Friday, November 9, 2018

Kings Promotions Presents Live Boxing at the SugarHouse Casino Recap

Kings Promotions returned to SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia this evening with a six fight card, headlined by a bantamweight contest between Christian Carto (17-0, 11 KOs), Philadelphia, and Antonio Rodriguez (13-23-2, 6 KOs), Durango, Mexico. Carto, the hometown favorite, walked out to the ring in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters clang in orange Carto shirts that read, "Broad Street Bully," a homage to the Philadelphia Flyers hockey club. The "bully" put his skills on display through six rounds as he dominated the bout en route to his 17th professional victory.

Carto answered the opening bell by unloading an offensive onslaught on Rodriguez. In the final 30 seconds of the round, he backed Rodriguez up with a multi-punch combo, that was halted by the bell. Rodriguez swung wildly at the head and body of Carto in the second round, desperately hoping to counter the cleaner and more powerful Carto shots. Later in the round, to the crowd's delight, Carto tee'd off on Rodriguez with hard right hooks that pushed the Mexican veteran into the ropes. In the final ten seconds of the round, Carto sent Rodriguez crashing to the canvas with a left hand that found its mark on his body.

By the third round, Carto's go-to punch was the right hook, a punch that Rodriguez had difficulty defending himself against. In the fourth round, Carto punished Rodriguez with big right hands to the body. Rodriguez was warned for rabbit punches in the fifth round. Carto, clearly ahead on the cards, cruised through the sixth and final round. Midway through the round, he reminded Rodriguez he was still in a fight by snapping his head back with consecutive right hands. Rodriguez, hoping for a "last minute" knockout, viciously exchanged punches with Carto as the fight came to an end. All three judges scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Philly's own Christian Carto. 

The co-main event of the evening pitted welterweights Poindexter Knight (6-0, 3 KOs) against Travis Castellon (16-3-1, 12 KOs). This bout was the third time Castellon, a Fort Lauderdale native, fought against a fighter with a winning record, and it certainly showed. Early in the opening frame, a Knight left hook to the head stunned Castellon. He followed this big shot up with a left-right combo that staggered Castellon. At this point, referee Eric Dali pushed Knight away, and ushered the hurt Castellon into the corner. Castellon could not recover from the damage, and Dali waived off the fight at the 1:33 mark of the first round. 

James Martin (3-0), North Philadelphia, fought Denis Okoth (2-1-1, 1 KO), Kenya, in a battle of undefeated welterweights. Martin sent Okoth crashing to the canvas in the first round with a big left hook to the head. In the third round, Okoth had his revenge for the previous knockdown, by connecting with a hard left hand that sent Martin to the mat. The two men, not wanting to leave the decision in a close fight up to the judges, exchanged big shots as time winded down in the fourth and final round. All three judges scored the bout 38-36 in favor of Martin.

West Philadelphia's Frankie Trader (11-2-1, 3 KOs) fought Pablo Cupul (10-28, 5 KOs), San Diego, in a lightweight contest. Trader, who has not fought since 2014, shook off the ring rust in the opening frame by connecting with big right hands that found their mark on the head and body of Cupul. Later in the round, Trader, the faster fighter, landed a left hand to Cupul's body that made the more stationary fighter cringe. In the second round, Cupul was warned for rabbit punches. Trader, who had enough of Cupul by the second round, punished his opponent with a vicious multi-punch combo that ended the night for the veteran fighter from California. Eric Dali stopped the fight at 1:45 of the second round. 

Maurice Burke (1-0), Philadelphia, defeated Brandon Bey (0-1), the Bronx, by unanimous decision in a four round, middleweight contest. All three judges scored the contest 40-36 for Burke. 

Mark Dawson (5-0, 3 KOs), Philadelphia, won his fifth straight professional fight by way of unanimous decision over Chukka Willis (3-7, 2 KOs), Emporia, Kansas. The judges scored the bout 60-54 twice and 59-55 in favor of Dawson. 

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