Peter Manfredo’s Homecoming Brawl
Author: Ron Samul – Ringside
Twin Rivers Event Center, Lincoln Rhode Island
One of the best moments in the Mayweather vs De la Hoya fight was the endless ramblings of Mayweather Sr. before the fight started. It showed a man conflicted between his livelihood and his family.
So, seeing the Manfredo family (father and son) together at “The Pride is Back” fight at the Twin Rivers Event Center, one thing was missing between father and son - the conflict.
It was a fight to bring home a popular Rhode Island fighter and international Contender celebrity after a controversial lost in England. Peter Manfredo Jr was ready brawl in the main event.
He faced Ted Muller (19-10-2 9KOs) from Moline, Illinois who is a North American Midwest Association Champion. He is a journeyman with his last three fights ending in defeat. At the opening bell it was clear that Manfredo was ready to bring the crowd to their feet. While the fight went nine rounds, it was clear that Manfredo was in control, and ready to take his shots.
Muller did land a few good hooks, but overall, it was Manfredo’s fight. By the 7th round, Muller was punched out. Manfredo ended the fight in the 9th round with a devastating body shot the dropped Muller to his knees. The crowd roared as Peter Manfredo Jr. proved he was back in top performance. He won the knock out at 1:19 in 9th round to improve his record to 27-4 13KOs.
Peter Manfredo Jr (26-4 12KOs) first started boxing at the age of seven. He had 165 amateur fights, including a Bronze medal at the 2000 Eastern Olympic Trails, Outstanding Boxer Award at the Junior Olympics, Silver Mittens, N.E. Golden Gloves, and N.E. Tournament if Championships.
He turned pro in 2000 at the age of 19 years-old. In 2004 he captured the NABO light middleweight title with a six round knockout against Sherwin Davis. He was selected to be on the Contender during the shows first season and took an early loss, only to come back and strike hard at the opposition. He lost an eight round decision to Sergio “The Snake” Mora. Later came his victory against Joey “KO Kid” Spina, which positioned him for the WBO title fight against 42-0 Joe Calzaghe in Wales to a big crowd and an HBO following.
It proved to be a controversial fight. After three rounds, Manfredo appeared to be out-boxed by Calzaghe. In the third round, he was against the ropes, waiting for a chance to launch some shots, when the referee jumped in and stopped the fight.
Northeast Boxing News 2007