bantamweight slugger Christian Carto extended his perfect
ring record to eleven straight and kept his knockout streak
going (11-0, 11 KOs), in a scheduled six rounder at the
Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. The fight was the main
event of a ten-bout show promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s
Carto faced St.
Paul’s Philip Adyaka, and handled the somewhat soft touch
with ease. After warming up and controlling round one, Carto
came out for the second in high gear, looking to add another
knockout to his collection. After tagging Adyaka a few times
with a steady jab, the rising star turned up the heat and
began landing with authority.
Carto blasted away,
landing almost everything he threw. He continued to batter
Adyaka until referee Gary Rosato finally stepped in to stop
it. Some thought the bout had ended too quickly, but it was
very clear that the visitor would be heading home soon
The end of Carto’s
first-ever main event came at 2:43 of the second round.
Carto continues to impress and looks like a truly hot
prospect. The loss left Adyaka 7-9, 4 KOs.
SPRINGS TOPS WILSON
In the co-feature fight, Reading, PA junior middleweight
Erik Spring, 10-1-2, 2 KOs, started slowly, but rallied to
pull out a six round majority decision against David Wilson,
5-1-1, 1 KO, of New Haven, CT. Wilson won the first two
rounds on my card before Spring woke up and began edging out
the rounds that followed.
From my perspective,
Spring strung together the final four rounds to earn the
win, 58-56 on my tally. The official scores the same by
George Hill and John Poturaj (58-56), while judge Dewey
Larossa called the contest a draw (57-57).
SANCHEZ STOPS WHITMORE
In a scheduled six round cruiserweight bout, Elvin Sanchez,
8-3-1, 6 KOs, Paterson, NJ, stopped Philly's Khalib
Whitmore, 6-2, 5 KOs, in round two. Whitmore appeared to
take the first round, but things turned quickly after
Sanchez slammed home a left hook that sent Khalib crashing
to the canvas.
Whitmore climbed to
his feet, but Sanchez jumped right on him and pounded away.
A left uppercut jarred Whitmore and prompted referee Gary
Rosato to halt the bout at 1:54 of the second.
Khalib was coming
back after more than two years away from the ring and
suffered his second straight TKO loss.
DUBOSE IMPRESSES WITH WIN
Philly junior lightweight Antonio Dubose, 9-2-1, 2 KOs,
turned in a career-best performance, beating Josh Crespo,
7-5-3, 3 KOs, over six lively rounds. The fighters exchanged
hard shots in the opening round, but DuBose took over in the
second. Tony put Crespo down with a hard right-left hook in
round two, and managed to keep the edge through most of the
exchanges that followed. Crespo landed too, making the fight
a fun ride, but DuBose was in charge until the final bell.
He took the decision by official scores of 60-53 (Dewey
Larossa) and 58-55 twice (Adam Friscia and John Poturaj).
Crespo won round on my card, which totaled 59-54 for Dubose.
TAYLOR SHUTOUTS FLOYD
Houston welterweight Marquis Taylor, 7-1, beat Philadelphia
southpaw Vincent Floyd, 3-3-1, 2 KOs, by unanimous decision
over six non-stop rounds. Both lanky fighters fought hard,
but the Texan out worked the local and landed the more
telling blows. All three judges (Friscia, Larossa and Hill)
scored the bout a 60-54 shutout.
ROBINSON WINS BY KNOCKOUT
In a scheduled six round super middleweight bout, Philly's
Brandon Robinson, 5-1, 4 KOs, smashed Shane Pearson, 2-2, 2
KOs, Statesville, NC, with a right hand in round two, and
won by KO at 20 seconds of that round. Referee Blair
Talmadge almost stepped in a moment before the final punch,
but decided to let the fight continue. Robinson kept
throwing punches and landed the haymaker that dropped
Pearson and stopped the match without a count. Robinson
looked powerful and aggressive.
JUSTICE MAKES SPLASHY DEBUT
Flashy Philly junior welterweight southpaw Sham Justice,
1-0, looked impressive in his pro debut. He pounded Tito
Gonslaves, 0-3, Lancaster, PA, for three full rounds and
stopped him at 2:11 of round four. A star is born. Gary
Rosato was the referee.
HUTCHINSON BEATS WILLIAMS
Junior welterweight southpaw Kashon Hutchinson, 3-3, 1 KO,
Reading, PA, won a four round unanimous decision over
Philly's Demetrius Williams, 1-3. All three scores by Dewey
Larossa, John Poyuraj and Adam Friscia, were 39-37. My card
was he same.
MINOR TKOS LOPEZ
Philly bantamweight Jerrod Minor, 1-0, 1 KO, made a
successful debut, stopping fellow-Philadelphian Steven
Lopez, 0-2, at 2:34 of round four. Minor landed many sharp
punches throughout, including a strong body attack. The
referee was Gary Rosato.
MONTANO WINS IN FIRST
In the opening bout of the evening, Houston light
heavyweight Christian Montano, 2-0, 2 KOs, dropped DC's
Dameron Kirby, 0-1, three times in the opening round, and
scored a first round TKO at 2:25. The referee was Blair
The ten bout card
was promoted by Marshall Kauffman's Kings Boxing.