Pierce thumps Williams, Booker stops Aduku, more CES Championship Jackpot Results

By Alex Pierpaoli

Last night at Mohegan Sun Arena, Elijah Pierce defeated Tramaine The Mighty Midget Williams by 10 round unanimous decision and picked up the WBS Silver Super Bantamweight belt. In the co-featured attraction, Stamford, CT’s Chordale Booker continued along the comeback trail, scoring a TKO victory over Daniele Aduku and picking up the WBC Silver Super Welterweight strap along the way. Female lightweight Stevie Jane Coleman scored a first round stoppage victory and Waterbury, CT’s Mike Kimbel scored another kayo in his second start as a professional boxer. Lots more in ring action took place in the arena before much of the boxing-loving crowd moved over to the sports book to watch the choppy broadcast of the Gervonta Davis versus Ryan Garcia fight from Las Vegas.

Also, before the Booker-Aduku fight, CES promoter Jimmy Burchfield announced the upcoming June 24th heavyweight clash between Joe Cusumano and Adam Kownacki to be held at Madison Square Garden on the Edgar Berlanga versus Jason Quigley undercard. Cusumano has won two bouts since a first round kayo defeat to Daniel Dubois in August of twenty-twenty-one.

Read on for full coverage of last night’s ten bout card:

Bout 1, Two hundred pound, Gabriel Aguilar Costa, 1-4, of Woburn, MA defeats the much larger, two-hundred thirty-seven pound, Harold Roy of Waltham, MA. 

At the opening bell it’s Costa reaching up at his bigger opponent while Roy thumps at him with slow, heavy shots. By the end of the round Costa starts finding the mid-section of Roy with his right hand. After 2 it’s Costa landing speedier, cleaner shots while Roy lands far less often but heavier and Costa’s leaning back from each shot may give the judges the sense he’s being stung. Costa boxing mostly from the orthodox stance but he’s switching southpaw and squaring up and leading with his right. Costa hurts Roy with a combination at the end of the third. 

Costa in control in the final round. Roy gassed-out and getting tagged. Sloppy, but effective unanimous decision victory for Costa. Despite a thirty-seven pound weight disadvantage, Gabriel Costa improves to 2-4 while Harold Roy backs his way into the professional rankings at 0-1. This one might have started out with the appearance of David versus Goliath but the sloppy result was a bit more like James and the Giant Peach.

Bout 2, New Britain CT’s Nathan Martinez, 126 pounds, gets right to work against wild-swinging Daniel Coronel, 124lbs, of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nathan Martinez’ back is covered with circular cupping therapy marks and it looks like he lost a fight with a giant octopus. In the first Martinez lands the quicker straighter shots in the opening round while Coronel elicits gasps from the crowd with his wild hooks aimed at but mostly missing the head of Martinez. Martinez lands several jolting straight rights to the head of the quick moving Cronel and scores a knockdown in the second. With about twenty seconds to go in the round Martinez drops Coronel with a left hook. Coronel is choosing to slug. Dr. Anthony Alessi takes a long careful look at Cornell before allowing the third round to begin. Martinez able to stun Coronel often in the third but unable to put him down again and it’s Coronel who catches Martinez with a stinging shot in the closing seconds. Coronel’s punches have a whipping, slashing quality to them and he seems to have shaken off however buzzed he may have been in round 2. Martinez not punching much in the 4th and that was the first round that was clearly Coronel’s. Martinez lands a got left hook to begin the fifth. Martinez holds his hands high and fires straight shots that get to the target quickly but Coronel’s hands-low defense and well-timed whipping shots are forcing Martinez to think twice before firing. Coronel has definitely made this into a fight after it looked very much like it was going to be a blow-out. Coronel’s feinting and busy, but mostly ineffective offense forced Nathan Martinez to settle for a distance win rather than the stoppage that looked inevitable. 

After six the officials score it 58-54, 60-52 x 2, all in favor of Nathan Martinez. Martinez goes up to 8-2 (2) while Daniel Alberto Coronel drops to 8-26-1 (3).

Bout 3, welterweight Yeison Berdugo, of Pawtucket, RI makes his pro-debut here versus 2-0, Jeff Gonzalez of New Haven. Gonzalez much busier in a mostly low-contact first round but it’s Berdugo who steals it with two jolting shots, one of which clearly rocked Gonzalez. Gonzalez controls round two and gets this crowd cheering when he drives Berdugo back into a neutral corner with a barrage of shots. Much better round two for Gonzalez. Berdugo scores a knockdown to start the third, Gonzalez complains about it but Ref. Arthur Mercante Jr gives him the mandatory 8 count. Gonzalez gets back to work, more serious now, sits down on his punches and lands a perfect left hook to the liver of Berdugo that ends this one. The official time is 1:29 of number three.

Jeff Gonzalez improves to 3-0 (1) while Yeison Berdugo is now a professional at 0-1.

Bout 4 pits two cruiserweights against each other, both men making their professional debuts. Slawomir Bohdziewicz, 198lbs of Stamford, CT goes up against Max Weslei Da Silva, 199lbs,  of Woburn, Ma. Bohdziewicz the aggressor in the opening round, he pursues Da Silva behind a hard, speedy jab. Da Silva having lots of difficulty with the range and quick shots of his taller, longer opponent. Da Silva bulls his way inside to start round two with mild success but Bohdziewicz feeds him several left hooks to the head and muscles him right back by round’s end. Da Silva looks gassed at the start of round three. Da Silva’s feet aren’t really under him. Bohdziewicz does exactly what a fighter needs to do with a guy like Da Silva who’s fleeing, swinging wildly and grappling, all in order to survive, and he goes to Da Silva’s belly with a hard left hook, follows it with an overhand right upstairs and crumples Da Silva in a neutral corner. Ref. Johnny Callas counts Da Silva out, the official time of the stoppage is 1:28. 

Both fighters are all smiles as they embrace after the official time of the stoppage is announced. 

Two cruiserweights came in here to make their debuts and debut they did; Max Da Silva is now 0-1 while Slawomir Bohdziewicz is 1-0 (1). 

Bout 5, female lightweight Stevie Jane Coleman, of Columbia, CT goes up against Sarah Click of Orlando, FL. Coleman starts fast, hammering at Click with both hands, and driving her back along the ropes. Click is driven back into her own corner behind a fusillade of blows from Coleman. Ref. Johnny Callas separates the fighters and asks the doctor to take a look at Click who may be complaining of a leg injury. But the only sprain suffered seemed to be to Click’s will to continue and the fight is stopped at 1:57 of the first. 

Stevie Jane Coleman improves to 5-1 (2) while Sarah Click falls to 1-4-1.

Bout 6, Mike Kimbel, 141lbs, of Waterbury, CT faces off against Dahvon Shelton, 140.5lbs, of Pawtucket, RI. A feint-filled first round with a slight edge going to Kimbel brings the boo-birds out in this good-sized crowd. Kimbel spent much of the round as a southpaw and seems to be looking to counterpunch while Shelton hesitates too much outside in round one. Kimbel is a hard puncher and he shows it in round two, landing a big straight right to the chin of Shelton that flattens him. Shelton rises but staggers away from Ref. Johnny Callas on unsteady legs, prompting Callas to wave off the bout. Kimbel picks up his second kayo in as many pro-starts as a boxer.

The official time is 1:04 of round 2. Mike Kimbel improves to 2-0 (2) while Dahvon Shelton falls to 1-2. 

Bout 7, Carlos Nunez, 120.5 lbs, of Port Chester, NY has trouble finding the range in round one versus the busier Dominique Griffin, 121lbs of Irving, TX. In round two, it’s the Texan landing harder and more often and Nunez is buzzed and retreating just before the bell. Lots of grappling between these two junior featherweights. Nunez landing double jabs and the left hook in the third and likely took that frame. Nunez the busier fighter in the fourth, connecting with cuffing overhand rights behind the jab. Griffin darts in and out with his shots but landing more sporadically. Griffin is better with the gamesmanship and he goads Nunez into careless bravado in that fifth. Griffin lands heavier bolts and Nunez gives away the last minute trying to act tough. Nice body shots from Griffin in round five. Twice Nunez reached down, slapped his own back foot and then smacked Griffin and was not warned about it either time by referee Arthur Mercante. It might look cool to some but it sure doesn’t score points and it’s not really a legal blow because it could end up getting debris into the eyes of your opponent. Hard to know if it will matter though. This observer saw Griffin winning and the officials agree, tabbing Griffin the victor by scores of 57-57, overruled by 2 scores of 58-56. 

With the majority decision victory, Dominique Griffin raises his record to 5-3-2 (2) while Carlos Venegas Nunez falls to 6-2 (5).  

Bout 8, Anthony Velazquez, 153.5lbs, of Springfield, MA stalks southpaw Rashid Stevens, 152lbs, of Gardena, CA in round one. Stevens staying just out of range, circling, walking away and tying up whenever they get close. Velazquez connects with several jabs in a mostly non-violent second round. Stevens turns on the offense in the third and is the aggressor for much of the round. Velazquez is busier but doing lots of missing the elusive and flexible Stevens who bends and dips and leans and lurches out of danger. Stevens lands the cleaner shots in round three. Stevens looks to be in control at the start of round six. Velazquez having lots of trouble landing cleanly while Stevens busily touching him and stepping back out of range. Velazquez scores two solid single shots in first half of the sixth which wake up his supporters in the crowd. These rounds might be difficult to score because neither fighter is landing a lot of clean blows. Stevens definitely appears the more confident and productive fighter at the start of seven. Not much lands for Velazquez in the 7th save for a right hand after the bell that pisses Stevens off. Velazquez has success when he goes to the waist of Stevens but he tries for it in the first half of the final round and Stevens makes him pay with a right-left to the head. Velazquez throws his hands up at the final bell but I’m not sure this one should break in his favor. The officials see it: 78-74 for Stevens, an absolutely ridiculous score of 80-72 for Velazquez and 76-76 even for a draw, which is a helluva lot better than a robbery. This wasn’t pretty by any means but the Glenn Feldman card of 78-74 for Rashid Stevens is also how this observer scored it.

Anthony Velazquez leaves the arena at 12-0-1 (11) and Rashid Stevens makes the long trip back to Cali at 6-1-2 (5). 

Bout 9, the co-featured attraction, Daniel Aduku, 154lbs, of Accra, Ghana meets Chordale Booker, of Stamford, CT. Booker takes a mostly feeling-out first round. Lots of circling with Booker landing slashing right hooks more than once. Both men stab at the mid-section, Booker’s shots land more solidly. They slug in the first minute of the second, when Aduku throws caution to the wind and comes inside on the southpaw behind a volley of shots. Nothing significant lands. Booker takes round two with several slashing right hooks. Much of Aduku’s early barrage were blocked. Booker jolts Aduku with an overhand left in the third that causes him to step back unsteadily. Booker starts landing heavier in round 4 and when he cracks him with a left hook as they are partly tied up Aduku goes down hard, face first through the ropes. It looked as though Aduku may have been hoping for a DQ win and Ref. Johnny Callas was signaling no knockdown. But Dr. Anthony Alessi was quickly into the ring and the bout is waved off. Aduku seems pretty upset as his handlers cut his gloves off which makes me suspect he was hoping to get a DQ off a perfectly legal left hook that landed while the fighters were partially clinched. The fight is called a TKO at 1:54 of  the 4th.

Chordale Booker raises his record to 19-1 (8) while Daniel Aduku, fighting for the first time outside of Ghana, heads home at 15-3-1 (10). 

Bout 10, Midget fires a big left hand bolt that gets Pierces attention. Ref Arthur Mercante angrily scolds Pierce for trying to clutch and muscle Williams when they engage. Mercante seems way too emotional in here. This is a southpaw versus southpaw squabble and they’re going to rough-out the terrain where this fight will take place. Pierce definitely shoving a bit. Williams lands with power in round two and Pierce scores a right of his own. Good second round for Williams who doubles the jab and follows it with left hand bolts to the head. Pierce clearly frustrated by his smaller speedier foe and he fires at Williams after the bell to end the second. Williams scores with another sneaky straight left to the chin of Pierce in round three. This has gotten rough, there’s head-butts as they come together and but Williams clearly getting the better of things. Double right hook, upstairs and down from Williams in round four. Pierce switching to orthodox and back to southpaw, looking to land heavily but unable to land more than a single shot at a time on Williams. This fight belongs to The Mighty Midget through 4. Pierce opening up in round five and he may have won that round. Williams electing to trade and he took a lot of leather in that fifth frame. The edge in power goes to Pierce but Williams landing more frequently and the more clever, style-shots. Double straight left power shots followed by a slashing right hook from Williams to start round six. The last minute of the seventh sees Pierce doing damage. Williams looks to be tiring. A chant of “Let’s go Midget, let’s go midget” starts up in round 7. Pierce chopping at Williams with his own hard left and he seems to be in control now. This is the 8th round coming up now and Pierce is surging. I’ve got Williams ahead 4 rounds to three but Williams taking a lot more punishment. Williams just completely unwilling to clinch and wow, he just landed three big lefts of his own. Williams cut badly over his right eye. This is a damn good fight!! Pierce is unbothered by Williams’ power. I gave that 9th round to Williams but it was close and Pierce’s shots are definitely more damaging. This fight is on the table for both guys at this point. Williams slams Pierce with speedy lefts to the face. Pierce cranks hooks into the ribs of Williams as he drives him along the ropes. Lots of punches landed by both fighters, the speed shots are all Williams with the edge is just plain raw blunt force trauma going to Pierce. This crowd is a nervous wreck awaiting the scorecards, it’s palpable. I had it 5 rounds a piece but could see it going 6-4 either way.

The officials see it 96-94, 97-93 x 2 all in favor of Elijah Pierce. Tough loss for Williams whose speedier shots just weren’t enough to make up for the heavier more damaging blows from Elijah Pierce.

Elijah Pierce improves to 17-2 (14) and picks up the WBC Silver Super Bantamweight strap while Tremaine The Mighty Midget falls to 20-1 (6).


Chordale Booker looks for 2nd win on comeback trail Saturday night

By Alex Pierpaoli

Stamford, CT’s Chordale “The Gift” Booker is in top shape and ready to face Daniel Aduku of Accra, Ghana, this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Booker and Aduku will fight 8 rounds for the WBC Silver Super Welterweight strap in the co-feature of a scheduled 9 bout card promoted by Rhode Island based promoter CES Fights. Booker’s last fight was an 8 rounder versus rugged Angel Hernandez, at the same venue, where Booker notched a lopsided unanimous decision victory. 

“I feel great, honestly,” the 31 year old southpaw said on Friday night. “I’m close to weight. I feel like I’m going to make weight really easy. And that’s gonna be a big weight lifted off my shoulders.” Booker giggled at his play on words.

Booker’s easy laugh filled the beautiful Revolution Training Gym in Stamford, CT, where he sparred with three different fighters for a total of more than ten rounds. 

“I got some good sparring in, with Tramaine, Mike, my boy Steve,” Booker said afterwards. 

Tramaine Williams, a super bantamweight southpaw from New Haven will box in Saturday’s Main Event and on Friday night he was first into the ring to spar with Booker. Despite a weight advantage for Booker, the two southpaws demonstrated why they’re the Main Event and co-featured attractions on CES Boxing’s Championship Jackpot card this week. 

“I feel sharp,” the 18-1 (7) Booker said. “I’m in there with Tramaine and I’m just trying to go speed with him. Trying to sit on my shots isn’t going to do anything for him or for me. I’m just trying to play that speed chess with him.” 

And that’s exactly what it looked like, speedy chess moves with the periodic crack of leather against flesh. After 6 rounds with the smaller, speedier “Mighty Midget” Williams, 26 year old Mike Kimbel of Waterbury was next into the ring with Booker. 

Kimbel is looking for his second win in as many fights as a pro-boxer this Saturday night after starting his career in MMA. Against Kimbel, Booker exchanged harder shots and worked on in-fighting, also allowing and encouraging Kimbel to push himself especially when the two were partially tied-up. 

Booker finished the evening of sparring with a few rounds against amateur boxer, Steve Mejias and apologized profusely when Mejias moved right into a hard body-shot that left him crumpled on the canvas. Mejias gathered himself got up and kept sparring with the very generous Booker who made sure to help each man he sparred with sharpen their skills while he sharpened his own.

“It’s a team,” the good natured Booker stated. “Everybody here is on my squad. I want everybody here to do well,” he explained. “I’m not looking to get hit,” he added, laughingly. 

Booker, who has spent his life in Stamford, CT, shares more than just boxing with members of the Revolution Training gym, where he’s a master trainer and the head coach of their youth program. As a coach he’s helped young people like Steve Mejias mature both in boxing and in life.

“He’s[Steve Mejias] a grown man,” Booker stated proudly. “He graduated high school, he’s got his automotive business. He came up through the youth program. I didn’t talk to him just about boxing I talked to him about having a girlfriend, I taught him about money…you know, expand his mind because I wish somebody did that for me!”

Booker continues along the comeback trail this weekend, rebounding from a 1st round knockout loss to Austin Williams, almost exactly one year ago at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the sensational Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano card. 

“I feel like that made me a better competitor, a better fighter, a better person,” Booker said about the loss. “I got to the point where I was stagnant. I was stale in my growth. I didn’t feel like I was preparing the same way. I felt like I wasn’t learning much anymore. I had to take a step back and just look at everything around me. And I started looking at my game and trying to say ok, this is the reason why I lost. Here’s the shot I kept getting hit with.” 

And after that soul-searching, Booker is now in tip-top shape and ready for this weekend. If victorious versus Aduku, Booker will pick up the WBC Silver Super Welterweight strap and hopes to stay busy, fighting 3 more times this year if possible.

“A lot of guys, they’ll say my name because of how I lost…They think I’m gonna say no. I say yes and then they out-price themselves and they say the money wasn’t there for the fight…But I’m just going to stay active, stay busy with whoever gets in the ring…You sign on the dotted line and we’ll fight you.”

Booker’s opponent, Daniel Aduku, will be fighting for the first time outside his native Ghana and it can be difficult to prepare for someone you learn about mostly on paper.

“I watched a few videos [of Aduku]. There was two videos on line…He’s a come forward fighter, trying to use his strength, pressure…I’ve seen that at least a hundred times. I had a hundred and forty amateur fights. I’ve seen that style before. Over and over and over. I don’t think anything he can do is gonna surprise me.”

“I feel like my last performance [in January versus Hernandez] was good. I gave myself a B minus. There’s some things I thought I could’ve done better…I wanted a better, sharper, quicker performance”

On this Saturday night, Chordale Booker looks to do just that and maybe earn himself an A.

Saturday’s fight card is scheduled to showcase 9 bouts featuring regional talent, including CT fighters: Nathan Martinez of New Britain, Stevie Jane Coleman of Columbia and Mike Kimbel of Waterbury. The first bout begins at 6pm and tickets are available through CES Fights website and at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office.

Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams returns to Mohegan Sun

By Alex Pierpaoli

New Haven, CT’s Tramaine The Mighty Midget Williams returns to action this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Williams battles Elijah Pierce for the WBC Silver Super Bantamweight Title in the ten round main event. Williams’ last fight was in August of 2022 and has not fought in CT since August of 2020 when he picked up his sole defeat, a 12 round UD, to Angelo Leo at the Uncasville venue. 

Still promoted by Roc Nation, Tramaine Williams, a 30 year old southpaw, will headline this week’s card promoted by Rhode Island based promoter Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Fights. 

“This kinda made sense for both parties,” Williams explained. “I’m a seat-filler… I’ve known Jimmy Burchfield since I was nine… Right now this is like a mutual partnership.” 

The Mighty Midget’s last time through the ropes was in Arizona back in August where he defeated Jetro Pabustan of the Philippines by ten round unanimous decision. Now 20-1 (6) The Mighty Midget looks to become more active.

“I was inactive for two years and when you’re inactive for a year they[sanctioning bodies] take you out. I’ve been taken out [of the WBC rankings]. This is a meaningful fight. That first fight [versus Pabustan] was just to get me back active on BoxRec.”

In May of last year, Williams was scheduled to face Isaac Sackey in Dubai, when the death of UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan resulted in the cancellation of the entire card which would have been broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Arriving in Dubai with just about two weeks to go before fight night, it wasn’t long before the whole event was scrubbed.

“I was actually in Dubai when the president died,” Williams described. “We landed on Tuesday and he died Thursday…When a Muslim dies there’s forty days of mourning. The whole city was closed… Everything was cancelled.”

On Saturday night, Williams faces hard punching Elijah Pierce of Oklahoma City, OK, 16-2 (14), currently ranked 37th in the WBC Super Bantamweight division. Up for grabs is the WBC Silver belt. 

“He [Pierce] actually won the Silver before and he didn’t fight within a hundred twenty days so they stripped him,” Williams said. 

After a grueling training camp at home in Connecticut, Williams looks to be in excellent condition. FistThingsFirst was present for one of his final sparring sessions where Williams boxed 6 rounds with Stamford, CT’s junior middleweight Chordale Booker, who faces Daniel Aduku of Ghana, in the 8 round co-featured attraction on the Mohegan Sun card this Saturday. Although larger, Booker is also a southpaw just like Williams and the man he’ll be facing, Elijah Pierce. Williams showed elusiveness and a speedy overhand left in sparring, which he’ll need on Saturday night.

“I feel good,” Williams said while skipping rope. “It’s been a long time since I feel this way. Each day that goes on I feel better, more confident. I wasn’t excited, I wasn’t happy with my last performance[versus J. Pabustan]. I feel good this time.”

Saturday’s fight card is scheduled to showcase 9 bouts featuring regional talent, including CT fighters: Nathan Martinez of New Britain, Stevie Jane Coleman of Columbia and Mike Kimbel of Waterbury. The first bout begins at 6pm and tickets are available through CES Fights website and at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office.