Navarro, Berto & Augustus win

Jose Navarro puts on a boxing clinic versus Torres;

Augustus and Berto notch victories

By Alex Pierpaoli

originally published 5/23/06 on


Bantamweight Jose Navarro boxed an almost perfect ten rounds versus Vernie Torres at Mohegan Sun to win a unanimous decision in an ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights Main Event.  Navarro was rebounding from a close and controversial decision loss to Masamori Tokuyama this past February in Osaka, Japan.  But in Connecticut versus Torres, Navarro was all but perfect losing only one round on two of the official scorecards.

The southpaw Jose Navarro pressured Vernie Torres from the opening bell.  Torres, nicknamed the Little Dragon, was able to feed Navarro a couple decent lead rights in the opening round but the rest of the fight was spent with Torres’ back to the ropes and Navarro hammering at him with both hands.

In the seventh round Navarro was cut by what was ruled a head butt but otherwise the southpaw from Los Angeles put on a boxing clinic for the crowd.  When the decision was announced the scores were 99-89 from Judge Steve Epstein, 99-90 from Judge George Smith and Judge Tom Kaczmarek saw it 98-91.

Later, Navarro spoke to media in the locker room.


“I’m happy with the winナI think he was just trying to survive.  He took a lot of good punches and I give him credit for that.  He dominated the first round but after the second round he went into survival mode.”


Navarro hopes to get another title shot soon and vows he will not be denied a close decision again.


“I wanna fight the best in the world, I wanna be a champion…My goal since a kid is to be world champion, I’m not gonna let that stop me.”


Jose Navarro is now 24-2 (11) and Vernie Torres drops to 27-7 (15).



In the eight round co-feature, boxing’s favorite journeyman Emanuel Augustus faced off against Marteze Logan in a fight promoter Lou Dibella called “two spoilers fighting each other.”  Records mean nothing in a fight like this between two skilled journeymen, and Augustus-Logan did not disappoint as both men worked hard and threw lots of punches while displaying crafty moves and defensive footwork that wowed the crowd.


The All-Business Augustus can’t help but be cute in thereラhe shook his head NO when Logan landed cleanlyラto let him know he felt nothing.  Both men were setting their feet and winging hard punches.  The left hook from Logan was landing well and for a moment it looked like Marteze had found a weakness to exploit, until Augustus threw and landed three lead rights in a row.


The feeling out process was over early and these two pugs were raining hard punches on each other in a close third round.  Half way through the fourth Augustus struck a Most Muscular pose in the face of Logan and by the end of the round he was scoring well and when the bell sounds Logan stared Augustus down as both men returned to their corners.


Augustus’ fighting style is a little bit drunken master and a little bit Jerry Springer guest; he high-steps and mugs and can still land accurate punches from crazy angles.  The fifth saw Augustus lifting his knees and dancing; Augustus as pure clown, pure performer.  But in the sixth Augustus goes from performer to pug as he pressured and pursued Logan along the ropes landing clean sweat spraying punches.  In the last minute Logan rallied and landed some good shots, preventing Augustus from keeping his rhythm.

Neither guy is a power puncher but after seven rounds it’s Augustus who seems intent on getting a kayo.  But it doesn’t come and when the decision is announced it’s unanimous for Augustus by scores of 79-73 from Judges Tom Kaczmarek and Frank Lombardi and 77-75 from Judge John Makaie.


Emanuel Augustus’ record is now 32-27-6 (17) while Marteze Logan falls to 22-24-2 (5).


Two thousand four Haitian Olympian, Andre Berto saw some TV action on the undercard and made quick work of Gerardo Prieto.

“Berto is the best prospect in boxing and you’ll see that in a few minutes,” said promoter Lou Dibella.  Three rounds later Dibella was proved right when Berto dropped Prieto twice before stopping him at 1:52 of round three.  The welterweight Berto fights a little like Joe Frazier and a little like King Kong, which is not a bad combination and his record improved to 12-0 (10) with the kayo.  Prieto dropped to 5-4-1.


Light heavies Anthony Russell and Jason Quick kicked off the night of action with an off-TV 6-rounder.  Despite suffering a flash knockdown in round six, Russell won a unanimous decision by three scores of 58-55 by judges Don Trella, George Smith and Frank Lombardi.  Russell improved to 13-1-1 (2) and Jason Quick is now 4-3-1 (3).


In the night’s walkout bout Yukeno Andino improved to 5-0 (1) with a unanimous decision win over Gilberto Guevara who dropped to 3-1-1 (1).


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