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Story by Frank Bartolini
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Additional Photos by Daniel Cork / Blue Corner


A day/night doubleheader took place Saturday night in South Philly, but Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies were not the featured attraction. This doubleheader took place at the 2300 Arena and the participants wore boxing gloves not baseball mitts. Marshall Kauffman's Kings Promotions delivered a six fight appetizer in the mid-afternoon and seven more bouts for an evening entree. The two fight cards were the first since the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed full capacity and liberated vaccinated fans from wearing masks.

In the main event, super middleweights Brandon Robinson of Upper Darby faced off against Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD in a scheduled eight round contest. It was a good match up on paper that did not disappoint in reality, as Pllana scored an upset eighth round knockout victory.

Strong and awkward, Pllana, 168 lbs., usually provides a difficult challenge for his opponents. However, Robinson, 166.9 lbs., was able to successfully navigate past Pllana’s uncourtly style early on, winning two of the first three stanzas by staying more active. Further, Pllana was cut around the right eye by an accidental head butt in the second round. Getting inside Pllana’s long arms, Robinson scored straight stiff jabs followed by right hands during the first three sessions.

Fighting out of a conventional stance, Pllana scored to the body with an awkward right hook/uppercut just under Robinson's left elbow. These body blows by Pllana were accurate and produced a loud thud as they smacked against Robinson's torso. Midway through the fourth, one such blow backed up Robinson and Pllana unloaded a right to his jaw. Badly wobbled, Robinson was saved when a Pllana uppercut went south of the border. After taking time to recover, Robinson went on the attack when the action resumed. He buckled Pllana’s knees with left hooks to the chin. However at the bell, Robinson returned to his corner on wobbly legs.

Appearing on his way to victory, Robinson stuck to his game plan until Pllana landed a right hook/uppercut to the body landed near the end of round seven. Backed against the ropes, Robinson could not fend off Pllana’s barrage of punches. A right to the jaw dropped Robinson. He was able to rise to his feet, and was saved by the bell.

From the moment the gong sounded to start the eighth and final round, Pllana was on the attack. He landed a barrage of head and body shots before a solid right to the jaw crumbled Robinson in his corner. Referee Shawn Clark jumped in and called it off 33 seconds into the session. Robinson stayed down for a few minutes as the ring doctors checked him out. Robinson left with a record of 15-3, 10 KOs. All three losses were by knockout. During the post-fight interview, Pllana, 9-3-1, 5 KOs, called out young super middleweight prospect Eric Berlanga, with a loud cry of “Berlanga." 

In the evening session’s preliminary bouts: Welterweight Rafiq Muhammad stopped Rasheed Johnson in round four of their scheduled six round bout. The time was 2:40.

Bantamweight Jonathan Rodriguez defeated Sebastian Baltazar by unanimous six round decision.

Lightweight James Bernadin won a unanimous six round decision over Osvaldo Morales. The scores were: 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

Middleweight Khainell Wheeler stopped Vincent Baccus at 2:46 of the first round of a scheduled six round super middleweight clash.

Popular Trenton welterweight ticket seller Elijah Morales raised his record to 8-0, 4 KOs with a unanimous four round decision over Andres Abarca of Normandy Washington. All three official scores were 60-54.

Roudly Lolo stopped debuting Eric Monroe at 1:43 of round one in their scheduled four round middleweight fight. All seats were filled in the evening portion of the King Promotions’ double feature, with several dozen more spectators standing around the perimeter of the arena.

In the afternoon, most of the seats were filled to watch Devar Ferhadi of Frederick, MD outpoint Blake Mansfield of Cary, NC in an eight round super middleweight match up. Mansfield, 167.75 lbs., put forth a spirited effort, but Ferhadi, 167.75 lbs., won the unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice. Ferhadi continues his career with a record of 9-0, 7 KOs. Mansfield dropped to 7-4-1, 4 KOs.

In other results during the afternoon show, junior welterweight Andrew Rogers won by unanimous six round decision over Greg Outlaw.

Joseph Jackson scored a first round knockout over Terrence Williams. The scheduled six round junior middleweight fight ended at 2:42 of the first. (Photo by Daniel Cork.)

Welterweight Kashon Hutchinson stopped Edgar Torres just 46 seconds into the scheduled six rounder.

In another scheduled six rounder, junior welterweight Christian Bermudez scored a technical knockout over Lawrence Murtagh 47 seconds into round one. (Photo by Daniel Cork.)

In a scheduled four round bout between two debuting junior welterweights, Quadir Albright knocked out Isaac Haynes at 1:05 of round one. (Photo by Daniel Cork.)

Both the matinee and evening shows were streamed live on for $14.99 each.




Frank Bartolini - South Philly - June 05, 2021