|PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - April 20, 2015|
This past weekend was a busy boxing period that had local fans flipping channels on Friday night and choosing between competing local shows on Saturday night.
On Friday night three different networks presented three different televised bouts plus a little off-TV action all featuring local talent.
ESPN2 - MOHEGAN SUN
On the same card, but off television, Philadelphian Anthony Burgin, 8-1, 1 KO, suffered his first professional defeat, falling to southpaw Amos Cowart, 11-0-1, 9 KOs, by 5th round TKO. It was Burgin's first fight in seven months, but the setback was a shocker.
FOX SPORTS 1 -
On the off-TV portion of this Fox Sports 1 card, South Philly's Ramon Ellis, 4-15-2, 2 KOs, dropped a 4-round decision to Toledo lightweight Sonny Fredrickson, 8-0, 5 KOs. The shutout unanimous decision loss was Ellis' 8th straight defeat.
Forked River, NJ junior middleweight, Nick Valliere won the fifth consecutive bout (5-0, 2 KOs) of his young career with a 4-round unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez (4-9-2, 1 KO) of Vineland, NJ.
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GRAND CASINO (Hinckley, MN)
Brunson, 22-5-1, 21 KOs, was in serious need of a win after losing two straight by TKO, and deserved a better shake on this night when he did everything right in the ring.
Twenty-four hours later, three different boxing shows, two pro and one amateur, crowded the calendar and created conflict for fans who had to choose from local options in Pennsauken, NJ, South Philadelphia, and King of Prussia, PA.
GPG EVENTS CENTER -
The rest of the card was a set of five 4-rounders.
Promising junior featherweight Vidal Rivera, 2-0, 2 KOs, made short work of Tyron Stewart with a first round TKO. This was Rivera's second straight opening round knockout.
Junior welterweight Malik Hawkins also won by first round KO, improving his record to 3-0, 3 KOs. Hawkins' victim was debuting Darius Jackson. The fight lasted only 32 seconds.
Cruiserweight Antuwan Taylor won a 4-round unanimous decision over Andrew Puerifoy.
Obi Bakari made a successful pro debut with a 4-round unanimous decision over Andrew Osborne in a junior middleweight bout.
Rick Graham won over Erick Kitt by unanimous decision in a 4-round junior middleweight fight.
VALLEY FORGE CASINO
- King of Prussia, PA
Jamal James knocked out welterweight Daniel Sostre in round two of the 8-round co-feature bout.
Super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem stopped Emmanuel Sanchez at 2:14 of round two in another scheduled eight rounder. Aleem remained undefeated in his 12 bouts.
David Grayton won by unanimous decision after eight rounds against Grayson Blake in a welterweight fight.
Jarrett Hurd handled Philly's Eric Mitchell by third round TKO in a scheduled 8-round middleweight bout.
Streaking junior welterweight Milton Santiago improved to 10-0, 3 KOs, with a unanimous decision over Ray Velez after six rounds.
Middleweight Ivan Golub stopped Thomas Allen in round two of a scheduled six round contest.
Dennis Galarza won by 4th round TKO over Jesus Lule in a 4-round middleweight fight.
Kevin Garcia won by unanimous 4-round decision over Eric Hall in a junior welterweight bout.
2300 ARENA - South
Christian Carto defeated Daniel Sandoz in the 114-pound Open Class Regional and State Championship bout and advanced to the National Golden Gloves tournament in Las Vegas.