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
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.
BARAJAS DEFEATS GOMEZ
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.
PETERSON AND GREEN DRAW
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.
FARMER STOPS NDE
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.
JOHNS HALTS BUTLER
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.
MAYFIELD WINS DECISION
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
ELLIS WINS DEBUT
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
O’CALLAGHAN WINS IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
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.
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