Joe Hand Promotions brought
their professional boxing series to the Xcite Center at the Parx
Casino in Bensalem, PA for the sixth time Friday night, and it was a
short night for everyone involved. There were seven scheduled
fights. Just two of the bouts went the distance (six rounds and four
rounds), while the other five ended in either the first or second
round. Still, it was an entertaining night of boxing.
PADILLA WINS QUICKIE
In the main event of Xcite Fight Night #6, southpaw lightweight
Victor Padilla, Berlin, NJ, 8-0, 7 KOs, quickly stopped southpaw
Israel Suarez, Luquillo, PR, 4-8-3, 1 KO, at 2:46 of the first
round. Padilla cracked Suarez with a hard left that put him down
along the ropes. Suarez managed to get up, but when the fight
resumed, Padilla chased him down and landed another booming left.
Suarez stayed on his feet, but the rocket had such an impact that
referee Gary Rosato jumped in to save him from further punishment.
It was another quickie on a night loaded with fast knockouts.
WISE WINS IN TWO
North Philly junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, 8-2-2, 5 KOs, chopped
down Enver Halili, Bronx, NY, 10-3, 3 KOs, in round two of their
scheduled six rounder. In the first round, Wise blasted Halili with
a right hand that sent him into the ropes. Referee Shawn Clark
correctly called it a knockdown since the ropes were the only thing
that kept Halili upright. Wise continued to land, but his opponent
lasted the round. Then in the second, another right by Wise put
Halili on the canvas. This time he went all the way to the floor,
and as soon as he hit the canvas, Clark stopped the fight. The time
BURGOS WINS DECISION
In a six-round lightweight fight, Christopher Burgos, North Philly,
3-4-1, 1 KO, out-worked and out-slugged Sheldon Deverteuil, North
Philly, 2-1-2, over the full distance to take a unanimous decision
by three scores of 59-55 by judges Steve Weisfeld, John Poturaj and
John Consentino. The two fighters stood toe to toe throughout the
fight - mostly in the center of the ring - and fired their punches.
Despite the wide scores in favor of Burgos, this was an
entertaining, two-way battle filled with nearly non-stop punching.
However, Burgos’ steady body attack and heavier punches upstairs
kept him in the lead. After six rounds, there was no question the
fight was his. I had Burgos winning all six rounds.
WILLIAMS STOPS WILLIAMS
In a battle of North Philly junior welterweights both named
Williams, Tyhler Williams, 4-0, 3 KOs, stopped Demetris Williams,
1-7, in the opening round. Tyhler hurt his foe with a long right
hand and then swarmed him. Demetris moved away, trying to survive,
but Tyhler chased him across the ring, hurting him with every shot
he landed. Finally they settled along the ropes and after Tyhler
landed a long volley of unanswered punches, referee Shawn Clark
stopped the bout at 1:48 of the first.
BREWER JR. DEBUTS WITH TKO
In a light heavyweight fight scheduled for four, Charles Brewer Jr.,
the son of former super middleweight champion Charles Sr., made his
pro debut, stopping Kyl Fritz, Arapahoe, NC. Kyl was also making his
debut. In the first round, Fritz hurt Brewer with a right to the
chin. The solid punch wobbled Brewer and sent a shockwave through
Philly fans there to support the second generation Brewer. However,
Brewer, Pennsauken, NJ, survived the scare and rebounded well in the
second. After hurting him with a left, Brewer fired away with power
shots until referee Shawn Clark stepped in. The time was 1:17 of the
STEVENS STOPS TAYLOR
Reading, PA cruiserweight David Stevens, 3-0, 2 KOs, knocked out
Tahlik Taylor, Freeport, NY, 3-13-1, 1 KO, at 1:02 of the opening
round. First, Stevens dropped Taylor with a left hook. Taylor got up
but looked hurt. Wasting no time, Stevens went for the kill and
after another left hook put the hard-luck Taylor on the canvas
again, referee Gary Rosato halted the bout without a count. The end
was called a knockout, but it was really more of a TKO.
ATOEV WINS DEBUT
In the first fight of the night, junior lightweight Shakhzod Atoev
(1-0) made a successful pro debut with a four round unanimous
decision over southpaw Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC, 0-3. It was
a wild affair with both fighters throwing and landing a lot. Atoev
was right-hand-happy, especially in the first two rounds, and scored
numerous times. However, he also took many shots in return. However,
the Philly-based “Uzbek Assassin” had the edge in every round and
won the fight by three scores of 40-36 from judges Steve Weisfeld,
Gail Jasper and John Consentino.
The briskly-paced, seven-bout
show was comprised of just twelve full rounds and five partial
rounds of boxing in total. I'm not complaining. The series of kayos
sent everyone home just before 10 PM.