Cesar Balmaceda

Atlantic City undefeated MMA fighter Cesar Balmaceda

ATLANTIC CITY — Joe Lowry and Sean Brady both retained their Cage Fury Fighting Championships titles Saturday.

Lowry (7-0), from Clementon in Camden County, kept his lightweight belt Saturday night with a first-round knockout over Richard Patishnock (7-5), of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, during CFFC 68 at Borgata’s Event Center.

Brady (7-0), of Philadelphia, defended his welterweight title by stopping Denver’s Mike Jones (5-4) with a second-round submission. Brady sunk in a rear-naked choke to end the bout at 1:31 of the round.

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Lowry caught Patishnock with a right hook that sent Patishnock to the canvas, prompting referee Liam Kerrigan to stop the bout at 1 minute, 53 seconds.

“I worked hard for this,” Lowry said. “This proves that hard work pays off.”

He was scheduled to make his next defense against Atlantic City’s Cesar Balmaceda on Dec. 16 at Borgata, but Lowry reportedly suffered a hand injury against Patishnock and will need more time.

Balmaceda (4-0), a 2013 Atlantic City High School graduate, is expected to fight another opponent at CFFC 69.

He has made a rapid rise through the CFFC, earning impressive victories over Joe Solecki, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Philadelphia’s Johnson Jajoute, respectively, in his most recent bouts.

He handed Solecki his first professional defeat with a three-round decision in Philadelphia in May, then followed with a spectacular, first-round knockout of Jajoute in August at Borgata.

He ended that fight with a left round-house kick that thudded against Jajoute’s temple.

In other bouts on Saturday’s card, bantamweight Tony Gravely (12-4), of Christianburg, Virgina, won a three-round, unanimous decision over Cleveland’s Jerrell Hodge (5-2). Philadelphia welterweights Jeremiah Wells (3-1-1) and Bassil Hafez (3-1-1) fought to a three-round draw.

On the preliminary portion of the card, Hawaiian welterweight Maki Pitolo (10-4) scored a first-round knockout over New York’s Thiago Rela (8-5). Pitolo put Rela on the canvas with an overhand right, prompting referee Gasper Oliver, from Atlantic City, to stop the bout at the 56-second mark.

Rela was conscious and alert, but was carried out of the cage on a stretcher and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus as a precaution.

In other early fights, welterweight Tanner Saraceno (5-2), of Inman, South Carolina, submitted Kenny Gaudreau (14-7), of Sterling, Virginia with a guillotine choke in the second round. Parsippany flightweight Claudio Ledesma (14-7) won a three-round, unanimous decision over Desmond Moore (6-3), of Coconut Creek, Florida. Buffalo, New York, welterweight Solomon Renfro (2-0) took a three-round, unanimous decision over East Rutherford’s Andres Velasquez (0-1).

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Member of The Press sports staff since 1986, starting my 25th season as The Press Eagles' beat writer. Also cover boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and everything else.

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