PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - December 11, 2021  
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Press Release by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / Instagram: @darrylcobb


On Saturday night (12/11/21), former two-time world title challenger, Jesse Hart stopped David Murray in round three of their super middleweight-turned-cruiserweight bout that headlined a nine bout card at the 2300 Arena. The show was promoted by RDR Promotions.

Hart dropped Murray with a short jab in the opening frame. Hart sent Murray to the deck again in round three as he hurt Murray with power shots and followed that up with a hard left hook. Murray was in trouble, and Hart sensed it. Hart jumped on Murray and landed a hard flurry of punches and the fight was stopped at 2:20 by referee Eric Dali.  

Hart, of Philadelphia, is 28-3 with 22 knockouts. Murray, of Wilmington, Delaware, is 10-3-1 with 6 KOs.


Joshafat Ortiz remained undefeated by winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Rondale Hubbert in a junior welterweight fight. In the opening seconds, Hubbert dropped Ortiz with a right hand. That was the high point of the fight for Hubbert as Ortiz started to box and move very effectively, picking Hubbert apart from the outside. Hubbert looked to land a big shot, but never came close to striking lightning again. Ortiz was able to rack up the rounds and came through with the unanimous decision. The Reading fighter won by scores of 58-55, 59-55, and 57-56, and is now 8-0, 4 KOs. Hubbert, of Fargo, ND, slip to 14-19-3, 8 KOs.


Nafear Charles won a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Hernan Godoy in a junior welterweight bout. Charles won on all cards 58-56, and improved his record to 8-0-1, 7 KOs. Argentine Godoy, lost for the fifth straight time and fell to 5-12.


Steven Pichardo and DeWayne Williams battled to a six-round draw in a middleweight bout. The scores were 59-55 for Williams; 58-56 for Pichardo, and 57-57 even. Pichardo is now 8-1-1, 2 KOs. Williams is 3-4-1, 3 KOs.


Boimah Karmo remained unbeaten with a four-round majority decision over Denzel Fludd in a welterweight bout. Karmo, of Philadelphia, won by official scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 38-38. He is now 2-0-1, while Fludd went home 0-2.


Raekwon Butler won a six-round unanimous decision over Derrick Whitley in a welterweight fight. Butler, of Brooklyn, NY, earned scores of 59-55 twice, and 58-56. His record now stands as 4-1, 2 KOs. Whitley wound up 6-3-1.


Edwin Cortes made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Jerrod Miner in a bantamweight fight. Cortes, of Millville, NJ, won by scores of 40-36 on all three official cards, and now boasts a record of 1-0. Miner, of Philadelphia, is 2-13-2.


Felix Parrilla remained undefeated with a fourth-round stoppage over Ryan Venable in the final round of their super featherweight bout. In round one, Parrilla floored Venable with a hard left hook. In round three, Parrilla was lost a point for low blows. Later in the round, Parrilla decked Venable with a perfect overhand right. In round four, Parrilla dropped Venable with a body shot. When the action resumed, Parrilla then landed two chopping right hands that put Venable down again. The fight stopped by referee Harvey Dock, after a barrage of punches trapped Venable in a corner. The time was 2:38. Parrilla, New Haven, CT, improved to 3-0, with 3 knockouts. Venable, of Roanoke, VA fell to 2-9.


Jose Nieves won a four-round unanimous decision over Josh Aarons in a junior featherweight bout. Nieves scored a knockdown in round four, and won by scores of 40-35 on all three cards. Nieves, of Woodbridge, NJ, is 2-0. Aarons, of Williamsport, PA is 0-2.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The final Philly show of the year attracted a small crowd of 400-500. For the area's busiest promoter of late, RDR Promotions, this was their ninth show in Philly and eleventh overall in 2021. RDR picks right up in 2022 with a return to the 2300 Arena in February.]


Hart vs. Murray

Hart vs. Murray

Hart vs. Murray

Hart vs. Murray

Ortiz vs. Hubbert

Ortiz vs. Hubbert

Ortiz and referee Harvey Dock

Charles vs. Godoy

Charles vs. Godoy

Charles vs. Gadoy

Williams vs. Pichardo

Williams, Pichardo, and Harvey Dock

Karmo vs. Fluud

Butler vs. Whitley

Butler vs. Whitley

Cortes vs. Miner

Cortes vs. Miner

Parrilla vs. Venable

Parrilla with Harvey Dock

Nieves vs. Aarons




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