On Wednesday night at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented an exciting five bout card before a near capacity crowd.
Headlining the show was former number one light heavyweight contender, and Westchester County native, David Telesco, taking on former two-time super middleweight champion, Bryon Mitchell, in a match-up of two explosive punchers.
Both fighters came out in the first looking to measure each other with their jabs, and find the range to land their power shots.
Near the end of the first a huge counter overhand right from Mitchell caught Telesco flush on the chin while Telesco was looking to exchange, sending him to the canvas just as the bell sounded to end the first. Telesco jumped up immediately, but seemed to be on shaky legs.
In the second Telesco began using his jab to keep Mitchell at bay, and landed a nice left hook midway through the round that seemed to stun the hard pressing Mitchell. With Telesco’s back against the ropes Mitchell landed another huge counter overhand right just as Telesco was unleashing a left hook, dropping Telesco face first to the canvas.
Telesco tried to get to his feet, but was in no condition to continue, forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest at 2:08 of the second round.
With the win, Mitchell improves to 28-5-1, 21KO while Telesco drops to 30-7-1, 25KO.
In the co-feature bout of the evening, former 1996 Guyana Olympian “Big” John Douglas improved to 7-14-3, 3KO with a controversial six round decision over local fan favorite Jon “The Fighting Marine” Schneider, who dropped to 7-4-1, 5KO.
It was evident from the opening bell that both Schneider and Douglas came to fight and were eager to engage at any chance they could.
Schneider was the sharper of the two, but Douglas was effective with his wide looping shots.
In the sixth and final round the two combatants went toe-to-toe not wanting to leave the decision up to the judge’s scorecards.
When the judge’s scorecards were announced declaring Douglas the split decision winner, the pro-Schneider crowd voiced their displeasure as the fight truly could have went either way.
Eilon Kedem W6 Julio Valadez
Ahmad Mickens D4 Todd Eriksson
Richard Brown W4 Andrew Hutchinson
Photo’s by Star Boxing Photographer Marty Rosengarten