PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - March 25, 2022  
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Press Release by Marc Abrams
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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 Promotions.  

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 a comeback.  

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.


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.  


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.


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.  


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.


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.




Marc Abrams - South Philly - March 25, 2022