Isaiah Wise got off the deck,
and was in serious trouble, but stormed back to win a six-round
split decision over Cameron Krael in one of the best and most
exciting bouts in recent memory. The middleweight bout, which took
place on Friday night, March 25th, thrilled an enthusiastic crowd at
the 2300 Arena. The entertaining show was promoted by RDR
The two fighters came out
swinging from the opening bell. Krael landed ripping shots from
close range, while Wise chose to keep the fight even closer on the
inside. In round two, Krael landed thudding shots to the head of
Wise that made the Philadelphia native buckle and stumble until
another right hand put him down. In serious trouble, Wise took
several more shots, but he was able to steady himself enough to make
Wise started to surge in round
three and rocked Krael with uppercuts and shots to the body.
However, Krael was not done by any means. He fought back which set
off several furious exchanges that had the crowd on their feet. In
rounds five and six, Wise was able to dig down and land more than
Krael. With the fight in the balance, this constant power punching
by Wise helped him pull ahead in the fight.
There was suspense while
waiting for the judges' scores to be announced. Wise took two cards
by 58-55 and 58-56 tallies, while Krael won a card 57-56. With the
win, Wise improved to 11-2-2, 6 KOs. Krael, of Las Vegas, slipped to
18-22-3, with 5 KOs.
RAIMKULOV WINS BY TKO
Temirlan Raimkulov scored a fourth-round stoppage over Isiah Seldon
in a scheduled six-round middleweight bout. Raimkulov scored two
knockdowns, with the finishing blow being a right that may have
strayed behind the head. The time of the finish was 1:08. The
referee was Dave Braslow. Raimkulov, of Philadelphia via Kazakhstan,
raised his record to 5-1-2 with 1 knockout. Seldon, of Atlantic
City, lost for the second time in a row and went home 14-5-1, 5 KOs.
CHAMPION REMAINS UNDEFEATED
VeShawn Champion remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous
decision over Jorge Rodrigo Sosa in a welterweight fight. Champion,
of Dayton, Ohio, won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice to raise his
mark to 3-0, 1 KO. Sosa, of Paraguay, fell below the .500 mark,
3-4-2, 3 KOs.
FARMER WINS DEBUT
Nimal Farmer made an impression in his pro debut with a first-round
stoppage over Anthony Curtiss. Farmer was impressive in taking the
fight right to the 18-fight veteran and the fight was stopped at
1:46 by referee Dave Braslow. Farmer, 1-0, 1 KO, is from
Philadelphia. Curtiss, of Butte, Montana, slid to 3-16, 2 KOs.
CRUZ STOPS BOSTON
Romuel Cruz stopped Frank Boston in round three of a scheduled
six-round featherweight bout. Cruz landed a big barrage of punches
on the ropes before referee Shawn Clark stopped the bout at 1:52 of
round three. Philadelphia's Cruz improved to of Philadelphia is
7-0-1, with three knockouts, while Boston fell to 3-6, 1 KO.
BUTLER WINS IN ONE
Raekwon Butler scored a first round stoppage over Leonidas Fowlkes
in a super lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds. Butler dropped
Fowlkes with an overhand right, and finished him with another
overhand right. The fight was stopped at 3:00 of round one by
referee Shawn Clark. Butler improved to 5-2, 3 KOs. Fowlkes, 2-8-1,
lost his third straight.
RDR Promotions returns to the
2300 Arena on April 23rd.