PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - January 31, 2020
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Story by John DiSanto
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Joe Hand Promotions brought their professional boxing series to the Xcite Center at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA for the sixth time Friday night, and it was a short night for everyone involved. There were seven scheduled fights. Just two of the bouts went the distance (six rounds and four rounds), while the other five ended in either the first or second round. Still, it was an entertaining night of boxing.


In the main event of Xcite Fight Night #6, southpaw lightweight Victor Padilla, Berlin, NJ, 8-0, 7 KOs, quickly stopped southpaw Israel Suarez, Luquillo, PR, 4-8-3, 1 KO, at 2:46 of the first round. Padilla cracked Suarez with a hard left that put him down along the ropes. Suarez managed to get up, but when the fight resumed, Padilla chased him down and landed another booming left. Suarez stayed on his feet, but the rocket had such an impact that referee Gary Rosato jumped in to save him from further punishment. It was another quickie on a night loaded with fast knockouts.    


North Philly junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, 8-2-2, 5 KOs, chopped down Enver Halili, Bronx, NY, 10-3, 3 KOs, in round two of their scheduled six rounder. In the first round, Wise blasted Halili with a right hand that sent him into the ropes. Referee Shawn Clark correctly called it a knockdown since the ropes were the only thing that kept Halili upright. Wise continued to land, but his opponent lasted the round. Then in the second, another right by Wise put Halili on the canvas. This time he went all the way to the floor, and as soon as he hit the canvas, Clark stopped the fight. The time was 1:27.  


In a six-round lightweight fight, Christopher Burgos, North Philly, 3-4-1, 1 KO, out-worked and out-slugged Sheldon Deverteuil, North Philly, 2-1-2, over the full distance to take a unanimous decision by three scores of 59-55 by judges Steve Weisfeld, John Poturaj and John Consentino. The two fighters stood toe to toe throughout the fight - mostly in the center of the ring - and fired their punches. Despite the wide scores in favor of Burgos, this was an entertaining, two-way battle filled with nearly non-stop punching. However, Burgos’ steady body attack and heavier punches upstairs kept him in the lead. After six rounds, there was no question the fight was his. I had Burgos winning all six rounds.  


In a battle of North Philly junior welterweights both named Williams, Tyhler Williams, 4-0, 3 KOs, stopped Demetris Williams, 1-7, in the opening round. Tyhler hurt his foe with a long right hand and then swarmed him. Demetris moved away, trying to survive, but Tyhler chased him across the ring, hurting him with every shot he landed. Finally they settled along the ropes and after Tyhler landed a long volley of unanswered punches, referee Shawn Clark stopped the bout at 1:48 of the first.  


In a light heavyweight fight scheduled for four, Charles Brewer Jr., the son of former super middleweight champion Charles Sr., made his pro debut, stopping Kyl Fritz, Arapahoe, NC. Kyl was also making his debut. In the first round, Fritz hurt Brewer with a right to the chin. The solid punch wobbled Brewer and sent a shockwave through Philly fans there to support the second generation Brewer. However, Brewer, Pennsauken, NJ, survived the scare and rebounded well in the second. After hurting him with a left, Brewer fired away with power shots until referee Shawn Clark stepped in. The time was 1:17 of the second round.  


Reading, PA cruiserweight David Stevens, 3-0, 2 KOs, knocked out Tahlik Taylor, Freeport, NY, 3-13-1, 1 KO, at 1:02 of the opening round. First, Stevens dropped Taylor with a left hook. Taylor got up but looked hurt. Wasting no time, Stevens went for the kill and after another left hook put the hard-luck Taylor on the canvas again, referee Gary Rosato halted the bout without a count. The end was called a knockout, but it was really more of a TKO.   


In the first fight of the night, junior lightweight Shakhzod Atoev (1-0) made a successful pro debut with a four round unanimous decision over southpaw Juan Ibarra, Willow Springs, NC, 0-3. It was a wild affair with both fighters throwing and landing a lot. Atoev was right-hand-happy, especially in the first two rounds, and scored numerous times. However, he also took many shots in return. However, the Philly-based “Uzbek Assassin” had the edge in every round and won the fight by three scores of 40-36 from judges Steve Weisfeld, Gail Jasper and John Consentino.  

The briskly-paced, seven-bout show was comprised of just twelve full rounds and five partial rounds of boxing in total. I'm not complaining. The series of kayos sent everyone home just before 10 PM.  





John DiSanto - Bensalem, PA - January 31, 2020