Back already! Marshall Kauffman
(Kings Prom’ns) returned with a show on June 22nd at the 2300 Arena
in Philadelphia. With local stars relatively light, the show failed
to pull the usual SRO crowd, but drew about 500. The main event
proved a blowout, but the card overall was good, with one stunning
upset. Sadly, timekeeper Alice Grady gave a ten count on the passing
of Willie “The Worm” Monroe. Alex Barbosa was ring announcer and
Marc Abrams publicist.
In the top bout, Anvar Yunusov,
126 ¼, a Tajikistani fighting out of Reading, 8-0 (4), blew out
Angel Luna, 125 ½, Yamasá, DR, 11-6-1 (6), in 0:56 of the second of
8. The hapless underdog offered next to nothing. The southpaw
Yunusov exploded out with both hands churning and never gave the
Dominican a chance to get set. Luna was quickly swarmed and off
balance when he went down for a fluke knockdown. But he took heavy
punishment to body and head before escaping the first round.
In the second, Anvar finished
off a bombardment with a left to drop him for real. Shortly after,
with Luna getting tagged by solid shots and unable to mount a
counter offensive, referee Benjy Esteves called a halt.
SIMMS UPSETS MADISON
In the co-feature eight, Colby Madison, 236 ½, Owings Mills, MD,
8-1-2 (5), suffered a crushing upset loss to Robert Simms, 227 ½,
Saginaw, 9-3 (3), by unanimous decision. Built like a bowling ball
and with a roll of blubber around the midriff, Simms looked like a
human sacrifice against the towering favorite. But he was
surprisingly quick and elusive, rocking Madison twice in the first
with sneak rights and left hooks.
The contest settled into a pattern, no barn burner, but Simms
scoring just enough and slipping away. Colby telegraphed his punches
and was unable to make solid contact, if at all, as Robert presented
a small and moving target. The rounds were repetitive and tame, but
interesting to the student of the game and the savvy Philly fans
enjoyed the drama.
In the fifth, Colby’s left eye was nearly closed and he was checked
by the doctor in every rest period thereafter. In the seventh,
Simms’ left eye was cut dangerously on the inside, and he too was
paid a visit by the doctor.
The possibility of the bout being stopped in either corner lent an
unusual kind of excitement that wasn’t supported by any prolonged
exchanging. Robert possibly conceded the last round to finish the
fight and won by scores of 80-72 from Anthony Lundy and John Poturaj
and 79-73 from Marc Werlinsky.
KROLL STOPS MERCADO
Paul Kroll, 151 ½, Phila., 4-0 (4), stopped Hector Mercado, 148 ¼,
Ft. Myers, FL, 3-11, with a surprise turn of events in 1:23 of the 1st
of 6. In what was shaping up as a good contest, the rangy underdog
was taking the fight to Kroll and had him backing up.
But Paul stood
his ground in an exchange long enough to drill him with a clean
right. Mercado spun to the canvas and twisted his right ankle,
unable to continue. He left ringside on a stretcher.
HUTCHINSON EDGES MARTIN
Kashon Hutchinson, 144 ¾, Reading, 5-5 (1), upset James Martin, 145
¾, Phila., 4-1, by unanimous decision in a tame and cautious six. A
fluke knockdown when Martin missed a punch and stumbled off balance
late in the first, a round that he was otherwise winning, ultimately
cost him the fight. Martin swung a close second with a mid-round
volley. He started the third at southpaw to match his opponent’s
stance and did well, but reverted to orthodox and action died. In
the second half of the contest, James continued trying to force the
action but the southpaw Hutchinson countered cautiously and moved
away, taking control of the last three rounds. All scores 57-56 (Werlinsky,
BROWN FINISHES TIDWELL
Rasheen Brown, 122 ½, Phila., 4-0 (1), played it cool and took his
time but sharp punching KO’d Lionel Tidwell, 122 ¼, Little Rock, in
his debut, at 1:18 of the second of 4. The southpaw Brown won the
cautious first with the jab. Then a long left caught Tidwell going
straight back on the point of the chin and spun him to the canvas
for the finish.
TORRES WINS DECISION
It took all Jonathan Torres, 118 ½, Bethlehem, 5-0 (1), had to
defeat a game Hugo Rodriguez, 117 ½, Monterrey, MX, 0-5, in a hotly
contested 4. Despite a crummy record, the underdog was all fight.
Rodriguez exploded out with furious two-handed attacks to start the
rounds, but once Torres could gain some distance, he took over
behind sweeping left hooks. The first three were close, but Jonathan
sealed it in the final round when a short right dropped Hugo in
close trading. By late in the round, big left hooks had Hugo on the
run. All 40-35 (Lundy, Mark Costantino, Poturaj).
ASMAT HALTS JOHNSON
Kevin Asmat, 130 ¾, N. Bergen, NJ, 6-2 (5), stopped Weusi Johnson,
127 ¾, Wilmington, 3-13-1, in 2:44 of the third of 4. A left hook
dropped Weusi in the first exchange of the fight, but he outboxed
Asmat for the rest of the round. Kevin opened the second with
another sweeping left hook for another knockdown, then continued to
apply effective pressure. Johnson was still in the fight but getting
routed in the third when his corner stopped it.
WHEELER KAYOS HENDRIX
Khainell Wheeler, 167 ¼, Bethlehem, 2-0 (2), looked sharp KOing
debuting Tywaski Hendrix, 166 ¾, Little Rock, in 2:45 of the 1st
of 4. Good trading while it lasted, with Wheeler executing sharp
rights to drop Hendrix twice. A short counter over Kywaski’s jab
scored a sudden knockdown. The underdog had basic fundamentals and
boxed his way back into it, but was tagged by another and wobbled
sideways where a double right crashed him onto the canvas, limp.
Referee David Franciosi (his only bout) waved it over immediately.