Emanuel ‘Pinky’ Colon didn’t need long in order to leave a lasting impression.
The rising junior welterweight prospect impressed in his U.S. televised debut, stopping Mexico’s Richard Zamora in the 1st round of their Telemundo-televised headliner Friday evening at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Colon scored two knockdowns, followed by an ensuing flurry which prompted referee Charlie Fitch to stop the contest at 2:46 of round one.
With both combatants making their network debut—as well as the sold-out venue itself making its first appearance in Telemundo’s 30-year history in the sport—Colon jumped out to an explosive start. The Puerto Rico-bred, Buffalo-based boxer cornered Zamora, connecting with a right hand and left hook to score the bout’s first official knockdown less than 30 seconds into the contest.
Zamora (19-4, 12KOs) managed to beat the count but was unable to make his mark in the brief affair. Colon continued to press his attack, remaining poised while applying pressure. A right hand shot connected flush on Zamora’s chin, depositing him to the canvas for the second time on the night.
Once again, the visiting boxer beat the count but a follow up attack from Colon left Zamora cornered and defenseless until he was rescued by the referee.
Colon picks up his third straight win in improving to 17-1-1 (16KOs), while proving to be a smash hit in his home region. The performance was right on time, and will go a long way towards bringing the series back in this region after enjoying a successful first showing.
“We hope to do at least three shows per year here, hopefully more,” Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr., president and CEO of All Star Boxing told BoxingScene.com shortly after the main event. “Emanuel ‘Pinky’ Colon will be a big part of bringing the series here back often. The fans here really responded well to him and we plan to make big time boxing here in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls region a regular thing.”
Wilfredo 'El Bravo Vega' Flores enjoyed a successful debut in his adopted home region, scoring a 4th round stoppage of Adrian Martinez in a battle of Puerto Rican junior welterweights.
Vega—who relocated from Ponce, PR to nearby Dunkirk—was the busier fighter throughout, stunning Martinez (3-3. 3KOs) with a left hook to the body and another upstairs, pushing the action to center ring. Martinez found himself outgunned and unable to slip the incoming, with a barrage of power punches capped by a right hand straight down the middle which forced an immediate halt to the contest.
Buffalo's Charles Garner survived a rough third round to upend Yonkers' Angel Cotto in a four round decision between junior welterweight debutants. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice in favor of Garner (1-0, 0KO) was a step ahead for most of the contest, save for a few scary moments in round three when Cotto (0-1) had him cornered and was able impose his will.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox