Joseph Adorno got the call to fight Hugo Alberto Roldan on four weeks’ notice after Shinard Bunch(personal reasons) was forced to withdraw, and he made the most of it.
Adorno(17-1-2, 14 KOs) dropped Roldan(21-1-1, 7 KOs) in the second round, which ended up being the difference in the fight as he would defeat the Argentinian by unanimous decision Friday night in the 140-pound main event at the Atlantic City Hotel & Casino’s Grand Ballroom. (Shobox/Showtime).
The Allentown, PA native won by scores of 95-94(3x).
Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
This is the third straight victory for Adorno after suffering his first loss to Michel Rivera in March, and the 23-year-old was emotional after the win.
“I feel like all the hard work I put in since I was a little kid is finally starting to pay off and coming altogether,” Adorno said. “I did lose a little love for boxing for a while. But I’m proud. He was an awkward fighter. I took the fight on short notice.
“He’s a higher weight class than me. I’m a 135-pounder. All the hard work pays off. I went through a lot in the ring tonight, as any fighter does. I hurt my hand. I got hit with a headbutt that almost closed my eye. But I overcame it all. I got what it takes. I can hang in there with the top guys. Give me a couple more fights, and I’ll be ready for anybody.”
To the knockdown, Adorno dropped Roldan at the end of the second round on a counter-left hook at the bell. Throughout the fight, Roldan was rushing in, and Adorno did a solid job of counter-punching and catching him when he did.
“You learn a lot from a fight like this,” Adorno said. “In boxing, you’re going to face guys with different styles. Not everybody is going to be the same. Weird guys like Roldan make you look ugly. But you have to get through it, listen to your corner, and adjust. That’s what we did tonight.”
Both fighters left the right with swollen left eyes, but in the end, Adorno got the win.
Adorno moves on and collects a much-needed win over an undefeated fighter. As we examine his resume, three of his last five fights, including tonight, have been against undefeated fighters, so he’s been in tough. Adorno definitely has talent, but he has to stay focused and continue to get better.
-In the co-feature, Frency Fortunato showed off his boxing skills, power and grit to hold off a late rally from the well-conditioned and aggressive Bernard Angelo Torres to capture a split decision in a 10-round featherweight bout. Fortunato, who dropped the southpaw Torres in the fourth round, won by scores of 97-92, 95-94 and 94-95 to improve to 14-1 with 10 KOs while Torres suffered his first defeat and fell to 16-1 with 7 KOs.
–Roiman Villa had a successful U.S. debut on Friday in the SHOBOX opener, dropping Janelson Bocachica and pummeling him over eight rounds to capture a unanimous decision by scores of 78-73, 79-72 and 79-72 in the eight-round welterweight bout. Along with landing the flashier and heavier blows, Villa also pounded the mouthpiece of Bocachica, dislodging it five times, resulting in referee Harvey Dock deducting a point the third time it went flying.
A lanky, explosive fighter from Venezuela, Villa (25-1, 24 KOs) dropped Bocachica 30 seconds into the second round with a chopping right hand as Bocachica was pinned against the ropes for the first knockdown of his career.