PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                             May 19, 2012


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West Philly's Jamaal Davis came out on top in his tough rematch with Eberto Medina Saturday night at Bally's Atlantic City. Davis grinded out an 8-round split decision in the evening's junior middleweight main event. In their first go-round last July 15th, Davis and Medina battled to a 6-round draw. But this time Davis boxed his way past his difficult opponent down the  stretch  to gain the victory. The additional two rounds made the difference and gave  Davis the time he needed to edge his way into the lead of the very tough bout.

In a typically quick start, Davis used a nice jab and a number of economical straight right hands to take the first round. Davis looked sharp and fresh after his 10-month layoff, and appeared to be on the brink of an easy night. But Eberto Medina, despite the unimpressive 6-7-1 (1 KO) record he brought into the fight, is a tough customer who never makes it easy for his opponents.

Starting in round two, Medina turned the tables on Davis. Eberto made his headway primarily by out-muscling his smaller foe. He wobbled Davis with a hard right in the second, had him breathing heavy in the third, and cut him under the left eye in the fourth. After four rounds, Medina was up 3-1 on my card.

But as in their first meeting the home stretch of the fight mostly belonged to Davis. Beginning in round five, Jamaal started boxing and moving much better. He stayed busy, out working Medina and not allowing Eberto's strength to be such a factor. When Davis jabbed, he was able to control the action, but make no mistake, this was still a fight, rough and grueling all night long. 

Davis stayed one step ahead, and won rounds five through eight. In that stretch, the seventh was the closest, but Davis still did enough to pull it out. In the end, Davis won a close, workmanlike decision.

Judge Ron McNair had the fight even at 76-76, or four rounds apiece. However, Julie Lederman and John McKaie overruled with scores of 77-75 for Davis. My card also read 77-75 for Jamaal, or five rounds to three.

The win improved Davis' record to 13-8-1 with 6 KOs. Medina slipped to 6-8-1 with 1 KO.

In the 8-round co-feature, Wildwood light heavyweight Chuck Mussachio won a unanimous decision over Billy Bailey, a familiar visitor from Bakersfield, CA. Bailey jumped out to take the first round in a crafty display, but by round two Mussachio was out working, out slicking, and ultimately out punching Bailey.

Mussachio dropped Bailey with a good right hand in the second round, but seemed to back off when the woozy boxer regained his feet. Although it was the only knockdown of the fight, a pattern emerged. Every time Mussachio landed anything of significance, he failed to follow it up enough to push things to a tipping point. Perhaps Mussachio likes the long  route, or maybe he's just too nice of a guy to swoop in for the kill. Either way, the remainder of the fight was all Mussachio.

He cut Bailey in the third and the wound bled all night long. In round four, after Bailey gestured to Mussachio's huge cheering section, Chuckie drilled him with a stiff right. Mussachio kept piling up the points and won round after round.

By the sixth, ringsiders began wondering why Mussachio couldn't finish his tiring foe. None the less, the fight continued to the final bell, and Mussachio came away with a wide-margin victory.

All three judges thought he won. McNair and McKaie had it 78-73, while Lederman scored 79-72. I also had it 79-72.

It was Mussachio's 18th win versus 2 losses and 2 draws, with  5 KOs. Bailey's record continues to slide and now reads 11-15 with 4 KOs. After visiting Philadelphia back in  2009 (for bouts with Brian Cohen and Tony Ferrante) he was riding a decent 9-4 record. However since then he's only won twice in thirteen bouts.

Clarion, PA junior welterweight Justin Johnson edged Philly's Korey Sloane just before the main event in their 4-round swing bout. Ron McNair gave the fight to Sloane 39-37, but Lederman and McKaie thought Johnson won it by the same score. I preferred a 38-38 draw.

Roberto Yong, in from Phoenix, made an impression with his 4th round TKO of North Philly super middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr. Young just brought too much firepower with him, and dropped Jenkins once in the third and once in the fourth. Fred showed his heart and willingness to fight with the odds against him, but he could not catch his taller and more powerful opponent. Fred swung  for the fences when the KO seemed imminent, but could not muster the heroics.

The hard right that dropped Jenkins in the third, should have ended the fight, but it came late in the round. After staggering back to his corner, Jenkins somehow convinced his team to let him out for the 4th, but once again he was floored just before the bell came to end the round. This time, the fight was stopped in the corner, as soon as Jenkins arrived. The fight goes into the books as a TKO4 at 3:00, or "end of the round".

It was Jenkins' first loss, 5-1, 2 KOs. The impressive Yong improved to 5-4-1 with 3 KOs. Earl Brown was the referee.

Newark, NJ welterweight Latwon Halsey (aka Ibrahim King  Shabazz) defeated Camden's Miguel Corcino by unanimous 4-round decision. All three judges saw it for the southpaw, who landed many hard shots throughout the  fight. Judge McNair gave all four rounds to the winner, while the other officials thought Corcino won one round. I agreed, giving Corcino round one, and scoring 39-37 overall. It was Halsey's first win on his 1-1-1 record. Corcino evened out at 3-3 with 2 KOs.

Philly light heavyweight Todd Unthank-May showed off his power against Louis Robinson, also of Philadelphia. "Two Gun" Todd unleashed every power shot in the book, but could not stop Robinson. Robinson had his moments in the fight, but seemed convinced that he couldn't overcome Unthank-May's thunder. So he never really risked it. The 4th and final round, was a slugfest with Robinson pot-shoting the upright and taller Unthank-May, and Todd returning the favor with his own hard punches. Just before the bell, one of Todd's right hand bombs landed squarely and put Robinson on the canvas. He got up, but the fight was over.

All three judges gave every round to Unthank-May. Lederman and McKaie had it 40-35. McNair gave Todd and extra point for a 40-34 total. I had it 40-35. Unthank-May remains undefeated, 4-0, 2 KOs. Robinson goes to 2-5-1, 1 KO.

In the show-opener, David Gonzales, Philadelphia, beat Korey Pritchett, Camden by 4-round unanimous decision in their junior welterweight fight. All three judges scored the bout 39-37. I had Pritchett winning just the last round, and Gonzales taking the first three.

The alternate referee was Sam Viruet, and the ring announcer was Larry Tournambe. Peltz Boxing promoted the show which attracted about 1,300 fans. 




John DiSanto - Atlantic City - May 19, 2012