By Tiffany Williams –
At Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday night, CES Boxing’s Winter Brawl presented some good fights and some depressing upsets.
Dannis Aguero stopped hometown favorite Irvin Gonzalez Jr. via a fourth-round knockout in the main event to capture the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight Title. Arias, who is 20-2, with 16 knockouts entered Saturday’s fight making his United States debut against Worcester, MA, native Gonzalez (15-4), who fought for the first time in 13 months after spending all of 2022 recovering from elbow and hand surgeries.
Alejandro Paulino (12-0) won by knockout against Ryizeemmion Ford (8-4) after scoring a knockout in the closing seconds of the fourth round,
John Gotti III (2-0) made quick work of Minnesota’s Alex Citrowske (1-2-), scoring three knockdowns in the opening round, including the clincher at the 2:59 mark for his second win on the professional circuit.
Chordale Booker (18-1), of Stamford, CT, rebounded nicely from his first career loss in April on Saturday, cruising to a methodical 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 unanimous decision over Texas middleweight Angel Hernandez (17-8-2).
Brockton, MA, super featherweight Kevin Walsh (7-0) captured the vacant New England 130-pound Title in a hard-earned 59-55, 59-54, 56-57 win over New York’s Christian Otero (4-3).
The depressing upset of the night was Boston’s Mitch Louis-Charles (7-3-2) knocking out unbeaten Josniel Castro (9-1).
Worcester light heavyweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (19-1-3) fought to a majority draw against Argentinian Victor Hugo Exner (9-13-1).
Mike Kimbel (1-0) of Waterbury, CT, made his successful debut in boxing, stopping upstate New York’s Robert Banks at the 1:50 mark of the fourth and final round.
Heavyweight Gabriel Aguilar Costa (1-3) survived a second-round knockout to earn a split-decision win over Brockton, MA, native Chad Leoncello (1-1-1).
Female welterweight prospect Stevie Jane Coleman (4-1) of Columbia, CT, won her fourth in a row, beating the tough Michaela Nogue (2-3) of Egg Harbor, NJ, by majority decision, 39-37, 39-37, 38-38