(JAN 30) On Friday night, in
front of a sold out arena at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno,
NV, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Let's Get It On Promotions put
together an action packed card on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" headlined
by Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, taking on Jesse Brinkley in an Official
IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight
CURTIS STEVENS (L) AND
JESSE BRINKLEY (R) ENGAGED IN AN ALL OUT WAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
Both fighters prior to the fight promised
fireworks, and that's exactly what the audience got, as Stevens came out
fast and hard in the first, landing vicious left hooks that immediately
caught the attention of Brinkley. A left hook near the end of the first
caught Brinkley flush on the cheek and created a nasty welt under his
The middle rounds saw good, highly competitive action, as both fighters
showed they were not afraid to stand and trade, which continuously
brought the crowd into a roaring frenzy.
While Stevens seemed to be landing the
heavier of the blows, Brinkley kept pressing forward and landed shots of
his own. In the 6th a big right hand from Brinkley rocked Stevens.
Brinkley immediately looked to capitalize and jumped on Stevens, as
Stevens laid on the ropes, waving Brinkley to keep coming. Another short
right hand caught Stevens on the jaw, forcing him to take a knee to gain
The remainder of the fight saw both fighters leave everything they had
in the ring. As soon as it looked as though Stevens might be gaining the
upper hand, Brinkley would storm back with an assault of his own.
Knowing he needed a knockout to win in Brinkley's hometown, Stevens came
out aggressive in the 11th, winging shots trying to stop the hometown
favorite. The two closed the round once again standing toe-to-toe
In the final round the two once again let it all hang out, each landing
huge hooks and right hands. A big right hand sent Stevens falling back
into the ropes, causing the referee to jump in and credit Brinkley with
another knockdown. As soon as the action resumed the fireworks continued
as Brinkley rushed in looking to end the show in fashion. In the process
he left himself open as Stevens landed a huge combination off the ropes
that staggered Brinkley. With the crowd going crazy the fight ended with
both warriors once again trading huge shots.
In the end Brinkley was awarded a grueling twelve round unanimous
decision in what is sure to be an early candidate for fight of the year.
With the win Brinkley improves his record to 35-5, 22KO and earned him
the number two ranking in the IBF super middleweight division. Stevens,
who put up an outstanding fight and showed the heart of a champion,
drops to 21-3, 15KO.
In the co-feature bout of
the evening, up and coming welterweight prospect, Raymond "Tito" Serrano
improved his record to a perfect 12-0, 6KO with a dominating eight round
decision victory over Ronnie Warrior Jr. (13-3-1, 4KO). In his first
scheduled eight rounder as a pro, Serrano used his speed and crisp
combination punching to continuously keep Warrior off balance throughout
the contest. The 20-year- old Serrano showed much improved boxing
ability as he would score with three and four punch combinations and
then move out of Warriors range.
All three judges scored the bout were 79-73 for the Philadelphian
native. Look for Serrano to be back in action soon as he anticipates a
huge 2010. Photo's by Star Boxing Photographer Marty Rosengarten