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NBC results: Mchunu decisions Wilson; Dargan gets off floor to stop Perez   Leave a comment

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Mashantucket, CT (September 20, 2014) – In the main event of the afternoon, Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) easily counter-punched Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) for the better part of 10 rounds and earned a wide unanimous decision victory. The official scores were 96-93, 99-90 and 98-91, all for Mchunu, who retained his NABF cruiserweight title. Once Mchunu had Wilson hurt with multiple 1-2 combinations in round 2, he was in cruise control for the remainder of the fight. He’d manage to stun Wilson some more, particularly in round 3, but never went in for the kill. Wilson’s tremendous punch resistance and mental toughness had a lot to do with that. His plodding footwork, however, suggested lingering effects from his Achilles tendon tear earlier in the year. Wilson was able to amp his pace in the 9th and 10th rounds but by then it was too little, too late. The point Mchunu lost for holding in the final round had no impact on the fight.

During his post-fight interview with Chris Mannix, Mchunu said, “I had it in mind it was going to be tough, really tough…He’s a strong guy…I knew after three rounds it was going to be tough but then I nearly knocked him out…but then I knew he’s tough, I can’t just go for knockout…I boxed him…I showed that I can think in the ring. I’m smart; I’m fast and I used that to my advantage and I got the decision. When questioned about the future, Mchunu responded, “I want the WBC belt; there is a guy from Poland [Krzysztof Wlodarczyk] that got it, so I’m going for him. After that I will fight the other guys like Marco Huck [current WBO champion], [Yoan Pablo] Hernandez [current IBF/RING champion].”

In the televised co-feature, Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) had to overcome adversity against Angino Perez (17-5, 15 KOs) in order to pull out the victory. The fight began as expected with Dargan outboxing Perez, but the taller Perez gradually found a comfortable range to work and dropped Dargan with a counter right / left uppercut combination in round 3. Perez’s pressure constantly had Dargan retreating, although it usually didn’t materialize into clean punches landing after the third inning. Eventually Dargan regained his composure and lured an over-confident Perez into a right uppercut that abruptly changed the momentum of the fight in round 5. Perez went down twice (the second of which was courtesy of an overhand right) before the fight was waved off that round. The official time of the stoppage was 1:32. NBC’s unofficial judge Larry Hazzard had Perez ahead 38-37 through 4 rounds.

After the fight Dargan said, “I knew he could punch; I knew he had power. He had about 90% knockout ratio…He caught me with a good shot, a buzz, I wasn’t hurt.” Whether he was hurt or not, Dargan impressively stuck to his game plan and finished the fight in style. He claims to be ready for anyone in the lightweight division. Hopefully he steps up in competition soon.

With time to spare in the 2-hour network block, NBC televised the final 3 rounds of Joseph Perez (10-3-1, 3 KOs) vs Agustine Mauras (6-0-2, 3 KOs), a rematch of their July 26 draw. Ironically fight 2 ended the same way as fight 1. Official scores were 58-56 Mauras, 58-56 Perez, and 57-57 even.

Untelevised Undercard:

Piotr Apostol SD4 Tyrell White

Sullivan Barrera TKO6 Eric Watkins

Charles Foster TKO1 Robert Jackson

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This afternoon edition of “Fight Night” was promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) with matchmaking by Jolene Mizzone (Main Events) and J Russell Peltz (Peltz Boxing). NBC televised the main attractions of this card live.

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Ryan Bivins is the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

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Ringside results from Harrah’s Philadelphia: Dawejko blitzes Banks   Leave a comment

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Chester, PA (September 19, 2014) – ‘Twas yet another Friday night at Harrah’s Philadelphia when an ambulance couldn’t be found. Opening bell was delayed for 1 hour and 20 minutes because wires got crossed between the promoters and the casino over who was handling Emergency Medical Services. Unfortunately such a mistake was nothing new for the venue, or promotion. A similar situation transpired back in March before Eric Hunter defeated Yenifel Vicente.

Be that as it may, once action got underway, this writer no longer felt some-kind-of-way, so this write-up isn’t going to “go there,” at least not today.

Sorry to disappoint.

Moving forward, half of the 6-bout card involved knockouts. In the main event Joey Dawejko (11-3-2, 4 KOs) picked up his 5th stoppage against the mammoth Yohan Banks (7-8-3, 5 KOs). It took merely 94 seconds before referee Benjy Esteves Jr called a halt to the contest following Banks’ third trip to the canvas. Banks was initially put down by a left hook and finished off moments later by a right hook.

Dawejko says he’s ready to step up in class again as soon as the opportunity presents itself. He claims Mark Cipparone (Club 1957 Management) “changed his life” and that, in part, is responsible for his recent performances. Dawejko is 2-0 with 2 first-round knockouts since signing with Club 1957. Time will tell if Cipparone can also change the ultimate trajectory of Joey’s career, but so far, so good.

Details on the complete card follow.

  1. Johnson Jajoute (151 lbs) UD4 Adrian Wilson (148.5 lbs) [40-36, 39-37, 40-36]

Jajoute (1-0) comfortably outpointed Wilson (0-1) using overhand rights and hooks. There wasn’t much jabbing by either fighter. Wilson had his best moment in round 3 when he caught Jajoute with his hands down, subsequently the only close round of the fight.

  1. Anthony Abbruzzese (151 lbs) TKO3 Jesus Barbosa (148.5 lbs) [2:10]

In the most thrilling fight of the night, Abbruzzese (2-0, 1 KO) went tooth-and-nail with Barbosa (4-4-1, 3 KOs) before suddenly dispatching him in round 3. It initially looked like a quick night for Abbruzzese, who scored a knockdown in the opening stages of round 1, but Barbosa weathered the storm and Abbruzzese temporarily punched himself out. Abbruzzese’s corner implored him to jab and work the body more; but he mostly attacked upstairs with hooks and uppercuts. The momentum of the fight swung in Barbosa’s favor in round 2 courtesy of his relentless body attack, although he was docked a point for low blows. Abbruzzese didn’t re-take control of the fight until he landed a combination in round 3 that had Barbosa out on his feet. The unbeaten welterweight prospect essentially knocked Barbosa out twice as he took a break mid-rally because he expected Benjy Esteves to administer a count (ropes supported Barbosa). Abbruzzese’s corner gave him some words about that too.

  1. Nathaniel Rivas (153.5 lbs) RTD2 David Navarro (158 lbs) [3:00]

Navarro (1-5) started fast but quickly faded. Rivas (4-0, 1 KO) dropped him in round 1 with an overhand right and dominated the fight thereafter. Round 2 nearly merited 10-8 scores even without a knockdown as Rivas brutalized Navarro to the head and body. Navarro’s corner was wise to pull him out of the fight between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

  1. David Gonzales (146 lbs) D6 Malik Jackson (147 lbs) [57-57, 57-57, 57-57]

In perhaps the most interesting fight of the night, two unbeaten prospects kept their streaks intact. The fight began with one fighter holding on to survive and ended the other way around. Gonzales (5-0, 1 KO) started the fight like his name was Mike Tyson and had Jackson (2-0, 1 KO) in full survival mode. But the assault did not last. After the first minute Gonzales settled down and simply outboxed Jackson for the first 3 rounds. Then Jackson came alive and dominated the final 3 rounds. The aggressor was the victor in each round. After the fight Jackson explained that he intended to turn up the heart earlier but took a while to recover from round 1.

  1. Anthony Burgin (135 lbs) UD6 Ramon Ellis (136 lbs) [60-54, 58-56, 59-55]

Burgin (7-0, 1 KO) gave Ellis (4-12-2, 2 KOs) a boxing lesson for the first 5 rounds before getting a little sloppy defensively in the final stanza. Ellis finally managed to land a few of his haymakers in the 6th round. Prior to that his lack of a jab prevented him from working his way inside, although his body work in round 2 was pretty good. Practically all of the straight punching came from Burgin, who perpetually moved laterally.

  1. Joey Dawejko (237 lbs) TKO1 Yohan Banks (288 lbs) [1:34]

The bigger they are, the harder they fall…

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Fight Night: Dawejko vs Banks was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing, XFE, and Peltz Boxing. Matchmaking was done by Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing. GFL.TV streamed the event online.

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Ryan Bivins is the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Ringside results from 2300 Arena: Wright, Sparrow & Conquest win with varying degrees of success   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (September 16, 2014) – In the second installment of Tuesday Night Fights at 2300 Arena in South Philly, everything went according to plan, or at least according to the official judges. Some outcomes were a lot clearer than others but ultimately the “Red Corner” emerged victorious in each bout.

The results of the amateur portion of this Joe Hand Promotions / D and D Management card were without controversy. Jackie McTamney, Mark Dawson, Branden Pizaro, Dylan Price, and Christian Carto all earned decision victories. In professional bouts, however, Jerome Conquest and Donte Wright grabbed questionable decisions while Avery Sparrow stole the show with a first round knockout.

In the main event Donte Wright (pro debut) was given all he could handle against Lionel Charles (0-3). Wright, 150-10 as an amateur, was riding a 3-year layoff.

His ring-rust showed.

While Wright maintained the edge in clean boxing, Charles had the experience of dirty fighting on his side. The fight was not very clean, to say the least. Wright often smothered his work and fell into clinches where Charles was able to take advantage of him. Both fighters landed good shots but Wright’s body language suggested he took most of the damage.

Detailed results of the complete card follow.

Amateur Bouts

  1. (125 lbs) Jackie McTamney PTS3 Dianna Cute

McTamney, despite slowly fading, clearly won the fight by working behind a consistent jab. Cute’s lack of head movement and footwork practically made her target practice in the first 2 rounds. However, by round 3 Cute was finally able to walk McTamney down and land right hands over Cute’s left.

  1. (141 lbs) Mark Dawson PTS3 Douglas Northern

From range Dawson was able to dominate the fight, most notably in round 2. However, he didn’t move his head very well and sometimes got sloppy and went toe-to-toe with Northern. Northern, using effective pressure, was able to make round 1 close and win round 3. Dawson’s ring-rust was just enough to make things interesting.

  1. (125 lbs) Branden Pizaro PTS3 Kashad Elliot

Pizaro outclassed Elliot with fast combinations. The punches weren’t the most effective but they were enough to make Elliot gun shy. Pizaro was the better athlete.

  1. (112 lbs) Dylan Price PTS3 Dallas Holden

In perhaps the most skilled fight of the night, amateur or pro, “Lil Dave” Price shined. He was simply too fast and too slick for Holden to lay many hands on. Price’s jab and lead right hands were very eye-catching.

  1. (110 lbs) Christian Carto PTS3 Eric Gordon

Things started slowly for Carto as he was apparently feeling Gordon out. Gordon put his punches together while Carto was trying to load up on single shots. It was enough to edge Gordon the first round but Carto was too strong for him over the distance. In the final round Gordon was bombarded with power shots and lost a point for holding.

Professional Bouts

  1. Jerome Conquest (138.5 lbs) UD4 Sidney McCow (139.5 lbs) [40-36, 39-37, 39-37]

In a battle of debutants, nothing was clearer to score than round 3, which Conquest admitted to losing. Yet, somehow, someway, one of the judges still thought he pitched a shutout. McCow could practically land his right hand at will that round. The other rounds were much closer and it’s understandable how Conquest was given them. Jerome was busier in rounds 1 and 4 and threw with more impact in round 2. However, that impact was not all that clean. McCow took Conquest’s biggest punches on his shoulders and gloves. Overall McCow was the smoother boxer.

  1. Avery Sparrow (130 lbs) TKO1 Hassan Wasswau (132 lbs) [2:22]

Wasswau (5-15-3) showed good eyes early on but was eventually hurt by a left hook. Sparrow (1-0) never gave him a chance to recover and put his lights out with a straight right hand moments later. The 10-count was waved and the paramedics rushed to the ring. Wasswau was taken out on a stretcher.

  1. Donte Wright (151 lbs) MD4 Lionel Charles (153 lbs) [38-38, 39-37, 39-37]

With difficulty, Wright won the 1st round. But after that…his head snapped back from uppercuts in round 2 (each fighter was rocked by right hands and left hooks), he was bullied around the ring and pushed down in round 3 (after being stunned), and he got his head snapped again at the end of the 4th round that he was winning otherwise. Nonetheless the hometown crowd was happy that he got the decision. Charles thought he won every round but Charles also said he should be 4-0 instead of 0-4…

The next installment of Tuesday Night Fights is scheduled for November 25th.

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Ryan Bivins is the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.