PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - March 04, 2023  
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Press Release by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / Instagram: @darrylcobb

Rising prospect Isaiah Johnson remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over veteran upset specialist Antonio Sanchez in a junior welterweight bout that headlined an entertaining eight-bout card at The Newtown Athletic Club. The show was promoted by RDR Promotions.

Johnson of New Jersey boxed very well, and had Sanchez in trouble on several different occasions, but the experienced Sanchez was able to hold off the fast and energetic Johnson. Johnson was never challenged and cruised home with the win. The scores were 60-54 twice (Adam Friscia and Marc Werlinsky) and 59-55 (Tony Lundy). Johnson is now 7-0, 5 KOs while Sanchez, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, is 7-16-3, 3 KOs.


Oscar Barajas scored a six-round majority decision over Roberto Gomez in a battle of "Philly-Spoiler's" in a junior welterweight contest. Barajas, of Zamora, Mexico, won by scores of 58-56 twice (Adam Friscia and Tony Lundy) and 57-57 (Gail Jasper) and is now 19-8-3, 2 KOs. Gomez, of Mexico City, is 5-2, 5 KOs.  


Erron Peterson and Tariq Green battled to a six-round split draw in a middleweight bout. Peterson came out strong and took the first half of the fight. Green made a late rally and was able to salvage the draw. Marc Werlinsky scored it 58-56 for Peterson, while Gail Jasper had it 58-56 for Green. Judge Adam Friscia scored the fight even at 57-57. Peterson, of Philadelphia, is 3-0-1, 2 KO. Green, of Philadelphia, is 2-2-1.


Nimal Farmer scored a vicious second round stoppage over Brois Nde in a scheduled four-round junior welterweight bout. In round two, Farmer landed a perfect uppercut to the jaw that sent Farmer down hard on his back. Nde was down for several minutes but was able to leave the ring on his own strength. The time stoppage by referee Shada Murdaugh was 39 seconds into round two. Farmer, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, is 3-0 with 3 KOs. Nde, of Harrisburg, PA, is 4-2, 1 KO.  


Najeem Johns stopped Raekwon Butler in the opening round of their four-round junior welterweight bout. Johns caught Butler with a hard left on the ropes and that began a flurry that forced referee Shawn Clark to stop the fight at 1:03. Johns, of Darby, PA, is 3-0, 3 KOs. Butler, of Brooklyn, NY, is 5-5, 3 KOs.  


Dominique Mayfield won a four-round unanimous decision over Jerome Aiken in a heavyweight bout. Mayfield, of Philadelphia, won by scores of 40-36 twice (Adam Friscia and Marc Werlinsky) and 39-37 (Gail Jasper). He is now 3-1. Aiken, of Annapolis, MD is 1-7-1, 1 KO.  


Ali Ellis made a successful pro debut with a third-round stoppage over Jonathan Wiles in a heavyweight tussle. Ellis started breaking down Wiles after Wiles lost a point in round three for holding. Later in the round, Ellis dropped Wiles and the fight was over. Shawn Clark stopped the fight at the 39 second mark of round three. Ellis, of Philadelphia, is 1-0, 1 KO. Wiles, of Philadelphia, is 0-3.  


In what was a sure fire "Fight of the Year" candidate, Brendan O'Callaghan outlasted Soslan Alborov to win by TKO in the fourth and final round of their junior middleweight rematch.

The action was hot, heavy, and furious from the opening bell. Alborov got on the board first by dropping O'Callaghan just moments into the contest. Then moments later, both guys landed simultaneously and both fighters went to the canvas in a rare double knockdown. Alborov and O'Callaghan continued to pound away at each other, and in the final frame, O'Callaghan dropped Alborov with a perfect left hook.

With Alborov hurt, O'Callaghan jumped on his opponent and the fight was stopped at 2:05 by referee Shada Murdaugh. O'Callaghan, of Philadelphia, is 5-1-1, with 2 KOs. Alborov, of Philadelphia, is 1-2-1, with 1 KO.

RDR Promotions returns on April 14 at the Clarion Hotel in Essington, PA.




Marc Abrams - Newtown, PA - March 04, 2023