This past Saturday night, February 23, witnessed another action packed Peltz Boxing card courtesy of the matchmaking efforts of Brittany Rogers and Russell Peltz, along with the outstanding performances by the fighters involved. The venue was a usual spot, Bally's, Atlantic City, hometown of the main event headliner Patrick Majewski.
Majewski, originally scheduled to defend his NABF middleweight title on this night, didn't let it impact his concentration as he overcame a crafty and immensely determined Jamaal Davis to run away with the fight in the late rounds. It's the best I've ever seen of Majewski, who truly lived up to his moniker "The Machine".
Through 6 rounds Majewski-Davis had the makings of a strong fight of the year candidate and through 4 of them it was dead even. However, after a tremendously long and brutal 6th round, Davis slowly wilted under the relentless pressure of his bigger and stronger opponent. Leading into this bout Davis told me that he took the fight because there was nothing worthwhile available to him at junior middleweight. Hopefully he gets a good offer there next, because he more than earned it on this night.
When I caught up with Patrick after the fight and asked him how tough Jamaal was, he told he was an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the toughest. You can watch that entire interview below:
Majewski's trainer Bill Johnson, father of former IBF lightweight champion Leavander Johnson, took part in that interview towards the end. Bill said he started working with Patrick after his son told him, "Dad, he can fight."
In the co-main of the evening Lionell Thompson rebounded off 2 straight defeats to retire Chuck Mussachio on his stool after 2 rounds. Thompson, once a hot light heavyweight prospect, was sensational on this night. He was simply too fast, too busy, and too sharp for Mussachio to compete with. Chuck was out classed in every way apart from the jab.
Details on the rest of the card are listed below with fights listed in the order of appearance. There were 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, 1 scheduled for 8 rounds, and 1 scheduled for 10. All rounds were supposed to be 3 minutes long, but, several of them were clearly longer...
Anthony Burgin UD4 Elvis Rodriguez
"Bad Boy" Burgin pitched a shutout. He was simply too strong and sharp. Rodriguez, who applied pressure out of the southpaw stance, was out of his league and picked apart on the inside, especially by uppercuts. However, Burgin's power and energy did seem to deteriorate as the fight went on. The fight began with him gunning for a knockout and ended with him content to get a decision.
Greg Jackson MD4 Alex Sanchez
In a bout that easily could have gone either way, Jackson narrowly out pointed his larger (yet shorter) opponent by keeping him a long range and boxing circles around him. Of course, Sanchez did muscle his way inside often enough to land some big shots, most notably in the 1st and 4th rounds. Straight rights were the primary weapons of choice for Jackson while left hooks were best utilized by Sanchez. In the opinion of this writer the only clear rounds of the fight were round 1 for Sanchez and round 3 for Jackson.
Here's what Jackson had to say when I caught up with him after the fight:
Anthony Prescott D4 Saud Clark
Clark started strong but faded after the first 2 rounds, likely the result of loading up on so many wild right hands. Prescott appeared to have the better technique from the get-go but didn't let his hands go and couldn't find a comfortable range to throw punches until the 3rd round. By the 4th Prescott was beating the hell out of Clark with overhand rights and had him bleeding from the mouth. Unfortunately for Prescott, it wasn't enough for a 10-8 round to swing the fight in his favor. The draw was more than fair.
Joshua Reyes UD4 Tommy Garcia
After the taller Garcia gave Reyes a boxing lesson for much of the opening round, Reyes stole it down the stretch by turning the fight into a war. The 2nd round went much like the first; Garcia jabbed and shoulder rolled while Reyes worked his way in and closed strong once again. Garcia's shoulder roll worked when he was avoiding Reyes's overhand right, but proved futile against the left hook.
By the third round the fight nearly completely turned into a phone booth war with fantastic inside work by both fighters. Brutal body shots from Garcia set up some big shots upstairs later on. They should have been enough to at least earn Garcia the 3rd round, although one judge still managed to score the bout a shutout for Reyes. Personally I had it a draw, giving rounds 3 and 4 to Garcia.
Lionell Thompson RTD2 Chuck Mussachio
Before the fight I caught up with both Mussachio and Thompson; here's what they had to say:
I couldn't help but wish both fighters luck after their moving words. Both fighters really needed wins to rebound their careers, but there would be only 1 winner on this night.
Mussachio, the huge crowd favorite, effectively worked his jab early in round 1. However, Thompson quickly came back using feints to deliver hard straight right hands to Mussachio's body. This got Mussachio to start covering up and turned him into a sitting duck. Thompson put together blistering combinations while Mussachio remained stationary.
But, even when Mussachio was on the move, Thompson still timed him and hurt him. A counter right stunned Mussachio toward the end of the 1st round (which was incredibly long) and a series of left hooks dropped him in the 2nd. Although Mussachio made it out of round 2 his corner did not think he was fit to continue and stopped the fight. Mussachio didn't protest.
Patrick Majewski UD10 Jamaal Davis (98-92, 99-91, 99-91)
As touched upon earlier, I felt the jabs, movement, and overhand rights from Davis were enough to win the 1st and 4th rounds. Round 1 was the most clear as press row and the official judges dissented in the 4th. Between those rounds Majewski was able to force Davis into a fight, which favored the natural middleweight. Davis languished inside Majewski's range, kept his hands low, and didn't move his head enough. Sometimes Davis returned as well as he received, but Majewski stood up to the punches better.
By the 6th round, which was incredibly long, Majewski went from "The Machine" to "The Terminator". He landed enough devastating right hands to force any normal man to pack it in. But Jamaal Davis is no normal man. In fact, he came back at the tail end of the 6th round to close strong. Even I had to a break from taking notes to simply clap in appreciation.
From there on the fight was basically all Majewski. Davis still had a large crowd contingent cheering "Tyson" (his nickname), but he could not keep "The Machine" off him. When I saw Majewski walk through a flush left hook in round 7, as if it was nothing, I knew the fight was over. Sharron Baker, Jamaal's head trainer, was screaming at him to "break at the waist" over and over again, but Jamaal simply didn't have enough left in the tank to get the job done.
Through the last 3 rounds Majewski dominated with either hand. His jab alone was winning the fight. Davis no longer had legs but refused to go down. He was too tough for his own good. I just hope the fight doesn't have any long term ill effects on his health.
Although some ringside observers thought Jamaal's corner should have thrown in the towel, Davis remained fairly elusive until the very end. Referee Steve Smoger, who I caught up with at the beginning of the night, was in no position to stop it, either. Ironically trainer Billy Briscoe, who threw in the towel for Gabriel Rosado against Gennady Golovkin the month before, was in attendance. You can see what he thought about the fight and what's next for him and Gabby here.
All of the night's action is available on demand on GFL.TV.