Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions and Andrew Foy’s Titans Boxing co-promoted an All Philly Main Event for the Pennsylvania Junior Middleweight title Friday at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
Junior Middleweight State champion Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, 28-7-2 (25), of North Philly, defended his state title stopping World Boxing Federation champion Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis, 18-14-1 (7), of West Philly, in a PA State Junior Middleweight Title defense at 2:11 of the ninth round in a scheduled 10.
In the first round Davis was the aggressor until a Brunson right on the chin rocked him halfway through the round. Davis got right back in it using his jab but Brunson landed another right in the final minute of the round. In the second round Brunson landed a left hook on the chin but Davis ducked under a follow-up right.
In the third round a Brunson right cross landed on the chin of an incoming Davis. Brunson outworked Davis for the most part. In the fourth round Davis walked into a left uppercut from Brunson on the chin. Brunson landed a double jab on the chin of Davis. Davis and Brunson exchanged jabs at the same time.
In the fifth round Davis landed a right uppercut on the chin of Brunson. Brunson came back with a right cross on the chin. Brunson landed a right cross on the chin getting the attention of the crowd. Brunson started clowning near the end of the round. These two fighters know each other very well.
In the seventh round Brunson landed a solid left hook to the chin of Davis who never stopped coming forward. In the eighth round Brunson finally landed the punch he was looking for all night a chopping right on the chin dropping Davis on his back. There is no quit in Davis who was fortunate to get through the round in the final seconds.
In the ninth round Brunson dropped a game Davis again with a right on the chin. Referee Gary Rosato saw enough in what the corner of Davis should have seen and did what the referee did.
Brunson had won every round up to the end over a game Davis.
In the co-feature Super Middleweight Joseph George, 9-0 (6), of Houston, TX, won all 8 rounds over southpaw Oscar Riojas, 18-11-1 (7), of Monterrey, MEX, in an 8.
In the first round it was all George coming forward throwing combinations as southpaw Riojas was on the defense hands high using a jab trying to keep George off of him. In the second round Riojas became the aggressor using a jab keeping George from starting an offense. Riojas walked into a right on the chin from George. George was warned for a low blow by referee Gary Rosato. Morgan landed several hard body shots on Riojas.
From the third through the fifth George kept the attack going but landed few combinations against the durable Riojas. Riojas had gone the distance with Brandon Robinson, Derrick Webster and Christopher Brooker in the past two years.
In the sixth round George landed a solid left hook to the body. Seconds later George drove Riojas back several steps with a right on the chin. George used a good lead right that landed for the most part throughout the round against Riojas.
In the seventh round George outworked Riojas who at the end of the round forced George back into the corner at the bell. In the eighth and final round Riojas was in survival mode. George used a double jab missing with the right. George kept trying for the knockout but Riojas would not stand still long enough to oblige.
Scores were all 80-72 by judges Morgan, LaRosa and Lacend along with this writer.
Welterweight Jerrico “Hands of Stone” Walton, 11-0 (7), of Houston, TX, scored a technical knockout over Cesar Soriano Berumen, 26-41-3 (16), of Distrito, MEX, at 1:39 of the first round of a scheduled 6.
In the first round Walton controlled the action coming forward. Halfway through the round a lead right from Walton landed on the chin of Berumen and down he went. As he got up barely beating the count of referee Gary Rosato, Berumen limped back toward his corner forcing the referee to wave the fight off.
Super Featherweight Antonio “Tony the Tiger ” Dubose, 10-2-1 (2), of West Philly, scored a knockdown winning all 6 rounds on the score cards over Danny “El Donato” Flores, 15-15-1 (8), of Mexico City, MEX, over 6 rounds.
In the first round Dubose landed first with a left hook to the body. After about a minute, Dubose landed a solid left hook to the chin rocking Flores. Dubose was the aggressor hurting Flores with a left hook to the body. With seconds left in the round referee Gary Rosato separated the fighters when Flores landed a light jab on the chin of Dubose and was warned by the referee to break clean. Flores reached out to Dubose as they touched gloves.
In the second round Dubose drove Flores back into the rope, landing a double right to the body and a chopping right to the side of the head of Flores. Flores landed a hard left hook to the chin of Dubose. Dubose landed a right uppercut to the chin while inside with seconds to go in the round.
In the third round Flores landed a left hook to the body of Dubose. Dubose landed a hard lead right to the chin hurting Flores who grabbed Dubose into a clinch. Dubose was all over Flores who tried smothering Dubose. Dubose landed five unanswered punches to the head and body without return. Suddenly Flores lashed out with a solid left hook to the chin making the legs of Dubose wobble forcing him to hold on as the bell came to his rescue.
In the fourth round Flores came out moving around the ring as Dubose was chasing him. Dubose finally caught up to Flores landing four punches to the chin. Dubose landed a flurry of punches to the body and head causing Flores to drop to a knee. He beat the count of referee Rosato with seconds remaining in the round. He was saved by the bell.
In the fifth round once again Flores was running for about a minute when Dubose caught up to him landing a right cross on the chin. Halfway through the round Dubose landed a 3-punch combination starting with a right to the chin, left hook to the body and a right on the chin of Flores.
In the sixth and final round Flores landed the first punch a left hook on the chin of Dubose. Flores landed another left hook to the body seconds later. Dubose landed a solid right to the body of Flores. Flores knowing he needed a knockout threw occasional left hooks but not connecting. Dubose was warned for an accidental head butt. The ring physician checked Flores who was cut over the left eye.
Scores were Lacend, LaRosa and Weisfeld all 60-53. This writer had it 59-54. Head trainer for Dubose was Buster Custus, assistant trainers were former world junior middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines and former boxer Anthony Shuler.
Super Lightweight Nahir “Woo Woo” Albright, 6-1 (2), of Philly, knocked out Roy “The Animal” McGill, 6-2 (3), of Harrisburg, PA, at 1:10 of the second round. It was a sensational showing by Albright.
In the first round Albright was the aggressor walking into a right on the chin. He came right back driving McGill back several steps with a combination on the chin. Albright landed a lead right to the body of McGill. Albright used a good jab controlling the action for the most part.
In the second round Albright landed a double left hook on the chin dropping McGill for the 8 count of referee Franciosi. Albright jumped on McGill landing punch after punch until McGill collapsed. Referee Franciosi wisely waved it off.
Featherweight Yeuri “Dinamita” Andujar, 3-1 (3), of San Cristohal, DR, out of Reading, PA, suffered his first loss coming off the canvas in the last round losing to Weusi “The Truth” Johnson, 3-10 (0), of Wilmington, DE, over 4 rounds.
In the first round both fighters mixed it up well with Johnson landing effective jabs. Halfway through the round Andujar landed a left hook to the chin. Johnson landed a jab and a right hand on the chin of Andujar. Both fighters were throwing punches at the bell with Johnson landing a good left hook on the chin.
In the second round Andujar swarmed all over Johnson for the most part with a two fisted body attack. Johnson kept him at bay with a jab but little else. In the third round Andujar tried landing a big right but was countered by a left hook from Johnson on the chin. Referee Franciosi warned Andujar for hitting behind the head. Andujar rocked Johnson with a right on the chin. Just prior to the bell Johnson rocked Andujar with a right on the chin.
In the fourth and final round Andujar walked into a Johnson right on the chin and went down. Referee Franciosi gave him the 8 count. Johnson was all over him as both fighters were throwing punches. Johnson landed rights to the chin as Andujar was coming in. Johnson and Andujar received warnings from referee Franciosi. Both fighters were throwing punches at the bell.
Scores were Weisfeld, 38-37 Andujar, while Morgan and LaRosa had it 38-37 Johnson same as this writer. Trainer Doug Pettiford was in the corner of Johnson along with Omar Douglas, Sr. assisting him.
Welterweight Rasheed “Sugar Sheed” Johnson, 5-2 (1), of Philly won a disputed split decision over southpaw Vincent Floyd, 4-6-1 (2), of Philly, over 6 action packed rounds.
In the first round the southpaw Floyd landed the first punch a left on the chin of Johnson. Johnson came back seconds later landing a right on the chin of Floyd. Johnson landed a right uppercut to the body of Floyd just prior to the end of the round.
In the second round Floyd came right out landing a left on the chin of Johnson. Seconds later Johnson landed a right on the chin of Floyd. Floyd backed Johnson up with four unanswered punches before Johnson landed a right on the chin of Floyd.
In the third round Floyd once again came out firing punches as Johnson countered with jabs. Floyd backed Johnson against the ropes with a flurry of punches. Johnson landed several rights on the chin of Floyd. Floyd drove Johnson back into the ropes with a left on the chin. Johnson got off the ropes as Floyd followed him inside and landed half a dozen short lefts on the chin of Johnson while his right was being held.
In the fourth round Johnson got caught with a solid right hook to the chin by Floyd. Johnson loaded up his right aiming it but not releasing it as much as he should. Floyd was outworking him. In the fifth round Johnson missed with a right but landed a follow-up left on the chin of Floyd. Floyd drove Johnson into a neutral corner with a flurry of punches.
In the sixth and final round Floyd continued as the aggressor using a left over his jab. Johnson landed a lead right on the chin of Floyd rallying with too little too late.
Scores were Morgan and Weisfeld 58-56 Johnson and LaRosa along with this writer had it 58-56 Floyd. The Referee was Gary Rosato.
Outstanding prospect Super Bantamweight southpaw “Sugar Sheen” Rasheen Brown, 3-0 (0), of Philly, scored a knockout winning all 4 rounds over a game Hugo Rodriguez, 0-3 (0), of Monterrey, MEX, over 4 rounds.
In the first round southpaw Brown took control boxing well with the jab landing a solid left to the chin of Rodriguez who shook his head. Rodriguez started throwing wild punches but Brown avoided every one of them. Brown was in control for the entire round.
In the second round Brown landed a double jab to the chin of Rodriguez who tried rushing in but not landing anything. Brown landed a right hook to the chin dropping Rodriguez who easily beat the count of referee Rosato. Brown was warned for hitting behind the head by referee Rosato. Brown landed several left hooks on the chin of Rodriguez who couldn’t seem to land a punch. Brown who was an outstanding amateur is showing excellent moves.
In the third round Rodriguez charged right into a Brown left uppercut. Rodriguez landed a left hook to the chin but got countered by a left hook from Brown on the chin. Brown landed six individual jabs on the chin of Rodriguez over about a half a minute. Brown landed a combination on the chin having the crowd cheering. Rodriguez was clowning and Brown was teaching him a lesson.
In the fourth and final round Brown continues to paint the face of the oncoming Rodriguez with his jab. Rodriguez landed a right on the chin but got countered by a solid left on the chin by Brown. Brown landed a right hook on the chin of Rodriguez. Brown landed four unanswered left uppercuts on the chin of Rodriguez.
All 3 judges Morgan, Lacend and LaRosa along with this writer had it 40-35. Brown is an excellent prospect. His trainer Buster Custus and assistant Anthony Shuler worked the corner.
Super Welterweight James “No Game” Martin, 4-0 (0), of North Philly, won all 4 rounds defeating Rick Pyle, Jr., 1-2 (0), of Harrisburg, PA, in a 4.
In the first round Martin kept coming forward using an effective jab. He landed a right on the chin of Pyle seconds later. A right from Martin was blocked but a following left hook landed on the chin of Pyle. Martin ended the round with a right on the shoulder and a left on the chin of Pyle. Martin is the son of Jerry “The Bull” Martin the former title challenger.
In the second round Martin landed a left hook on the chin while Pyle countered with a right on the chin of Martin. Martin drove Pyle back several steps with a combination on the chin. In the third round Martin continued using an effective left jab and hook. Pyle used a jab as his defense. Martin had Pyle in a corner landing a flurry of punches near the end of the round.
In the fourth and final round Martin continued landing the left but his right hasn’t connected much so far in the fight. Pyle landed a jab followed by a right to the chin of Martin. Martin landed a slashing left hook to the chin of Pyle that seemed to bother him. Martin had Pyle against the ropes as the fight ended.
All 3 judges Lacend, Morgan and LaRosa along with this writer had it 40-36. Martin’s corner had “Bozy” Ennis assisting.
Light Heavyweight Kendall Cannida, 3-1 (1), of Philly, knocked out Angel Quinones “Ballito” Rivera, 4-1 (3), of San Juan, PR, out of Harrisburg, PA, at 2:59 of the first round of a scheduled 4.
In the first round the taller Rivera used a left hook as Cannida kept coming inside. Rivera landed a left hook to the chin knocking out the mouthpiece of Cannida. Rivera landed several right uppercuts to the body with Cannida countering with a left hook on the chin that dropped Rivera to his knees. When he tried getting up he fell back and down again as referee Franciosi waved it off.
Super Lightweight southpaw Shamar Fulton Banks, 1-0-1 (0), of West Philly ended at 2:15 of the first round with Christoper Burgos, 1-4-1 (1), of Philly, was ruled a no contest. Fighters banged heads causing Burgos not able to continue due to a cut on the bridge of his nose. It was a scheduled 4 rounds which have to be completed in order to render a decision.
In the first round southpaw Banks rushed forward throwing a left hand that didn’t connect. After a minute Burgos landed a left to the chin of Fulton whose gloves touched the canvas but Referee David Franciosi ruled it a slip. Halfway through the round both fighters banged heads. Burgos had a cut across the bridge of his nose walked away with his eyes blinking the referee called in the ring physician. The contest was stopped (due to a broken nose?) ruling the bout a no contest.
The Ring Announcer was Mark Fratto and the Timekeeper was Fred Blumstein. It was a good crowd treated to a fine night of boxing in spite of the bad weather outside.