Greg Robinson, CEO of Power Productions, has been voted Philadelphia’s Promoter of the Year for the past three years. On Friday his last offering of the year was presented at the National Guard Armory with five bouts. Oronde Dawley, a Junior Lightweight who has had many problems securing an opponent, got an 8-round victory against Justo Sanchez to remain undefeated.
Sanchez shook off two small cuts, one near each eye, and proved to be a durable foe for the sharp and wound-up Dawley. Oronde, now 11-0-1, was just too busy and accurate and cruised to a unanimous decision.
Terrance “Jersey Joe” Johnson says he’s a nephew of the Jersey Joe Walcott but Johnson is not a cutie like the former heavyweight champ. Johnson (184 lbs) was right in front of Chuck Berry, 188 lbs (4-7; 2 KOs) in the opening heat, but landed several telling blows in the 2nd. As Johnson piled on right hand after right hand late in the 2nd round, Ref Hurley McCall jumped in to stop the bout just as the bell was sounding. The official stop time was 2:59 of the 2nd round, allowing Johnson his third victory in as many pro outings.
Light Heavyweight Max Alexander faced an experience factor in his bout against Jake Rodriguez (6-15; 5KOs). The tall and lean Alexander used his quick feet and accurate counterpunching when he wasn’t stepping forward behind combinations. All this action earned Alexander a unanimous decision win and improvement on the undefeated record to 5-0-1.
Heavyweight: Mark “Oak Tree” Brown won a 4 round unanimous, but close, decision against Lamont Barnes. Brown, who was down once, is now 4-0 and Barnes slips to 1-1.
Light Heavyweights: Andre Hemphill turned a couple of left hooks into a 3rd round KO over Charles Kirby. Kirby came out strong but when Hemphill was able to time the double left hook Kirby (1-2) was stunned. Hemphill (2-1) finished strong at 1:38 of the 3rd round and got the KO win.
Power Productions returns to the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia on January 13th.
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