(APR 17) The third time was a
charm for Nydia “Dha Phenomenal" Feliciano, 121, Bronx, who
improves to 3-2-3 0 kayos, with an 8 round majority decision
over Jaci “The Force” Trivilino, 124, Plattsburgh and secures
the New York State Featherweight Title for her efforts. With the
loss, Trivilino drops to 6-3-2 1 kayo. The two previous meetings
ended in draws.
This fist-flying affair, as their previous two encounters, found
Trivilino, ever the aggressor, taking the fight to her opponent
on the inside. Feliciano, a boxer-puncher, countered and slid
outside of Jaci’s swarming attacks purposely avoiding being
trapped in the corners and on the ropes.
The first six rounds saw back and
forth action both having success with their adopted fight plans.
Trivilino, having most of her success when she maneuvered
Feliciano in the corners and on the ropes, swarming in with a
vigorous body attack landing damaging left hooks to the body and
head. Feliciano continued to counter with judge-pleasing
combinations to the head and attempted to keep the fight in the
middle of the ring where she was more effective.
Feliciano secured victory in the final two rounds backing
Trivilino into the ropes landing damaging combinations
punctuated by left-hooks to the body. Trivilino had her moments,
but fighting in reverse isn’t her game.
In the end, the judges saw it
76-76, 77-75 twice earning Nydia Feliciano a majority decision
victory. This author also scored in favor of Feliciano 77-76.
On the undercard, Ku’ulei “Hawaii’s Golden Child” Kupihea, 145,
Honolulu, moved to 6-1 2 kayos, with a fourth round stoppage
over crowd favorite, Sarah Kuhn, 144, Albany who now stands at
3-1 with 1 kayo.
Styles make fights. Kuhn, an aggressive puncher, started fast
attempting to take the fight to Kupihea early. Kupihea, a
southpaw, and a professional since 2003, seemed comfortable in
dealing with this style, and efficiently countered with her left
cross and slid to her right. If Kuhn invaded her range, she
effectively clinched and turned Kuhn into the ropes. Kuhn had
success with the right cross and placing her opponent onto the
ropes in spots, but Kupihea was experienced and skilled enough
to evade serious damage.
The second round saw Kuhn double her jab which allowed her to
gain proper range for her cross early in the round, but Kupihea
adjusted and boxed effectively from long-range not allowing Kuhn
to cut-off her lateral movement to the right. Kupihea continued
to land her straight left cross as Kuhn aggressively pursued.
The end came 25 seconds into the fourth round when after a
knockdown; Sarah Kuhn’s corner appropriately stopped the
With the win, Ku’ulei Kupihea should enter the world ratings as
she was impressive in her style of boxing. Sarah Kuhn loses her
undefeated record, but gains valuable experience that will serve
her well in future bouts. She moves forward as well.
Ares Promotion scores another knockout with a great night of
Promoter: Ares Promotions
Location: Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
Match Maker: Diana Rodriguez
Celebrities: Leona Brown, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy
Costello, and Tony Marshall.
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