Saturday, March 10, 2012

Results and Recap: Friday Night Fights Muay Thai "Yarborough vs. Valtellini"

New York--Friday Night Fights Muay Thai was back at the Broad Street Ballroom where their main event featured Joseph Valtellini vs. Shawn Yarborough. The fight was considered a test for Valtellini as Yarborough normally fights at a higher weight class and had never been stopped in his career before. Valtellini, however, made quick work of Yarborough as he went to work on his opponents legs early with kicks. A right by Valtellini dropped Yarborough, but he was able to answer the referee’s count. It was clear that Yarborough was in trouble and it wasn’t long before the end came. Valtellini cornered Yarborough and connected with a left hook that had Yarborough out on his feet, he then followed up with a vicious right uppercut to seal the deal and send Yarborough down for good. With the victory Joseph Valtellini pushes his pro record to 6-0 and becomes the first person to stop Shawn Yarborough.

Ognjen Topic and Josh Sampo met in the night’s co-main event. Topic was able to land the cleaner strikes in the fight as he used his technical style more efficiently. Sampo was able to dump Topic in the later rounds, but it was clear that Topic was more effective with his reach and kicks throughout the fight. Topic won a unanimous decision over Sampo and now pushes his pro record to 4-2.

In the night’s first pro fight Marcus Fisher and Kevin Horowitz went the distance. Fisher had a few inches on Horowitz, but that did not keep Horowitz from trying to fight in the clinch. Despite his efforts, Horowitz was consistently met with knees to the body and face throughout the fight and was not able to muster up any offense in the clinch. Fisher was able to tie up Horowitz and work the mid section followed by some vicious knees to the head of Horowitz, one of them opening up a cut under Horowitz left eye. When not in the clinch Fisher connected with some solid kicks and teeps. After the final bell it was clear that Fisher would likely be taking the fight on the judge’s score cards and he did so unanimously. With the win Fisher improves his record to 3-2.

Full Results:
Joseph Valtellini def. Shawn Yarborough via KO in at 2:55 of Rd. 1
Ognjen Topic def. Josh Samp via Unanimous Decision
Marcus Fisher def. Kevin Horowitz via Unanimous Decision
Stephane Smarth def. Joel Pace via KO at 1:17 of Rd. 2
Sean Aqareva def. Jason Ramos via Unanimous Decision
Artur Balcewicz def. Ian Hastings via Unanimous Decision
Alex Stine def. Wilfredo Acevedo via Unanimous Decision
Melvin Vega def. Hung Nguyen via Unanimous Decision
Arad Namin def. Jafar Toshev via Unanimous Decision

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