Jason Cintron made his Philly debut a successful one by
pounding out a one-sided unanimous decision over Tyric
Robinson in the main event at the Blue Horizon Friday night.
From as early as the first round, the outcome of the jr.
welterweight bout never seemed in doubt. The only question
was would Robinson survive the 8-round distance. Well he did
survive and showed plenty of heart as the fight wore on. But
that first round must have felt like an eternity for Tyric.
Cintron landed sharp shots that stunned Robinson more than
once. In the second round, a shocking uppercut hurt Robinson
again and confirmed that it was going to be a long night for
Robinson fought hard and landed some
shots of his own, but he just could not match the firepower
of Cintron, nor could he keep him at bay. Even when Robinson
managed to back Cintron to the ropes, the brother of
welterweight contender Kermit Cintron always answered back
with powerful blows that immediately halted Robinson's
Round after round played out the same
way. Robinson was there to fight, but he was out-gunned. He
seemed to make a little progress in round five. But the best
I could score it was even. Southpaw Cintron resumed his
winning ways in the sixth and rolled on to the end of the
fight, piling up points the whole way. The official cards
gave Cintron his ninth pro win by scores of 80-73 and 80-72
twice. Cintron goes to 9-0 with 2 KOs, while Robinson drops
to 9-3-1 with 3 KOs.
In the co-feature, Anthony "Boom Boom" Ferrante thrilled his
busloads of adoring fans with a six round split decision
victory over Simon "One Punch" Carr. The cruiserweight tiff
was not action packed but it was filled with emotional
tension and some good physical action thrown in for good
Carr entered the ring first, decked out
in full pro-Obama regalia that included a red, white & blue
color scheme, a flashing Uncle Sam hat, and a rubber Barack
mask. He was met with a chorus of boos from what must have
been Ferrante's fans. John McCain doesn't have that much
support in Philadelphia.
Carr pressed the action in round one and
looked good doing it. He appeared to be in excellent
condition, belying an earlier rumor that he was twenty
pounds overweight. Ferrante, normally a light heavyweight,
moved up for this fight and his 183 pounds did look good on
him. Carr, at 181 and a half, looked to be in the best shape
of his career. So Carr took the first round and swaggered
back to his corner.
In round two, Ferrante loosened up and
started to pop Carr with some good shots. After that, you
could see Simon fade a little, but was an emotional fade
rather than a physical one. With his 4-2-1 (3 KO) record,
and more than two years since his last victory, this bout
against an opponent with just three fights had to feel like
a "must win".
But Carr only seems to win fights by
knockout. In his four wins, three of them came by first
round KO, back when his nickname proved valid and fit him
well. His lone decision win, a four-rounder in 2006 at the
Armory, was rather questionable. So there he was last night,
in a position that must have affected his confidence. When
the fight went beyond the first round, Simon Carr had to be
wondering what was going to happen. He fought on, and
fought well - perhaps the best I've ever seen him (I'm not
crazy about one-round knockouts). But after a while Carr
seemed to fight on, slightly deflated. On the other hand,
Ferrante's confidence grew over time. By round two, after
surviving a hard low blow, Ferrante got angry and fought
back with determination.
It was a close fight. I scored it three
rounds to three. Two of the three judges scored it for
Ferrante, while one favored Carr. Simon needed the win and
wanted it just as bad. When the official decision was
announced his grimace said it all.
you see Simon Carr at ringside for someone else's fight, you
see a man who carries himself like champion. He always looks
good and if you didn't know who he was, you'd have to assume
he was a world-class fighter. He's proud and intelligent and
knows about marketing. So he knows what a mediocre record
does to the mystique of a boxer. Eventually, when the wins
and losses equal out - or worse - a fighter gets labeled as
an opponent. People look at such fighters differently and as
a result those fighters start to feel invisible. Such a
reputation surely won't sit well with Carr.
Given his rocky road and inspirational
story of redemption as a man, Simon Carr deserves better.
Certainly he must have believed it would turn out better.
But boxing is a harsh game that sifts out all those who are
even one-notch below top-notch. Success has to be
Now that his bruised record reads 4-3-1,
Simon Carr is in a tough spot. He's right on the edge.
Does he continue his career in hopes of salvaging it?
Or does he cut his losses before his ring losses define him
in a way that endangers that beautiful swagger? It may
not be as tough a decision as it seems. That is
because one thing is certain, Simon Carr does many things
better and with more commitment than boxing. But his
recent rededication to his ring career makes this moment
particularly poignant. This was the fight that should
have put his career back on track, and he almost did it.
The night got underway with a three-round
welterweight exhibition between Ronald Cruz and Lou
Rodriguez. Both were scheduled to make their professional
debut Friday, but there respective opponents dropped out.
Next up, Ishmir Ra quickly stopped William Armstead with
three knockdowns in the first round. The official time was
2:28. It was the first win for Ra who evened his
record to 1-1. Armstead dropped to 2-8. It was the sixth
time the welterweight was stopped.
Philly featherweight Coy Evans (in black trunks above), now
3-0-1, beat Elias Castillo by unanimous decision over four
rounds. For Castillo it was his sixth straight loss without
Finally before the two main bouts, Cruiserweight Garrett
Wilson of South Philly (in black trunks above) defeated
Reshawn Scott of North Philly when he was awarded a majority
Approximately 600 fans watched the show
which was promoted by Greg Robinson's Power Productions in
association with Sports Extreme and Cintron Beverages.