|PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - August 06, 2016|
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town. This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.
Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately.
About half-way through the round, Witherspoon flicked a right hand at Marrone, which landed around the temple and put him on the deck, near a neutral corner. Marrone hauled himself to his feet, and referee Hurley McCall sent him back into the fight.
Witherspoon, of Paulsboro, NJ, quietly went back to the task and before long, tossed a left-right combination that dusted Marrone’s head, and surprisingly, sent him to the canvas for a second time. Again, Marrone got up, but clearly his heart wasn’t in his work on this night. The bell sounded to end the first round, but the writing was on the wall.
In the second, Witherspoon hunted Vero Beach California’s Marrone with that familiar impassive look on his face, the only hint of expression from Chazz being a pair of raised eyebrows. As the round neared the halfway point, Witherspoon landed another left-right, this one a bit more solid, and Marrone crashed to the canvas loudly.
For the third time, Marrone got back up and was willing to fight on. McCall waved the two boxers toward each other. About the same time, one of Marrone’s seconds asked ringside physician Larry Richio to stop the slaughter. Richio stepped up onto the apron and waved a white towel. The fighters had resumed the action, but nothing meaningful transpired before the referee saw the doctor and called a halt to the fight. The time was 1:31.
With another win in the books, Witherspoon continues his hunt – or his wait - for an opportunity to land a meaningful and lucrative fight that could help cap his twelve year run as a pro.
TEAH CRUISES PAST
Shortly after he picked himself off the floor, Valerio (gold and blue trunks), with his back against the ropes, shocked Vines with a left uppercut that put the Philadelphian down on the seat of his pants. Vines got up, and the fighters battled it out until the bell paused the action. The slugfest continued in the second, though both boxers remained on their feet.
Finally in round three, Vines served up a feast of right hands that staggered Valerio and had him badly hurt. The tough New Yorker wouldn’t go down, so Vines, fittingly nicknamed “Vicious”, just kept throwing – and landing – punches. The action went from exciting to scary after a few seconds.
The brutal beating eventually came to an end at 2:30 of round three of the scheduled four-rounder, when referee Hurley McCall had finally seen enough. The win made Vines 3-0, 3 KOs. Valerio went home 3-4, 2 KOs.
ENNIS SHINES AGAINST
Ennis zipped in and out, effortlessly ripping crisp punches at Murphy. When Jaron shifted his attack downstairs, a hard shot to the stomach put Murphy down for the first time. The fighter from St. Louis, MO, got up, but Ennis was right on him.
His attack was overwhelming, and moments later, a lethal left uppercut to the chin put Murphy down again and ended the fight. Referee Blair Talmadge stopped the bout at 2:52 of the second round. Murphy slipped to 1-4-1, 1 KO.
Ennis, 5-0, 5 KOs, looked impressive. 2016 may be remembered as Philadelphia’s “Year of the Rookies”, with Ennis, Darmani Rock, Christian Carto, Joshua Jones, and several other talented newbies getting their start during year. All of them look very promising, but Ennis has been the most active and is currently leading the race among them. Only time will tell which of these is truly the best of the group.
HILTON CLUBS REED
Hilton chased his opponent throughout the fight, launching bombs. Many of them found their target, but Reed was too tough to be knocked off his feet by any of them. Still, Hilton kept clubbing away until referee Hurley McCall eventually called a halt to the bout with Reed trapped on the ropes taking a hailstorm of heavy shots. The TKO victory improved Hilton’s record to 3-0, 3 KOs.
TAYLOR KOS AGUILERA
In the third, Taylor rattled Aguilera repeatedly before a right hand put him down for the count. Referee Blair Talmadge reached the count of ten at 2:07 of round three.
RODRIGUEZ STOPS WAHR
This was the second offering from D and D Promotions, their first show, in June, was the first-ever fight card in Bristol, PA. The company expects to run two more events before the close of 2016 at venues yet to be determined.