J A Jowett er reporting from ringside: Cool Boxing (Richie Caraballo, Humberto Perez and Manny Rivera) ran their second show on 3/14/14, at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on the Philadelphia waterfront. Matchmaker Will Ruiz’ six bouts were all won readily by the young hopefuls getting their careers started, as well as a returning veteran in the main event.
In the headliner, Derek Ennis, 159 1/2, Phila., came back from a layoff and stalled career by taking the unanimous decision over Emil Gonzalez, 158 1/2, Guaynabo, PR, six. The popular Ennis can be expected to provide a pitched battle, but used his skills to get the rust off in an uneventful contest, scored 60-54 twice and 59-55..
In the co-feature six, a pairing of southpaws, Derrick Webster, 167, Glassboro, NJ, was just crafty enough to thwart the steady attack of Lester Gonzalez, 165 1/2, a Cuban out of San Diego, for the unanimous win. Lester tried to break him down but Derrick did just enough to control an unexciting contest. The closeness of the rounds was reflected in the scoring, with Webster having to settle for a majority verdict, 57-57, 58-56, and 59-55.
Damon Allen, 139 1/2, Phila., extended to 6-0 (2), with a unanimous win over Hector Marengo, 141, Arecibo, PR, in a good six. Hector couldn’t match Damon for skills but kept the contest interesting with occasional big rights. Scores were 58-55 twice and 59-54.
Touted Milton Santiago, 143 1/2, Phila., had to go the distance for the first time, 3-0 (2),
In the night’s best bout, four. Santiago was too quick and vigorous, letting hands go in early mixing, to take the unanimous verdict from lefty William Lorenzo, 143 1/2, Aguada, PR.
The promoter’s son, Richie Caraballo, 110, Phila., returned after losing his pro debut more than a year ago, and got in the win column with a unanimous shutout in a dull bout against debuting Jose Garcia, 113 1/2, Aguada, four.
In a good four, debuting Seifullah Jihad Wise, 140 1/2, Phila., positioned himself on the edge of his opponent’s range and kept busy to win the unanimous decision over difficult lefty James Gooding, 144 1/2, Tampa, 1-5-1, by scores of 39-37 and 40-36 twice.