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Story by Frank Bartolini
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A crowd of 400 spectators at Bally's Atlantic City cheered on Philadelphia heavyweight Joey "Tank" Dawejko as he starched Dennis Vance Jr. of West Branch, MI, in less than one round. Dawejko, 266.5 pounds, started quickly and scored solid jabs to Vance's face. Then, a well-placed left hook to Vance's body had a delayed effect. Moments after the blow landed, Vance, 277 pounds, took a knee. Vance returned to his feet, but went down two more times from left hooks to his mid-section.

Vance showed a huge heart, rising both times to trade punches with Dawejko. Despite three trips to the canvas, referee Sahad Murdaugh allowed Vance to continue fighting. However, Dawejko scored the coup de grace - and ended the fight - once Vance returned to action after the third knockdown. Dawejko fainted a left to the body and then landed a booming left hook to Vance's chin. Vance crashed to the canvas for the fourth time. Vance attempted to rise but Murdaugh stopped the contest. The official time was 2:01 of round one.

Dawejko raised his pro record to 25-10-4 14 KOs. He said after the fight that he is staying in the gym to be sure he's ready is a big opportunity arises. Currently, Dawejko, managed by J Russell Peltz, is scheduled to return to the ring on September 15 at Live! Casino in South Philly. Vance goes home to the Midwest with a stomach ache and a record of 4-10 2 KOs.

In the main event, Larry Fryers won a technical decision after six rounds against Dimash Niyazov in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout. After Niyazov fell out of the ring after a clinch along the ropes in round six, it was deemed he could not continue due to injury. At that point the fight went to the official scorecards (scoring through round five). Fryers had dominated the action with both fighters losing a penalty point along the way. Fryers won the unanimous technical decision with three identical scores of 49-44 (Joe Pasquale, Robin Taylor & Paul Wallace).

In a six-round cruiserweight bout, Victor Darocha and Leandro da Sailva fought to a majority draw. The scores were 59-55 for da Silva (by Robin Taylor) and 57-57 twice (Tony Lundy & Paul Wallace).

Super middleweight Pierre Hubert Dibombe won by TKO over Derrick Findley, 31 seconds into round four of a scheduled six-rounder. The referee was Shada Murdaugh.

Edward Dodson won a six-round unanimous decision over Nelson Morales in a welterweight fight. All three scores were 60-54 (Tony Lundy, Joe Pasquale & Paul Wallace).

The show was promoted by Sal Musumeci and matched by Renee Aiken.




Frank Bartolini - Atlantic City, NJ - June 17, 2023