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Julio Orellano Dec 3 Marlon Buck
Q. Marshall TKO 1 Belinda Galleti
Lambros Karloides Dec 3 Nijohn Anderson
“Chucky” Naranjo Dec 4 Christian Concepcion
Kevin Smith KO 3 Dwight Grant
Sondra Sanchez Dec 4 Jennifer Egan
Jamel Spencer Dec 3 George Santiago
Eli Lasalle Dec 3 Tony Flores
Rashad Bogart Dec 3 Joey Arroyo
Jose Guerrito Dec 4 Jose Guzman
Tor Hamer Dec 3 Malla Fountain
Chris Romulo KO 1 Mike McKechern

Another big one in the books! June 16th was the final event of the three shows in this spring’s the Friday Night Fights NYC 2006 Series.

A crowd of well over 1,000 people clamored in as the fighters warmed up for some of the most intense competition yet. In what was by far, the highest energy level since the January event, the crowd and fighters lived up to the hype. Google TV, NYC TV and the photographers from Shock magazine were on hand as well as a great looking crowd which included Saturday Night Love’s Jimmy Fallon!

The Scion half time show featured the Soul Mafia. With rapping and even…a Saxophone solo the Soul Mafia had the entire crowd out of their seats!

Church Street Boxing Gym’s Julio Orellano was the first bout of the night as well as the first bout at all of Orellano. He faced a game challenger in Marlon Buck who came in from Detroit on short notice. Buck landed a few big kicks but Orellano managed to gut out a decision.

Quadyra Marshall of Dew Drop’s Gym (Newark, N.J.) made quick work of Belinda Galleti in the first round of their scheduled 4 round bout. Galleti was visibly upset at her corner’s decision to throw in the towel however we are sure to see Belinda in the future as she was clearly the crowd favorite.

2006 Golden Glove Champ, Lambros Karolides fought a tremendous battle against Nijohn Anderson (Dew Drop Gym, Newark, NJ). Anderson was a last minute stand in for Olade Thomas who pulled out of his fight. Both Karolides and Anderson exchanged blows at a furious pace with Karolides remaining undefeated and taking the decision.

In another bout featuring a 2006 Golden Glove Champion, Christian Concepcion faced off against Church Street Boxing Gym’s own Gustavo “Chucky” Naranjo. As Concepcion boxed Naranjo slugged and managed to knock down the champion in the 2nd round. After 4 rounds, Naranjo took the decision as well as the crowd.

In the second Muay Thai match of the evening, the Exteme Muay Thai Gym’s Kevin Smith KO’d Anderson Martial Art’s Dwight Grant. Grant took control of the fight from the beginning and was on his way to winning the decision when, in the third round, Smith landed kick that sent Grant down to the canvas. Luckily, Grant was not injured.

Sondra Sanchez (Juan Laporte’s Gym, Bronx, NY) took on Jennifer Egan (Soler Fitness) in the second women’s match of the evening. While Sanchez was the larger and more experienced of the two fighters, Egan’s heart was on full display as she hung in there and made the fight competitive. At the end of 4 rounds it was Sanchez’ victory however Egan had managed to win over the crowd.

George Santiago and Jamel Spencer fought in April of this year and if weren’t for one other match that night, their bout would have easily won the best fight of the night so this rematch was eagerly anticipated. While it was entertaining and it certainly grabbed the crowd’s attention, Spencer went on again to take the decision – bad news for those that had hoped for a third match in this trilogy.

Tony Flores, from Ardon’s Sweet Science clashed with Eli “Extreme” Lasalle (Extreme Muay Thai, Valley Stream, NY) in the 8th bout of the night. Both fighters fought hard and a close decision come down for Lasalle although there will be plenty of interest in a rematch this fall!

Rashad Bogart (Dew Drop Gym, Newark, NJ) and Joey “Iron Boy” Arroyo (Church Street Boxing Gym) fought 3 of the hardest fought rounds of the evening. Arroyo slugged with his shorter opponent but was not able to pull out the closest decision of the night although it is certainly not the last we will see of one of the Friday Night Fights NYC’s favorite fighters.

Jose Guerrito and Jose Guzman fought for the first ever – Friday Night Fights NYC Championship. Guzman, who has recently become a regular on the Friday Night Fights NYC Series, was eager for his chance to take this title in his new home venue however Gueritto took the close decision as well as the title. While Guzman will certainly rematch, keep your eye out for other fights for this title in the future!

Soler Fitness’ Mall Fountain had previously won by KO in his last fight on the FNF NYC Series so the crowd eagerly awaited his match with Tor Hamer of Kingsway. Tor boxed and slugged his way to victory through the 3-round match.

For the Main Event, Chris Romulo fought against Mike Mckeachern. While the pace was furious the match lasted less than 1 round. While Mckeachern was aggressive and demonstrated solid boxing skills it was Romulo’s knees to the body that wore down his opponent. After the second knock down the referee called a halt to the action and Romulo left the ring with another win under his belt!

While the Spring Session of the Friday Night Fights NYC came to an end, the crowd left the venue knowing that….with Fall’s return, so would the Friday Night Fights NYC

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