PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - December 10, 2022  
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Story by John DiSanto
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Marshall Kauffman's Kings Promotions staged the final fight card of 2022 on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena. The five-bout show was headlined by a scheduled six-round junior featherweight contest between Johnathan Rodriguez of Bethlehem, PA and Texan Nestor Robledo. Rodriguez won the fight by TKO in round three. Referee Eric Dali stopped the battle at 1:37 of the third. The win improved Rodriguez' record to 12-1-1, 4 KOs. It was his third consecutive victory. Robledo fell to 8-14-2.


Lancaster junior welterweight James Bernadin remained unbeaten with a second-round TKO of William Parra Smith of Anchorage, AK. Bernadin gained the win when referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the fight at the end of round two. The official time was 3:00. The bout was scheduled for six rounds. Bernadin raised his record to 9-0-1, 6 KOs. Smith lost his second in a row and left 4-13-1, 3 KOs.


Willow Grove junior middleweight Rasheed Johnson won a six-round unanimous decision over Antonio Wattell of Houston, TX. All three official judges, David Braslow, Adam Friscia, and Dewey LaRosa, scored the fight a 60-54 shutout for Johnson. He improved to 9-5, 3 KOs, while Wattell slid to 3-12-3, 2 KOs. It was Wattell's fifth straight loss. The referee was Eric Dali.


Julian Gonzalez of Reading, PA, won his four-round junior lightweight fight against Eric Manriquez of Houston. Gonzalez ended the fight 12 seconds into round two. The referee was Shada Murdaugh. Gonzalez remained unbeaten at 8-0-1, 8 KOs. Manriquez lost his ninth straight and returned to Texas with a record of 7-15-1, with 3 KOs and 1 No Decision.


The show opened with a four-round junior bantamweight fight between female boxers Alexis Araiza Mones of Forth Worth, TX and Devany Cuevas Torres of San Antonio, TX. The two battled to a four-round draw. The scores were 4-36 for Torres, 39-37 for Mones, and an even 38-38, for a split decision draw. The debuting Mones left 0-0-1, while Torres kept an even record of 2-2-1.

In addition to these five fights, there was also an exhibition bout presented between welterweight Thanjhae Teasley (4-0, 2 KOs) (right) and junior middleweight James Martin (9-3-1). The exhibition came in the number three spot, just after the Gonzales-Manriquez bout. Teasley had been scheduled to face Bryan Springs on the card. However, the fight was scratched the day before the event.

Kings Promotions returns to Philadelphia and Bethlehem in 2023.




John DiSanto - Newtown, PA - December 09, 2022