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TINNIN WINS DEBUT AT YESHA
Press Release by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

On Saturday night (12/03), Philly bantamweight southpaw Jayon Tinnin thrilled his large and raucous fan base in his professional debut which was also the featured bout at the Grand Yesha Ballroom in Southwest Philadelphia. At the last minute, the fight was elevated to the main event when the original spotlight fight, David Stevens vs. Christopher Brooker, fell out on the day of the fight. Tinnin had to get off the deck to win a four-round unanimous decision over tough Nicaraguan Juan Gutierrez to take his first victory. The entertaining, six-bout card was promoted by RDR Promotions and drew a near-capacity crowd. After a close first-round, Gutierrez was able to score a knockdown in round two with a hard right hand. Tinnin was able to... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

FORMER CHAMP
BUSTER DRAYTON PASSES

Former IBF junior middleweight champion Moses Buster Drayton died on November 20 at age 70. He had a long and distinguished boxing career against top opponents and held the world title for just over one year (1986-87). His ring nickname, The Demon, fit his fighting style well. He was a hard punching, determined warrior in the ring. However, if you met Drayton outside the ring, you would never bet that anyone could refer to him as a “Demon.” If there was a nicer, happier former boxer, then I have never met him. Buster... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

HOOKING OFF THE JAB
A REVIEW OF THE NEW BOOK
BY NIGEL COLLINS

I recently read the new book, HOOKING OFF THE JAB by boxing Hall of Famer Nigel Collins, and recommend it highly to any boxing fan. The 323-page anthology of previously published stories is an easy read with a range of subjects that include the biggest names and events of the sport as well as inside accounts of the Philly boxing scene. The variety of boxing tales presented covers all the bases, but it is Collins’ writing that distinguishes it most.

Collins is a terrific, descriptive writer who does not just focus on the rights and lefts thrown in the ring. His accounts are more about the characters involved and the context in which their stories play out. Unlike many boxing books... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

CONTO WINS
BY TKO

Story by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Heavyweight Sonny Conto remained undefeated with a second round stoppage in a scheduled six-round main event at the 2300 Arena. The six-bout card was promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and drew a small but enthusiastic crowd to the South Philly venue. At the opening bell, Bryant shot right out of his corner and went after Conto. The Philadelphia native engaged in a back and forth brawl before dropping dropped Bryant with a hard left hand just before the bell sounded to end the opening frame. In round two, Conto... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

JOHNSON WINS MAIN EVENT

After five straight wins, Philly-based junior welterweight southpaw Isaiah Johnson won his first main event fight Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Yesha Center in Southwest Philadelphia. The show was titles "Young Kings" and included a number of rising prospects. Johnson won the bout by unanimous six-round decision over William Parra Smith of Anchorage, Alaska. It was the first time Johnson was extended the full limit in a pro fight. In fact, no previous fight lasted more than three rounds. Johnson improved to 6-0, 5 KOs, while Smith fell to 4-12-1, 3 KOs.

In the co-feature scheduled... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

CUNNINGHAM JR. DEBUTS IN KANSAS

Steve "Tugboat" Cunningham Jr. made his professional debut over the weekend. The left-handed junior middleweight took little time to seize his first pro victory, winning the scheduled four-rounder in just 16 seconds. His opponent, Andre Scott, also made his debut. Cunningham, the son of two-time cruiserweight champion Steve "USS" Cunningham, finally landed his first pro fight after two previous dates failed to materialize. The fight, held at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, was the co-feature contest on a Triller Fight Club card labeled "Lineage of Greatness II." Also on the show were the sons of Tommy Morrison, Gerald McClelland, Jose Luis Castillo, and Roberto Duran.   (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

DAWEJKO DECISIONS WOODS
Story by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Heavyweight Joey Dawejko won his second bout in five weeks with a six-round unanimous decision over ninety-bout veteran Terrell Jamal Woods in the headline bout at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The card was promoted by Joe Hand Promotions. Dawejko of Philadelphia won by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56. He is now 23-10-4, with 13 KOs. Woods of Forrest City, Arkansas is 28-54-9, 20 KOs. The referee was Shawn Clark.

FUENTES STOPS FORD
DeAngelo Fuentes stopped previously... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

CARTO GOES
THE DISTANCE

Popular local Christian Carto continued his comeback Saturday night in the main event at the 2300 Arena. The seven-fight show was promoted by Marshall Kauffman's Kings Promotions. The bout was Carto's third since suffering his first professional defeat in 2019. After two quick knockouts over the past year, Carto put in some rounds against Hector Andres Sosa of Buenos Aires. The fight went the full eight rounds and Carto won the unanimous decision of the official judges by scores of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. Based on the scores, it appears Carto had the edge and also got in some work against Sosa. The Argentine landed his own shots, especially along the ropes, but Carto remained in control and earned the victory. The referee was Eric Dali.  (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

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