By: Ken Hissner, ringside
Kings Promotion made their debut at Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City over Spike TV. Both Dirrell brothers won. Anthony scored a fantastic first round knockout while Andre won a lopsided decision.
In the main event super middleweight Andre “The Resurrected” Dirrell, 25-2 (16), Flint, MI, won a lopsided decision coming off the canvas over soupaw Blake “Il Capo” Caparello, 22-2-1 (6), Greenvale, AUS, over ten rounds.
Caparello entered the ring with a swelled left eye from a sparring session preparing for this fight and is in his first fight dropping down to super middleweight. In the second round Dirrell started out orthodox and switched to southpaw and was dropped with a left to the chin. He was up immediately while referee David Fields issued the eight count. In the third round Dirrell came out determined to get back at Caparello hurting him against the ropes almost scoring a knockdown.
In the fourth round Dirrell won big until a straight left by Caparello to the chin ended the round. In the fifth round Dirrell landed close to ten punches without return before Caparello tied him up. In the seventh round Dirrell returned to southpaw and was using his forearm without warning from referee David Fields while easily winning the round. There was a clash of heads as the referee warned Caparello.
In the eighth round Dirrell was back to orthodox which he does not score as well as southpaw. He had Caparello against the ropes for most of the round not fearing the light hitting Caparello to counter. In the tenth and final round Dirrell came out orthodox and looking for a knockout. Dirrell seemed disgusted with his performance at the bell though he was very boisterous being interviewed.
All 3 judges scored it 98-91 as did BCB.
In the co-feature former super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Dog Dirrell, 29-1-1 (23), of Flint, MI, scored a sensational two knockdown first round over Caleb Truax, 26-3-2 (6), Osseo, MN, forcing referee Harvey Dock to wisely stop the fight at 1:49.
Dirrell dropped Truax with a four punch combination with the final a right to the chin. The second knockdown came immediately when Dirrell dropped Truax with a left hook to the chin.
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Super bantamweight Jonathan Guzman, 21-0 (21), Santo Domingo, DR, scored his twenty-first straight stoppage over tough Daniel Rosas, 20-3 (12), Mexico City, MEX in an elimination bout. The fight was stopped between rounds at the end of the seventh after Guzman had scored several knockdowns. There was no quit in Rosas who wanted to go on but the fight was stopped.
In the opening round both boxers were throwing haymakers as
Rosas was the aggressor challenging Guzman to hit him on the chin. Guzman landed a nice combination and back up with Rosas following him and throwing an overhand right followed by a left hook to the chin of Guzman. In the second round Guzman rocked Rivas on two different occasions to the delight of the fans. In the third round Guzman rocked Rivas with a lead right and followed by a left to the head of Rivas. Twice later in the round Guzman hurt Rosas.
In the fourth round it was Rosas who scored well and stayed on top of Guzman not giving him punching room to take the round. In the fifth round it was close up until near the end of the round when Guzman dropped Rosas with a left hook to the chin. He beat the count of referee Benjy Esteves, Jr, but was on shaky legs walking back to his corner at the bell. In the sixth round Guzman rocked Rivas with a right to the chin almost dropping him. Both landed left hooks one after the other before Guzman once again had Rivas going low to avoid the power punches of Guzman.
In the seventh round Guzman landed a vicious straight right to the chin of Rivas rocking him. Rivas recovers well but has taken too many punches. In the eighth round Rivas ducked into a Guzman left uppercut but once again managed to shake it off and return to be the aggressor. Guzman dropped Rosas again with a lead right as the bell sounded while referee Esteves, Jr. continued the count until he got to eight. In the corner Rivas with a swelling left eye was not allowed to come out for the ninth round.
Super featherweight Titus Williams, 5-0 (2), Long Island, NY, scored a pair of knockdowns in defeating southpaw Wayne Wisdom, 6-29-1 (3), of Indianapolis, IN, over 6 rounds.
In the third round Williams hurt Wisdom causing him to hold on. In the fourth round referee Brown warned Williams for the third time for fouls. In the fifth round Williams was warned for a low blow giving Wisdom a five minute rest. Between rounds the ring physician checked Wisdom who was bent over.
In the sixth and final round Wisdom went down more from fatigue than punches. A body shot dropped Wisdom by Williams who hit Wisdom after he was down but referee Brown didn’t see it and didn’t warn him with little time left in the round. Wisdom managed to last out the round.
Judge Rubenstein and Consentino had it 60-52, Lynne Carter 59-53. BCB 60-52.
Super welterweight Chordale Booker, 2-0 (2) scored a second round knockout over Tolutomi Agunblade, 3-7 (1) of Wichita Falls at 1:41 of the round.
Super lightweight Eddie Ramirez, 13-0 (9), of Aurora, IL, defeated Osumanu Akaba, 32-10-1 (26), Prichard, AL, by stoppage at 2:33 of the second round. He dropped Akaba who couldn’t continue due to an injured right eye that was closed. Referee Dock waved it off.
Welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young, 12-2 (5), Atlantic City, NJ, won a 4 round decision over Juan Rodriguez, 6-5-1 (5), Haymarket, VA.
In round two a left hook by Young dropped Rodriguez who beat the count by referee Fields. Young let him off the hook. In the third round Rodriguez came back nicely. In the fifth round Young had Rodriguez hurt several times. In the sixth and final round both fighters opened up with Rodriguez taking it in a close round.
Judges scored it 59-55, 59-54 and 58-55 all for Young. BCB 58-55
Heavyweight Luther Smith, 5-0 (4), of DC, won a split decision over Solomon Maye, 1-6-1 (1), of New Haven, CT.
In his debut super lightweight Abraham Nova, 1-0 (1), Braintree, MA, stopped Weusl Johnson, 1-1 (1), Wilmington, DE, at 2:56 of the first round.
Middleweight Chris Thomas, 2-0 (1), Atlantic City, knocked out Jessie Singletary, 0-2 (0), DC, at 2:26 of the first round.
In a swing bout cruiserweight southpaw Hafiz Montgomery, 3-1 (2), Toms River, NJ, was stopped at 1:19 in the second round by Darnell Pierce, 4-0 (1), Frederick, MD, when referee Harvey Dock called a halt in a four round bout.
In the opening round Montgomery seemed to have an edge. In the second round Pierce scored a flurry of punches having Montgomery helpless forcing referee Dock to halt the fight.
In another swing bout heavyweight Brendan Barrett, 4-0-2 (4), Little Egg Harbor, NJ, scored a second round stoppage over Alando Pugh, 1-8-1 (1), DC, at 2:25 stopped by referee Dock.
In the second round a right hand by Barrett dropped Pugh who could not beat the count of referee Dock.