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"Mean" Joe Green Decks Darryl Salmon To Hook The NABA Middleweight Title

grrene10.08.07 - By WRAY EDWARDS, All photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. At the Seminole Hard Rock Live arena last night, twenty-one year old Joe Green, 16-0 (12KO’s) from Queens, New York scored a first round KO of Darryl Salmon, 28, 16-2 (4 KO’s) from Ozark, Alabama. On the under-card there was plenty of decisive action which left only two bouts to the discretion of the Judges. All of the other fights ended when the refs stepped in to prevent unacceptable punishment.

Every event at the Hard Rock Live draws great crowds and the Seminole Tribe and Warriors Boxing really know how to put on a good show. One feature which is a fan fave when the Round Card Ladies “attack” the crowd with a mortar from the ring. While the Round Card ladies hold tightly rolled t-shirts, their wrangler loads the shirts into a gas-powered launcher which fires the souvenirs in graceful arches into the crowd. The launcher is powerful enough to even reach the nosebleed seats, and the between fight event really adds to they party atmosphere. Speaking of the girls…you would be well advised to hit “continue” as one of the ladies wore the coolest bathing suit I’ve ever seen..

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Salmon did his best to hang in there…

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but he took a wrong step into a pretty Mean punch and took a quick canvass nap.

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Green was a happy camper.

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Then it was time for the ballistic bevy of beauties.

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Have to admit these ladies are much prettier than the boxers.

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Jameel McCline and Juan Urango were in the house. I told McCline that Oliver McCall wanted to party in the ring with him. He seemed willing.

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Marquez (contract 163-4) was all over Pina and at 1:02 of Round Two Frank Santore, Jr. had seen enough and called the TKO.


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I’ve seen Pabon fight a few times and very much liked his approach. Unfortunately for him, Mexican Luis Hernandez from Texas was too strong, and after Jesus got tagged in the first Round he was woozy from then on. The break for Round Two was not enough rest for Pabon and he had real balance problems when Santore stopped the lightweight bout at 2:38 of Round Two.

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Hernandez was totally stoked on his victory.

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Louis “The Wizzard” Azille spent six rounds of a potential eight-rounder fighting, while backing away, with a determined Francisco Palacios. Then, at 0:35 of the Sixth Round Cruiserweight Louis decided to follow Michael Moorer’s shouted instructions and he promptly put Francisco on the canvass.

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Anything that can make a man this happy can’t be all bad.

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These two got tired around the sixth round of eight in their Featherweight-Super-Featherweight contest which had the judges yawning. For the last two rounds they pawed at each other without enough power to complete the assignment.

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After the full eight, Hernandez was awarded a Unan. Decision. He did appear to be the more accurate puncher and was awarded the UD.

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The final fight of the night was actually pretty good. Berthin Rouesseau from Port Au Prince, Haiti (who fought at the Sheraton Miami Mart just ten days ago) had a quite a scrap with Sam Payne from St. Thomas, V.I.


Berthin got the nod after they went the distance.

The first fight of the evening was stopped at 0:39 of the Second Round when Tommy Kimmons felt that Kenny Galarza was just too tough for Carlos Oyola’s debut.

Don’t ever get a high-speed camera unless you can restrain yourself from wanting to include zillions of action shots. All of my equipment was stolen in Miami last week, so we went with the Canon Mark 3. It’s so fast it’s scary, and produced about thirty contact shots from the seven bouts. It’s especially difficult to come off the button when the round card ladies are on parade.

Again, the Seminole Hard Rock Live put on a really fun night of Boxing action. O’Neil Bell was supposed to fight, but nobody seemed to know why he pulled out. No big loss at this point for me, as I still chafe at the thought that he was given a win over Cowboy Brown who clearly won their match back in May of 2005…can you say “home town”?

Many thanks to Redline Media and Warriors Boxing for their continued support of ESB’s coverage. ESPN’s “Wednesday Fights” telecast of the action stressed Joe Tessitore’s creativity as several of the matches ended prematurely. He did a great job as did Bob Alexander, the ring announcer. Bob doesn’t have a gimmick, just a really powerful well-spoken voice which keeps everyone informed of the pending action and fight results. If you are ever in the Miami area, check into the Boxing scene down there. The area is really improving its support of the sport. See you at the fights.

Article posted on 10.08.2007



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