Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions staged a ten-bout professional show at
the 2300 Arena on Friday night in South Philly. Originally, a
staggering fourteen bouts were scheduled, but typical fight-week
attrition winnowed the bill by four fights.
In the main event, Las Vegas-based middleweight Caneron Krael made
his second straight start in Philly, after thrilling local fans with
a narrow defeat to Isaiah Wise in March. However, on this night,
Krael turned back Philly journeyman Vincent Floyd in a scheduled six
rounder. Krael scored a TKO in round four to earn his nineteenth
career win. The time was 2:51 of round four. The referee was Harvey
Krael snapped a seven-fight losing streak and improved his record to
19-22-3, 6 KOs. Floyd, who has not won a fight since 2018, slid to
4-13-1, with 2 KOs and 1 No Contest.
CORTES BLANKS KARYAH
Millville (NJ) junior featherweight Edgar Joe Cortes won his fourth
straight victory with a six-round unanimous decision over
Philly-based Gorwar Karyah. The fight was all Cortes, who won every
round and scored a knockdown midway through the fight. The official
scores were 60-53, all for Cortes, who improved to 10-6-1, 1 KO.
Karyah fell to 2-3, 2 KOs.
NOBLE TKOS MICKENS
Undefeated Philly junior lightweight Jabril Noble, scored his fourth
straight knockout, stopping fellow-Philadelphian Nasir Mickens in
round two of a scheduled six-round fight. The time was 2:46 of the
second. The referee was Harvey Dock.
SMALLS SMOKES JUNKO
Philly's Tahmir Smalls, 150.75 lbs., kept his undefeated streak
going strong with a first-round TKO over Arizona-based Argentine Roque Junco,
153.75 lbs., in their scheduled six-rounder. Smalls hurt Junko early
in the bout before sending him to the canvas and prompting referee
Shawn Clarke to halt the fight at 2:20 of round one. Smalls left
8-0, 5 KOs, while Junco went home 10-12-1, 6 KOs.
FALCON STOPS PORTER
Bronx lightweight Ofacio Falcon won his seventh straight fight with
a last-round TKO of Ken Porter of St. Louis, in their scheduled
six-round bout. Porter withstood Falcon's steady jab and power shots
most of the way. However, a body attack in round six finally felled
Porter. Flacon improved to 7-0, 6 KOs. Porter dropped to 4-3, 2 KOs.
The time was 2:26, and the referee was Harvey Dock.
ADAMS KAYOS BENICHOU
Philadelphia lightweight Rashan Adams scored a second-round TKO of
Frenchman Nathan Benichou in a scheduled four-round bout. The time
for the stoppage was 28 seconds into round two. The referee was
FRYERS AND CRAIN DRAW
New York Irishman Larry Fryers and Delaware southpaw Michael Cain
battled to a four round draw in their junior welterweight bout. Two
of the three judges called the fight even (38-38), while the third
favored Fryers (39-37). The result was a majority draw. The
referee was Harvey Dock.
CORTES BEATS GUTIERREZ
Jersey southpaw Edwin Cortes, Millville, NJ, beat Nicaraguan Juan
Gutierrez by four-round unanimous decision in a junior bantamweight
fight. Cortes dropped Gutierrez
in the third and won by three shutout scores of 40-35. Cortes
improved his record to 3-0. Gutierrez, 0-2, lost his second straight
bout as a pro.
Coatesville lightweight Karl Wylie made a successful professional
debut with a unanimous four-round decision over Baltimore's Joshua
Zimmerman. Wylie, 1-0, won all four rounds on the scorecards.
Zimmerman, 0-9, remained winless.
COOKE EDGES YOUNG
Philly's Rahiem Cooke snapped a two-bout losing streak with a close
four-round decision over Anthony Young of Philadelphia in a junior
middleweight bout. All three
judges favored Cooke by scores of 39-37. Cooke raised his record to
1-2, while Young, 0-5, still seeks his first pro victory.
RDR Promotions returns to the 2300 Arena on July 9th,and also has
additional Philly dates scheduled for September and December.