Hard Hitting Promotions – Will Ruiz with Matchmaker – Manny Rivera promoted before a full house. in the Main Event Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster, of Glassboro, NJ, lost to Gabriel Pham, of Pleasantville, NJ, at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday night. It was another good promotion by Hard Hitting.
In the Main Event 6’4″ southpaw Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster, 28-3 (14), #166, of Glassboro, NJ, came off the canvas twice in losing to 6’3″southpaw Gabriel Pham, 12-2 (5), of , Pleasantville, NJ, over 8 rounds.
In the first round in a battle of jabs a short left counter from Pham put Webster to the canvas and he was up that fast taking the 8-count from referee Ricky Vera. He looked more embarassed than hurt. In the second and third rounds both southpaws continued boxing well in close rounds. In the fourth round Pham stalked Webster who countered until a left on the chin from Pham knocked Webster into the ropes and down for an 8-count. He beat the count of referee Vera and got thru the round.
In the fifth round at the midway point Pham landed 4 punches to the head of Webster who shook it off. At the end of the round Pham scored a good combination. In the sixth round Pham started out with a right uppercut to the chin of Webster. In the sixth round both landed right hooks to the chin almost at the same time. Once again Pham seemed to outwork Webster.
In the seventh round it was back to boxing with Pham outworking Webster with the fans enjoying this all New Jersey bout. In the eighth and final round Webster knowing he was behind became more aggressive at the start before Pham put pressure on him. Webster halfway thru the round opened up driving Pham around the ring. Pham ended the round and the fight outlanding Webster before a well received fans.
Scores were Henry Grant 77-73, with Lawrence Layton and Alan Rubenstein having it the same as this writer 78-72.
The son of former heavyweight champion Bruce “Atlantic City Express” Seldon, middleweight Isiah “Zoo” Seldon, 15-3-1 (5), #159.4, of Somers Point, NJ, stopped Darryl “Dream King” Bunting, 4-7-2, (2), #162.6, of Asbury Park, NJ, at 0:34 of the second round of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round It was all Seldon the first minute rocking Bunting. Bunting came back only to be outworked by Seldon the rest of the way. In the second round a solid right on the chin from Seldon and Bunting went down for an 8-count from referee Dali. Upon rising Seldon jumped all over him having him out on his feet when referee Dali wisely called a halt.
In an all Puerto Rico match-up super featherweight Christian Tapia, 11-0 (10), #131, of Coamo, PR, stopped “Mongo” Colon, 5-3 (3), #129, of Hatillo, PR, at 2:02vof the fourth in a 6.
In the first round Tapia forced the action as Colon was swinging back backing up. Tapia outworked Colon. In the second round Tapia and Colon mixed it well. In the final seconds of the round a body shot dropped Colon for an 8-count from Referee Vera. Seconds later the bell sounded. In the fourth round Tapia dropped Colon with a left hook to the body and Colon took the full count on one knee from referee Ricky Vera.
Lightweight southpaw Jeremy “King” Cuevas, 13-1 (10), #140 ¼, of Philadelphia, PA, knocked out Nestor “El Torito” Hugo Paniagua, 26-10-2 (17), #137, of Sante Fe, ARG, at 2:55 of the second of a 6.
In the first round Cuevas completely outworked Paniagua though suffered a bloody nose. In the second round a Cuevas right followed by a left to the body and down went Paniagua. He beat the count of referee Eric Dali. Cuevas jumped all over him scoring a right on the chin and out went Paniagua face first for the count.
Light heavyweight Benny “Jewish Bulldog” Sinakin, 6-0 (3), #173.6, of Philadelphia, PA, defeated Nigerian Leroy “The Jackhammer” Jones, 3-8 2 (2), #174.2, of St. Louis, MO, over 4 rounds.
In the first round Sinakin had Jones in a corner going heavy to the body. On another occasion Sinakin landed 4 rights on the chin of Jones who then tied him up. In the second round Sinikan backed into a corner but fought his way out backing up Jones. In the third round Jones warned by referee Claudio for continuous holding. Seconds later took a point for again holding. In the fourth round another deduction for holding. Easy night for Sinakin.
Scores were Henry Grant, Lawrence Layton and Alan Rubenstein and this writer 40-34.
Lightweight Thomas “Stunna” Velasquez, 10-0-1 (6), #133 1/4, of Philadelphia, PA, stopped Gustavo “El Gusano” Molina, 24-22 (9), #134, of Tlaxcala, MEX, at 2:48 of the second of a 4.
In the first round it was all Velasquez hurting Molina with a right to the body halfway thru the round. In the second round Velasquez kept up the offense having his way with Molina. In the final 10 seconds of the round a left hook from Velazquez drove Molina back into the ropes. In the third round a combination of punches had Molina hurt. Halfway thru the round a half dozen unanswered punches dropped a defenseless Molina causing referee Claudio to wave it off immediately.
Ring Announcer was Mark Fratto.