ATLANTIC CITY — Somers Point middleweight Patrick Majewski and Middle Township middleweight Chuck Mussachio prepared for their fights at Bally’s Atlantic City with spirited sparring sessions together at Bullpen Vale Tudo in Egg Harbor Township.
They endured different results on Saturday night, however.
Majewski (21-1, 13 KOs) earned a 10-round, unanimous decision over tough Jamaal Davis (14-9-1, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia. Mussachio (18-3-2, 5 KOs) suffered a second-round TKO defeat to Lionel Thompson (13-2, 9 KOs), of Buffalo, N.Y.
Majewski, a 33-year-old native of Radom, Poland, used his nonstop aggressiveness to take control of his fight in the late rounds. Judges Debra Barnes (99-91), Hilton Whitaker (99-91) and Emile Conforti (98-92) all favored Majewski, as did The Press (98-92).
“That was a text-book performance by Patrick,” said Arnold Robbins, Majewski’s manager and co-trainer. “He did exactly what we wanted him to do in there.”
Majewski began to take command of the fight in the sixth round. Davis (14-9-1, 6 KOs) had gotten off to a strong start in the fight and appeared capable of pulling off an upset, but Majewski’s aggressiveness eventually began to pay off.
He nearly ended the fight in the eighth, jolting Davis with a straight right that sent him into the ropes. Davis gamely tried to fight back down the stretch, but Majewski’s punches were stronger and crisper.
A capacity crowd of 1,500 showed its appreciation with a standing ovation after the final bell.
“I was surprised it went the distance,” Majewski said. “My hands are hurting because I hit him with some good shots. But it was a great fight. I’m satisfied with the win, but I also know I can do a lot better.”
Majewski is rated No. 9 by the WBC and No. 15 by the WBO. Another victory against a top-10 contender could merit a title shot.
Mussachio’s future is less certain.
Mussachio (18-3-2, 5 KOs) suffered his defeat when his father/trainer, Al Mussachio stopped the scheduled eight-rounder at the end of the second round. Thompson (13-2, 9 KOs) had dropped Mussachio with a left hook late in the round.
Mussachio, 33, beat referee Lindsay Page’s count and didn’t appear seriously hurt as he walked back to his corner but couldn’t convince his father to let the fight continue.
“He wasn’t himself,” Al Mussachio said. “He was still recovering from the flu and I was told his blood pressure was high before the fight. I think it was the right move to stop it.”
Chuck Mussachio was visibly upset over the result afterward. A notoriously slow starter, he was confident that he would have been able to take command in the later rounds. He also claimed that he had answered all of his father’s questions.
“I don’t know why he stopped it,” Mussachio said. “He asked me if I was nauseous and I said, ‘No.’ Maybe someone thought I was saying I couldn’t continue. I guess it was just a misunderstanding in the corner.”
The fight was not without some controversy.
The first round round lasted approximately five minutes, two minutes longer than usual, prompting protests from a large contingent of Mussachio fans.
“No excuses,” Mussachio said. “If the first round was five minutes, it was five minutes for both of us. It wasn’t like I had to fight five minutes and he went three. Give him credit. He fought a good fight and he beat me.”
Despite the defeat, Mussachio said he has no plans to retire.
No retirement plans
Although he doesn’t need boxing to make a living — he’s a guidance counselor at Ocean City Primary School — but still believes he has a future in the ring.
“I’m not done, yet,” he said. “It’s not like I got my butt kicked tonight. Maybe (the fight being stopped) was for the best if it saved me from more punishment later in the fight. I’ll be back. I’m not going to let this deter me.”
The best fight of the undercard saw Millville featherweight Joshua Reyes-Caban (4-0, 1 KO) stay unbeaten with a four-round, unanimous decision over rugged Tommy Garcia (3-4, 2 KOs), of Hartford, Conn.
Barnes (39-37), Whitaker (39-37) and Conforti (40-36) thought Reyes-Caban controlled the action in a grueling, action-packed fight.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” said Reyes-Caban, a 2007 Millville High School graduate. “He got me out of my game plan a little bit. I wanted to box him, but the warrior in me came out and I wound up going toe to toe with him.”
In other fights, Philadelphia junior-middleweight Greg Jackson (3-0, 1 KO) earn a four-round, majority decision over Alex Sanchez (2-2-1, 2 KOs). The verdict drew a smattering of boos the crowd. Philadelphia junior-lightweight Anthony Burgin (3-0, 1 KO) gained a four-round, unanimous decision over Elvis Rodriguez (0-2), of Manchester, Conn. Cherry Hill welterweight Anthony Prescott (1-1-1, 1 KO) and Saud Clark (2-1-1, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia, fought to a four-round draw.
Punchlines: Boxing returns to Atlantic City on March 8 when ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” comes to Resorts Casino Hotel. The main event will pit junior-middleweight Victor Manuel Cayo (31-3, 22 KOs) of the Dominican Republic against Emmanuel Taylor (16-1, 11 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, Md. Millville middleweight Thomas LaManna (10-0, 6 KOs) will be on the undercard against Joshua Snyder (9-8-1, 3 KOs), of Berlin, Md.
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