, right, left combination knocking Maddalone to the canvas. Maddalone managed to get upright taking the count from referee Steve Smoger. Adamek was to resume the attack as Maddalone’s corner were waving the fight off as Smoger was at 2:17 of the round. The fans went wild when the fight was stopped. It was another step for Adamek toward a world title bout.

Another product of Poland now living in Atlantic City, Patrick “Machine” Majewski, 15-0 (10), was in the fight of the night stopping Eddie “Thunder” Caminero, 7-4 (7), of Lawrence, MA, in the eighth and final round.

It didn’t take Majewski long to open a cut over the right eye of Caminero. It didn’t stop him from getting into some heated exchanges with Majewski. The second round was a real slugfest with Majewski receiving a worse cut than Caminero on his left eye.

Though Majewski seemed to get the better of the late rounds the fight seemed even going into the fifth. Both fighte’s bled the entire fight with Majewski using a strong jab and straight right and Caminero throwing wild punches from all angles. In the fifth Caminero turned southpaw and Majewski was landed his straight right almost at will.

By the sixth round Caminero was wearing down but still never stopped trying. In the eighth round a right hand started the downfall of Caminero as he hit the canvas from a straight right with referee Sparkle Lee calling a halt immediately at 1:20 of the eighth and final round.

For the numerous Polish fans decorated in colors of red and white it was just a warm-up to how they would receive Adamek in the main event. Majewski was well ahead at the time of stoppage. He needs to learn to slip punches in order to move up the ladder.

2008 Olympian Sadam Ali, 11-0 (6), of Brooklyn, NY, took Manuel Guzman, 7-10-2 (3), of PR, fighting out of Lancaster, PA, to school in an 8 round welterweight bout. In the fifth round Guzman was cut under the right eye.

Ali easily won every round on the score cards his fans wanted a knockout. The usuallymore active Guzman only had one bout this year scoring a knockout. Ali was probably well aware of Guzman’s power and though he rocked him with straights Guzman was going nowhere. Ali has all the skills but it will take time.

Gabriel “King” Rosado, 14-5 (8), of Philadelphia, PA, and Jose Medina, 12-8 (5) of Guadalajara, MEX, now out of NH, fought a near even first round in this scheduled 8 in the junior middleweight division. The second round was close with Medina landing more.

In the third a short chopping right dropped Medina where his gloves touched the canvas for a count just prior to the bell. Rosado came out trying to finish Medina hurting him. He failed to follow up by boxing the rest of the round with an occasional right.

In the fifth Rosado continued boxing and slipping punches as the crowd was expecting a knockout. It was a close round. Rosado came out for the sixth round looking his best with Medina cut over the left eye. Again Rosado turned to boxing in the last minute of the round.

In the seventh Rosado boxed well in re-opening the Medina’s cut and followed suit in taking the 8th by boxing. The fan’s expected a knockout with Rosado’s earlier attack. The judges had it 79-72, 78-73 and 80-72 all for Rosado.

Tarvis Simms, 25-1-1, (11), of Norwalk, CT, coming back after a year lay-off rocked Willis “The Prophet” Lockett, 12-10-5 (5), of Takoma Park, MD, in the first round and pushed him to the canvas. In a flash a right uppercut dropped Lockett face down. He pushed himself up and lasted out the round. In the second turning southpaw Simms rocked Locket with a straight left hand that had him holding on.

Simms twin brother, the former champ, Travis Simms, was yelling instructions from ringside. In the third both fighters had a good one punch exchange. Simms power was proving too much for the usually tough Lockett who landed several overhand rights of his own. Lockett had a bloody nose at the end of the fourth.

In the fifth round Simms back to southpaw rocked Lockett with an uppercut. Lockett came back with a solid left hook to the chin of Simms. In the sixth and final round of this super middleweight bout both fighters seemed to slow down. It was an entertaining fight. These were super middleweights in a scheduled 6 rounder. Simms will work his way down to 160. At 39 time may not be on his side but he has punching power his record doesn’t show.

All judges ruled in favor of Simms by 60-54 and two scores of 60-53. “It was good to be back and I promise fireworks in my next fight,” said Simms. He recently signed with Main Events.

Angel Concepcion, 4-0 (0), out of Newark, and “Lucky” Lekan Byfield, making his debut, out of Yonkers, NY, didn’t give the people much to cheer about until the third round. Concepcion was too cautious in the first 2 rounds against the amateurish Byfield.

Concepcion coming in 10 pounds heavier and with a good amateur background still couldn’t drop Byfield. It’s no wonder Concepcion has no knockouts in his 4 wins. Looking like a poor man’s Ray Leonard twirling his right hand Byfield managed to get some punches in during the third round.

It was a lackluster performance on Concepcion’s part and if he was ever going to get his first knockout this was the one. He never seemed to open up including the last round. All scores were 40-36 with Sparkle Lee as the referee.

Opening the card Bryant Jennings, 5-0 (3), of Philadelphia, had the much bigger Randy Smith, making his debut, out of Cortland, NY, out in the first round with straight right hands in a 4 round heavyweight bout. In the second round a left hook drops Smith and his mouthpiece pops out. The referee Sparkle Lee stopped it at 2:18 of the second round as Smith got up facing away from Jennings.

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