By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez & Chris Cook Ringside
Photo: Nola “SuperNola”
Tampa,FL- On Friday night was the Inaugural Pier 6 Promotions debut in professional boxing as the newest promotor in Florida Ivan Echevarria weathered the storm of overwhelming criticism of not succeeding with his October 18th venue that landed Echevarria in the hospital, Echevarria focussed on taking care of his health Apparently overcame and moved forward with what I might say a very well done venue.
In the Main Event in-front of a sold out crowed at the Doubletree Westshore in Tampa, FL. It was Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic fighting for respect with a early impressive showing going right after veteran Otis “Triple G” Griffin (24-14, 10 KO’S) right from the bell in round one, Kalajdzic gained control right from the jump shooting bombs right at Griffin who needed a head start in the exchanged but invited the exchange against the quicker Kalajdzic who dazzled Griffin with a hook that drops Griffin two his knees mid of the round, Griffin taking half the count by referee Dennis DeBon got up to continue in the contest Griffin fighting defensively attempted to fight back and did, landing a few jabs on the coming forward Kalajdic who denoted to be fighting with a killer instinct attacked Griffin on the ropes as referee Dennis Debon jumped right in-front of Griffin waving off the fight as Griffin had a few words in the ring with the referee contesting that he was ok.
Kalajdzic who predicted in Thursday’s press conference he was going to knock out Griffin gets the TKO stoppage as Radivoje Kalajdric becomes the Lt. Heavyweight IBU Champion.
In the co-main event Aaron “Jedi”Jaco (16-3, 6 KO’s)from Sarasota, Florida out punched Timothy Hall who drops to (7-15, 4 KO’s) out jabbing him early firing body shots to Hall the less active fighter in the early going. More Importantly, Jaco crushes Hall with a perfect punch in 2nd rd. Hall rally’s back throwing overhand rights banging with Jaco who had more success fighting Hall tall, Jaco turned the turned around landing more punches outworking Hall who showing that he is making the fight hard for himself. Hall landed a solid right hand that just fired up Jaco more turns and rocks Hall with a right hand Jaco leaning in to fight Hall close Jaco went right back to the jab lands a devastating right hand to the head of Hall who is being eaten up with the long-arm quickness of Jaco. It clearly was a matter of time in this contest referee Emil Lombardi jumped in to stop the action at 1:20 of the 5th Round.
Featherweights Ricky Tomlinson (1-0-2, 1 KO) fights to his second controversial majority draw against Brayan Resto from Puerto Rico.
Jr Bantamweights Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques (3-0, dominated a 4 round unanimous decision 43-35 in all 3 judges cards against tough mexican Maria Ruiz from Huston, Texas. Bosques catches Ruiz in the exchange dropping her in Rd 1. the action continued as Bosques jab seemed to have radar to Ruiz face, no matter what Ruiz threw the St. Petersburg rising star Bosques landed with authority and telling effect against the ineffective Ruiz.
Bosques corner trainer Sherman Hunson keeping Bosques in close range with Ruiz who had a hard time in the inside with the quicker Bosques who capitalize in the contest.
Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KO) a prohibitive favor as he remains undefeated beating Charles Hayward (9-6-0, 4 KO’s) in a very “grass growing” bout.
Welterweights Jean Colon De Jesus in the corner trying to recover from a left right combination that drops him hard to the canvas giving Tampa’s Paul Simpson (2-0, 1 KO) the TKO victory at 1:31 of Round One.
In the opening bout Lt. Heavyweight Jarrett White (1-0,1KO) in his anticipated pro debut celebrates on top of the corner on the ropes after sticking fear into Nathan Ortiz with TKO at 2:39 of the 1st round. White looked to have the stronger physique started off by sticking a hard double jab to the face of Ortiz who was disposed quickly with the impressive outing of White.