Top photo from left: Paul Nave, Justin Danforth. Bottom photo: Homer Hall (Nave’s trainer), Paul Nave, and Robert Duncan. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)
By Godfrey Lee
Paul Nave, “The Marin Assassin,” ended his boxing career with a victory against Justin Danforth of Milwaukee, winning a unanimous decision with scores of 80-72 and 79-73 from the judges.
The fight took place Friday night, Oct. 19 in Albert Park Field in San Rafael. Under the bright lights, the main event did not start until about 10:3 p.m. But the night was not cold for the fans who supported and cheered Nave as he won the twentieth boxing match of his career.
During the eight-round fight, both Nave and Danforth slipped several times. But Nave seemed to have more stamina than Danforth. Both fighters became more aggressive as the fight progressed.
In the fifth round, Nave threw a right cross that staggered Danforth, whose right eye began to swell and ear started to bleed.
In the undercard bout 1, David Lopez of San Francisco defeated Rudy Macedo of Novato after three rounds in a close win of 29-28. This was Macedo’s first fight as an amateur in a pro card.
In bout 2, Aldwayne Simpson of Richmond won a unanimous decision over Jovanni Rubio of Santa Rosa.
In bout 3, Marquita Lee of Novato defeated Lisa Lewis of Fresno. After her defeat, Lewis suffered an asthma attack and was taken to the hospital. The attack was not serious, but the medical emergency delayed the remaining bouts.
In the fourth and final undercard bout, Laura Deanovic of San Francisco defeated Claudia Amaro of Fresno.
The after fight party was held at Il Davide Restaurant, three blocks away from Albert Park Field on A Street in San Rafael.