La Bomba & Darchinyan win

Edwin La Bomba Rodriguez Thumps Jason Escalera at Foxwoods’ MGM Grand

By Alex Pierpaoli

originally published 10/1/12 on


Edwin La Bomba Rodriguez lived up to his nickname last night at Foxwoods’ MGM Grand, shelling Jason Escalera from the start of their USBA Super Middleweight title bout and stopping him at 12 seconds of round number 8. Although never off his feet, Escalera, of Union City, NJ, took a pounding throughout the Main Event, culminating in a series of blasts from Rodriguez in a neutral corner that brought a stream of blood from his ear and prompted Ref. Steve Smoger to finally step in and halt the action. Edwin Rodriguez’ victory capped off the exciting 8 bout card promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Promotions which featured 3 televised attractions on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.

With the victory Rodriguez is now 22-0 (15) and Escalera, losing for the first time, is 13-1-1 (12).


In the second attraction of the boxing triple-header, thirty-six year old super bantamweight Vic Darchinyan turned back the clock on his career in wresting the NABF title from previously undefeated Luis Orlando Del Valle in a rough, one-sided but exciting unanimous decision. Darchinyan, of Sydney, Australia, used his roughhewn aggression and southpaw style to bash, butt, batter and bang-away at young Del Valle, of Newburgh, NY. A credit to his character and toughness, Del Valle endured elbows and butts from the pressuring Darchinyan but simply had nothing to stop or even slow up the assault of the Australian. When the decision was announced two of the official judges gave Del Valle just one round with scores of 99-91, while the third was far more generous seeing the bout as much closer with a score of 96-94.

Darchinyan breathed new life into his sagging career with the victory, improving to 38-5(27) while Luis Orlando Del Valle tastes defeat for the first time as a professional and falls to 16-1(11).


In the third featured attraction and first televised on the pay-cable network, Quebec, Canada’s Antonin Decarie scored the kayo of the night over Alex Perez, of Newark, NJ,  in a scheduled ten round NABF welterweight title bout. Decarie controlled the distance beautifully and was able to sting the southpaw Perez with quick left hooks and straight rights before Perez could retaliate. In round six, a short snappy left hook made Perez’ legs go rubbery and Decarie jumped right on his hurt foe, sending him to the canvas once and then forcing Ref. Danny Schiavone to halt the action at 2:54 when Decarie was blasting away with both hands.

Decarie is now 27-1(8) while Alex Perez loses for the first time, dropping to 16-1(9).


The Polish Prince, unbeaten super featherweight Ryan Kielczweski, of Quincy, MA, cruised to a lopsided 6 round unanimous decision win over Jeremy McLaurin of Coon Rapids, MN. Kielczweski unleashed with both hands in the final stanza, bloodying the nose of McLaurin and bringing The Polish Prince fans in attendance to their feet. When the decision came the scores were 60-54 twice, while one judge gave McLaurin a single round with a score of 59-55.

Kielczweski improved to 14-0(2) while McLaurin fell to 9-4(5).


Super bantamweights, Luis Rosa and Victor Valenzuela gave Ref. Eddie Cotton all he can handle in a sloppy, tangled, grappling affair that saw both fighters lose points for excessive holding and refusing to break cleanly. But Luis Rosa, of New Haven, CT, was able to make up for the ugly clash of styles and put enough solid punches together to break down Valenzuela, of Patterson, NJ, and force his corner to stop the bout at 1:21 of round 6.

Luis Rosa remains undefeated at 11-0 (6) while Victor Valenzuela dropped to 8-4(1).


Framingham, MA’s, Danny O’Connor made short work of Josh Sosa, of Kansas City, KS, in a super lightweight contest that ended at :33 of the third with O’Connor overwhelming Sosa under a fusillade of blows which caused Ref. Eddie Cotton to intervene and halt the action. O’Connor, the popular super lightweight, brought quite a cheering section to the CT arena and left at 18-1(6) while Sosa fell to 10-4 (5).


Female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis scored a repeat victory over Tanzee Daniel in a rematch of their March, 2011 bout Lamonakis won by unanimous decision. This time Daniel, of Queens, NY, made a better account of herself by holding Lamonakis, of Turner Falls, MA, to a draw on one of the three official scorecards. But Lamonakis’ pressure and good body-punching convinced the other judges she’d done enough to win on the night and Lamonakis came away with a 6-round majority decision victory.

With the loss Daniel dropped to 4-2-1(1) while Lamonakis improved to 7-0-2 (1).


In the first bout of the evening, Isaac Chilemba, of Johannesburg, SA, stayed busy with an all-business-type effort over durable but limited Rayco Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA. Chilemba improved to 20-1-1 (9) and Saunders fell to 22-17-2(9).

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