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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Results from Atlantic City, Williams-Martinez Undercard

By Jason Pribila at ringside: Atlantic City fight fans were treated to a four fight undercard prior to HBO going on the air. Goossen Tutor Promotions retained the HBO date after Kelly Pavlik pulled out of a middleweight title defense against Paul Williams. When Williams decided to keep the date, promotional duties belonged to the California based company.

A crossroads fight between heavyweights Tony Thompson (33-2, 21 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Chazz Witherspoon (26-2, 18 KOs) served as the main support to the televised portion. For Thompson it was his second fight since suffering a knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2008. Witherspoon had won three straight since suffering his only defeat as a pro to Chris Arreola.

After 2:13 of the 9th Round it will be Thompson that will march forward.
The 36 year old gained an early edge on the scorecards by using his physical advantages against Witherspoon. His long jab created distance, and his straight left hand began to land as Witherspoon got close.

Thompson hurt Witherspoon in the fourth round with a left hand. He did further damage against the ropes, and seemed to be ready to pull away on the scorecards.

To Witherspoon’s credit he kept to his game plan and continued to land to Thompson’s body. Suddenly Thompson seemed gassed and it appeared that his age was rapidly catching up with him.

Thompson steadied himself and regained control in Round 7. This time it was his right hand that scored, and he was successful when moving Witherspoon to the ropes.

By Round 9 it seemed like Witherspoon would need to do something dramatic to escape with a victory. He started the round aggressively, but his effort came up short. Thompson landed a huge right hand that caused Witherspoon to fall into the ropes. Correctly ruled a knockdown, Witherspoon survived the count and was able to continue. Another straight hand caused his corner to rush the apron, and the fight was waved off by referee Benjy Esteves.

Thompson should be able to parlay this win into another meaningful fight in 2010. His physical size and ring generalship makes him a tough out for anyone willing to face him, but I would imagine that list will be short.
Witherspoon is still young, but this is his second defeat when his level of competition has been raised. One may feel that he has reached his ceiling. Fortunately the St. Joseph’s University grad will have options when his ring career comes to an end.

Former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana scored a TKO over Jesse Feliciano (15-8-3, 9 KOs) when the ringside physician ended the bout due to cuts over Feliciano’s left eye during the opening moments of Round 3.

Four minutes into the fight Feliciano finally gave up on trying to avoid Quintana’s punches. Jabs, lead rights, and straight left hands from Quintana landed at will. Feliciano instead chose do bite down on his mouthpiece and land punches in between eating shots. The strategy worked when a counter left hand sent Quintana into the ropes. Following the 8 count, Quintana regained control and won the remainder of round two.

Just as the fight was unfolding as many predicted, a gash opened up over Feliciano’s left eye. One look at the damage and the bout was stopped.
New Jersey prospect Jorge Diaz needed only 2:53 to stop Luis Paneto (5-7-2). A right uppercut sent Paneta to the canvas, where he remained on his knee until he was counted out.

The opening bout of the evening saw Jeremiah Wiggins (7-0-1) win a unanimous decision over Manuel Guzman (6-9-2). Plenty of punches were landed throughout the competitive fight, but Wiggins carried the fight by landing the harder blows. Official scores read: 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.

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