Power Productions pulled through an entertaining show last night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia despite the cancellation of the highly anticipated match up of Julio Aquino and Alberto Santiago. Santiago, the Pennsylvania Jr. Welterweight champ and the IBF Latino belt holder suffered an injury that caused the cancellation. That mishap pushed Glen Turner vs. Newton Kidd to the main event level.
The Cruiserweight fight was only a 6-rounder, but it provided the crowd with plenty of excitement and a good feel for their way home. Turner (196 lbs) and Kidd (190lbs) started the bout with even exchanges. Kidd, from the Bronx, used his jab and movement to earn a slight edge on the scorecards. Turner, fighting in front of his home crowd, turned up the heat in the 6th and final round by landing a huge right hand causing Kidd to crumble. Kidd got off the canvas and finished the fight by swinging back until the final bell. The announcement of a split decision raised the collective eyebrow of the crowd, however it was a close fight. All three judges agreed with 57-56 scores; two of them going for Turner and one for Kidd. The knockdown sealed the victory for Turner (6-1-1 with 2 KO's). Kidd is now 3-2 but should be able to shake off this loss and get back to training is the Bronx for his next challenge.
In the Heavyweight co-feature, Malik Scott faced Frank James in a schedule 6 rounder. Scott whacked James at 2:25 of the opening round for the 10 count. Scott wins his 19th in as many pro fights while James returns to Miami at 9-4.
Derrick "Pooh" Ennis shut out Vance Garvey over 4 rounds in a Jr. Middleweight contest. Ennis is now 5-0.
Jamal Reed opened his punch for pay career by absorbing the early onslaught from Scott Meehan (234 lbs). Meehan, 0-3, ran out of gas but survived the 4 rounds but the unanimous decision went to Reed.
Lightweights Rami Ibraham and Eduardo Valdez started the night with the most exciting fight of the night. Both delivered evenly matched bombs, but Valdez floored Ibraham twice over the 4-round lightweight scrap. Valdez landed the unanimous decision from the judges.
The bouts were taped for a September broadcast on WMCN channel 21 (www.wmcn.com) in Atlantic City. Phil Berger and two-time heavyweight champion, Tim Witherspoon handled the blow-by-blow broadcast, while yours truly was the ring announcer.
Power Productions almost filled the place and credit must go to Sonny Mistretta for the matchmaking and scrambling for fighters duties. Power Productions returns to the Blue Horizon on October 22.