Trenton junior welterweight
Shinard Bunch won an 8-round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael
of Las Vegas in the main event at the Sportsplex in Feasterville,
PA, on Saturday night. The fight topped a five-bout card promoted by
Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions.
The tough two-way battle was
full of action with Bunch edging enough of the many of the close
rounds to secure victory. However, Krael, kept the fight close,
landing punches and marking Bunch's face.
According to correspondent Marc
Abrams, Bunch's work in the middle rounds provided the margin needed
for his victory. Another report said that the fight was so
competitive that it could have gone either way. Two of the three
official scores were close. Rob Rubinitz scored it 77-75, and Steve
Weisfeld saw it 78-74, both for Bunch. Judge Adam Friscia also saw
it for Bunch, but his score was fairly one-sided, 79-73.
This was Bunch's fourth bout in
2021 already, and his eleventh straight win since his 2019 No
Decision against Vincent Floyd. The decision win over Krael,
17-18-3, 4 KOs, snapped an eight-bout knockout streak for Bunch,
14-1, 12 KOs. Per BoxRec.com, Bunch is already slated for his next
bout, April 10 in Vero Beach, FL.
JEFFERSON SCORES FIRST KO
Sophomore southpaw Rashiem Jefferson won his fifth straight fight,
and first as a junior lightweight, when he stopped Darel Harris in
round two of their scheduled six rounder. Jefferson mounted a
wilting body attack on his most experienced foe to date. Harris, a
24-bout vet from Florida, offered little - if anything - in return,
opting instead to cover up and try to survive. Jefferson kept the
pressure on high and mixed in several shots to the head. However, it
was the constant flow of body blows that brought the fight to a
Toward the end, Harris slipped to the canvas. He got up and
immediately went back into his shell. Jefferson whacked away at the
Floridian's torso, while Harris failed to throw a punch. Finally,
referee Eric Dali stepped in and stopped the one-sided fight at 1:56
of round two. This was Jefferson's first knockout as a pro. He
improved to 5-0, 1 KO. Harris fell to 3-20-2, 1 KO. This was the
fourth time he was stopped.
ALBRIGHT WINS BY TKO
Nahir Albright won his tenth straight bout (after losing his 2016
debut) with a second round TKO of William Parra Smith in another
scheduled six rounder. The Sicklerville, NJ fighter blasted away at
Smith, Anchorage, AK from the opening bell. Albright scored a
knockdown in round two. When Smith regained his feet, Nahir trapped
him in the corner and landed two right uppercuts followed by a pair
of left uppercuts that prompted referee Eric Dali to halt the fight
at the 1:51 mark.
CORTES TKOS STOUTE
Millville's Edgar Joe Cortes scored a fifth round TKO over Michael
Stoute of Long Island, NY, in a 6-round bantamweight bout. Coming
off two consecutive losses and a draw, Cortes, dropped Stoute twice
in round five en route to referee Eric Dali's stoppage at 1:21 of
the round. The technical knockout victory, his first, gave Cortes,
7-6-1, a winning record. Stoute slid to an even 3-3-1.
MICKENS BEATS BENICHOU
Philly junior lightweight Nasir Mickens won for the second time as a
pro with a 4-round unanimous decision over Mexican-based Frenchman
Nathan Benichou. Benichou hit the deck once in round two, and later
was penalized twice by referee Eric Dali for the stalling tactic of
spitting out his mouthpiece. Despite the deductions, the official
scores were close. Adam Friscia scored the fight 37-36; Steve
Weisfeld had it 38-36. Only Rob Rubinitz turned in wide score of
39-35. Mickens improved to 2-0, 1 KO. Benichou lost for the third
straight time and fell to 2-3, 2 KOs.
Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions
celebrated it first anniversary as a professional promotional
company, having staged its first show last March 7th (2020). This
was Rice's fifth show. Once again, Covid-19 restrictions limited the
amount of tickets permitted to be sold. A live crowd of 450 attended
the show at the Sportsplex, a multi-sport facility designed
primarily for indoor soccer and roller hockey, located just outside
the Philadelphia city limits. The show was also streamed live by
FloCombat. RDR returns to the same venue on April 3, with a show
featuring heavyweight Joey Dawejko.
did not attend this show. This report was assembled based on posted
videos of the various bouts, BoxRec.