Doug Fischer

Willie Monroe Jr., Petr Petrov win Boxcino tournament titles

Lightweight veteran Petr Petrov and skilled middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. used their superior experience to outclass their harder-hitting opponents to earn Boxcino tournament titles on Friday at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. Petrov outworked a listless Fernando Carcamo to an eighth-round TKO and Monroe outboxed previously unbeaten Brandon Adams en route to an entertaining 10-round unanimous decision.

Petrov (35-4-2, 17 knockouts), a former title challenger who resides in Madrid, Spain and trains in Southern California, neutralized the vaunted punching power of Fernando Carcamo (17-6, 13 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights broadcast.

Carcamo, a 23-year-old southpaw puncher from Sonora, Mexico, may have neutralized himself by struggling to boil his 5-foot-11 frame down to 135 pounds. Whatever the case, something was wrong with Carcamo, who was sluggish throughout the fight.

However, credit must be given to Petrov for his game plan. The 31-year-old Russian technician kept Carcamo off balance with his movement, either outworked him or smothered him on the inside, or tied him up in close. He got of first and finished every exchange with quicker shots.

"The key to this fight was my movement," Petrov told ESPN's Bernardo Osuna in Spanish. "He has power. I knew that coming in so my movement was key."

The same could be said about Monroe's victory.

Monroe (18-1, 6 KOs), the crowd favorite being a native of Rochester and resident of Ithica, N.Y., used excellent lateral movement to set up his offense and outpoint Adams by unanimous scores of 99-91. The bout was more competitive than those tallies would indicate but Monroe was in command during most of the rounds thanks to his piston-like jab and accurate counter shots.

Adams (14-1, 9 KOs), a 24-year-old boxer-puncher from the Watts area of Los Angeles, had some success whne he was able to back Monroe to the ropes but the 27-year-old southpaw often landed the cleaner blows during their in-close exchanges.

"I had to be cagey," said Monroe, the more experienced and ring savvy fighter thanks to a more extensive amateur background and his family roots — his father, Willie Monroe Sr. was a solid pro in the 1990s and his great uncle, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, was a 1970s contender who handed the great Marvin Hagler a decision loss.

"Brandon shook me a couple of times with right hands and hooks so I had to keep my distance."

Monroe did that very well, and though Adams — who he considers a friend — had a strong Round 8 when he elected to fight off the ropes for most of the stanza, it was clear that the better technical boxer would remain in control until the final bell.

Adams, who only had six amateur bouts (compared to Monroe's 140 bouts), was gracious after his first pro defeat. 

"It was grand," he said of the Boxcino experience. "I got to fight on TV. This was a learning experience."

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