Manfredo outworks Vanda in ten rounds at Mohegan Sun

By Alex Pierpaoli

originally published 2/1/10 on


Providence’s Peter Manfredo Jr. defeated Minnesota’s Matt Vanda by unanimous decision in the ten round Main Event on Friday night in Uncasville, CT.  Temperatures were in the single digits outside but inside the Mohegan Sun Arena a large and enthusiastic crowd warmed up quickly for the exciting 7 bout card featuring pugilists from the region.

Manfredo was the busier, more aggressive fighter over ten rounds and the Rhode Islander landed a big left hook to the floating rib in round six that put Vanda on one knee.  Despite being competitive throughout, the durable Vanda only managed to win one round on the three judge’s scorecards along the way to his tenth defeat, ending a 3 bout win-streak for the Minnesotan.  Peter Manfredo, who scaled 159 ᄒ and fought at middleweight for the first time since his first fight with Sergio Mora in 2005, looked formidable at the lower weight class.  The crowd enjoyed Manfredo’s work rate, chanting: Pete-ah, Pete-ah! as he pursued Vanda, pressuring him throughout the bout.

With the decision win, Manfredo improved to 34-6 (18) while Matt Vanda dropped to 42-10 (22).

In the co-main event, Manchester, Connecticut’s Matt Remillard scored an impressive TKO when Rafael Lora, of Irvington, New Jersey, was unable to answer the bell to start round four.  Remillard doubled up the left hook effectively, landing lots of leather in the second round when it looked like he hurt Lora.  Lora was hurt again along the ropes by a fusillade of left and right hand power punches from Remillard at the start of the third.  By round’s end Lora trudged to his corner where the fight was stopped with Lora complaining of a hurt rib and his corner men applying the ice bag to his left side.  Remillard is now 21-0 (12) and retains his NABF Featherweight Title while Lora returns to New Jersey at 11-2 (5).

Lightweight Arash Usmanee beat Jorge Ruiz by unanimous decision in an abbreviated bout that was stopped after four rounds when Ruiz suffered a deep gash to the scalp.  In the fourth, just as Usmanee missed with an uppercut, Ruiz collided with Usmanee’s elbow or chin as he was lunging forward.  Ruiz reacted immediately, pawing at the top of his head at the flow of blood and wincing in pain.  After a quick look by Ringside Physician Dr Michael Schwartz the bout was stopped due to the severe laceration.  The skilled Usmanee had been in control of the bout up until that point and picks up his fifth win in as many fights, 2 by kayo, while Ruiz falls to 7-11-2.

Joseph Perez, one of three fighters on the card from the Hartford area, scored his third victory in as many pro-bouts over Luis Quezada of Puerto Rico.  Perez used good combination punching and aggression to keep the pressure on the circling Quezada.  Perez scored with left hooks and an effective overhand right and got the better of the bout’s heated exchanges.  Quezada coasted a bit in the fourth and final round of the exciting scrap and ended up on the losing end of a majority decision.  Perez improves to 3-0 (1) while Quezada drops to 1-2.

Female lightweight, Rachel Clark, of North Carolina, defeated Adelita Irizarry, of Hartford, by 6-round split decision.

Welterweight Joseph Elegele, of Melbourne Florida, scored a first round knockout over Chris Russel, of Shaddock, Oklahoma, in the night’s walk-out bout.

In the opening bout of the night, super middleweight J’Leon Love,of Detroit, made his successful pro debut by scoring 2 knockdowns en route to a first round TKO win over Vince Burkhalter of Philadelphia.

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