PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - October 30, 2015  
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Story by Fred Druding
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Friday night, Hard Hitting Promotions put on an entertaining six bout card at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in South Philly in front of solid enthusiastic crowd. The evening started off with an emotional ten count for former boxer and trainer Liz Sherman, who passed unexpectedly this week at the young age of 35. RIP Liz!

It was a battle of southpaws in the opening bout where Philly lightweight Seifullah Jihad Wise, 3-1, 1 KO, scored two knockdowns over East Orange's Wilfredo Ceballos, 0-2, before referee Blair Talmadge waved the bout at 2:49 of the 1st.

In the second bout of the night, middleweights stepped into the ring as Asbury Park's Haakim Bryant, 5-0, 4 KOs, TKO'd Miami's Yoeglys Duverger, 0-3, at 2:19 of the 3rd. Duverger was knocked down twice in the second round and the pounding continued in the 3rd before referee Shawn Clark called it.

In the third bout of the evening, North Philly's Thomas "TJ" Velasquez. 2-0, 1 KO, took a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico's Jose Carmona, 0-3, in a featherweight bout. Scores were 39-36 and 38-36 twice. Both boxers started quickly and kept it up for four rounds in an entertaining scrap.

The action slowed in the fourth bout, as Dominican Republic's Marcos Leonardo Jimenez, 21-6, 14 KOs, easily handled Mexico's Eduardo Reyes, 6-4, 5 KOs, before eventually scoring a TKO at 1:59 of the 5th round.

In the top preliminary bout, super-lightweight Angel Ocasio, 8-0-2, 2 KOs, showed no signs that he hadn't been in the ring for about three years. Ocasio started fast, throwing fast combinations at Vineland's Bryne Green, 7-9-1, 3 KOs. Green was in the fight and fought hard to the end. This was an all action bout with Ocasio looking sharp and controlling the fight with his tough foe. In the end, the cards read 60-53, and 59-54 twice, all in favor of Ocasio who remained unbeaten.

The 8-Round main event saw an all-Philly heavyweight battle between Pedro Martinez, 7-9, 3 KOs, and Garrett Wilson, 16-9-1, 9 KOs. In an entertaining bout from start to end, both boxers had their moments and traded blows. Although Martinez had a forty pound weight advantage, it was Wilson who had his hand raised at the end of the night winning a unanimous decision 78-74 twice and 77-75.

Hard Hitting Promotions was the evening’s promoter and announced they will return to the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on December 4th, vowing to bring another action packed card of professional boxing. Hard Hitting Promotions also gave back to the community by donating $5 from each ticket sale to the CDLS Foundation.  




Fred Druding - Philadelphia - October 30, 2015