The first fight card of 2009 was a lean,
5-bout show that contained a number of entertaining bouts
for the 700 or so fans that showed up on a freezing Friday
night at the New Alhambra. In the main event, Clarence
"Sonny Bono" Taylor came to fight and was sporting an
old-school robe that looked like a throwback to the good old
He fought tough through a cut left eye that bled most of the
way, but Derek Ennis controlled the active fight and took
the unanimous 8-round decision. The second round was a great
one, with both fighters firing their punches freely -
especially to the body. Ennis edged that round, as he did
most of them. The judges saw it 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74, all
for "Pooh" Ennis, but it was a competitive and fun match.
The win upped Ennis to a 17-2-1 (12 KO)
record and kept his winning streak (now five straight)
alive. Taylor dropped to 13-20-3 (6 KO), and although he's
mostly lost in recent bouts (2-10-1 since 2007), he was
still a tough measuring stick for Ennis Friday night.
the semi-windup scheduled for six rounds, Wilmington's jr.
welterweight and Max Kellerman look-a-like, Ryan Belasco
dropped Lenny DeVictoria in a neutral corner about halfway
through round two and won the fight 10 seconds later. The
notoriously slow-starting DeVictoria never got it in gear,
falling victim to the hard punches of the kid from the
Diamond State. Belasco is now 9-2-3 (2 KO) and looked
impressive with the victory. We'd love to see him now
rematch with Victor Vasquez. For Lenny D, this rare
count-out defeat could (and probably should) spell the end
of his exciting career. His 11-13-1 (3 KO) record shows the
tough road he's been on since 2003, but all of his fights
have been crowd-pleasers.
Ronald Cruz (left, white trunks) made a successful debut by
winning a 4-round shutout decision over Joel Rios. The lanky
Bethlehem, PA welterweight sent his large cheering section home
happy with his strong performance that earned a 40-36 score from
all three judges. Rios, originally from Puerto Rico and now
fighting out of Philly, fell to 1-5.
The night began with a 4-rounder between two Philly (North
vs. South) welterweights making their professional debuts.
It was an exciting fight, with both guys refusing to give
ground in their first start. Although the action was nip and
tuck, North Philly's Ray Rodriguez (below, white trunks)
came away with the majority decision over South Philly's
Ramon Ellis. The scores were 38-38, and 39-37 twice. Ray
Rod's heavy body work in round two may have proved the
Heavyweights Kamarah Pasley of Upper Darby and Cullen Rogers
of Akron, OH rumbled in their four round preliminary. Rogers
swung for the fences throughout but couldn't land the big
one. On this cold night, the repeated breeze he produced was
not appreciated, but try he did. The statuesque Pasley
(below, right with white trunks) was a little more
conservative with his aggression and it finally paid off in
round three when Cullen (now 9-23-2 with 5 KOs), finally ran
out of gas and couldn't stay out of the way. Referee Shawn
Clark stepped in at 1:37 and awarded Pasley his first win.
He is now 1-3 with 1 KO.
crowd was dotted with local boxing celebs like Bam Bam
Hines, Mike Jones, Oak Tree Brown, Harry Joe Yorgey, One
Punch Carr, Tyric Robinson, Jerry 'The Bull' Martin, Olivia
Fonseca, and Luis Santiago.
Two of the busiest guys in boxing today, cut men Joey Eye
and Billy Briscoe, both had full slates. Joey worked cuts
for all five fights, while Briscoe did four, but added
head-trainer duties in two of them.
Promoter Greg Robinson and Xtreme Productions return to the
New Alhambra on March 16th.
Philly Tough Guys: Yorgey, Jones, Carr, Brown & Robinson