It was a big night for the Gloucester Boxing Club on Friday night in Hampton, New Hampshire.
The Club had two fighters in professional action, and both came away with impressive victories. Gloucester native “Handsome” Henry Gedney improved his professional record to 3-0 with a fourth round, TKO victory while Derek “The Surgeon” Silveira, a Salem native who trains in Gloucester, was crowned New England Welterweight champion.
Gedney was thrown a big curve ball prior to the fight when his scheduled opponent, Darryl Bunting, came in 10-pounds the 168-pound super middleweight limit and was not allowed to fight. Fortunately for Gedney, Fernando Valenzuela Sr., a veteran of more than 150 fights, also lost an opponent on the card and stepped in to fight the Gloucester native.
He was facing a fighter that he did not prepare for, but it did not matter as Gedney dominated from start to finish, earning a fourth round TKO victory.
“Henry was ready for this show,” Gloucester Boxing Club trainer Wesley Prevost said. “He had a great camp and it showed. (Valenzuela Sr.) is on the downside of his career but he’s a dangerous veteran who has been in there with champions. Henry was relentless and he had the crowd on its feet.”
Gedney, who was cornered by Carlo DaSilva, Wesley Prevost and Kevin Tobin, showed up his superior speed from the opening bell and a relentless attack to the body led to openings upstairs.
“He pummeled his opponent from the opening bell until he got the stoppage,” Prevost said.
With his third straight professional victory, Gedney is now going to take a little time off to focus on his studies as he will be graduating from Gordon College at the end of the semester with a business degree.
Fellow Gloucester Boxing Club pupil Derek Silveira also had an impressive, crowd pleasing performance, and he took home a championship belt for his efforts.
Silveira took on undefeated prospect Fernando Valenzuela Jr., the son of Gedney’s opponent, who took a 14-0 record into the bout with 13 wins by KO/TKO.
“The Surgeon” almost ended the fight in the very first round, with a late knockdown. But Valenzuela Jr. survived and battled back to make the fight competitive. Still, Silveira’s technique and skill were too much as he came away a unanimous decision win, taking six of eight rounds on two of the judge’s scorecards and seven of eight rounds on the other.
The win gave Silveira the New England Welterweight (147 pound) championship for the second time in his career. His record improves to 16-2.
“Derek put on a masterful display of skill,” Prevost said. “You have to give (Valenzuela) credit for battling back but Derek took everything he had and gave him more. This win will have serious ramifications for him.”
“We couldn’t be prouder of Derek and Henry. Boxing can be a lonely sport and there’s a lot of work that goes into getting ready. The boys dedication and commitment showed in their performances.”