Sunday, December 3, 2017

King's Promotions Presents World Class Pro Boxing Featuring Tyrone Brunson vs. Manny Woods - Friday, December 1st (Philadelphia)

Friday evening's card opened up with a super bantamweight bout between Marcus Bates (8-0-1, 7 KOs) and Antonio Rodriguez (11-20-1, 5 KOs). Bates, an undefeated Philly boxing prospect, appeared to outclass the Mexican veteran throughout the six round contest. Bates landed several big right hands in the first round. Rodriguez attempted to change the momentum of the fight in the second round but Bates, the faster fighter, was able to effectively dodge these blows. Rodriguez, who was looking for a knockout against his opponent, threw and connected on several big hooks in the later rounds. Bates demonstrated his toughness by absorbing these shots and effectively counter-punching. Rodriguez was knocked down by a Bates' left hook to the body in the sixth round, a shot that he was unable to recover from. Rodriguez was counted out, and suffered a knockout defeat at the hands of the 23-year-old Philadelphian.

The second round of the evening featuring Philadelphia's Christopher Burgos (0-2) and Coatesville PA's Gerardo Tiburcio (Martinez) (2-0, 1 KO). The lightweights fought in a four round brawl that at times looked more like a street fight than a boxing match. Both fighters spent a majority of the fight head hunting, which eventually opened up a cut under Burgos' left eye. The matchup was action packed, and proved to be a true crowd pleaser. All three judges saw the fight 39-37, with two ruling in favor of the Phoenixville PAL product, Tiburcio (Martinez), the winner by split decision.

Philadelphia's Romuel Cruz (1-0, 1 KO), who made his professional debut, fought Georgia's Rondarrius Hunter (1-2, 1 KO) in a four round, super bantamweight contest. Hunter was knocked down by a hard left hand to the body in the third round. The bout was stopped at the 2:35 mark of the round, and ended in a TKO victory for Cruz.

The fourth bout of the card featured Colby Madison (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Randy Easton (4-10-2, 4 KOs) in a four round, heavyweight matchup. In the first round, Easton knocked down his opponent with vicious combo that unfortunately for Easton, contained a low blow. Madison rose from the canvas only to fight for his life as the round came to an end. Madison regained control of the bout in the second round after Easton appeared gassed from over exerting himself in the opening round. A left to Easton's body sent the fighter to one knee in the closing minutes of the second round. The smoked fighter was unable to continue, and the referee called an end to the action at the 2:44 mark of the round.

Heavyweights, Joe Hanks (22-2, 14 KOs) and Joel Caudle (7-1-1, 5 KOs) fought in a six round bout. Caudle, who appeared soft in the abdomen, stepped into the ring looking to preserve his undefeated streak against the Newark, NJ native. Both fighters were hanging onto to one another by the second round, and appeared gassed from over exertion in the third round. Both fighters connected on clean punches, but lacked knockout power. The fighters continued to appear to slow dance into the final round, when Hanks tried valiantly to drop his opponent before the closing bell. Hanks was rewarded for being the more active fighter with a unanimous decision victory (58-56, 60-54 twice).

Wilmington, DE's Kyrone Davis (13-1, 5 KOs) squared off against Costa Rican veteran, Jaime Barboza (19-13, 9 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Davis who is 16 years younger than Barboza stepped into the ring looking for his third straight victory. Davis effectively worked the body of Barboza throughout the contest, but was unable to land the big knockout shot on his opponent, who smiled his way to a unanimous decision defeat. Kyrone Davis won 80-70 on all three judges' score cards.

Popular Philly boxing prospect, Jaron "Boots" Ennis (17-0, 15 KOs) fought Reading's George Sosa (15-11-1, 15 KOs) in an eight round, welterweight contest. Sosa tried to bully the smaller and faster Ennis in the first round to no effect. Ennis came out in the second round as the aggressor. He landed a vicious multi-punch combo that sent Sosa crashing into the neutral corner ropes. Sosa was able to recover from this brutal attack only to be knocked down again later in the round by yet another Ennis multi-punch combo, which included a left upper cut and right hook. The end came for Sosa at the 1:09 mark of the second round with Ennis winning by knockout.

Brandon Robinson (8-1, 6 KOs) fought Chris Brooker (12-5, 5 KOs) fought for the UBF All Americas Super Middleweight Title. This contest was a competitive fight from the opening bell. The two men felt one another out over the course of the first two rounds. Robinson controlled the fight in the third round by landing a series of combos, and pushing his opponent into the ropes. A Robinson left hook to the head appeared to stumble Brooker in the fourth round. The fifth round was marked by a brutal exchange that resulted in a cut under Brooker's left eye. Brooker fought back valiantly in the seventh round, but it was too little, too late, for the Philadelphian who was defeated by unanimous decision on the judges' score cards. (78-74, 79-73, 80-72)

The ninth fight of the card featured local fighter, Omar Douglas (18-2, 13 KOs) and Tucson's Martin Gonzalez (22-10, 14 KOs) in a six round, lightweight matchup. The fight did not last long... A right upper cut dropped Gonzalez in the first round. Gonzalez pulled himself up from the canvas only to be finished off with a Douglas left and right hook to the head and body. The knockout came at the 1:52 mark of the opening round.

Philadelphia's Rasheed Johnson (3-1, 1 KO) defeated Reading's Kashon Hutchinson (3-4, 1 KO) in a four round, welterweight bout. Johnson, who controlled the tempo of the fight from the opening bell, won on all three judges' score cards by a score of 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

The main event featured a super welterweight contest between Tyrone Brunson (26-6-2, 24 KOs) and Manny Woods (16-7-1, 6 KOs). The two men squared off for the vacant UBF International Super Welterweight Title. Brunson, who currently holds the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight Title, stepped into the ring looking for his 24th knockout victory. In round three, Brunson connected with a hard right hand to the head of Woods that appeared to stun the Floridian. Through five rounds, Brunson landed a number of big shots on Woods, who demonstrated his toughness by staying on his feet. In the eighth round, Woods was unable to withstand the Brunson onslaught. He was stumbled by a Brunson multi-punch combo, and later a left hand to the face. Woods was unable to answer the bell for the ninth round of a scheduled ten round fight. Brunson walked away the winner by TKO.

Sham Justice (2-0, 2 KOs) fought Jack "Shady" Grady (0-7-1) in the final fight of the evening. Grady who was a fill-in for Latorie Woodberry (1-5-1) was looking for his first professional victory. Unfortunately Friday night was not Shady's night. The referee stopped the fight after a dazed Grady was beaten against the ropes by Justice.

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