Kings Promotions returned to
Philly's premier fight venue, the 2300 Arena, on Friday night. The
card featured eight professional bouts across various weight
classes, and genders. The main event of the evening featured a super
middleweight contest between Brandon Robinson (14-2, 9 KOs) and
Martez McGregor (8-3, 6 KOs).
In the opening frame, Robinson moved in and connected with a hard
right hand to McGregor's face, a shot that snapped his head back. In
the third round, McGregor effectively applied pressure to Robinson.
McGregor controlled much of the tempo of the fourth round. He
knocked Robinson into the neutral corner with a big left hand as the
round approached its end.
This was a sloppy fight through the first five rounds. The crowd
rose to their feet in the sixth round, as Robinson connected with a
series of straight right and left hands to McGregor's head and body.
As the sixth round approached its end, the two fighters had a good
exchange near the blue corner. Throughout the eighth and final
round, the two fighters swung wildly and wrapped one another up to
avoid any unnecessary damage. All three judges scored the bout for
the winner by unanimous decision Brandon Robinson. The judges
scorecards read 77-75 twice and 78-74.
MATHIE REMAINS UNDEFEATED
Australian bombshell, Avril Mathie (4-0-1, 2 KOs), remained
undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Karen Dulin
(3-22-1, 1 KO). The swimsuit model turned bantamweight boxer, Mathie,
established her jab in the opening frame and outpointed the veteran
Dulin. In the third round, Mathie controlled the tempo of the fight
by landing a series of hooks to the head and body of Dulin. After
four rounds of action, all three judges scored the bout 40-36 for
the winner by unanimous decision, Avril Mathie.
ACCIDENTAL HEADBUTT HALTS BUNCH VS FLOYD
In what was a highly entertaining fight before it was stopped in the
third of six scheduled rounds, Trenton's Shinard Bunch (3-1, 3 KOs)
fought Philadelphia's Vinny Floyd (4-8-1, 2 KOs) in a welterweight
contest. A Bunch right to the body and left to the chin knocked
Floyd down in the first round. Bunch had Floyd on shaky legs after
the knockdown, but failed to put pressure on his taller opponent to
secure the knockout. In the second round, Floyd was knocked back
into the ropes with a multi-punch combo that was highlighted by a
right hand to the head as time expired. The referee ruled this a
In the third round, the fight was stopped due to a cut on Floyd's
scalp, that was opened up due to an accidental headbutt. Because the
fight did not reach the fourth round, it was ruled a no-contest. The
two men will fight again on December 6th when King's Promotions
returns to the 2300 arena.
ALLEN RETURNS BEFORE HOMETOWN CROWD
Damon Allen (16-1-1, 5 KOs) bounced back from his first career loss
last August with a victory over Dieumerci Nzau (11-10, 8 KOs). Allen
answered the opening bell by controlling the tempo of the fight and
landing shots at will. He rattled Nzau with a big left hand to the
head in the first round. Nzau swung wildly and ineffectively at his
opponent in the second, clearly frustrated by Allen's poise and
Allen punished Nzau with repeated left hands to the head in the
third round. In the fourth round, the sound of two of Allen's left
hands connecting with Nzau's head echoed through the arena.
A left hand to the head shook Nzau in the sixth round. Both fighters
looked exhausted later in the sixth and final round. The last-minute
was filled with instances of both men hanging all over one another.
To the delight of the pro-Allen crowd, all three judges scored the
bout 60-54 in favor of the local fan-favorite.
NELSON BOUNCES BACK FROM THREE STRAIGHT DEFEATS
The former Pennsylvania Lightweight champion, Naim Nelson (14-4, 1
KO), halted his three-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision
victory over Harrisburg's Roy McGill (6-4, 3 KOs). The junior
welterweight contest was evenly matched through the first two
Miguel put his foot on the gas in the opening seconds of the third
round, and then the action seemed to settle down. The two men spent
the last three rounds chasing each other around the ring to the
displeasure of the crowd. The judges scored the bout 58-56, 59-55,
and 60-54, all in favor of Nelson.
UMBERGER KAYOS DESHIELDS
Chestnut Hill's Ryan Umberger (3-0, 3 KOs) increased his knockout
streak to three with a victory over Camden's Leon DeShields (0-7).
An Umberger right hook to the body sent DeShields to the canvas in
the opening seconds of the first round in this junior middleweight
bout. DeShields recovered from the knockdown only to be finished off
later in the round at 2:49, when Umberger nailed him with a overhand
right to the head.
RIVERA SCORES TKO
Cruiserweights Angel Rivera (5-1, 4 KOs) and Nicoy Clarke (2-5)
squared off in a fight that was scheduled for four rounds. The
opening round was filled with lots of action. Clarke tried to trap
Rivera in the first round, but Rivera kept punching his way out of
these traps. Rivera finished off Clark in the second round with an
uppercut followed by left and right hooks to the head and body.
Clark crashed to the canvas and referee Erik Dali waved off the
fight at the 1:41 mark of the second round.
MARTIN RECOVERS FROM KNOCKDOWN FOR WIN
James Martin (5-1) defeated Juan Rodriguez (8-16-1, 6 KOs) by
unanimous decision in the opening bout of the evening. A Rodriguez
body shot in the opening round caused Martin to take a knee. Later
in the first round, Martin appeared to hurt Rodriguez on two
occasions, but failed to press the attack and secure a knockdown. A
right hand from Martin in the second sent Rodriguez tumbling back
into the corner. Rodriguez wrapped Martin up to kill the multi-punch
Rodriguez showed his ring experience in the third round by
smothering multiple attacks by Martin. There was a big exchange of
shots in the center of the ring to start the fourth round.
Unfortunately, this early action in the round would be negated by
excessive holding throughout the last two minutes of the final
round. The judges scored the bout 38-37 and 39-37 twice for Martin.