Wednesday, November 22, 2017

King's Promotions Presents Live Boxing Featuring Mykal Fox vs. vs. Manuel Reyes - Tuesday, November 21st (Bethlehem, PA)

The opening bout of the evening featured featherweights, Martino Jules (2-0) and Weusi Johnson (2-7). Johnson, a native of Wilmington, DE, was the aggressor throughout the first two rounds of action. Both men landed a series of good exchanges to open up the third. The fourth round was no different with both men fighting fiercely until the final bell rang. The judges' scorecards reflected the fact that this was an evenly matched and competitive bout. Allentown's Jules won a hard fought, four round, majority decision with one card scored a 38-38 draw, and two cards scored in favor of Jules, 40-36 and 39-37.

The second bout of the evening was between Allentown's Hector Bayanilla (2-0-1, 1 KO) and San Antonio's Jose Elizondo (2-4-1) in a four round bout. Bayanilla controlled the second round, in which he knocked down Elizondo with a double right hand to the head and body. Elizondo bounced back from the knock down to fight valiantly throughout the remainder of the contest. He reflected his toughness when he stayed on his feet in the third round after his opponent pushed him back with a series of hard left and right hooks to the body and head. The judges all scored the fight in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Hector Bayanilla (40-35, 39-36, and 39-36).

Heavyweights, Michael Coffie (1-0, 1 KO) and Ralph Alexander (0-2) fought in the third bout, a four round contest. The larger Coffie stepped into the ring looking to make a big statement in his professional debut. Coffie overwhelmed his opponent and the knockout came at 1:01 mark of the first round when Coffie connected with what appeared to be a left hook-right hand combo to the head of Alexander. Former New York State Athletic Commissioner, Randy Gordon, who appeared on an October 16, 2016 episode of our podcast, serves as Coffie's manager.

Light flyweights, Harold Lopez (2-0-1, 1 KO) Jerrod Miner (1-1) fought in an evenly matched and competitive four round fight. The two gladiators fought an action packed four round contest that proved to be a real crowd-pleaser. Lopez, the hometown fighter, walked away the winner via unanimous decision over the Philadelphian. One judge scored the bout 40-36, with the other two scoring the match 39-37.

The fifth bout of the evening featured Juan Sanchez (4-0, 1 KO) vs. James Early (2-2) in a four round featherweight contest. This fight was a showcase of wild punches and fatigue. Despite appearing to be fatigued at various points throughout the match, Sanchez kept dancing and maintained a slight advantage on the judges' scorecards. Sanchez won the bout by unanimous decision, winning all three judges' scorecards by a score of 39-37.

Top Rank signed fighter, Joseph Adorno (5-0, 5 KOs) fought in the evening's marquee fight, at least from the fan's perspective. His opponent in this super featherweight match was Corben Page (5-16, 1 KO) of Oregon. Adorno, the product of nearby Allentown, outclassed his veteran opponent from the opening bell. Adorno spent the first round of the four round contest feeling out his opponent, and landing the more effective punches. The second round was a different story, when Adorno put his power on display. Page was knocked down early in the round via an Adorno right hand to the head. As the round approached its end, Adorno connected on a series of left and right hooks to the body and head that left his opponent defenseless in the blue corner. Referee Gary Rosato called an end to the action at the 2:58 mark of the second round. Adorno, the winner by TKO, won his fifth straight fight by knockout.

The evening's co-main event featured an eight round, lightweight battle between Victor Vazquez (9-3, 3 KOs) and Ricardo Garcia (14-1, 9 KOs). Garcia hit Vazquez with a right hook that busted open his nose in the first round. Despite having blood running down his face, Vazquez ended the round with a vicious combo that pinned Garcia up against the red corner ropes. Garcia was knocked down in the third round, with a Vazquez right hand to the head. Vazquez appeared to score a second knockdown as the bell marking the end of the fourth round rang, but the referee ruled it a slip. In the sixth round, the referee appeared to miss another knockdown, after Vazquez connected on a right hook that sent Garcia to the canvas. This was also ruled a slip. In the eighth and final round, Vazquez sent Garcia down to one knee with a hard right hand to the upper body. Garcia recovered from the knockdown, to fight valiantly through the round. Vazquez, hungry for a knockout, pushed Garcia into the ropes near the red corner late in the eighth round, but was unable to knockout the tough fighter from the Dominican Republic. The judges saw the contest 75-75, 77-72, and 77-72. The latter two scores were in favor of the winner by majority decision, Yonkers' Victor Vazquez.

Fans were one fight away from having an eight fight card full of action... That's when the main event featuring Mykal Fox (15-0, 4 KOs) vs. Manuel Reyes (11-4-1, 5 KOs) happened. Fox, the taller fighter, clearly landed more punches over the course of the bout, but for the most part, these punches appeared to have little power behind them. Much of the main event was filled with the two fighters feeling one another out. The judges scored the bout 78-74, 80-72, and 79-73, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Mykal Fox.

*The scheduled super featherweight main event between Frank De Alba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) and Ivan Najera (17-3, 8 KOs) was cancelled after Najera weighed-in 15 pounds overweight.

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