Decisive Victories were the theme of tonight’s Boxcino tournament finals at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. It was a fitting end to a series that was uncontroversial and judged correctly. Willie Monroe Jr. and Petr Petrov won their respective brackets and move on to brighter futures in competitive divisions.
Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) Def. Brandon Adams (14-1, 9 KOs) via unanimous decision.
Monroe Jr showcased his jab in an uneventful round one as Adams tried to figure out how to get on the inside. He started out round two by landing a straight left that seemed to knock his 24-year-old foe off balance, but by the end of the frame Adams began to assert himself on the inside. Round three was much of the same as Rochester’s own kept the fight on the outside, but with 10 seconds left the two had a furious exchange to end the third. With little respect for Adams, Monroe Jr. waved him in and fought with his back against the ropes to start the fourth and seemed to get the better of the exchanges. In the fifth Adams came out with a fury and had his best round of the fight, digging away at Monroe Jr. with powerful body shots. In the sixth, Adams landed a straight right that rocked his foe and sent him stumbling to the ring post, then pressed him throughout. Round eight was the best of the fight by far as both fighters went toe to toe from start to finish. In the ninth, “El Mongoose” went back to boxing and showboating. After his corner asked him to go out and win the final round, Monroe Jr. played it safe while Adams pressed and threw wildly. All three judges scored the bout 99-91 all in favor of Willie Monroe Jr., who following the bout pledged to return back down to his natural weight of 154-pounds.
Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs) def Fernando Carcamo (17-6, 13 KOs) via TKO RD 8.
Carcamo had success early in round one while throwing his jab to Petrov’s body and landing combinations up top. Petrov, who ended the first backing up, began to go to work on Carcamo’s body and landed flush left hooks to end the second. Petrov stayed active in the third, not allowing Carcamo to get set. In the fourth, fifth and sixth he outclassed Carcamo, who didn’t have an answer for the busy Russian. At the end of the seventh, Carcamo was on the verge of being stopped and after some confusion in his corner trainer Joel Diaz allowed him to answer the bell in the eighth. Petrov jumped on Carcamo and the referee saved the 23-year-old and called an end to the fight at 0:40 in round eight.