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Ringside results from 2300 Arena: Verdejo and Hart make quick work of experienced opponents   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (December 13, 2014) – Topping a 9-bout card at the 2300 Arena, Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (15-0, 11 KOs) and Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (15-0, 12 KOs) easily dispatched Karim El Ouazghari (16-5-2, 4 KOs) and Samuel Miller (28-9, 25 KOs) respectively inside the distance and in front of an electrifying, sold-out crowd. If you didn’t know any better, you would have sworn Verdejo was from Philly given the ovation he received before and after the fight. Complete results follow (details coming soon).

1) Fred Jenkins Jr (155.75 lbs) UD6 James Robinson (151 lbs) [60-53, 59-54, 59-54]

  1. Robinson ruled down once. 10-8 Jenkins
  2. 10-9 Jenkins
  3. 10-9 Jenkins
  4. 10-9 Jenkins
  5. 10-9 Robinson
  6. 10-9 Jenkins

Unofficial Card: 59-54 Jenkins

Jenkins (8-1, 3 KOs) easily walked Robinson (3-1-2, 1 KO) down and beat him up. Robinson was dropped by a left hook at the end of round 1, staggered by a right hand toward the end of round 3, and was consistently caught by both punches for five of the six rounds. Jenkins was too conservative with his output in round 5 and let Robinson circle and jab his way out of trouble.

2) Juan Rodriguez (144.5 lbs) TKO5 Nathaniel Rivas (147 lbs) [1:01]

  1. Rivas ruled down once. 10-8 Rodriguez
  2. 10-9 Rodriguez
  3. 10-9 Rivas
  4. 10-9 Rivas
  5. Rivas ruled down once & stopped standing.

Unofficial Card: 38-37 Rodriguez

After getting dropped by a right hand + left hook combo in round 1, Rivas (5-0, 2 KOs) gradually climbed his way back into the fight with his superior output. Rodriguez (5-2-1, 4 KOs) landed the more effective punches but not necessarily enough to win rounds. However, Rodriguez’s slower pace worked out in the end as he dropped Rivas with a series of left hooks in round 5 and stopped him shortly thereafter. Rivas had a bad habit of leaning over his front foot with his lead hand down.

3) Toka Kahn Clary (127 lbs) UD8 Camilo Perez (126.5 lbs) [80-72, 80-72, 79-73]

  1. 10-9 Clary
  2. 10-9 Clary
  3. 10-9 Clary
  4. 10-9 Clary
  5. 10-9 Clary
  6. 10-9 Clary
  7. 10-9 Clary
  8. 10-9 Clary

Unofficial Card: 80-72 Clary

Perez (9-2, 4 KOs) simply had no answers for Clary (13-0, 9 KOs) and was more or less shutout. A mercy stoppage was plausible as it became obvious that Perez was running for his life by round 6. Clary appeared to have every physical and technical advantage. The largely Puerto Rican crowd was dead until Perez landed a few good punches in the final round.

4) Thomas LaManna (158 lbs) UD6 Gilbert Alex Sanchez (156.5 lbs) [59-55, 59-55, 59-55]

  1. 10-9 Sanchez
  2. 10-9 LaManna
  3. 10-9 LaManna
  4. 10-9 LaManna
  5. 10-9 LaManna
  6. 10-9 LaManna

Unofficial Card: 59-55 LaManna

In perhaps the most entertaining bout of the night, “Cornflake” LaManna (15-0, 7 KOs) played matador and fended off the bull Sanchez (4-5, 2 KOs). Initially Sanchez’s rushes proved too much for LaManna to adequately fend off, but Cornflake stayed composed and made adjustments as the fight wore on. He often had to slip and slide off the ropes, but he got the job done. Sanchez smothered his work and LaManna was able to roll and return with cleaner shots. War completely broke out in round 4 as LaManna stepped on the gas and landed excellent 1-2 combinations. To Sanchez’s credit, he never broke. Misguided members of the audience actually thought Gilbert won.

5) Julian Rodriguez (141 lbs) TKO2 Randy Fuentes (145 lbs) [2:24]

  1. Fuentes ruled down once. 10-8 Rodriguez
  2. Fuentes ruled down thrice & waved off.

Unofficial Card: 10-8 Rodriguez

Fuentes (4-3-1, 0 KOs) was simply never in the fight with “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (7-0, 6 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Fuentes with an overhand left out of the orthodox stance at the end of round 1 and dropped him 3 more times in round 2. The second knockdown was from a left hook to the body while the final two came from right hands. 2015 IBHOF inductee Steve Smoger waved it off immediately following the fourth knockdown.

*6) Christopher Diaz (126 lbs) UD6 Jazzma Hogue (126 lbs) [60-52, 60-52, 60-52]

  1. 10-9 Diaz
  2. 10-9 Diaz
  3. 10-9 Hogue
  4. 10-9 Hogue
  5. Hogue ruled down once. 10-8 Diaz
  6. Hogue ruled down once. 10-8 Diaz

Unofficial Card:  58-54 Diaz

The official scorecards did the competitive nature of this fight no justice. Hogue (3-5-1, 0 KOs) gave Diaz (7-0, 5 KOs) absolute hell until he was dropped in a delayed reaction to a left hook to the body in round 5. Diaz was the superior technician throughout but Hogue had more heart and determination. Following his breakthrough in round 5, Diaz briefly flirted with disqualification by punching a downed Hogue but was merely issued a strong warning. Knowing he needed to do something dramatic to pull out the victory in the final round, Hogue wound up running into a counter overhand right that nearly put him down for the count. He was clearly saved by the bell.

*7) Jesse Hart (167.7 lbs) TKO2 Samuel Miller (167.3 lbs) [2:07]

  1. 10-9 Hart
  2. Miller ruled down twice & waved off.

Unofficial Card: 10-9 Hart

For a round Miller was able to keep things interesting. Hart was overzealous and reaching with a lot of his shots, particularly the right hand. Miller clearly lost the round but was unfazed. Then there was round 2…Miller ate a big right hand, smiled, ate another one, staggered back and took a knee. When action resumed Hart put him down again with a left hook + right hand combo. Miller beat the count on shaky legs but was rightfully waved off by referee Gary Rosato.

*8) George Arias (221.5 lbs) UD4 Randy Easton (229.5 lbs) [40-36, 40-36, 40-36]

  1. 10-9 Arias
  2. 10-9 Arias
  3. 10-9 Arias
  4. 10-9 Easton

Unofficial Card: 39-37 Arias

Arias (1-0, 1 KO) bobbed, weaved, and threw left hooks like his name was Joe Frazier. Easton (3-5-1, 3 KOs) was dumbfounded and couldn’t take advantage of Arias’ aggression until signs of fatigue surfaced in the final round. Arias also showed an impressive potshot and slip game in round 3. Although Easton eventually found enough separation distance to land counter left hooks and right uppercuts in round 4, he was still outworked and Arias was awarded every round on all the official cards.

*9) Felix Verdejo (134.4 lbs) TKO4 Karim El Ouazghari (134.5 lbs) [1:27]

  1. 10-9 Verdejo
  2. 10-9 Verdejo
  3. Ouazghari ruled down once. 10-8 Verdejo
  4. Ouazghari stopped standing.

Unofficial Card: 30-26 Verdejo

‘Twas another easy night for Puerto Rico’s future hopeful. Ouazghari was outclassed in every way imaginable and didn’t put up much of an effort. Verdejo was fond of the 1-2 combination from the start and finally staggered Ouazghari with it in round 3. He followed up with left hooks until Ouazghari went down. Ouazghari went down again at the end of the round on a trip after being hurt badly by a right hand. The crowd booed as the knockdown was waved off. But it’s not like Verdejo needed help on the scorecards. Smoger stopped the fight in the next round while Ouazghari was still standing.

*Televised by UniMas on tape-delay as part of the “Solo Boxeo” series.

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The “Verdejo-Ouazghari / Hart-Miller” card was promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, and BAM Boxing in association with Tecate. Marc Abrams of 15rounds.com interviewed LaManna and Hart after their victories. He also caught up with Bryant Jennings, who is close to finalizing a fight with Wladimir Klitschko. This writer would have loved to do some interviews as well but was busy scoring fights…

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, 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 Harrah’s Philadelphia: A clean sweep for team Haymon   Leave a comment

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Chester, PA (December 5, 2014) – Friday night boxing returned to Harrah’s Philadelphia with a 6-bout card headlined by middleweights Jarrett Hurd (13-0, 8 KOs) and Emmanuel Sanchez (5-1, 1 KO). Hurd and Sanchez were substitutes for Harry Yorgey and Eric Mitchell respectively, who withdrew from the card. Hurd’s main event assignment was announced on Monday while word of Sanchez didn’t around until Wednesday. Sanchez was unable to arrive in time for the Thursday weigh-in.

Nonetheless, the fight moved along as scheduled and ultimately Hurd won a dull affair. Hurd was orthodox, Sanchez was southpaw, and both wanted to counter punch. Hurd was the sharper boxer and earned a 6-round majority decision.

In the co-feature of the evening Omar Douglas (12-0, 9 KOs) had a much shorter night with Osnel Charles (10-11-1, 1 KO). Charles was knocked silly by a series of right hands and sent through the ropes by a left hook in the first and only round.

Details from the complete card follow. Spoiler alert: Al Haymon fighters participated in all 6 bouts and they all won without controversy.

Earl Newman (184.5) TKO1 Jade Ealy (?) [2:57]

Newman (2-1, 2 KOs, per Fight Fax) easily dispatched a timid Ealy (1-1, 1 KO) after a slow start. Eventually Ealy just shelled up and bent over while Newman pounded him until the referee stepped in. Newman didn’t seem to turn up the heat until he realized that Ealy didn’t want to be there.

Stephen Fulton (124) UD4 Benjamin Burgos (122.5) [40-35, 40-35, 40-35]

Fulton (2-0, 1 KO), with some difficulty, outboxed Burgos (2-9-1, 0 KOs) from start to finish. Fulton was at his best when he jabbed up and down and moved in and out. Unfortunately the fight was also filled with clinching and wild shots in close quarters. Burgos rarely landed a clean, legal punch but he kept himself in the fight. Fulton, who hurt his right hand at some point during the bout, was noticeably frustrated. Burgos lost a point for rabbit punching in the final round.

Caleb Plant (162) KO1 Darryl Gardner (159.5) [1:35]

Plant (4-0, 3 KOs) simply ran over Gardner (2-4, 2 KOs). Gardner blinded himself with his high guard and was floored by a left hook. He could not beat the 10-count.

Milton Santiago Jr. (140.5) UD4 Travis Thompson (139.5) [40-36, 40-36, 40-36]

Santiago (7-0, 3 KOs) often dispensed with the jab but pulverized Thompson (7-11-3, 3 KOs) with straight right hands, uppercuts, and body shots. Thompson showed a “thick beard” in more ways than one on this night. Baby faced Santiago didn’t take much punishment at all.

Omar Douglas (133) KO1 Osnel Charles (134.5) [2:21]

Despite the brevity of the fight, Charles put up one of the better “opponent” performances on the entire undercard. He boxed well until he started circling around the ring with his back to the ropes, resulting in his obliteration.

Jarrett Hurd (158) MD6 Emmanuel Sanchez (?) [57-57, 58-56, 59-55]

Sanchez played spoiler to Hurd’s reluctant boxer. Hurd struggled to land effective straight right hands on southpaw Sanchez as his feet were often out of position. But as long as Hurd let his hands go, he easily won rounds. However, Hurd did get frustrated chasing Sanchez around the ring and sometimes rushed in without jabbing or being defensively responsible. Sanchez had his best moments in the middle rounds.

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Hurd-Sanchez was promoted by Kings Boxing (Marshall Kauffman) and XFE (David Feldman). GFL.TV broadcasted the bouts online. In other news, Greg Sirb wasn’t in attendance. But Joey Eye sure was…

#FreeJoeyEye

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, 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.