Judah and Webster Win at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton Saturday!
By: Ken Hissner
Boss Lady Promotions Rene Aiken returned to Trenton, NJ, Saturday night.
In the Main Event former six time world champion welterweight Zab “Super” Judah, 43-9 (30), of Brooklyn, NY, in a mismatch from the start stopped Jorge Luis Munguia, 13-8 (5), of Tegucigelpa, Honduras, at 1:27 of the second round.
In the opening round Judah went on the attack until a south of the border punch dropped Munguia. Instead of the referee Ronald Bashier calling it that way he gave an eight-count. In the second round no bell sounded and the referee gave the boxers the go ahead to start the round. After a clash of heads Judah went after Munguia knocking him to the canvas causing referee Bashir to wave it off. The fans were not happy with this one.
In the co-feature super middleweight southpaw Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 22-1 (11), won a boring ten round decision over Thomas Awimbono, 25-6-1 (21), of Accra, GH, for USBO Title.
In the opening round there was hardly a punch landed. In the second round there wasn’t much more contact and the fans continue to let the boxers know they are no happy. In the third round Awinbono opened up with a right hand to the much taller Webster’s chin. Webster finally threw combinations to the body of Awinbono as he is continually back pedaling. In the fourth round Webster was a “hit n’ run” artist. Awimbono is trying to make a fight of it but can’t seem to catch up to the constantly moving Webster. In the fifth round Webster fought in spurt’s ending the round in a flurry.
In the sixth round it’s been all Webster’s jab with a few flurries. In the seventh round some fans are yelling “we want a fight” causing Webster to open up until he received an exchange from Awinbono with a looping right to the chin. In the eighth round a right by Awinboro south of the border dropped Webster to his knees. Webster came back throwing punches until he got hit with a right to the head and tied up Awimbono. They spent the final minute with hardly a punch thrown. When the ring announcer said “this is the tenth and final round” the fans started to cheer. Webster continued moving around the ring content to take the decision.
Judges had it 100-90 and 98-92 twice. This writer had it “no contest”!
In the swing bout local favorite cruiserweight Mike “The Beast” Hilton, 5-0 (5), of Trenton, NJ, won with a couple of knockdowns in the fifth of a scheduled six over Eric George, 4-14 (10), of Niagra Falls, NY, at 2:33 of the round.
In the first two rounds Hilton kept holding George’s head down and hitting him without warning from referee Bashir. In the third round they were like “rock m’ sock em’ robots”. In the fourth round George’s mouthpiece went out for the third time causing referee Bashir to deduct a point from George. In the fifth round Hilton dropped George twice causing Bashir to wave it off. George put up a good showing.
Middleweight Jimmy Kellerher, 3-0 (3), of Scranton, PA, easily stopped Courtney McCleave, 2-6 (1), of Kannapolis, NC, at 2:36 of the second round.
In the opening round Kellerher dropped McCleave with a right to the back of the head. In the second round Kellerher kept hitting McCleave in the face with right hands having him out on his feet when referee Glover called a halt.
Welterweight Andy Gonzales, 5-1 (5), of Worcester, MASS, scored a knockout over Jason “Warrior” Wahr, 4-14-3 (1), of VA Beach, VA, at 0:32 of the first round.
In the opening round Gonzalez dropped Wahr with a wicked left hook to the midsection. Referee Glover counted him out.
Cruiserweight Bryan Daniels, 3-0 (1), of Worcester, MASS, won a hard fought decision over Damian Lewis, 0-3 (0), of Niagra Falls, NY, over four rounds.
In the first round the much taller Daniels controlled the round from start to finish. In the second round Daniels landed numerous punches to the body and head which seemed to have little effect on Lewis who occasionally got a punch in. Daniels ended the round with six uncontested punches. In the third round it was all Daniels until less than a minute to go when Lewis rocked Daniels twice with right uppercuts. In the fourth and final round Lewis rocked Daniels with a left hook to the chin. Daniels continued to land punches but Lewis just brushed them off like gnats. A pair of left uppercuts by Lewis knocked the head of Daniels back. Daniels came right back with a double left hook to the head of Lewis as the bell sounded.
Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37. This writer had it 40-36.
In the opening bout cruiserweight Brandon Robinson, 1-1 (1), of Upper Darby, PA, stopped Jermaine Corley, 0-5 (0), of Concord, NC, @2:59 of the first round.
In the first round Robinson dropped Corley twice. The second time referee Ronald Bashier waved it off.
Boss Lady’s next show is April 1st at the Sun National Bank Arena.
Atlantic City and Trenton Shows in New Jersey Friday and Saturday!
By: Ken Hissner
New Jersey boxing is off to a fast start with two shows scheduled this week. Friday at Bally’s Event Center, in Atlantic City with 11 bouts scheduled over Sho Box. The main event features two topsuper bantamweights in Adam “Mantequillo” Lopez, 16-0-1 (8), of San Antonio, TX, against Daniel “Baby Face Assassin” Roman, 21-2-1 (7), of Garden Grove, CA.
The co-feature has Ronald Ellis, 13-0-1 (10), out of Lynn, MASS against Philly’s Christopher Brooker, 11-2 (5), in a cruiserweight bout. Two other Philly boxers on the card are Keenan Smith, 9-0 (3), returning after 14 months of inactivity. Also, top former amateur star super heavyweight Darmani “Tight” Rock, 6-0 (4) making his first fight near home.
Top New Jersey prospect Leroy “Lucious” Davila, 4-0 (2), of New Brunswick is againstAnthony Taylor, 4-0 (1), of Warren, OH. Stephon “Bossman” Young, 15-0-3 (6), of Chicago, IL, is against Elton Dharry, 20-5-1 (13), of Guyana living in Brooklyn, NY. FinallyKenneth “Showstopper” Sims, Jr., 10-0 (3), of St. Louis, MO, is against Emmanuel “Renegade”, 15-1-1 (5), of San Diego, CA.
In Trenton Saturday at the Sun National Bank Center, Rene Aiken of Boss Lady Promotions, and Honorable Mayor Eric Jackson returns for her second show at this facility“Bridge Wars” featuring her nephew the return of 3 division champion “Super” Zab Judah, 42-9 (29), headlines against Jorge Luis Munguia, 13-7 (5), of Hondoras. “I’m coming in at 143 and expect to go down to 140”. The co-feature has Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 21-1 (11), against Thomas Awimbono, 25-5-1 (21), of Accra, GH, for the vacant USBO super middleweight title. Trenton’s own cruiserweight Mike Hilton, 4-0 (4), returns back to this facility again. Camden’s Vidal Rivera, 4-0 (3), in the featherweight division meets James Early, 2-1 (0), of Seat Pleasant, MD. Also, on the undercard middleweight Jimmy Kelleher, 2-0 (2), of Scranton, PA, Philly’s Donald Smith, 3-0 (2), and Darin Holiday, of Philly making his debut against the grandson of “The Easton Assassin” Larry Holmes. In a female bout Carla Torres, 5-3 (0), of PR and Cleveland, OH, is featured. This will be a pro-am with boxers from NJ, NY and PA.
Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon” Scored a Knockout Along with the Rest of the Red Corner All Scoring Knockouts in Trenton, NJ!
By: Ken Hissner
At the Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ, Saturday in the 1st Annual Mayor’s Cup promoted by Rene Aikens Boss Lady Promotions and the Honorable Mayor Eric Jackson they presented a 9 bout card along with “Bridge Wars” with New York vs New Jersey amateurs.
In the Main Event heavyweight champion Chazz “the Gentleman” Witherspoon, 36-3 (28), of Paulsboro, NJ, stopped Carlos “Superman” Sandoval, 9-11-1 (6), of Sonora, MEX, at 1:25 of the fourth round.
In the opening round it was a feeling out round with Witherspoon only using a jab as the defense minded Sandoval threw several punches. In the second round Witherspoon landed a lead right followed by a left hook to the chin of Sandoval. Witherspoon continued landing the jab with an occasional right all to the head of Sandoval.
In the third round Witherspoon rocked Sandoval into the ropes with Sandoval looking to referee David Fields for help while receiving a standing count. Sandoval had a bloody nose. In the fourth round Witherspoon landed a solid right to the chin of Sandoval who seemed to take offense to it and came back landing half a dozen punches backing Witherspoon up. Shortly there after Witherspoon was rocking Sandoval so many times referee David Fields wisely stepped in and waved the fight off.
“I needed the work and not a first round knockout. I hope to keep busy enough to get a world title fight,” said Witherspoon.
Super welterweight Tommy “The Razor” Rainone, 26-7-1 (6), out of New York, NY, destroyed Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-9 (3), of Sonora, MEX, at 1:26 of the first round. Referee Harvey Dock waved off the one sided fight.
Cruiserweight Mike Hilton, 4-0 (4), stopped Brandon “BROB” Robinson, 0-1 (0), of Bristol, PA, at 0:28 of the third round after scoring 4 knockdowns.
In the opening round Robinson held his own with Hilton. In the second round Hilton rocked Robinson with a straight right to the jaw. Then continued his assault dropping Robinson 3 times with Robinson being saved by the bell. In the third round a left hook by Hilton to the chin of Robinson dropped him as referee Harvey Dock wisely stopped the fight.
In the opening bout heavyweight Solomon “Solo” Maye, 2-6-2 (2), of New Haven, CT, scored 3 knockdowns in stopping Jemorris Jones, 1-3, at 1:20 of the first round.
In the opening round Maye scored 3 knockdowns with left hooks forcing referee David Fields to call a halt. It looked line Jones never had a pair of gloves on before.
Super featherweight southpaw Donald Smith, 2-0 (1), of Philadelphia, stopped Brandon “Bruce Lee” Lopez, 0-1 (0), of Jeffersonville, IND, at 0:38 of the first round.
In the opening round Smith went right after Lopez and beat him from one corner to another before referee Fields waved it off. Lopez claimed to have a 7-4 amateur record and no martial arts experience
Light Middleweight Andy Gonzalez, 4-1 (4), of Worcester, Mass, scored a knockdown stopping Lionel Charles, 0-7-1 (0), of the Bronx, NY, at 2:25 of the first round.
In the opening round Gonzalez landed a solid left hook to the chin of Charles. As he got up on shaky legs referee Dock waved it off.
Heavyweight Quian Davis, 3-0-2 (2), Mays Landing, NJ, was awarded a stoppage over Johnathan Hafely, 0-1 (0), of Jeffersonville, IND, at 0:28 of the first round.
In the opening round the 326 pound Hafely landed a right hand near the back of the head of a ducking Davis, and a bolt of lightning must have come from the roof as Hafely who wasn’t hit wobbled like a drunken sailor into a neutral corner referee Dock waved it off. Hafely will be up for an Academy Award for this one. It made the second Ali-Liston fight look like a war!
Middleweight “Sugar” LeShawn Rodriguez, 5-0 (4), of Shirley, NY, scored a pair of knockdowns stopping Courtney McCleave, 1-4 (1), of Concord, NC, at 2:12 of the second round.
In the opening round it was all Rodriguez. In the second round he dropped McCleave twice with right hands to the head forcing referee Dock to wave it off.
Cruiserweight Bryan Daniels, 2-0 (2), of Worcester, Mass, knocked down a defensive minded Joshua Flores, 0-1 (0), of Jeffersonville, IND, causing referee Fields to wave the fight off.
In the opening round Daniels scored a knockdown with a pair of left hooks to the head of Flores causing a nose bleed. As he beat the count referee Fields waved it off. This was the start of 3 stiffs from Jeffersonville, IND.
This was the second show at the Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ, and might be the last expecting the paying customer’s return.
PBC on ESPN Preview: Barrios vs. Boschiero, Ramirez vs. Roman
By: William Holmes
On Saturday night Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series will be televised live on ESPN from the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.
UFC 200 is also being broadcast on Saturday, but the loss of Jon Jones may lead to more viewers for the free PBC card. It features two prospects with future world title aspirations. Mario Barrios will be competing against Devis Boschiero in an IBF Junior Lightweight eliminator and Eddie Ramirez will face Jessie Roman in the junior welterweight division.
Photo Credit: Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions
The following is a preview of both televised bouts.
Eddie Ramirez (13-0) vs. Jessie Roman (20-2); Junior Welterweights
Eddie Ramirez has been extremely busy and fought five times in 2015 and once already in 2016. He’s a former Chicago Golden Gloves Champion and was a runner up in the National Golden Gloves Tournament the same year.
His opponent, Jessie Roman, does not have the amateur accomplishments of Ramirez. He fought three times in 2015 and twice in 2014.
Ramirez, at the age of twenty four, is one year younger than Roman. He will also be giving up two inches in height and two inches in reach to his opponent. However, Ramirez has nine stoppage victories in only thirteen bouts while Roman has only nine stoppage victories in twenty two professional bouts.
Neither boxer has faced any serious contenders in their primes. Ramirez has defeated the likes of Osumanu Akaba, Bilal Mahasin, and former world title challenger Cristobal Cruz. Roman’s only notable victory was over Hector Serrano.
Roman does not have many notable wins on his resume, but he does have two glaring losses. His two losses were to Joaquin Chavez, who had a record of 8-13-3 at the time they fought, and to Carlos Mario Sanchez, who had a record of 20-10 at the time they fought.
This is a bout that Eddie Ramirez should win, easily. It will be noteworthy to see if Ramirez can stop Roman, who has never been stopped in his career.
Mario Barrios (15-0) vs. Devis Boschiero (29-4-1); IBF Junior Lightweight Eliminator
Mario Barrios has fought eight times since the start of 2015 and is one of Al Haymon’s most intriguing prospects.
His activity is almost unheard of. He’s a tall fighter for the junior lightweight division and will have a six and a half inch height advantage over Boschiero. He also has a 74” reach, which is large for his division, and will have a six inch reach advantage over Boschiero.
Barrios, at the age of twenty one, is also thirteen years younger than Boschiero.
Barrios has eight stoppage victories on his resume, but he will have to be careful of Boschiero’s power. Boschiero has stopped twenty one of his opponents and won his last two fights by stoppage.
Barrios, at this point in his career, has yet to be seriously tested. His biggest wins have come against the likes of Manuel Vides, Enrique Tinoco, and Eduardo Rivera. A lot of his wins have come against opponents with losing records.
Boschiero previously fought for a world title against Takahiro Ao and lost. His other losses were to Stephen Smith and Romain Jacob, twice. He has defeated the likes of Guillaume Frenois and Ermano Fegatilli. He’s also been very active and fought four times in 2015 and once in 2016.
It should be noted that Boschiero has only fought outside of Europe once, and he lost in that bout to Takahiro Ao. Boschiero has never fought in the United States.
Boschiero is a good, tough veteran for Barrios at this point in his career. Barrios seems to be aware that Boschiero represents a tough fight for him and stated, “All I know about Boschiero is that he’s got a lot of fights and he’s a top contender. I know he’s hungry so I’m not taking him lightly. I’ve seen some tape on him and I know he likes to come forward. Everyone can expect to see a lot of had punches being thrown by both of us. I’m expecting a war.”
However, Barrios’ skill level and his reach and height will be too great for Boschiero to overcome and pull off an upset victory. Barrios should get some rounds in and win a decision victory.