Joseph Adorno gets big win over Roldan in Atlantic City

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.

Adorno: ‘Before that loss, I thought I was unbeatable’

Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (16-1-2, 14 KOs), a former amateur standout with one-punch knockout power, and undefeated Argentine prospect Hugo Alberto Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) both made weight at Thursday’s official weigh-in a day ahead of their 10-round super lightweight main event on SHOBOX: The New Generation tomorrow night, Friday, September 9 live on SHOWTIME as the prospect developmental series returns to Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, the site of the first SHOBOX® on July 21, 2001.

The co-feature matches undefeated Filipino prospect Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs) against Dominican Frency Fortunato (13-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight attraction. The telecast opens with SHOBOX returnee Janelson Bocachica (17-0-1, 11 KOs) taking on knockout artist Roiman Villa (24-1, 24 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle.


Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout

Joseph Adorno – 139 ½ lbs.

Hugo Alberto Roldan – 140 lbs.

Featherweight 10-Round Bout

Bernard Angelo Torres – 125 ½ lbs.

Frency Fortunato – 126 ½ lbs.

Welterweight Eight-Round Bout

Janelson Bocachica – 147 lbs.

Roiman Villa – 146 lbs.

Here are quotes from the main event fighters:

Joseph Adorno

“I was at home laying down just chilling with my kids when I got a call from my trainer ‘Chino’ [Raul Rivas] asking me if I would take this fight. You know me, I’ll take any fight. Whatever ‘Chino’ said, I’ll go with him. Ever since he came into my life, I let him guide me. He said we’re going to beat this guy, and that’s all it took. I got up, went for a jog and the next day I was training.

“I’ve only seen a few seconds of Roldan. I don’t like watching too much tape of my opponents because the way they fought in that fight doesn’t mean they’re going to fight the same way with me. I don’t want to put something in my mind that may not happen. ‘Chino’ works on the game plan and we’re just hoping for a good fight.

“This fight is definitely an opportunity to reset my career a bit. After the loss, I look at this as my get-back. I’m determined to make up for what happened on that night. I’m extremely happy that I got the call and I can’t wait for the bell to ring. I’m so excited for this fight I don’t even know how to explain it.

“I learned a lot in that fight against [Michel] Rivera. I learned that I need to be a little bit more active. I learned that the undefeated record isn’t everything. Everybody wants to protect it, so you want to fight to protect that ‘0’. But I think I needed that loss.

“I needed that loss to focus more and learn that you’re not going to be perfect at all times so you have to keep working hard. The harder you work, the better you get. Before that loss, I thought I was unbeatable. It helped me. It opened up my eyes a lot. I’m thankful for that loss. It woke me up and is the reason I’m working the way I am now.”

Hugo Alberto Roldan

“I do think Adorno is a tougher fighter than the first opponent I was supposed to face [Shinard Bunch]. But it’s also a good opportunity to show everyone what I can do against a fighter of this caliber.

“I have come so far in my career that I’m so happy for this opportunity and I really appreciate the chance to show what I can do. I haven’t thought about the future and what’s next, but I want to keep moving forward and keep advancing.

“In terms of coming to the sport late, I’m a very confident person. I’m a hard worker and I have confidence in my abilities. I really see that as an advantage. Being from where I’m from, Sergio Martinez is certainly an inspiration when I was coming up, since he also took up boxing late and has been able to accomplish so much so he’s definitely an inspiration to me.

“When I fight, I’m always looking for the knockout. I train for the knockout so that’s what I try to make happen.

“My last fight I had to get up twice off the canvas, but it was a learning experience and it helped me to see things that I can do better for future fights, that I can change. I went back to Argentina, and I trained to improve myself, the things I did wrong or could have done better, technical things.

“I know my opponent is a good puncher, but I also love to fight, and I will follow my strategy and adapt to what the fighter in front of me is doing. I will work around whatever becomes available in the course of the fight.

“Being in camp with the Fundoras has been a great experience and taught me a lot and helped me grow as a fighter and improve.

“It means a lot for me to be debuting in the United States. I’ve worked very hard and sacrificed a lot to be here. I’ve come a long way and I want to continue having more of these big fights in the U.S., against fighters who are established to make myself better as a fighter.”

 Photos:  Photos; Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Adorno to now face Roldan in SHOBOX main event

Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno, a former amateur standout with one-punch knockout power, will face Hugo Alberto Roldan in a new 10-round super lightweight main event on SHOBOX: The New Generation on Friday, September 9, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino’s Grand Ballroom.

Shinard Bunch, who was originally slated to take on Argentina’s Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event, was forced to withdraw for personal reasons. Adorno (16-1-2, 14 KOs), who owns two early victories over current unified super featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson in the amateurs, will fight for the fourth time this year and third-straight at super lightweight after campaigning mostly at lightweight throughout his career.

“The opportunity to fight on SHOBOX® couldn’t have come at a better time in my career,” said Adorno, who is managed by Dave McWater and promoted by Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions. “I’ve never felt stronger after moving up to 140 pounds and I’m eager to showcase my power in front of a national audience. I just fought less than three weeks ago, so I’m already in great shape, and I’m predicting another sensational knockout against Roldan, who’s never faced anyone with my power and pedigree.”

The SHOBOX co-feature matches undefeated Filipino prospect Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs) against once-beaten Dominican Frency Fortunato (13-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight attraction. The telecast opens with SHOBOX returnee Janelson Bocachica (17-0-1, 11 KOs) taking on knockout artist Roiman Villa (24-1, 24 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle.

In his first bout at super lightweight, Adorno, 23, produced a highlight-reel first-round knockout of Juan Santiago in May and a second-round KO of Roberto Almazan Monreal in July. His power was on display when he dropped undefeated Jamaine Ortiz twice in April 2021 on his way to a controversial majority draw. Adorno plans to spar with Mielnicki’s son, junior middleweight prospect Vito Jr., to prepare for his bout with Roldan, who is making his U.S. debut. 

“This is going to be Joey’s coming out party where he shows he’s one of the sport’s biggest punchers and talents,” said Mielnicki Sr. “Joey is going to prove he’s on a different level than Roldan. He’s focused and in a great place in his career and will put it all together in the ring on September 9.”

Born in Union City, New Jersey, Adorno returns to SHOWTIME after suffering his first loss to undefeated lightweight contender Michel Rivera via 10-round decision in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast opener that was headlined by Tim Tszyu on March 26. Adorno turned pro in 2016 at the age of 17 after a standout amateur career where he went 178-22.