By David R. Ruff
On Oct. 5, 2019, Dee Lee Promotions, along with matchmaker Nick Tiberi, presented a night of boxing at the PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware.
In the main event, the weights were 138 and 138: Hammering Hank Lundy, from Philly, record of 29-8-1, 14 KOs, weighing 138 boxed for eight rounds against Robert “Red Hot” Frankel, record of 37-22-1 with 8 KOs, weighing 138. Frankel, from Denver, lost to Lundy in the eight-round welterweight main event. Frankel did hang tough, but Lundy was just too fast. This was their first time boxing in Delaware.
In the semi-windup for the WBC USNBC super-middleweight title, Chris “Sandman” Thomas, 13-0-1, 8 KOs, weighing 173, from Toms River, NJ, lost in an eight-round decision to Roy “Bang Bang” King, 11-4-1 with 6 KOs, weighing 172, from Johnson City, Tennessee. King won the WBC USNBC super-middleweight title.
In a main preliminary bout for four rounds, Antoine Taylor, 216 lbs, 4-12-1, with 1 KO, weighing 216, from Cincinnati, KO’d Stefan “The Freak” Talabisco, 4-0, 4 KOs, 263 lbs, from Elsmere, DE. Taylor took the fight to Talabisco, knocking out the big guy in two rounds, with Talabisco’s head getting bounced around like a ball. It took some time to get Talabisco up. In this writer’s view, Talabisco should not fight again. I wish he would just hang it up. I think he’s a nice guy.
Vinnie “Hollywood” Kirkley, 3-1, 3 KOs, weighing 144, from New Castle, DE, starting out with a new gym and new trainer, Herb Chapman, fought to a draw with Zaymer Brothers, making his pro debut, at 148, from Philly.
They had a good fight on the card, fighting to a draw. The KOP gym made a good showing for their first time out with Kirkley. Talabisco and Kirkley were the only Delaware fighters on the card, with Kirkley drawing a lot of fans after he had two other boxers pull out. He made a good show of it.
San Long “Cold Blood” Meng, 15-0, 9 KOs, weighing 176, from Chifeng, China, TKO’d at 132 of the second round of a six-round bout Gilberto “Locomota” Rubio, 9-8, 6 KOs, weighing 181, from Los Mochis, Mexico.
Meng stopped Rubio with a body shot.
Karen Bulin, 3-20-1, 1 KO, weighing 119, of Providence, RI, lost a decision to Unique Harris, 0-3, weighing 121, of Philly. Harris won a four-round unanimous decision.
All in all it was a good night of boxing, with only two local Delaware fighters on the card.