Saturday, September 30, 2017

King's Promotions Presents World Class Pro Boxing - September 29th (Philadelphia, PA)

Friday evening's card opened up with a junior lightweight bout between Maynard Allison (9-2, 6 KOs) and Juan Rodriguez (8-7-1, 6 KOs). Philadelphia's Allison appeared to control the bout until the 3:00 minute mark of the second round, when Allison was struck by a straight overhand right, up the middle, to the head. The Virginian, Rodriguez, walked away the winner by technical knockout in the second round of a scheduled six round bout.

Camden's Robert Irizarry (4-1-1) fought Puerto Rico's Bryan Perez (2-8-1, 1 KO) in a four round, featherweight bout. The bout was highlighted by fireworks in the fourth and final round, when Perez answered the bell throwing a flurry of punches. Irizarry appeared unaffected by the barrage, and spent the rest of the round chasing Perez around the ring. All three judges scored the bout 39 to 37 in favor of the fan favorite, Irizarry.

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania's Brandon Robinson (7-1, 6 KOs) squared off against Virginia's George Sheppard (1-3) in a four round, super middleweight contest. Robinson landed a big shot as the bell rang at the end of the first round. Sheppard fought valiantly in the second round against Robinson, who landed a series of viscous hooks and right overhand punches to his head and body. An accidental collision of heads in the third round briefly stopped the action. Soon after the action resumed, Robinson threw an overhand right that connected with Sheppard's face at the 1:20 mark, which sent him stumbling into the ropes. Sheppard never recovered from the blow and referee, Eric Dali, stopped the contest. This was Robinson's second straight victory by technical knockout at the 2300 Arena. 

The fourth bout featured Erik Spring (10-2-2, 1 KO) and Anthony Prescott (7-7-2, 2 KOs) in a six round, super welterweight bout. Prescott controlled the first three rounds of the bout, and there was a good exchange of punches at the end of the second round between the fighters. Despite landing the more effective punches in the first four rounds of the scheduled six round contest, Prescott appeared to tire in the fifth round. This was not enough for Spring to turn the tide of the bout, and he went on to lose the contest by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the bout 59-55, with a third judge scoring the contest 58-56.

Super lightweights, Darius Ervin (4-1) and David Gonzales (8-2-2, 2 KOs) fought in the fifth contest of the evening. An accidental headbutt in the second round resulted in cuts above each fighters' eyes that required examination by the ringside physicians. The ringside physician who examined Gonzalez called an end to the action after examining the cut above the fighter's left eye. The bout was officially stopped at 1:53 of the second round, and declared a no decision due to an accidental headbutt.

Jerome Conquest (9-2, 1 KO) fought Carlos Rosario (9-3, 1 KO) for the WBF North American Junior Lightweight Title. Conquest scored a knockdown with a big, left upper cut in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Rosario got back up to his feet and delivered a hard low blow to Conquest, the Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia native. Rosario went on to control the sixth and seventh rounds. Conquest finished the bout with a strong flurry of punches to the head and body of Rosario. After eight rounds of action, Conquest was crowned the new WBF North American Junior Lightweight with a unanimous decision over the Pennsauken, New Jersey native, Rosario. The judges scored the bout 78-73, 77-74, and 77-74.

Christian Carto's (12-0, 11 KOs) knockout streak came to an end this evening in the main event. However, the Philadelphia bantamweight still shined in his first eight round professional bout. Carto faced Mexico's Alonso Melendez (14-2, 12 KOs) in a professional contest that went the distance, despite Carto decisively winning every round of the contest. Carto effectively landed a series of powerful punches to the head and body throughout the affair, but his southpaw opponent courageously absorbed the damage and stayed on his feet. Carto's solid performance in the bout was reflected in all three judges' scores of 80-72.

Following the concluison of the main event, there were two additional four round bouts. The first contest featured Amir Shabazz (4-2, 1 KO) and Alan Lawrence (2-0, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight contest. In the first round, Shabazz was knocked out by a Lawrence left hook to the head at the 1:24 mark. The Philadelphia native hit his head hard on the canvas, and had to be attended to by a ringside physician. He was able to walk out of the ring under his own strength after being examined by the physician. The second contest featured Philadelphia welterweights, Rasheed Johnson (2-1, 1 KO) and Demetrius Williams (1-4). Johnson scored a knockout at the 0:56 mark of the first round after he connected with an overhand right to the head of his opponent.

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