Real Deal Sports and Entertainment: Real Knockouts in NYC
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
September 11, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Resorts World Casino, Queens) – A Sold-Out Show and Jam-Packed Event
Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports and Entertainment packed the Resorts World Casino on Saturday night with tons of fans, eager to see up and coming fighters showcase their speed, power, and heart, all the attributes that the great International Boxing Hall of Fame fighter Holyfield has displayed countless times throughout his career.
Fight fans in attendance were privy to hard, back and forth action, along with spectacular, captivating knockouts. As the fight card began its broadcast on Facebook FIGHTNIGHT Live, fans by the tons poured inside the venue, ready to take in all the action.
If you placed a bet on the success of the first fight card held in New York City by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports and Entertainment then you may have walked away with a good amount of winnings.
MAIN EVENT – 8 ROUNDS
VACANT NABF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Ian Green, Patterson, NJ (12-1, 9 KOs) vs Kemahl Russell, Kingston, Jamaica (11-1, 9 KOs)
Russell, nicknamed “Hitman” completely dominated a tough fighter Green from the onset of the bout. Russell was relentless with his offensive attack as he landed power punches all through the fight, leading many ringside to ask themselves “how much more abuse and punishment can one man take?”
Green fought hard and showed a lot of heart but he was overpowered and being hit with clean right hands and left hooks time and time again. “The Young General” Green made efforts to thwart the hard-charging Russell from coming forward but he was continuously met with clean, accurate power punches each time.
Towards the end of the sixth round, with nothing coming back from his opponent, Russell appeared to have hurt his opponent as he continually landed punches to both the body and head on Green. Before the beginning of the seventh round, Green was examined by the ring doctor. Green responded to each question asked and was allowed to fight another round; however, it was apparent that the end was nearing ending as Russell continued to hammer away at his opponent, causing the fight to be stopped by TKO. With his win, the NABF titlist Russell has put himself in contention to fight for a world title within his division.
CO- MAIN EVENT – 8 ROUNDS
Devaun Lee, Queens, NY (8-2-1, 3 KOs) vs Yovanny Lorenzo, San Cristobal, DR (37-7, 28 KOs)
Lee, the New York State Middleweight Champion, took his time, slipped punches, and landing a thudding right hand to knockout the veteran Lorenzo in the fourth round.
Lee began the fight applying pressure and landing body punches while Lorenzo made efforts to tried his best to keep the young, hungry middleweight from attacking him. In the fourth round, Lee turned up the heat, slipped a counter hook from Lorenzo, and landed the final knockout blow that made Lorenzo stand still for a split second, before falling to canvass.
Lee continues to progress and get better with each fight. With Russell winning his fight, Lee is not opposed to taking him on and other fighters in his weight class.
Devaun Lee – NEW YORK STATE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
“I want to thank my team, my coach (Moises Roman), my manager (Felipe Gomez), my promoter (Evander Holyfield), and the fans. I love my fans.”
“I left my house knowing that my opponent was a veteran and that this would probably be his last fight. That was my thinking so I had to come out and make a statement. I feel like no one knows me yet and I’m okay with that. I’m still learning new things in the gym and each time I fight.”
“Me and Russell spoke before our fights and discussed fighting each other. Right now, I need belts. I only have one. My daughter says she wants me to ring home more belts and that what I am going to do.”
“I can’t wait to fight here again (Resorts World Casino).”
MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, NY (4-0, 4 KOs) VS Saadiq Muhammad, Rochester, NY (4-0)
“BROOKLYN! SEND HIM BACK HOME!” – M.O.P.
In forty-one seconds of the first round, that’s exactly what Berlanga did to Muhammad in supreme knockout fashion. From the previous day’s weigh-in, the tension had already built between both fighters as there was pushing and shoving on the stage. On fight night, there was no pushing shoving. It was two quick knockdowns that immediately had the ring doctors attending to Muhammad’s well-being. The knockout was so devastating that it may have been the knockout of the night, if not for the year.
WELTERWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS
Julian Sosa, Brooklyn, NY (8-0-1, 3 KOs) vs James Lester, Detroit, MI (11-12-1, 4 KOs)
Sosa once showed why he’s a crowd pleasing and fan-favorite fighter as he scored another unanimous decision against the tough fight Lester from Detroit.
Each time Lester came forward he was met with quick combinations and hard hooks to both the body and head from Sosa. With tons of fans in attendance, Sosa again rose to the occasion, giving his fans an excellent performance.
“It feels great that every single member from the Sosa Crew is here to support me. I appreciate that so many of my friends and family are here to support me as well. This means a lot to me.”
“The fight went the distance. I knew that I would learn a lot from this fight. I am improving, I am impressing, and learning a lot in the professional ranks.”
“I want to thank everyone for coming out. It’s a SOSACREW MOVEMENT!”
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Cesar Francis, Brooklyn, NY (1-0) vs Eduardo Rodriguez, Queens, NY (PRO DEBUT)
Francis made quick work of his opponent in TKO fashion, stopping Rodriguez who was making his professional debut. When the bell rang Francis was all over his opponent, throwing and landing power punches against Rodriguez who was clearly overmatched by a fighter who himself was appearing in his second professional fight.
Rodriguez tried to fend of the aggressive Francis but it did not deter Francis from throwing non-stop punches to finish his opponent before the end of the first round.
JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Khalid Twaiti, Brooklyn, NY (1-0) vs Rigoberto Miranda, Bronx, NY (0-4-2)
The “Young Prince” and second coming of the great Naseem Hamed scored a unanimous decision over the winless Miranda. As he stepped inside the ring, Twaiti was received by tons of screams and fans yelling “PUREGOLD.” Nicknamed the “Swag Champ”, Twaiti was prepared to give his fans an exciting fight.
Twaiti controlled the pace from the onset of fight, easily landing his lead jab from both the orthodox and southpaw stance. Twaiti was patient with his offensive attack, closing the distance when he had his opponent hurt.
Miranda tried to make the fight tough for the talented Yemen-born, Brooklyn fighter but he was unmatched against the much faster, quicker, skilled boxer in Twaiti.
WELTERWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
Greg Outlaw, Washington, D.C. (3-0, 1 KO) vs Sydney Maccow, New York, NY (3-6, 2 KOs)
In a tough back and forth battle between, Outlaw outlasted his opponent, winning a hard six-round unanimous decision. The taller Outlaw began the fight using his height and reach. He would quickly find himself fighting Maccow, toe-to-toe, throwing punches from all angles. Outlaw learned early that he needed to stand and trade with his opponent and that’s exactly what he did. The taller man fought on the inside, exchanged hooks to body and right hands that nullified Maccow’s offense. Both men would trade punches throughout the bout, with Outlaw getting the better of the exchanges.
Outlaw is a good, young, talented fighter from Washington, D.C. He has a ton of heart and an undeniable desire to win. He fought a tough fight that he has surely gained a lot experience from. A fight like this will help him to take his career further.
Hats off to both men.
JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Saleh Almulaki, Queens, NY (PRO DEBUT) vs Assel Lahson, Sheffield, ENG (PRO DEBUT)
The Yemen born Almulaki, who recently signed to Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports and Entertainment put on a display of pure power by defeating his opponent at 1:44 of first round, with the referee calling a halt to the bout.
With many fans in attendance, Almulaki (making professional debut) went on the attack against Lahson, who was also making his professional debut. Fighting out of Universal Boxing Gym, Almulaki dominated his opponent with consistent power punches. Almulaki battered his opponent from corner to corner, causing the referee to stop the fight before Lahson took any further damage.
Almulaki shared his thoughts on winning his first professional fight:
“I have been fighting for years and now I’m a professional. I feel good. I got my first win and I did it in front of my people. I am thankful to my team and my coach (Moises Roman). I can’t wait to fight again.”
With well over 200,000 views (and counting), Linacre Media and the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE team has produced another spectacular show for fight fans to view on Facebook.
The crowd was electric and the anticipation of the next fight Real Deal Championship Boxing fight card (scheduled for December 2, at this venue) will surely have a ton of fans in attendance.
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