Providence Boxer Biosse Suffers First Loss
Grachev stuns Biosse
Dangerous Russian scores 4th-round TKO victory; Ayala looks sharp in win
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (May 6, 2011) – Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I., suffered the first loss of his career Friday as former Russian kickboxing champion Denis Grachev scored a fourth-round technical knockout victory in the main event of “Champion Breed” at Foxwoods Resort Casino, presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports.
After an accidental head-butt early in the fourth opened a cut over Biosse's right eye, Grachev dropped Biosse with a hard right hand. Grachev continued to apply the pressure, nearly dropping Biosse again with another big right.
Biosse tried to fight back, but couldn't survive the round as Grachev delivered the knockout blow at the 2 minute, 56-second mark with a clean right above the left eye. Biosse fell into the ropes, prompting referee Joey Lupino to stop the bout. Biosse, who scored a knockout win on ESPN2 in April, fell to 11-1 with the loss.
“He hit me with some good shots tonight. I give him a lot of credit,” Biosse said. “I'm not making any excuses. He took advantage and made the most of his opportunity. If I were in that position, I would've done the same thing.”
Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Conn., scored his second consecutive knockout win, stopping Silver Spring, Md., veteran George Armenta in four rounds in the co-main event to improve to 3-0 this year and 23-5-1 overall with 11 KOs.
Working for the first time under the tutelage of trainer Peter Manfredo Sr., Ayala looked sharp from the opening bell. He stunned Armenta with a quick, one-two combination to the head late in the second round before dropping his opponent with a sweeping right hook. Armenta made it to his feet and ultimately survived the round despite a strong push by Ayala in the closing seconds.
Ayala scored another knockdown in the fourth, this time on a short hook to the ribcage, and although Armenta made it to his feet at the count of nine and survived the round, he quit before the start of the fifth, handing Ayala another hard-earned victory.
“It felt great working with Peter. He's easy to listen to,” Ayala said. “He knew what to say, and whatever I was thinking, he was already saying. I only had about three weeks to work with him for this fight, so I'm looking forward to continuing this relationship.
“He kept telling me [Armenta's] best punch was his right. Before, I would drift off to my left when throwing my jab. This time, I went to my right and I would not only just throw one jab, but work those combinations a little more. I'd give [my performance] a seven. There's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm looking forward to getting right back in the gym and back in the ring real soon.”
Lightweight Christian Lao (2-0, 1 KO) of New Haven opened the show with his second in as many tries, out-working newcomer Barrington Douse of Springfield, Mass., to earn a 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 unanimous decision in Douse's professional debut. Douse's unorthodox style frustrated Lao in the opening round, but Lao adjusted accordingly and utilized his superior speed and footwork to keep Douse from gaining any momentum. The win was also Lao's second in five weeks (he scored a first-round knockout in his pro debut on April 1st).
Andrew Jones of Buffalo, N.Y., entered Friday with a winless record, but gave undefeated Johnathan Vazquez (4-0, 3 KOs) all he could handle in their junior welterweight. Vazquez, who had won each of his first three fights by first-round knockout, peppered Jones in the middle rounds and dominated down the stretch for a 40-36, 39-38, 39-37 unanimous decision. Jones fell to 0-6-1-.
Former NFL star Jevon Langford (6-1) of Denver, Co., came out strong in the opening round of his heavyweight showdown against veteran Tobias Rice, utilizing his jab effectively and controlling the center of the ring, but Rice – who entered the bout 60 pounds lighter – eventually proved to be the faster, more savvy fighter. Langford's long, sweeping hooks didn't connect nearly enough, and Rice (3-3) used his speed to control the outer edges of the ring in a 40-37, 39-37, 39-37 unanimous decision victory. The loss was the first of Langford's career, ending his seven-year layoff from professional boxing.
Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Thomas Falowo (3-0, 3 KOs) put in yet another workmanlike effort as he bulldozed his way to a third-round technical knockout victory one minute, 44 seconds into the third round against Zach Thomas (1-4-1) of Cincinnati. Falowo dominated from the start and put the finishing touches on his third knockout victory by backing Thomas into the corner with a flurry of short hooks to the body. Thomas tried to hang onto the ropes for dear life, but Falowo responded with another series of rights and lefts to the head, causing referee Joey Lupino to stop the fight.
New Haven's Rick Dawson (4-0, 1 KO), back at Foxwoods for the second time in five weeks, dominated Winter Haven, Fla., veteran Odias Dumezil in a 40-36, 40-37, 39-37 unanimous decision win. With a significant height and reach advantage, Dawson waited patiently as Dumezil attempted to close the gap between the fighters and repeatedly snapped off counterpunches to maintain command. Dumezil dropped to 3-6-1 with the loss.
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