Southside Promotions “Turf War” boxing card lived up to the expectations of the sold-out crowd at the National Guard Armory in Dorchester on Saturday night.
Billy Traft and Donnie Palmer, two amateur boxers from Dorchester, both fought their hearts out. Palmer edged out a victory over reigning New England Golden Gloves Champion, Owen Minor, leaving many of the fans in awe, some raining “boos”. It may not have been as clear to the sold out crowd as it was to the judges, but the way they saw it, Palmer landed more clean shots on Minor, as opposed to Minor’s wild flurry of punches, and in amateur boxing, thaat’s what counts. Palmer got the win by points.
Traft took on David Wilson, of Meriden, CT, in a bout that was filled with action. Blow after blow exchanged between the two left the decision a mystery until the judge’s scorecards were handed in. Much to the home-crowd’s dismay, Traft lost in points to Wilson, but still represented Dorchester and the Boston Police to the fullest with a great fight.
The co-main event of the evening featured Christ Traietti of Quincy and Randy Campbell of Ohio and was a true battle between two light-heavyweights. The fight was slated for six rounds and surely both fighters wanted to end it early. But the fight went the distance. Traietti and Campbell exchanged blows and it clearly looked like Traietti was having his way, completely dominating the second and fifth rounds. He also landed the most brutal punch in the fight, a left hook to the body in the fourth round, which left Campbell wincing in pain and almost dropping him to the mat. By the time the fight was over the entire audience, the corner men, and Traietti himself, seemed to be pretty confident he won the fight easily.
The ref read the first two judges scores, “57-57,” which left the entire building wondering what fight they were watching. The other two judges saw it like the rest of the people at the armory, 60-54 and 59-55, and the winner by majority decision was Quincy’s own Chris Traietti, now 9-2.
The main event was no let down. Undefeated “Polish Prince” Ryan Kielczwski of Quincy, took on his most experienced opponent Robert DaLuz of Providence, who was in his 50th professional fight.
Kielczwski had the look of an up and coming superstar from the start, walking to the ring with a certain swagger and confidence not many 21-year-olds possess, with Young Jeezy’s “Put On” in the background. He stepped in the ring and from the sound of the opening bell one could see what is so special about the young kid. He was fast and powerful, but calm and dangerous. DaLuz just couldn’t keep up, but to his credit, he took Kielczwski the distance going to the judges’ score cards. After a dominant performance, “The Polish Prince,” improved his record to 10-0 by unanimous decision, at the same time, “putting on for his city.”
In the other professional fights, Peabody’s Derek Silveira had a brawl with Rameil Shelton of Providence, but went on to win by decision and remain undefeated at 4-0. Fred Mandracchia from Weymouth made his professional debut but lost to Dan Powers of Clermont, NH, by TKO at 1:27 of the first round. And Timmy Kaes of Quincy, made his professional debut against, Alex Amparo of Providence, who was also making his debut. Amparo came out extremely aggressive and dominated Kaes, whose corner had to throw in the towel at 2:05 of the first round, giving Amparo his first win by technical knockout.
Southside Promotions put on a great show for local boxing fans. They are hoping to have another event in the middle of summer at the Victory Road Armory, and if so, be sure to secure your spot because it’ll surely sell out again.