Kings Promotions Kings Promotions – Marshall Kauffman and Dr. Andrew Hoy were at the 2300 Arena in South Philly on Friday featuring in the Main Event Super Middleweight Brandon “Brob” Robinson, of Upper Darby, PA, defeating Martez McGregor, of Maywood, IL, over 8 rounds.
In the Main Event Middleweight Brandon “Brob” Robinson, 14-2 (9), #165, of Upper Darby, PA, defeated Martez McGregor, 8-3 (6), #166, of Maywood, IL, over 8 rounds.
In the first round there was little action but Robinson forced what was landing the best punch a left hook to the chin of McGregor at the 10 second warning ending the round. In the second round Robinson landed several left hooks to the chin of McGregor who did little in return.
In the third round McGregor landed a 3-punch combination to the body and head of Robinson. There were not many clean punches from both fighters in the round. In the fourth round Robinson landed a right to the body that was countered by a left hook to the chin by McGregor. McGregor got the better of the two inside. Robinson may have stolen the round in the last 10 seconds with several left hooks to the chin followed by a right to the chin of McGregor.
In the fifth round Robinson continued landing his left hook in a wild swinging fight by both fighters. In the sixth round most of the fighting was inside with too much holding. Robinson landed a good left hook to the chin while McGregor countered with a pair of rights to the chin.
In the seventh round Robinson landed a solid right to the chin of McGregor. McGregor continued to force the action until a low punch from Robinson caused Referee Eric Dali to give him a rest. Both fighters landed left hooks to the chin at the same time. Robinson again was warned for low blows by the Referee Dali at the conclusion of the round.
In the eighth and final round it was like a tug of war with too much holding and a very sloppy ending to the fight.
Scores were Bernard Bruni 78-74, both Marc Worlensky andMark Consentino had it 77-75 while 76-76 by this writer.
Super Lightweight former PA Lightweight champion Philly’s Naim “The Dream” Nelson, 14-4-1nc (1), #137.8, used his experience easily defeating Roy “The Animal” McGill, 6-4 (3), #137.8, of Harrisburg, PA, over 6 rounds.
In the first round both fighters landed body shots but their jabs were falling short. It was a close round with McGill taking the first half and Nelson the second half. In the second round after a minute Nelson landed a hard right to the body of McGill. Halfway through the round Nelson landed a solid right to the chin of McGill. In the final 10 seconds Nelson rocked McGill with a right to the chin.
In the third round Nelson’s movement around the ring had McGill set-up for body shots then quickly moving away. Near the end of the round McGill landed a pair of body shots but got countered with a right on the chin from Nelson. In the fourth round Nelson landed 3-punch combinations and double left hooks to the chin as McGill kept his hands high and did little on the offense.
In the fifth round Nelson continued to show his much better ring generalship having twice as many fights kept outworking McGill. In the sixth and final round Nelson landed the best punch of the fight with an overhand right to the head of McGill then moved away as McGill missed with rights. Whenever McGill scored inside Nelson tied him up. McGill couldn’t pull the trigger while Nelson would hit and move. There were very little jabs landing in this one. Nelson is one of the most likeable you men you will ever know in boxing.
Scores were Werlinsky 58-56, Constatino 60-54, and Rubenstein 59-55 as did this writer have it.
West Philly’s Super Lightweight Damon “Baby Dane” Allen, 16-1-1 (5), #138.9, returning to Philly rings first time since June of 2015 put on a “clinic” winning all 6 rounds over Dieumerci “Elephant” Nzau, 11-10 (8), #139, of Congo out of Silver Springs, MD, 6 rounds.
In the first round Allen “owned” Nzau with that “old Philly” style using the jab followed by several body shots. A left hook in the final minute from Allen to the chin of Nzau had him turned to southpaw before quickly back to orthodox. Allen had Nzau missing throughout the round.
In the second round inside a right uppercut from Allen on the chin of Nzau followed by a left hook to the body got the fans excited. Allen landed a left hook with Nzau missing two wild left hooks.
In the third round Allen, being well schooled by his father-trainer Damon with Danny Davis cut-man. He told this writer at the weigh-in “I came back to Philly in my grandfathers (Mitch Allen) memory”. He’s been with Golden Boy mostly on the west coast for the past five years. Allen landed three left hooks with the first to the neck of Nzau.
In the fourth round Nzau warned for hitting during a break by Referee Riskus. Allen rocked Nzau with a straight right on the chin. Halfway through the round a left hook from Allen to the chin rocked Nzau. Nzau pinned Allen against the ropes but was hit with several uppercuts to the body backing him off. Nzau has been frustrated throughout the bout.
In the fifth round Allen continued to put on a “clinic” with combinations and a very effective jab. His left hooks landing almost at will to the chin of Nzau. In the sixth and final round Nzau warned for using his head inside by Referee Rskus. Allen continued landing left hooks to the head and right uppercuts to the body. Allen looked sharp and his many fans in the audience cheered him on throughout. Nzau was frustrated throughout. His trainer was very vocal at press conference but quiet tonight.
Scores were 60-54 by all 3 judges including this writer.
Bantam Super Model, Avril Mathie, 4-0 (2), of Sydney, Australia out of Miami, FL, #117.4, defeated Karen Dulin, 3-21-1 (1), #118.2, of North Kingstown, RI, over 4 rounds.
In the first round Mathie outlanded Dulin mainly with a jab and some rights on the chin while inside. In the second round Mathie was quicker with her hands countering the ever coming forward Dulin. In the third round Mathie countered with rights to the chin of Dulin again outworking her. In the fourth and final round Dulin never stopped trying but was hit by too many counter punches.
Scores were 40-36 by Werlinsky, Rubenstein and Bruni and this writer.
Welter Shinard Bunch, 3-1-1nd (4), #147.4, out of Trenton, NJ, and southpaw Vinny Floyd, 4-8-1 (2), was ruled a no decison after an accidental clash of heads stopped the contest in the third round, of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Bunch landed a right to the body and a left on the chin dropping Floyd for an 8 count from Referee Dali. Floyd got back up holding his own but Funch showed too much power with the right hand. In the second round southpaw Floyd landed a lead left on the chin of Bunch. A right from Bunch on the chin of Floyd drove him into the corner causing Referee Dali to give him a standing count since the corner kept him from going down. Floyd did well up to that point. Bunch was ahead 20-16 after 2 rounds.
In the third round the taller Floyd doesn’t have defense enough to stop Bunch’s rights to his chin. What was a head butt on top of Floyd already cut outside of his right eye. The Ring Physican called a halt. The ruling was no decision since the bout hadn’t completed 4 rounds.
South Philly Jr. Middle southpaw Ryan Umberger, 3-0 (3), #156, stopped Leon DeShields, 0-7 #161, of Camden, NJ via Wilmington, DE, at 2:49 of the first round with a pair of knockdowns in a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round DeShields rushed in and was dropped with a solid right hook on the chin from southpaw Umberger. After about a minute of action DeShields had Umberger against the ropes landing short rights to the chin. Umberger got back into the fight dropping DeShields with a right hook to the side of the head. Upon rising on unsteady legs Referee Riskus wisely waved it off.
Philly Welter James “No Game” Martin, 5-1, #146.4, defeated Juan “Vera Cruz” Rodriguez, 8-16-1 (6), #145.3, of Haymarket, VA, 4 rounds.
In the first round both fighters mixed it up well. Martin hurt Rodriguez and jumped on him but got countered. In the final minute Rodriguez buckled the knees of Martin as a knee hit the canvas with the referee Riskus ruling a knockdown. Martin came back again rocking Rodriguez who looked at the canvas as if he stepped on a loose canvas.
In the second round both fighters picked up where they left off as Martin had Rodriguez out on his feet holding on. No fewer than 6 times did Rodriguez grab Martin without a warning. In the third round a body shot from Martin followed by half a dozen unanswered body shots had Rodriguez holding on. Referee Riskus finally warned Rodriguez about holding. Right up to the bell they were slugging it out with Rodriguez holding when it got too hot.
In the fourth and final round Rodriguez was warned about rushing in with his head forcing Martin to the ropes. Rodriguez landed several good rights to the chin while Martin kept his punches to the body. Martin hurt Rodriguez several times to the body causing Rodriguez to continuously grabbing him.
Scores were 39-37 by Rubenstein and Constatino while Bruni had it 38-37 with this writer having it 38-36.
Cruiser southpaw Nicoy “Bang Bang” Clarke, 2-5 (0), #198.7, Jersey City, NJ, was stopped by technical knockout by Angel “Gallitoo” Rivera, 4-1 (3), #193.3, of Harrisburg, PA, at 1:41 of the second round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round immediately Rivera landed a lead right to the chin of Clarke. In a heated exchange the mouthpiece of Rivera came out. Clarke spent the better part of the round rushing in with little success as Rivera countered him well. Rivera
In the second round even against the ropes Rivera countered the body of the heavier Clarke who began to fold and finally a flurry drove Clarke to the canvas sideways and onto his back with his head hitting the bottom strand. Referee Dali wisely immediately waved it off.
Good solid undercard with a good lively crowd. Kings returns Saturday at the Santander Arena in Reading with a dynamite Showtime card.