TGB Promotions – Tom Brown and Sampson Lewkowicz Premier Boxing Champions brought in Philadelphia’s Julian “J-Rock” Williams in his first title defense of his WBA, IBF and IBO World Super Welterweight titles Saturday at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia, but being upset by Jeison “Banana” Rosario by stoppage in the fifth round on USA FOX and FS1 doing prelim’s.
In the Main Event Julian “J-Rock” Williams, 27-2-1 (16), #153.4, out of Philadelphia, PA, was upset by stoppage to the No. 5 IBF and No. 9 WBA ranked Dominican Jeison “Banana” Rosario, 20-1-1 (14), #153.3, out of Miami, FL, at 1:37 of the fifth round in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Williams had the edge landing rights on the chin of Rosario. In the second round Williams was out landed by Rosario who ended the round well. Williams had a cut on the left eye lid. In the third round William was bothered by the cut while Rosario had a good round. In the fourth round Rosales continued to do well except Williams landed the best punch of the round a right to the chin of Rosales.
In the fifth round Rosales hurt Williams with a right uppercut on the chin following with a left. Williams grabbed Rosales trying to tackle him and fell to the canvas. He barely got up and Rosales jumped all over him landing half a dozen punches when referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. wisely called a halt. Both fighters were very gracious afterwards. A rematch would be interesting with this writer having it even after 4 rounds.
“It wasn’t surprised he was so good. I told everybody he was a real fighter. I have to accept it. The cut blurred my vision a little bit but it wasn’t the reason I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We’ve got a rematch clause. I’ll see him again soon. I’ll be back,” said Williams. Rosales said “I’m so emotional in this moment right now. When I lost my last fight I said I would never lose again until I become the champion of the world and that’s what happened tonight. I came prepared. I knew before the fight I was going to win it.” “I would have started doing training camps a little earlier if I had known these were going to be the results. Thanks to Philadelphia and to Julian Williams. Without this opportunity I wouldn’t be champion today,” said Rosario.
In the co-feature No. 3 WBA ranked Chris “Prime Time” Colbert, 14-0 (5), #129.8, out of Brooklyn, NY, defeated former WBA Super Featherweight champion now ranked No. 10 southpaw Jezzrel Corrales, 23-4 (9), #129.4, out of San Miguelito, Panama, for the interim WBA World Super Featherweight title over 12 dull rounds.
In the first round both boxers felt one another out with Corrales pressing the fight. In the second round Corrales out landed Colbert. In the third round the Philly fans started booing due to the lack of action with Colbert loading up and Corrales scoring to the body. In the fourth and fifth rounds Corrales has made Colbert miss quite a bit. Colbert picked up Corrales and fortunately for both didn’t throw him.
In the sixth and seventh rounds Corrales landed combinations to the chin of frustrated Colbert. In the ninth round referee Clark warned Corrales twice for holding and not Colbert for using his forearm. In the tenth round Colbert finally landed a solid right on the top of the head of Corrales dropping him for an 8-count by referee Clark. In the eleventh round Colbert threw Corrales thru the ropes. The commentators have been pro-Colbert the entire fight.
In the twelfth and final round Corrales warned again and again for holding and walking Colbert to the ropes. Philly fans came thru a snow storm and deserved better than this for a co-feature and their booing was warranted.
Referee Shawn Clark, Judges Steve Weisfeld and Dewey LaRosa 117-119 and Dave Braslow 116-111 for Colbert while this writer had it 116-111 for Corrales.
Super Welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 28-3-1 (10), #153.5, out of Millville, NJ, suffered a mild upset as hard punching Jorge “El Demuno” Cota, 30-4 (27), #153.2, out of Los Mochas, MEX, stopped him at 1:22 of the fifth round of a scheduled 10.
In the first round Cota had LaManna against the ropes most of the round bloodying his mouth. In the second round Cota continues going from orthodox to southpaw and back again having LaManna on the ropes. In the third round Cota continued out punching LaManna who did get in some rights but can’t depend on out boxing Cota.
In the fourth round LaManna couldn’t out slug Cota though LaManna has always been a good boxer but he can’t seem to hold off the harder punching Cota. In the fifth round Cota used good uppercuts having LaManna almost defenseless when his corner signals to stop the fight to referee Rosato. LaManna’s face looked swollen and his mouth bleeding from the first round.
Middleweight Kyron “Shut It Down” Davis, 15-2 (6), #159.3, out of Wilmington, DE, stopped Antonio Todd, 7-3 (4), #157.8, out of Atlanta, GA, in the fourth round of a scheduled 8.
Super Welterweight Paul “The Punisher” Kroll, 7-0 (6), #148.8, out of Philadelphia, PA, stopped Marcel “Celly Rivers” Rivers, 7-3 (4), #147.3, out of Philadelphia, PA, scoring a knockdown in 3rd and two in the 4th and final round at 0:49 of the fourth in a scheduled 8.
Middleweight 19 year-old Joey “The Small Town Soldier” Spencer, 10-0 (7), #155.9, out of Linden, MI, defeated southpaw Erik Spring, 13-4-2 (1), #155, out of Reading, PA, over 6 rounds.
In the first round Spencer forced the action while the taller southpaw Spring made it close. In the second round Spencer woke up the crowd with a lead right to the chin of Spring halfway thru the round. In the fourth and fifth rounds it was Spring for the second straight round pressing the action.
In the sixth and final round a left hook on the chin from Spencer sent Spring back several steps in the final ten seconds.
Referee Eric Dali and Judges Lederman, Morgan and Worlinsky scored it 60-54 while this writer had it 59-55.
Welterweight 17 year-old Vito “White Majic” Mielnicki,Jr., 4-0 (3), #146, out of Roseland, NJ, defeated southpaw Preston “Italian Stallion” Wilson, 6-4-1 (4), #146.1, out of Parkersburg, West Virginia, over 4 rounds.
In the first two rounds were close though Mielnicki outlanded Wilson. In the third round Mielnicki hurt Wilson making him hold on. In the fourth and last round Mielnicki had Wilson holding again. Mielnicki was a standout amateur and landed good right hand punches to head and body. This was a competitive fight.
Scores were 40-36 along with this writer.
Super Bantamweight Romuel “Cuco” Cruz, 4-0-1 (2), #122.2, of PR out of Philadelphia, PA, stopped Julia Garcia, 3-4 (2), #123.3, out of Madison, WI, at 2:56 of the first round.
In the first round a right hook from Cruz dropped Garcia. A right to the body dropped Cruz for a second time. Referee Esteves isely waved it off after Garcia beat the count but was in no condition to continue.
Featherweight Miguel Roman, 1-0 (0), #118.6, out of Philadelphia, PA, defeated Antonio Lucaine, 0-3 (0), #119.7, out of Mt. Vernon, NY, over 4 rounds.
Scores were 40-35 and 39-36 twice.
Heavyweight Norman Neely, 5-0 (5), #241.5, out of Paterson, NJ, knocked out Larry Knight, 4-23-1 (1), #250.3, out of Birmingham, GA, at 1:21 of the first round in a scheduled 4.