Andy Dominguez Shines, Indeya Smith Upsets Sulem Urbina in Action Packed Card in New York City
Jr. bantamweight Andy Dominguez (9-0, 6 ko), despite having significant disadvantages in both height and reach, was able to gut out a decision against Marvin Solano (24-8, 8 ko) over 8 rounds in the main event of Boxing Insider Promotions “Holiday Fight Night” at Sony Hall in New York City. The scores read 78-73, 76-75, 78-73.
Early in the fight, Dominguez had some trouble with the size of Solano, who was catching him with check hooks and right hands as he tried to get inside. But as the fight wore on, Dominguez got to the body and slowed Solano down, having his best round in the 7th and closing the fight strong in action packed fight. A point deduction from Solano for a takedown of sorts in the 8th only sealed the deal on the fight, and Dominguez closed the show in style. Dominguez may not be a natural 115 pounder, and may have trouble with some of the other fighters closer to Solano’s size, but regardless of what weight class he chooses to campaign at, his aggressive come forward style and boxing ability will make exciting fights.
In the co-feature, light heavyweight Nadim Salloum (10-1, 4 ko) won an extremely tough majority decision against Decarlo Perez (19-7-1, 6 ko) in what was arguably the most entertaining fight of the night. Salloum, clearly a crowd favorite boxed and moved for portions of the fight, but both fighters spent the majority of the last two rounds exchanging heavy leather. Though not the most athletic, Salloum has good defensive instincts and a good boxing IQ. He is a work in progress, but a solid exciting local attraction.
In an upset, Indeya Smith (6-6-2, 1 ko) outworked Sulem Urbina (13-3-1, 2 ko) for a hard fought unanimous decision. Smith started the fight extremely fast, exactly like she did in her last fight against Mikiah Kreps, and it really prevented Urbina from ever catching her rhythm during the fight. At times, Sulem was able to create some distance for herself with her movement, but for the most part Smith was able to walk Urbina down and outwork her on the inside. A cut opened up midway through the fight that seemed to bothered Urbina, and only encouraged Smith, as her pace increased as the fight went on. This is a great win for Smith, who’s deceptive record doesn’t tell the full story of what kind of fighter she is. It’s not the cleanest boxing, but if Smith is able to keep up the pace she set in this fight against Urbina, she is an interesting and difficult opponent for anyone in her weight neighborhood.
Also on the card, Anthony Sims Jr. (23-1, 20 ko) won a hard fought unanimous over rugged veteran Antonio Todd (14-7, 8 ko). Sims, once one of the brightest super middleweight prospects in boxing, was making his middleweight debut against Todd, and despite taking a few rounds to get going and getting buzzed in the 2nd, he caught a rhythm in round four and dominated the back half of the fight. He hurt Todd in round 5, and was able to walk him down for the remainder of the rounds clearly separating himself. Sims looked good, and in a division as wide open as middleweight he could potentially be player.
In the opener, after an aggressive start Alejandro Luis Silva (20-0-1, 15 ko) dropped, and knocked out Issah Samir (19-2, 16 ko) in the first round in a very impressive performance.