PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - August 10, 2018  
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Story by John DiSanto
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In the first half of a busy boxing weekend in Philadelphia, Kings Promotions served up a nine-bout boxing card at a packed Sugar House Casino Friday night (attendance 1,172) that featured upset-minded visitors in the two main bouts, a pair of newly minted local hopefuls, and an overall good night of fights.   

In the main event, Dominican Ricardo Garcia, 14-3-1, 9 KOs, and North Philly’s Tyrone Crawley Jr., 7-1-1, fought to an eight round draw in their junior welterweight contest for the WBF title belt. Although two of the three official cards had this one even (76-76), from my ringside perspective, I found it difficult to give Crawley a round. The action was consistent in the fight, but it was Garcia who pressed and landed more consistently. Crawley moved a lot, but he did not get involved enough to validate the tie.  

Garcia started fast, winning the first two rounds with his steady pressure. Crawley returning from his first loss, a TKO defeat five months ago, warmed up and boxed from his southpaw stance. He jabbed, but was not particularly effective during this six minutes.  

Crawley took the third round, finally jabbing and landing better. It was more of the same in the fourth. However, Garcia landed his own shots and made the round a toss-up.  

Beginning in the fifth round, Garcia began a roll that collected round after round on my scorecard. The action was not one-sided, but Garcia was the more effective puncher and maintained an edge until the final bell.  

However, when the decision was announced, only judge Dewey LaRosa favored Garcia (79-73). Both Alan Rubenstein and David Braslow scored the fight 76-76, or four rounds apiece, making the contest a majority deadlock. My score mirrored LaRosa’s. With the stalemate, no one left the Sugar House with the WBF belt, but this was, for all intents and purposes, still and upset.  


In the co-feature bout, Eric Moon, 8-1, 6 KOs, came from Marietta, GA and dished his own upset to Philly’s Christopher Brooker, 13-6, 5 KOs, in their eight round super middleweight fight. Moon started early, rocking Brooker in the opening round. A startled Brooker grabbed his foe, cleared his head, and fought back as he always does. But the exchange set a tone for the fight.  

In round two, Moon wobbled Brooker again. This time the Philly fighter smiled slightly after the exchange, but he was clearly hurt with much of the round – and a lot of the fight – still before him. Brooker dug in, but Moon remained in control.   

The third round was closer. Brooker began landing as he pressured Moon to the ropes. However, Moon still edged the session on my card. But Brooker’s awakening in the round gave Philly fans the hope that he was turning the tables. Brooker’s best round came in the fourth when he took control and banked a round for the first time. But Moon was tough and showed a great deal of skill.  

In the fifth, Moon began backing – or allowing Brooker to back him – to the ropes. There, he counter punched well and regained control of the fight. From this point in the fight, the action and along with it the rounds all began breaking Moon’s way. Brooker remained in the fight, providing sturdy and willing opposition to Moon, but his chances of willing – and of perhaps landing a rematch with Brandon Robinson – slowly evaporated with each round that passed. In a last-ditched effort to salvage the night, Brooker took the final round, but he couldn’t back-fill the points deficit in his column.  

After eight gritty rounds, Moon took the decision – but by a much closer margin than I had seen. David Braslow scored the bout for Moon, 78-74. But Dewey LaRosa and Rose Lacend each scored the fight for Moon by a rather tight 77-75. My score was also 78-74.   

With the loss, Brooker continued his gradual skid. He’s gone just 2-5 in his last seven bouts. He remains a fighter learning on the job, but his career needs a turnaround. His performances are always full of effort and usually bring a lot of excitement, so he’ll always get fights. However, his coveted date with Robinson may now go to Eric Moon. Robinson-Moon looks like a winner.   


Philly welterweight Poindexter Knight, 5-0, 2 KOs, defeated tough and awkward Alabamian Greg (Averil) Young, 4-1, 1 KO, by unanimous decision in their six rounder. Knight chased and fired away at Young all night long. He landed often, but Young was a puzzle. His herky-jerky style often made Knight look bad. It must have been a frustrating evening for Knight. He clearly had the lion’s share of talent between the two, and despite winning round after round, he just could not get rid of his pesky challenger.  

In round five, southpaw Knight finally caught Young with a perfect right hook that dropped undefeated fight. However, Young popped right up and continued to make life difficult for Knight. Poindexter fired a storm of punches at Young, but to no avail. Young survived the attack and lasted the round. Knight dominated the final round, but never had Young on the brink again. It was a troublesome evening for Knight, despite registering a clear-cut, shutout victory.  All the official scores (Alan Rubenstein, Rose Lacend and David Braslow), as well as mine, were 60-53 for Knight.   


In an all-Pennsylvania battle between two young junior lightweights, Reading’s Joshafat Ortiz, 5-0, 3 KOs, dropped Philadelphian Javier Oquendo, 3-1, 1 KO, in round three and stopped him moments later. After winning the first two action packed rounds, Ortiz began landing freely in the third. His blows landed with more and more authority until a sharp right sent Oquendo down. He rose, but Ortiz jumped right on him and after a diving home a few more telling shots, referee Shawn Clark stopped the fight. The time was 2:06 of the third. This was the most exciting fight of the night, and one of those rare occasions when two young, rising, undefeated local boxers square off in the early stages of their careers. Taking the fight may have been a miscalculation for Oquendo, but it provided a thrilling battle for the fans.   


Philly welterweight Rasheed Johnson, 4-2, 1 KO, pitched a six round shutout over Tony Morris of Jacksonville, FL, 4-2–1, 2 KOs. Rasheed looked sharp over the six round course, and appears to have a lot of talent. The three official scores by Alan Rubenstein, David Braslow and Rose Lacend were all 60-54.  


2016 Olympian Paul Kroll, 1-0, 1 KO, North Philly, stopped DeAngelo Alcorn, 0-2, after just 2:33 in round one. Kroll pounded the Arkansas fighter with heavy power shots, nearly knocking him down several times. Finally, after a hard right hand buckled Alcorn in a neutral corner, referee Shawn Clark halted the bout. Kroll may have had the perfect gun-shy opponent before him, but to his credit, he went right in and did what he needed – and was expected – to do. Kroll looked aggressive and powerful in his first-ever professional bout.  


West Philly’s Rasheen Brown, 1-0, made a flashy and impressive pro debut with a four round unanimous decision over Texan Bryann Perez, 2-11-1, 1 KO. Brown looked sharp and withstood a final round, desperate onslaught by Perez to win on the cards by scores of 39-37 (Rose Lacend) and 40-36 twice (Alan Rubenstein and David Braslow). Brown has been at the Shuler Gym since he was a baby, and after a very good amateur career, now embarks on the pros with much potential. The southpaw looked calm and in control in his debut, and I can’t wait to see him back in there again.  

In a four round junior middleweight bout, James Martin of Philadelphia, 2-0, spoiled the pro debut of Hagerstown, MD’s Jonathan Burrs, 0-1, winning an exciting but lopsided unanimous decision. All three scores were 40-36 (David Braslow, Dewey LaRosa, Alan Rubenstein).  


In the bruising show-opener at Philadelphia’s Sugar House Casino, Jersey City heavyweight Nicoy Clarke, 2-1, beat debuting Jose Nunez of Reading, PA, 0-1, by majority four round decision. Both heavyweight fought hard in this match, but Nicoy was the clear winner, despite on even tally. The scores were 38-38 (David Braslow), 39-37 (Rose Lacend), and 40-36 (Dewey LaRosa).  

The Sugar House was once again packed for this solid, sellout night of fights by Kings Promotions. Kings Promotions returns on September 14 at the 2300 Arena.




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - August 10, 2018