Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Pictures by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Rising Philly sensation Jaron Ennis scored an awesome TKO towards fellow-Philadelphian Raymond Serrano, of their scheduled 10-round fundamental occasion, earlier than a packed home on the 2300 Area Friday night time in South Philly. Ennis got here out robust, profitable the primary spherical earlier than closing the present with three knockdowns in spherical two.
The winner was an enormous favourite getting into the battle, and left the ring with one other spectacular victory which despatched the native crowd house, buzzing about his world title prospects. Further excellent news for Ennis was that a nationwide tv viewers was additionally watching reside on Showtime’s SHOBOX collection. The spectacular win despatched a message to boxing followers outdoors of Philadelphia that a new star is on the rise.
Ennis got here out in spherical one and instantly went to work. He speared Serrano with a number of sharp jabs and rattled him with a chopping proper hand. After a volley of physique photographs, the switch-hitting Ennis turned lefty and landed freely. He switched his stance forwards and backwards a number of occasions, however by the mid-point of the spherical, settled in as a southpaw. Jaron coolly fired away at Serrano, who tried to get issues going, however principally adopted Ennis across the ring on already shaky legs.
The second spherical was a bloodbath. Simply 30 seconds into the spherical, Ennis, nonetheless within the southpaw stance, cracked Serrano with a proper hook that despatched him tumbling backward and right down to the mat. Gutsy Serrano obtained proper up, however appeared dazed. For my tastes, the struggle might have ended proper then and there. However Serrano received up shortly and referee Gary Rosato let the bout proceed.
Ennis turned right-handed and zoomed again in. He nailed Serrano with a rocket overhand proper and Raymond appeared knocked out earlier than he even hit the canvas. I assumed for positive the battle can be stopped at this level, however Serrano acquired up once more and needed to proceed. I want he hadn’t needed that.
Ennis, out of the blue southpaw once more, swept in to renew his lethal mission, and moments later caught Serrano with one other proper hand that was principally a hook, however had a touch of uppercut to it. The vicious bullet caught Serrano on the chin, and the crushed fighter fell face-forward to the canvas. Gary Rosato stopped the struggle instantly. The time was 1:12 of spherical two.
The victory, though not sudden for Ennis, was so convincing, so sudden, and so violent, that it even exceeded the already excessive expectations set for Jaron for the struggle. Ennis improved to 22-Zero, 20 KOs, and seemed very able to step as much as the subsequent degree. He can not feed on unusual competitors. His assignments have grow to be too straightforward.
Serrano, 24-6, 10 KOs, 1 NC, got here into this crossroads battle hoping to reboot his profession. He didn’t want this robust of a match, however took it willingly, understanding that success would flip issues round for him. He is a well-liked and good fighter, however this defeat had the texture of a career-ender. Raymond was courageous and properly ready, however he had nothing to supply towards the gifted Ennis.
In an Eight-round junior welterweight battle, Philly’s Samuel Teah, 15-2-1, 7 KOs, scored an upset factors win over Kenneth Sims Jr., 13-2-1, Four KOs, within the nationally televised semi-windup bout. For Teah, it was a career-best efficiency, and with everybody watching on TV, the surge couldn’t have come at a greater time.
The opening spherical was shut, however Teah received right into a groove halfway via and took the spherical on my card. Within the second, Teah harm Sims twice with excellent proper arms, one overhand proper and one uppercut. Sims bounced again within the third, however Teah regained management within the fourth.
The second half of the battle was extraordinarily aggressive, however Teah swept the ultimate 4 rounds from my perspective. Teah scored with quite a few energy photographs – each lefts and rights – and a minimum of edged Sims by the top of every spherical. The seventh was the closest in the course of the ultimate stretch, however I nonetheless gave it to Teah.
One of many official judges, John Poturaj, agreed with my rating of 79-73. Steve Weisfeld and David Braslow noticed the battle a bit nearer, however nonetheless had Teah the winner, 77-75. The outcome was a terrific win for Teah, and is an area “Upset of the Year” candidate.
Within the first TV bout, junior featherweight Arnold Khegai, of Odessa, Ukraine, 14-Zero-1, 9 KOs, beat Jorge Diaz of New Brunswick, NJ, 19-6-1, 10 KOs, by Eight-round unanimous choice. Khegai, an thrilling fighter who now calls Philadelphia residence, displayed good punching energy within the battle.
His left hooks and proper uppercuts surprised Diaz typically, however Khegai solely managed to drop Diaz as soon as, in spherical six with a left hook / proper uppercut combo. Diaz survived, however repeatedly stayed out of hassle by “slipping” to the canvas a number of occasions through the bout.
Apart from the knockdown, Diaz hit the deck eight further occasions which have been all dominated non-knockdowns by referee Gary Rosato. To be truthful, Khegai pushed down Diaz on a few these journeys, however to make certain, Diaz made the tactic a part of his survival method.
After the eight rounds have been accomplished, Khegai took the choice on all three official playing cards. Steve Weisfeld and John Poturaj each noticed the battle 77-74, whereas Dewey LaRosa had the struggle a lot wider, at 79-72. I went even additional, calling the struggle an 80-71 victory for Khegai.
There have been six bouts on the non-televised portion of the present.
Simply earlier than the cameras started to roll, North Philly teenage junior welterweight Branden Pizarro, 13-1, 6 KOs, gained a 6-round unanimous determination over Trenton southpaw Jerome Rodriguez, 7-11-Three, 2 KOs. Moving into, this struggle had the aroma of a very good problem for the rising teenager, and it was precisely that. Nonetheless, Pizarro gained impressively.
Branden needed to cope with an skilled professional who’s a lot better than his tattered report suggests. Rodriguez put Pizarro by way of the paces, banging up his left eye within the first spherical and by no means falling prey to Pizarro’s youthful flash.
For Pizarro, this was a grittier than standard win, and the kind of struggle that may assist him develop his expertise. Pizarro had a number of points with Jerome’s southpaw fashion, however he rose to the event and seemed good doing it. This task was one thing that Branden isn’t all the time given – a real check.
The 19 yr previous has been given the star remedy since even earlier than he turned professional, and with it, many straightforward matches have come his approach. However on this night time he needed to struggle exhausting to win, and he confirmed that he’s fairly succesful within the ring. That wasn’t a shock, however it was good for us followers to get that verification.
Pizarro gained by straightforward official scores of 60-54 (Dewey LaRosa) and 59-55 (David Braslow and John Poturaj). My rating was a stricter 58-56, however I used to be impressed by Pizarro greater than ever earlier than.
Florida-based Puerto Rican Gadwin Rosa, 9-Zero, 7 KOs, gained a 6-round unanimous determination over skilled Mexican journeyman German Meraz, 61-51, 2, 38 KOs. Rosa gained the junior light-weight bout by vast scores of 60-54 (Braslow) and 59-55 twice (LaRosa and Weisfeld). My rating mirrored Braslow’s.
Gledwin Ortiz, 6-2, 5 KOs, Bronx, scored a one punch knockout over Kieran Hooks of SW Philly, Three-2-1, 1 KO, within the first spherical of their scheduled Four-round junior middleweight bout. Ortiz slammed Hooks with an ideal proper hand that put the Philadelphian flat on his again. Referee Benjy Esteves took one fast look, and stopped the struggle with no rely. The punch and abrupt finish was a shocker. The time was 2:27 of spherical one.
In one other scheduled Four-rounder, light-weight Christian Tapia, Coamo, PR, 7-Zero, 6 KOs, stopped Cleveland’s Darnell Pettis, Three-13, on the finish of spherical three. Tapia was undoubtedly in management and had begun to widen his lead, however Pettis didn’t appear getting ready to being stopped. Nevertheless, he failed to return out for the ultimate spherical. Referee Gary Rosato stopped the struggle within the nook earlier than the fourth, upon the physician’s suggestion. The time was Three:00 of the third.
In a scheduled Four-round mild heavyweight battle, Philly’s Benny Sinakin, 2-Zero, 1 KO, made fast work of Darren Ferndale of Michigan, 1-6, 1 KO. Sinakin scored one knockdown earlier than ending his opponent after 2:23. “The Jewish Bulldog” was wild in his second professional battle, however was extraordinarily enjoyable to observe. The referee was Benjy Esteves Jr.
Within the present opener, Studying, PA cruiserweight David Stevens, 1-Zero, 1 KO, made a profitable professional debut, stopping Judd Brown, Zero-1-1, Studying, in spherical one in every of their scheduled Four-rounder. Stevens dropped Brown as soon as with a left hook and stopped him moments later at 2:56 on the primary. The referee was Gary Rosato.
The present was a great night time of boxing, and got here after an thrilling construct up. Tickets have been bought out greater than every week prematurely, and everybody appeared to be speaking concerning the occasion in the course of the remaining days earlier than battle night time. As said earlier than, the home was packed. Though the big Showtime digital camera growth, prevented the staging of a giant part of would-be seats, the promoters loaded the constructing with standing room solely spectators to reinforce the scaled down seating chart. The end result was an enormous crowd of each sitting and standing struggle followers, all over the place you appeared. The attendance needed to be about 1,200.
The profitable present was co-promoted by Onerous Hitting Promotions, Victory Boxing Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions, and Showtime.
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