In the ten round junior welterweight featured bout at Roseland Ballroom, NYC fan favorite “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis took another step closer to realizing his title shot dream. With his large Greek fan base behind him the world ranked Arnaoutis looked very sharp throughout the bout, utilizing his jab and quickness to keep the tough challenger Ben Ankrah (11-8, 3 KOs) at bay. In the early going Arnaoutis utilized his speed to dictate the tempo of the first few rounds. Arnaoutis got in a real groove in the forth round, landing a set of combinations and began stalking the game Ankrah. In the mid rounds Arnaoutis stuck with his game plan and effectively landed jabs, followed with harder snapper punches.
To the credit of Ankrah he was able to stick around and in the eighth round he caught Arnaoutis off guard, landing an effective right which backed Arnaoutis up. The eighth round ended with both men slugging it out. Arnaoutis regained his footing in the last two rounds, opening his tool box of skills. Arnaoutis demonstrated to his cheering fans his power by rattling Ankrah with body shots. It appeared that Ankrah was about to cave in the tenth round from the grueling body attack opposed by Arnaoutis. Somehow Ankrah was able to survive, sending this one to the judges. Arnaoutis received a perfect score of 100- 90 on two cards, while the third judge scored the fight closer at 96-94 for Arnaoutis. With the unanimous decision victory “Mighty” Mike The pride of Greece should now be in line for a title shot.
The co-feature pitted heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (31-4, 22 KOs) against Terrell Nelson (8-7, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout. This one only required two rounds as Maddalone smashed and smashed Nelson until the referee stopped the bout in the second round, to the complaints of Nelson who felt the stoppage was premature. Maddalone at the opening bell, charged out from his corner and both fighters began landing explosive shots. The action continued into the second round with Maddalone clobbering Nelson against the ropes as referee James Santa moved in and stopped the fight declaring Maddalone the winner.
Eddie Irizarry (4-0, 2 KO) scored a 2nd round knockout over Jose Zamora in a featherweight bout. Inzarry was very impressive and spoiled the debut of Zamora.
Bryant Pappas (7-0, 7 KO’s) knocked out Chris Morton (1-3) in the 1st round in a middleweight bout. Pappas the fighting Police Sgt. donated his entire purse to Memorial Sloan Kedering Cancer Center.
Ahmed Samir improved to (4-0) with a unanimous decision victory over Tyrone Smith (5-6-2, 2 KO’s) in a cruiserweight bout. All the judges scored the fight 40 -35 for Samir.
Jose Amaro Guzman (5-0, 4 KO’s) taking on Luis Angel Lopez (2-7-1, 1 KO) in a Lightweight bout knocked Lopez out in the 4th round.