Power productions put on another entertaining night of boxing at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. Some of the past, present and future stars of boxing were in attendance, Bernard Hopkins, Tim Witherspoon, Yusaf Mack, Luis Alberto Santiago. The main event of the evening was a light heavyweight bout between Terrance Johnson (4-0 3 KO’s) and William Gill (2-6). Both Johnson and Gill tested their range with their jabs in round one, towards the end of round one, a clash of heads stunned Johnson.
Johnson entered round two still trying to adjust from the accidental head clash in round one, both fighters enter into a toe to toe brawl in round two to the excitement of the crowd. Johnson the favorite in this bout was in survival mode in rounds three and four and at times seemed as if he’d be able to turn the tides of this fight that was going in the favor of Gill the underdog. Gill entered round five confident that Johnson was still fighting with his legs still not at 100%. At the start of round 5 Gill immediately started the round with landing an uppercut that stunned Johnson against the ropes, Gill came and landed more rights to the body and head and referee Blair Talmadge had seen enough and called the fight. Gill improves to (3-6 2 KO’s)
In the co-feature Max Alexander took Randy Pogue to school in a six round unanimous decision. Alexander controlled the fight with his jab and scored at will. The game Pogue attempted to get to the taller fighter Alexander on many attempts throughout the fight but Alexander stayed clear of most attempts. Alexander cruised to a sixth round unanimous decison, 60-54 on all cards.
The first four fights of the evening ended in the first round! Exciting for the crowd? Yes….difficult for boxing writers? Oh yeah! The opener was a light-heavyweight bout between Jesse Blount of Philadelphia, PA and Montez Wilson of Camden, NJ. Blount came right after Wilson in the first round and landed two right hands that sent Wilson to the canvas, Wilson was able to get to his feet but was clearly wobbled and referee Ron Auritt called it, rightfully so.
Next up a junior welterweight, 4 round bout, between Julio Dejesus and Jamie Morales ended as quickly as it started. Dejesus took control in round one as soon as the bell rung, landing a barrage of punches against Morales that Morales seem to have no answer for. The ref jumped in between the action and gave Morales a standing eight count and the round proceeded. Dejesus sensing the end went in and land a vicious left hand that rocked Morales and the referee stopped the action in round one. The left thrown by Morales was a hard enough shot that stunned Morales again so the stoppage was justified.
James Bostic out of Brooklyn, NY was next to enter the ring against Davit Davitashvili, in a light-heavy four rounder, that ended in the same fashion as the first two fights. Bostic was looking to come out and make a statement in this fight, he lost his last fight against Max Alexander in a close decision a few months ago at the Blue Horizen venue. In round one Bostic landed his jab effectively against Davitashvili, controlling the pace of the fight Davitashvili attempted to get inside to land a right hand but Bostic countered superbly. Bostic’s counter left hooks, that were landing like nukes, eventually caused referee Ron Auritt to halt the action in another first round TKO. Bostic improves to (3-3)
The next fight was definitely the most bizarre of the evening a cruiserweight match-up between Simon “One punch”Carr and Gary Jones, both of Philadelphia. Jones came into this fight looking to not be in the best shape and it showed in the first round when Carr strolled across the ring at the sound of the bell and clocked Jones with a right-hand to the jaw that sent Jones tumbling to the canvas where he proceeded to nearly crawl out of the ring after falling…..it was one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen in the ring. The bout was called after Jones failed to make the ten count.
Making his pro debut Gabriel Rosado defeated Phil Hicklin. Rosado landed two consecutive rights that dropped Hicklin. Hicklin attempted to get up but with no legs under him he fell to the canvas again, referee Blair Talmadge called the action. Hicklin’s record falls to 1-3.
It was announced that Terrible Tim Witherspoon will be returning to the ring On March 17th at the NewAlhambra venue in South Philly. For tickets call 215 892 5411
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