Last night, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented its first installment of "VIP Boxing" at the elegant Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY.
The card was made up of five entertaining fights, headlined by Star Boxing's heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone taking on Benji "Boom Boom" Baker.
Maddalone, who is known for his all-action come forward style, didn't disappoint his hometown fans, going straight at Baker from the opening bell, landing huge left hooks and thunderous overhand rights. A big overhand right as the bell sounded to end the first sent Baker down hard.
Rounds two and three saw more of the same from Maddalone, as he continuously stalked Baker, opening up on him with any chance he could. A heavy barrage of punches from Maddalone caused Baker to take a knee towards the end of round three.
In the fourth round, a huge left hook to the body sent Baker down hard. Baker survived the round, but was clearly in bad shape. Upon the advice of the ringside physician, the bout was stopped after the fourth, giving Maddalone the TKO victory.
With the win, Maddalone improves his record to, 32-5 (23), while Baker dropped to, 18-6 (9). The victory sets up a huge international fight for Maddalone this summer. More details to come soon.
In the co-feature bout of the evening, Star Boxing's exciting super middleweight Curtis "Showtime" Stevens improved to 20-2 (14), winning an eight round war over dangerous Don Mouton, 9-4-1 (8).
Mouton showed a granite chin throughout, but Stevens simply had too much firepower. Stevens worked off a good jab to set up his lethal left hook that seemed to connect every time he threw it.
When Mouton would cover up on the ropes, Stevens would open up, landing beautiful four and five punch combinations, but to Mouton's credit, he took the shots well.
Each fighter had their moments throughout, but Stevens punches seemed to have much more of an effect.
In the eighth and final round both, fighters engaged in a heavy exchange, bringing the packed house to a standing ovation.
All in all, it was a very impressive performance for Stevens as he improved to a perfect 3-0 under the Star Boxing banner.
Other results included:
Anthony Irons W4 Rashad Bogar
Dominick DeSanto NC [cut caused by accidental head-butt] Ashanti Hendrickson
Jacques Louis W4 Vernon Jenkins