In the main event at the
Sugar House Casino, in Philadelphia, former three-time Olympian (for
Tajikistan), Anvar Yunusov, now based in Philly, was knocked down
and cut over the right eye in round three, but still managed to
extend his undefeated record to 7-0, 3 KOs, in his junior
lightweight bout with Carlos Colon of Lares, PR, 5-2, 3 KOs.
Yunusov bounced back from
that rough third round, and stormed back to score two knockdowns himself, once in the fourth
and again in the fifth. Although he seemed to be on the brink of a
stoppage, Yunusov could not put Colon away, and had to settle for
winning a unanimous eight round
decision. The scores were 79-71 (Adam Friscia) and 78-71 twice
(Steve Weisfeld and James Kenny). Yunusov improved to 7-0, 3 KOs.
Colon fell to 5-2, 3 KOs.
SPRING EDGES WILLIAMS
In a match up of junior
middleweight southpaws, Reading’s Erik Spring, 12-2-2, 1 KO, won a
close majority decision over Terrance Williams of York, PA, 5-3-1, 1
KO, in the eight round co-feature. The scores were 77-75 (Steve
Weisfeld) & 76-75 (Marc Werlinsky) for Spring, and 76-76 even (Adam
ROBINSON RETURNS WITH KO
Super middleweight Brandon
Robinson, 12-2, 9 KOs, made quick work of Pittsburgh’s Lawrence
Blakey, 5-13-2, 2 KOs, in their scheduled 6-rounder. As the opening
round wound down, Robinson slammed a left hook to Blakey’s
midsection that put him down. Blakey took referee Shawn Clark’s full
10-count on his hands and knees. The time was 2:49.
MADISON HALTS SALAS
Maryland heavyweight Colby
Madison, 8-0-2, 5 KOs, halted Emilio Salas, Yonkers, NY, 5-3-1, 3
KOs, with a left hook in round two. The punch floored Salas, and
referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight as the doctor stepped into the
ring. The time was 23 seconds of the second.
EVANS DEBUTS WITH WIN
In a middleweight punch out,
Philly’s LaQuan Evans, survived a first round knockdown to win his
pro debut by split decision over debuting Jordan Demko of Birdsboro,
PA. The fighters traded non-stop for four rounds. Along the way,
Demko appeared to injure his shoulder, and would stretch or shake it
after hurling right hands. In the end, Evans
won on two official scorecards,39-37 (Adam Friscia) & 39-38
(Marc Werlinsky). One judge, Justin Rubenstein, favored Demko 39-37.
MERCADO STOPS NAVARRO
In a junior welterweight
fight scheduled for eight, Anthony Mercado of Arecibo, PR, 13-4, 11
KOs, stopped Andres Navarro of Toa Baja, PR, 11-8-1, 7 KOs after the
fifth round. Mercado dominated the action in every round. Toward the
end of the fifth, he trapped Navarro in a corner and pounded away.
Referee Shawn Clark took a long look, but did not stop it. The round
ended with Navarro on his feet, but the moment he returned to his
corner, his trainer asked Clark to stop the fight. The time was
UMBERGER WINS WAR WITH OREN
In a wildly entertaining
brawl between two debuting middleweights, Ryan Umberger, 1-0, 1 KO,
Philadelphia, stopped Brent Oren, 0-1, Harrisburg, at the end of
round three. The two went back and forth in their scheduled
4-rounder, with both landing freely. Both tired as the rounds
elapsed, but Oren looked much the worse for wear by the third round.
He made it through the first three, but the fight was stopped in the
corner before the final round began. The time was 3:00 of the third.
COFFIE KNOCKS OUT VITELA
Brooklyn heavyweight Michael
Coffie, 6-0, 5 KOs (blue trunks), knocked out Mexican Eduardo Vitela 3-4, 2 KOs,
with a left hook in round two. The bottom rope caught Vitela, but
referee Gary Rosato halted the contest without a count, as Vitela
teetered in a sitting position. The time was 1:10.
DAWSON WINS DECISION
In a 6-round welterweight
fight, Philly’s Mark Dawson, 6-0-1, 3 KOs, remained unbeaten with a
unanimous decision over Jordan Morales of Sunbury, PA, 3-7, 2 KOs.
Southpaw Dawson scored a knockdown in round two, but Morales
survived until the final bell. The scores were 59-54 (Justin
Rubenstein) and 60-53 twice (James Kenny and Adam Friscia).
JOHNSON DRAWS WITH OQUENDO
In the opening bout, junior
lightweights Weusi Johnson, 3-11-1, Wilmington, and Philly-based
Javier Oquendo, 3-1-1, 1 KO, fought to a 4-round split decision
draw. Judge Marc Werlinsky scored it 40-36 for Oquendo. Justin
Rubenstein favored Johnson, 39-37. And judge Steve Weisfeld had it a
38-38 draw. That made the fight a deadlock.
The ten bout card was
promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kong’s Promotions, and attended by