SYRACUSE, N.Y. (September 3, 2009) –
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, women’s boxing
trailblazer Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin and super
middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. were all impressive winners
last night at the “Fight Night At The Fair” show, presented by Jimmy
Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in
association with the New York State Fair and International Boxing
Hall of Fame (IHOF), at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, N.Y.
“Jason was devastating in one of his best wins,” promoter Burchfield
said. “He fought a guy who, on any given night, can give any
heavyweight a very tough fight. Christy looked great winning the WBC
title and James McGirt also turned in a great performance.”
The Estrada-Lawrence main event featured some good, back-and-forth
action. After Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs), bouncing back from a loss by
decision in Germany to top-rated Alexander Povetkin, after a slow
first round came out swinging early in the second and dropped
Lawrence with a hard overhand right, followed by a left to the body.
He nearly finished off his opponent later in the round, but Lawrence
(24-15-4) got a reprieve when his hand got stuck between the ropes,
giving him a few extra seconds to get his legs back. The fight
slowed a bit during the middle rounds until Estrada dropped Lawrence
again in the seventh with a big right hand, prompting the referee
stop the fight with 27 seconds to go.
“I just wanted to catch him,” Estrada noted after the fight.”I knew
no matter how well he stood in there, he's 39 years old and not too
many fighters at his age would be able to withstand that punishment.
When I dropped him (in the second round) I thought it was over, so I
had to settle back in, get my bearings and finish the job. It was
very satisfying. I was just hoping I wouldn't get cut, because when
we got close and I tried to break him down inside, we banged heads a
“I feel good. I wasn't tired at all. Basically, what we wanted was
for him to get aggressive again. He started out fast, but after that
knockdown he went into a shell. I wanted him to come at me again,
but I had to take my time and draw him in. We finally got him. It
was a satisfying finish.
Martin (49-5-3, 32 KOs) controlled the action-packed fight early and
her experience appeared to play a major factor as she stayed low
against the bigger, taller Stone (9-8-4) and worked her way to the
body while finishing with hard overhand rights to score big in the
opening rounds. As the fight wore on, Stone's youth began to play a
factor and she made the fight much closer by picking up points in
the later rounds. She also showed her toughness by standing
toe-to-toe with Martin through the latter half of the fight and even
absorbed a few hard shots that slowed her progress. Martin broke her
right hand landing an overhand shot in the beginning of the 10th
round and spent the closing minutes trying to back away to avoid any
further damage. With enough points under her belt via her fast
start, Martin circled the ring in the closing seconds with her hands
raised triumphantly. She captured the vacant WBC junior middleweight
title with a majority decision.
“It was an overhand right,” Martin described the punch that broke
her hand.”I wanted to finish the show with a knockout. I knew it was
broken the second I hit her. I just tried to stay away, then I
thought about Arturo Gatti and figured, If Gatti can throw with a
broken hand, so can I. My corner was telling me, 'Don't slow up.
Throw more combinations!' As the fight went along, I started
throwing my hands a lot better. It's tough when you only fight about
once a year, but no excuses.
“She landed some solid shots, but didn't punch as hard as I did. I
like to go to war. (My corner) told me to move more, but I was
having fun. I want to get to 50 (career wins) but this hand is
broken and I don't know how long it'll take to heal. If a great
fighter like Rocky Marciano can stop at 49 (wins), then so can I.”
From the opening bell, McGirt's offense was too much for Anthony
Pietrantonio (6-3), who lacked the experience and movement to keep
pace. McGirt (21-2-1, 10 KOs) landed clean, early and often, nearly
sending Pietrantonio to the canvas in the opening round. Finally,
with seconds running out in the third round, McGirt landed a solid
left hook, followed by an overhand right that sent Pietrantonio
through the bottom two ropes for a knockout.
“I hurt my (left) hand about four weeks ago sparring and wasn't even
going to fight,” McGirt commented. “I don't want to say I trained
harder this time, but for my last fight (his CES debut), I only
trained about three to four weeks. For this fight, I stayed in
better shape and didn't get out of the gym at all. I made weight
comfortably and just felt excellent. I felt way better -- much
stronger. I had been in the gym training since the (Chad) Dawson and
(Antonio) Tarver fight (in May). Then I hurt my hand and two about
two weeks off from sparring or hitting the bag, but I just felt so
much better this time -- much stronger.
“He had five knockouts, so I knew I had to respect his knockout
power, and he was coming down from light heavyweight to take this
fight, so I knew he was the bigger man. I just had to take it to
him. No disrespect to him, but I knew I would land a lot of shots.
He didn't have too many fights and I knew my experience would play a
role. I don't want to take anything away from him, but my experience
definitely played a big role. My pops (Buddy McGirt) kept telling me
to put combinations together and once I did, that's all she wrote.
His experience probably helped a little bit,” Pietrantonio added.
“He was a lot stronger than I thought. I definitely underestimated
his punching power. I was told he couldn't punch. I think I might've
cracked a rib (in the first round). That slowed me down a little
bit. I was trying to work my way inside and wear him down. I thought
maybe he'd punch himself out. I was told he didn't have much
punching power, so I underestimated his strength. He's got some pop.
I tried to get my left hook to work.”
In other undercard bouts, Jackie Trivolino (1-1-1) pitched a shutout
against featherweight Priscilla Trompowsky (1-3), winning each round
en route to a unanimous 4-round decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36);
lightweight Jayme Resnick (2-1) stopped Luquan Lewis (0-6) at 1:152
of the opening round.