Special report from HHR's man on the street @cmatthews58.
HHR was recently attended the 6th annual BOX NYC event. In a word, it was outstanding. Not only were there 6 undercard fights leading up to the main event, which incidentally was for the New York State Welterweight title, but there were celebrities, retired athletes, comedians, a silent auction, a poker tournament, models and oh, there was food and drink as well. What was even better was that all of this was to help benefit Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a foundation to help with those affected by Spina Bifida.
WCMG was the major force behind this initiative and boy did they deliver. The venue was packed, the crowd was pumped and there was some great action in and out of the ring. Confirmed sightings of Curtis Martin, Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and Anthony Mason (dude LOVES his Ciroc cocktails…and was VERY fan friendly…).
Here is a rundown of the fights:
In the first fight of the evening, middleweight Vadim Gurau defeated Eduado Ayuso by decision. This happened to be the pro debut for each of them.
In the second fight, cruiserweights Rashawn Myers faced Armin Mrkanovic. Rashawn Myers won in a 1st round TKO when his opponent, Armin Mrkanovic had to stop due to a leg injury.
For the third fight which was enjoyable to watch, heavyweight Jarrell Miller, who was promoted as the “future heavyweight king of the world” was able to win by TKO in the 4th round over Isaac Villanueva.
In the fourth fight, lightweight Deano Burrell matched up against George Santiago. Burrell outlasted Santiago and won the fight by decision.
The fifth fight was between heavyweights Thomas Hardwick and Derek Walker. Hardwick celebrated his pro debut by winning the bout with a KO in the 3rd round.
The sixth and final fight before the main event was between Boyd Melson and Hector Rivera. Melson secured a KO in the 1st round when he dropped Rivera 44 seconds into the fight.
The main event was to win the USA Welterweight New York State title which, apparently, was vacant. If anyone can explain to HHR why a title belt can be vacant, please let us know.
Anyway, Mike Ruiz and Martin Wright teamed up for 8 rounds of solid boxing.
As the fight progressed, Ruiz and Wright really got after each other. Ruiz was able to score a knockdown in round 3 but then the tide turned for Wright in the 4th and after.
Entering the 8th round, it still could have been anyone’s fight. Watch the 8th round (with some Anthony Mason bonus footage) below.
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In the end, Wright won by split decision 77-74, 75-76 and 76-75. See the announcement below.
All in all, it was a great night for boxing and an even better night for charity. Thank you to WCMG for the event and to Jonathan Schecter to making sure HHR’s man on the ground had a great time.