WBA No. 6 rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina stopped 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols in the third round of tonight’s main event headlining the “Last Man Standing” card.
“Last Man Standing,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), was held in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs) hurt super middleweight Echols (32-15-4 (28 KOs) at the end of the second round and came out with bad intentions for the third. A powerful left hook found the range on Echols, who was on the ropes, and referee John Callas halted the action at 49 seconds.
“I was a little disappointed by the stoppage because I really wanted to knock him out,” Spina spoke about the stoppage. “If it went a little longer I think I would have hurt him.”
In the co-feature, New England super middleweight champion Vladine “Mr. Providence” Biosse (9-0) proved to be too strong, quick and talented for tough, veteran “Iron” Ariel Espinal in their non-title fight.
Biosse, a former University of Rhode Island football player, pounded Espinal from the opening bell through the all six rounds, earning a unanimous decision.
“It was a tough fight,” Biosse said. “He came forward to fight. I underestimated when I saw his body yesterday. He didn’t look like he was in shape. I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be, He came to fight. I love keeping active. I’m going to visit my grandmother who raised me and be right back.”
Hartford middleweight David Bauza (6-0, 3 KOs) kept his perfect record intact by easily taking a 4-round decision from outclassed but game Jeremy Wood.
New Haven super lightweight Edwin Soto improved his record to 5-0-1 with a unanimous 4-round decision against Trenton Titsworth. New Haven super middleweight Greg McCoy (2-1-1, 1 KO) upset Reynaldo Rodriguez (5-2, 2 KOs) via a third round TKO in an action-packed match.
In a wild, back-and-forth bout, lightweight Derek ”The Surgeon” Silveria (3-0, 2 KOs), the newest member of Team CES, overcame a second-round knockdown to win by fourth-round technical knockout versus Phillip Bernette (0-2), who was leading at the time with one round in his favor and two even.
New Haven featherweight Luis Rosa (4-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated, stopping Jose Velazquez in the third round. Hometown favorite, Mystic (CT) super bantamweight Karen Dulin, pitched a shutout, winning a unanimous 4-round decision against Kat De La Cruz.