Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Diane Fisher’s Dee Lee Promotions and in association with Joe Tiberi, Jr. of Night Night Promotions, matchmaker Nick Tiberi brought boxing back to Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, DE, Saturday night.
It was another well matched night of boxing with a full crowd attending this beautiful facility. It is shows like this that brings back memories of “back in the day!”
In the Main Event Cruiserweight Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith, 16-8 (11), of Kennett Square, PA, stopped Tyler “Times Up” Seever, 14-18-1 (12), of St. Joseph, MO, at 2:40 of the first round.
In the first round Seever used an effective jab as Smith bulled his way in. Smith landed a solid right to the chin of Seever halfway through the round getting his attention. Seever got his licks in but Smith just had a little too much fire power for him. An overhand right from Smith on the chin dropped Seever. Smith was all over him forcing referee David Braswell to call a halt. In the corner of Smith was NJ & PA Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Joey “Eye!”
Heavyweight southpaw Stefan “The Freak” Talabisco, 1-0 (0), of Elsmere, DE, made his long awaited debut stopping southpaw Brian Richardson, 0-3 (0), of Dorchester, MA, at 1:06 of the second round.
In his debut in the first round the “once a Marine always a Marine” Talabisco who is 40+ bulled his way in time after time pushing Richardson against the ropes with Richardson getting some licks in of his own. Both southpaws were slugging it out as Talabisco pinned Richardson against the ropes several times but was warned about low blows. In the second round Talabisco and Richardson slugged it out. All of a sudden a right to the chin from Talabisco knocked Richardson down on his back and unable to get up. The force of the blow carried Talabisco to the canvas. Referee deWysocki waved it off. It was close to five minutes before Richardson could get upon a stool. There were many fans greeting the popular Talabisco before and after the bout.
Super Middleweight Brandon Mullins, 2-0 (1), of Newark, DE, stopped southpaw Rashee Therran Smalls, 0-1-3 (0), of Charleston, SC, at 0:31 of the first round.
In the first round Mullins rushed Smalls with punch after punch without return from Smalls who was pinned against the ropes until Referee Dave Braslow called a halt. Some may have thought it was a premature stoppage but Smalls though not seemingly hurt was not defending himself.
Welterweight southpaw Michael “The Hammer” Crain, 2-2 (1), of Smyrna, DE, made short work of Faeji Moorer, 0-1 (0), of Locust Grove, PA, at 0:31 of the first round.
In the first round Crain was the aggressor against the much taller Moorer. Moorer’s best punch was a right uppercut to the mid-section of Crain. The southpaw Crain mostly used his jab. In the second round Crain was warned for a low blow by Referee Vic deWysocki. A short left while inside by Crain hit Moorer on the chin and dropped him to the canvas to a knee.
In the third round Moorer landed a pair of right uppercuts to the body of Crain who came in low. Crain dropped Moorer again with a right to the body causing Referee deWysocki to call a halt.
Super Welterweight Justin “King” Johnson, 6-15-6 (0), of Pittsburgh, PA, was knocked out by Headley Scott, 11-0 (10), of Jonesboro, GA, at 2:38 of the second round.
In the first round Scott used a jab while Johnson countered. Scott landed a lead right to the chin of Johnson. There was too much holding for Referee Braswell. In the second round a chopping right to the chin of Johnson hurt him. Halfway through the round a flurry of punches dropped Johnson for the count.
In the opening bout David Veras Pena, 0-1 (0), of Odenton, MD, lost to southpaw Dionte “Mr. Untouchable” Burts, 4-0 (2), of DC, over 4 round’s.
In the first round the much taller Pena went to touch gloves and tried to sucker punch Burts when they did. Burts got the first good punch in a right hook to the chin. Pena seemingly purposely threw Burts to the canvas very hard. Referee deWysocki gave no warning. Burts landed a wicked body shot with a left to the mid-section and Pena went down. He was up at 8 just prior to the bell. In the second round a right hook by Burts on the chin of Pena rocked him. Pena came back landing a wild right to the chin of Burts rocking him. That’s the way the round seemed to go.
In the third round Burts hurt Pena with a left to the chin. Referee deWysocki warned Pena about excessive holding. Pena was warned for trying to lift Burts off the canvas. Burts rocked Pena with a left to the chin. With his back on the ropes Burts landed two left hands to the chin of Pena. Pena landed several rights to the chin of Burts. In the fourth and final round Pena rocked Burts with a wild right to the head and forced him to the ropes. Burts was bleeding from the mouth and exhausted by the end of the bout.
Judge Gail Jasper scored it 38-37, judge John Grabowski had it 38-36 while judge Robert Rubnitz had it 39-36 as did this writer.
The Ring Announcer was Nino Buono. Shannon Tiberi did a great rendition of the National Anthem. A special tribute was given to Ron Horn who passed away earlier this month by giving him the “9 count”. Horn was quite active in DE and PA boxing for years. His son was to be on this show but obviously had no desire after his father’s death.
There were quite a few celebrities in attendance such as the former USBA Super Lightweight Champion Mike “No Joke” Stewart who will be inducted into the PAB HOF on May 20th in Philadelphia. Speaking of Philadelphia the ever popular Cruiserweight Garrett “The Ultimate” Warrior was in attendance. Also, introduced was DE cruiserweight Dan “Badda Bing” Biddle who was to perform on the card.