The first fight in 34 years at Yankee Stadium went off without a hitch, well it almost did, as two New Yorkers, Jonathan Cuba and Christian Martinez went at it for four rounds in a super lightweight bout.
Martinez scored a 4th-round TKO win over Cuba. But there was a little drama at the end of the third round as Martinez floored Cuba with a hard left just as the bell sounded to end the round. The sound of the bell was skewed by the punch, so referee Sparkle Lee gave Cuba a standing eight count. But Lee was a little confused, because she apparently didn't hear the bell (neither did I) and allowed the two to continue fighting. But the controversy was cleared up a few seconds later and both fighters went back to their corners.
Martinez ended any thoughts as a controversy as he knocked Cuba to the deck two more times in the fourth round. Lee stopped the bout after the second knockdown, 118 into the fourth.
WOLAK TOPS MOORE - In one of the more intriguing matchups of the night, Pawel Wolak out-slugged James Moore in a 154-pound bout. Both fighters came into the bout hoping to make some noise in the division. For Moore, it was a chance to prove he should be considered a strong contender for any of the 154-pound belts. Wolak needed a good showing to prove he should still be considered a contender.
Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs) came through with a unanimous-decision (97-93, 97-93, 96-94) over Moore (17-3, 10 KOs). Wolak was the most crisp of the two, landing several combination shots to the body. Moore made him work for it, as he took every shot Wolak threw. In the end it was the stamina of Wolak that prevailed as he stayed strong through the latter half of the fight.
What's next for Wolak is anyone's guess. But he sure would love a shot at Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams or even Kelly Pavlik. Whether he'd move up for 160 pounds for Martinez or Pavlik is the question.
RAINONE LOSES - Plainview's Tommy Rainone failed in his bid to make a name for himself as he lost a unanimous-decision to Terry Baterbaugh (60-54, 59-55, 59-55).
A FAMILY AFFAIR - There were no problems in the second bout as Abner Cotto, the second cousin of Miguel, scored an easy unanimous-decision win over Edgar Portillo. The judges scored the bout 59-55 (twice) and 58-56.
In another earlier bout, Jorge Diaz (14-0, 9 KOs) stopped Jae Sung-Lee (10-3-1, 7 KOs) at 1:54 in the sixth round.