The most loyal fans in Philly are the Spanish fans. All seven bouts had Spanish boxers on them. Matchmaker Manny Rivera and Promoter Will Ruiz of Hard Hitting Promotions promoted another solid sold out show with seven competitive fights from top to bottom.
In the Main Event unbeaten Philly heavyweight the 6:06 Darmani Rock, 13-0 (8), knocked out former WBA Fedelatin champion Cuban Pedro Julio “El Reguilete” Rodriguez, 23-6 (19), of Miami, FL, at 0:27 of the fourth round in a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first round Rock used an affective jab. Rodriguez came back with a combination to the head of Rock. Rodriguez walked into a right uppercut from Rock on the chin. Just prior to the bell ending the round Rodriguez landed a right to the chin of Rock.
In the second round Rock landed almost a dozen punches before Rodriguez landed a left hook to the chin. Rock landed a 3-punch combination before getting tied up by Rodriguez. Rodriguez landed a double jab followed by a right to the chin of Rock. Rock came back southpaw with several jabs before returning to orthodox. Rodriguez ended the round with a combination to the chin of Rock. Rodriguez went back to the corner with a slightly bloody nose.
In the fourth round Rodriguez landed two chopping rights to the head of Rock. The mouthpiece of Rodriguez came out. The action slowed down in this round. In the fourth round several body shots from Rock dropped Rodriguez for the count of referee Eric Dali.
Rock when asked by George Hanson covering for Facebook, what’s next he said “that’s up to my team.” Rock is trained by his father Wiz and assistant trainer Fred “Herc” Jenkins.
In the co-feature, hard hitting Philly southpaw Lightweight Jeremy “King” Cuevas, 11-0 (8), defeated veteran southpaw Jerome “The Messenger” Rodriguez, 7-10-3 (2), of Trenton, NJ, in a bloody 6 rounds.
In the first round Cuevas rushed out landing a right hook to the chin of Rodriguez in a battle of southpaws. Cuevas had Rodriguez against the ropes landing a hard right uppercut to the chin of Rodriguez. Cuevas landed a right uppercut to the chin as Rodriguez walked right into.
In the second round Rodriguez landed a lead left to the chin of Cuevas. Cuevas drove Rodriguez against the ropes with a flurry of punches. Cuevas drove Rodriguez against the ropes as both fighters were mixing it up. In the middle of the ring Rodriguez landed a left to the chin of Cuevas who came back with a left of his own to the chin.
In the third round Cuevas rocked Rodriguez with a left to the chin. Rodriguez came back with a flurry causing Cuevas a bloody nose. Cuevas drove Rodriguez back with a solid left to the chin just prior to the bell. At the end of the round Rodriguez was cut.
In the fourth round Cuevas went on the attack rocking Rodriguez with several left hand shots to the head. An overhand left from Cuevas rocked Rodriguez. The fans really got into the fight in this round as both fighters bleeding mixed it up. Cuevas landed three body shots just before the bell.
In the fifth round Cuevas backed Rodriguez into the corner with a flurry of punches. Cuevas chased Rodriguez to the other side of the ring landing two right hooks to the head. Both fighters were bleeding again. Cuevas landed half a dozen unanswered punches having Rodriguez against the ropes.
In the sixth and final round Cuevas started with several jabs but was countered with a Rodriguez left to the chin. Cuevas landed a chopping left to the head of Rodriguez. The cut on the forehead of Cuevas was running down his face while Rodriguez was cut outside the right eye causing blood to run. Cuevas ended the round with several punches in a good action fight. Cut-man Joey Eye kept Cuevas cut stopped for the most part. Rodriguez is a slick boxer while Cuevas is a hard hitter.
“We knew he was a tough guy in with good fighters. I wanted a knockout and failed to get it tonight. I’m a killer and that’s what we do. I want to go back to the drawing board and work on things. I appreciate all the support from the fans,” said Cuevas.
Scores were Rubenitz and Worlinsky 59-55 with a 60-54 by Weisfeld. This writer had it 59-55.
Super Featherweight from PR, Gadwin “Abayarde” Rosa, 8-0 (7), out of Ocala, FL, stopped Aldimar Silva, 21-14 (13), of Sao Paulo, BRZ, at 0:41 of the first round in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Rosa landed a right and left to the chin of Silva and down he went. Upon getting up Rosa was all over him having him against the ropes when referee Clark wisely called a halt.
Popular 18 year-old crowd pleaser Branden “The Gift” Pizarro, 12-1 (6), of the North Philly Bad Lands destroyed Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson, 6-19-6 (0), of Pittsburgh, PA, at 2:21 of the second round of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Pizarro is backing up Johnson who has been warned twice for infractions. Johnson landed a right to the chin of Pizarro. Pizarro tore into Johnson with a flurry of punches. Once again referee Dali warned Johnson for hitting on the break. Pizarro landed a solid left hook to the chin of Johnson at the bell.
In the second round a left hook from Pizarro to the body dropped Johnson for an 8 count from referee Dali. Pizarro dropped Johnson with a right to the chin for another 8 count. Upon rising Pizarro tore into Johnson with three solid punches to the head dropping him again as referee Dali immediately called a halt to the delight of Pizarro’s many fans. Pizarro is trained by his father Angel Pizarro.
“I give all the glory to God and my family. I fought a veteran tonight and we had some words at the weigh-in but this is my town. I will be back here on the 16th of next month,” said Pizarro
Lightweight Christian Tapia, 6-0 (5), of Coamo, PR, knocked out Hector Marengo, 7-14-4 (4), of Arecibo, PR, at 2:02 of the second round.
In the first round Tapia landed the first punch a lead right to the ribs of Marengo. Tapia followed Marengo around the ring landing an occasional right to the head. In the second round Tapia had Marengo against the ropes and dug in with a vicious left hook to the body dropping Marengo for the count of referee Dali.
Debuting Philly Light Heavyweight Benny “The Jewish Bulldog” Sinakin, 1-0 (0), defeated Dominican Alex Lara, 1-1 (1), of Manhattan, NY, over 4 rounds.
In the first round, Sinakin jumped all over Lara working the body. Lara kept smiling toward his corner. Lara seemed to take over during the middle of the round before Sinakin rocked him with a left hook. Referee Shawn Clark warned Lara for a low blow. Sinakin drove Lara into the ropes with a flurry of punches. Lara was warned for hitting behind the head.
In the third round both fighters mixed it up well. Sinakin was warned for holding. Inside Sinakin landed two chopping rights to the head of Lara. A left hook from Sinakin dropped Lara to a knee but he jumped up as referee Clark gave him the 8 count. In the fourth and final round Lara landed a solid right to the chin of Sinakin. Lara was missing as many punches as he was landing. It was a good debut for Sinakin who had many fans cheering him on.
Scores were all 40-35 while this writer had it 39-36.
In the opening bout Marcos Suarez, 5-0-2 (1), of the Bronx, NY, and southpaw Israel “Macho” Suarez, 4-6-3 (1), of Luquillo, PR, fought to a majority draw over 4 rounds.
In the first round it was a feeling out round with Marcos Suarez having a slight edge. The ring physician went to the corner of Marcos Suarez who had a cut on his forehead from a clash of heads. In the second round Marcos Suarez took over while blood from the cut on his forehead was smeared all over his face.
In the third round Marcos Suarez knowing the fight may be stopped due to so much blood coming down from his forehead above his left eye he was trying to take Israel out. Israel landed a good right hook to the chin of Marcos. In the fourth and final round Marcos continued to force the action. Marcos got warned for low blows by referee Eric Dali. Israel forced Marcos to the ropes with a flurry of punches. Marcos ended the fight with several punches to the chin of Israel.
Scores were Rubenitz 40-36 for Marcos Suarez while Weisfeld and Worlinsky had it 38-38. This writer had it 39-37 for Marcos Suarez.
The ring announcer was Mark Fratto. Hard Hitting Promotions will be back on November 16th.