Estrada steps up vs. Shufford

Estrada continues to improve in step up win over Shufford; Remillard regains featherweight bauble with impressive decision over Perez

By Alex Pierpaoli

originally published 2/1/08 on

It’s a little odd seeing a big man with quick hands but Rhode Island’s Jason Estrada is just that sort of heavyweight.  In a recent main event at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Jason Estrada 11-1 (2) out-pointed Charles Shufford 20-8-1 (9) over ten rounds to earn a lop-sided unanimous decision.


Despite falling short at the 2004 Olympics, Estrada continues to improve as a professional and faced his toughest test yet in veteran Charles Shufford.  Despite a reach and height advantage for Shufford it was the speedy combination punching of Estrada that ruled the night and got him the victory.


“He tried to put pressure,” Estrada said in describing Shufford’s effort.  “He was cagey in thereナbut I was just in better shape.”


In stark contrast of size and speed to the heavies, the featherweight co-feature pitted Manchester CT’s Matt Remillard against Manuel Perez of Denver, CO.  With the decision win, Remillard reclaimed the WBC World Youth Featherweight Title and is now 12-0 (7) while Perez falls to 11-4 (2).


Light heavyweights Manuel Lopes of Brokton, MA and John Micheal Terry of Portsmouth, VA, fought to four-round draw on the undercard.  Terry scored a knockdown in the last few seconds of round one, but afterwards it was Lopes who used superior skill in the face of Terry’s crafty angles and sneaky power to even the score on the official cards.  Lopes is now 4-0-1 (1) and Terry finishes with a record of 2-7-3 (1).

In a bout of serious local interest, Foxwoods poker dealer and Ledyard, CT native, Brian Macy made his professional debut in scintillating fashion with a one-punch second round kayo over Pete Guthy.  Super middleweight Macy attacked Guthy to the body in round one and showed poise and focus beyond his ring experience in the abbreviated bout.


“The body shots are what did it,” Macy said later.  “That softened him up.  I thought I was going to get him to the body but that one just came so I’ll gladly take it.”


The crunching left hook Macy used to end things thrilled the crowd but made less of an impact on Macy when it connected.


“Honestly I felt like I was throwing a lot harder hooks earlier in the fight,” Macy explained.  “But that one, I started getting limber and loosening up and it connected with the sweet spot.  I’m glad he didn’t get up.  That was a picture perfect way to end it”


With the result, Guthy fell to 1-2-1 while Macy is now a pro-fighter, 1-0 (1).


Cruiserweight Aaron Williams defeated Manu Ntoh by eight-round unanimous decision.  Williams used his height and reach advantage effectively over the squat but well-muscled Ntoh who pressured throughout but was never able to connect more than one punch at a time.  Williams remains undefeated with a record of 16-0-1 (11) while Ntoh looks to regroup with a record of 17-14-1 (10).


In a regional light heavyweight squabble, Lowell, MA’s Joe McCreedy was lucky to get a six round majority decision win over Chris Traietti of Quincy, MA.  Although it appeared to this observer that Traiettii controlled the action from the start, McCreedy did keep the pressure on forcing Traietti into the ropes repeatedly.  Chances are local fans will get to see these two do it again at some point in the future as little was settled in this go round.   McCreedy improved to 6-1 (4) and Traietti fell to 7-1 (4).


Super middleweight Eric Pinarreta of New Bedford, MA, defeated Richard Starnino by TKO when Starnino refused to answer the bell to start round three.  Coming on hard in round 2, Pinarreta unloaded with both hands and Starnino just stopped punching under the assault before trudging to his corner at the bell.  With the victory Pinarreta is now 2-1 (2) while Starnino falls to 8-3-1 (1).


Female welterweight Adelita Irizarry of Hartford attacked Tonya Gallegos in round one, bloodying her nose and pressuring her until the bell.  Despite Gallegos’ pink and white ring attire she was no powder-puff and she hung in there for four tough rounds despite being painfully out-gunned by the focused Irizarry.  Now 4-1 (2), Irizarry picks up the unanimous decision win and Gallegos drops to 4-7 (2).


In the first bout of the evening, Johnston, RI, light heavyweight Angel Camacho dominated Terrence Jones in a competitive scrap Camacho won via unanimous decision.  Camacho is now 9-0 (4) while Jones drops to 10-11 (6).


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