Elvin Ayala Scores 9th Round TKO Victory over John Mackey at Mohegan Sun;
Chip Perez & Shelito Vincent notch wins in separate bouts
By Alex Pierpaoli
originally published 10/1/12 on BillyCBoxing.com
New Haven CT’s Elvin Ayala returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena with a ninth round TKO win over John Mackey on Saturday night in the Main Event of a 9-bout card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. Just 8 days shy of one year ago Ayala decisioned Derrick Findley here at the Uncasville, CT casino, claiming the vacant WBC United States Middleweight USNBC belt, the same vaguely significant title he defended in besting Mackey. Ayala, fighting for the first time under the tutelage of new trainer Marshall Kauffman, looked leaner and more confident in his fighting ability than he was in March when he fought for the first time after an 8-month lay-off. This weekend’s Elvin Ayala was in top-shape and dangerous fighting form and the 31 year old hopes to land a more significant bout in the coming months.
Starting fast from the opening round Elvin Ayala used a busy pace and combination punching to keep John Mackey, of Montgomery, AL, on the defensive from the beginning. As the fight continued the action certainly heated up as both men scored with sweat-spraying power shots but it was Ayala landing more frequently and consistently through the first 4 frames. Looking far more comfortable in his balance than in his previous outing, Ayala had more offensive tools at his disposal than his opponent.
But Ayala seemed to tire in the sixth round and Mackey surged a bit winning the 7th and 8th in this writer’s opinion, but the surge was not to last. Elvin Ayala started the 9th with renewed vigor, opening up with both hands and Referee Danny Schiavone stepped in to halt the action at :53 seconds. Some boos from the crowd echoed the surprise on Mackey’s face when the ref intervened but there was no doubt Ayala had landed several hard unanswered blows.
With the win Ayala is now 26-5-1 (12) and Mackey is 13-8-3 (6).
In the co-featured attraction, Providence, RI’s, Shelito Vincent scored a lop-sided unanimous decision win over debuting Ivana Coleman in a female fight that had the crowd cheering throughout. Despite being far-less skilled, Slidell, LA’s, Coleman fought with loads of grit and withstood the two-fisted pressure style of the fan-friendly Vincent. When the decision was rendered at the end of 4 it was unanimous, all three judges seeing it 40-36 in Vincent’s favor. Shelito Vincent improved to 4-0 while Coleman starts her career at 0-1.
In the fan favorite bout of the night, East Hartford, CT’s Joseph “Chip” Perez defeated Johnny Frazier of Akron Ohio by TKO at the end of round 3. There was little feeling-out process in the opening round of this contest of 130-pounders; both men were content to trade big shots early. But in round two it was clear Perez’s body assault was wearing on the bold and blustery Frazier. In the third, both men waved each other one after scoring with damaging shots but it was Perez’ punches that had the more telling effect, producing a knockdown in the final seconds of the round. Ref. Mike Ortega stopped the fight as the count continued after the bell and it was clear Frazier was in no shape to continue.
In victory, Perez improved to 9-1 (3) and Johnny Frazier dropped to 3-10-2 (2).
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