Hollywood, FL, May 30, 2009

My good friend Ramiro Ortiz, chairman of the Florida State Boxing Commission had just finished expressing his concern about Lou DiBella’s departure from the ring after Yusuf Mack’s demolition of Deandrey Abron in the 4th round of the evening’s 4th bout. It seemed to him that Lou may have missed a step or two upon his exit. I told Ramiro that I was sure that DiBella was fine but I made it a point to watch Lou leave the ring after Kermit Cintron’s superbly crafted victory over Alfredo Angulo in a 12 round Jr. Middleweight Elimination bout and Ramiro Ortiz was right! Lou Della’s feet never touched the ring steps! He was floating on air as he came down from the ring—or at least it seemed so.

And following the spectacular main event victory carved out by Andre Berto who, in defense of his WBC welterweight crown, was the matador staving off the mad bull, Juan Urango, only DiBella’s lovely girl friend, Devin, holding onto his arm, kept him from sailing off a la the Goodyear blimp. It was a promoter’s dream come true—four fighters on the card and four wins. DiBella Entertainment, in co-promotion with the Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions, pulled off a “schneid” as the New York contingent of Berto, Cintron, Mack and Tor Hamer made a clean sweep.

Berto, Winter Haven, Florida, 145 ¾, 25-0. 19 KO’s, moved around the ring, putting on a masterful display of speed, dexterity and counter punching, nullifying what was soon to become desperation lunges by Urango, who pressed the action beginning to end, never relenting but never able to catch anything other than an assortment of jabs, hooks and uppercuts that the elusive Berto peppered him with round after round. Berto retained his WBC welterweight title in convincing fashion with his unanimous verdict win of 117-111 and two tallies of 118-112. Urango, Monterria, Colombia, came in at 146 ½ and suffered his second setback in 24 fights.

This followed the outstanding performance by Kermit Cintron who got far the better of a mini-war with tough, previously unbeaten Mexicali, Mexico warrior Alfredo Angulo. Cintron re-establishes himself as a leading force to be contended with in the Jr. Middleweight division, outworking and outpunching a tough, resilient opponent who gave it his all until the final bell rang but was unable to contend with the toughness and punching prowess of Cintron, whose only two losses, which were against Antonio Margarito, he of doctored gloves infamy, have to be asterisked and placed in a questionable bracket. Cintron, 153, 31-2*-1, 27 KO’s, won by scores of 116-112 on all three scorecards is now in line for a title shot while Angulo falls to 15-1, 12 KO’s.

Philadelphia’s Yusuf Mack’s quicker, shorter punches proved too much for former NABO titleholder DeAndrey Abron, Youngstown, Ohio. Outscoring Abron through the first three rounds of a scheduled ten-round bout, Mack dropped him with a left-right combination in the fourth round. When Abron got up, Mack nailed him with a left hook that put him down again and he was visibly shaken when his corner called for a halt at 1:46 of the fourth round. Mack, 176, improves to 28-2-2, 17 KO’s and Abron, 174 1/2, falls to 15-2, 10 KO’s.

Rounding out DiBella’s night of flotation and elation was Penn State grad Tor Hamer’s, show-opening solid win over Cincinnati’s Samuel Brown, 246, 4-6-2. Hamer, 222, 6-0, 5 KO’s, dropped Brown with a left hook just before the bell ending the first round. Brown beat the count and came out for the second round only to be pummeled by Hamer and dropped twice more, the first by a right uppercut, then a left/right combination that convinced referee Tellis Assimenios that he had taken enough and called a halt at 1:10 of the second round.

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