J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: When are these judges ever going to realize that “boxing” is conceived as a sport of skill and stop judging on body language and naked aggression? They have another game for that. It’s called Tough Man Tournament. Let’s keep them separate. Kamarah Pasley, 197, Phila., 6-6-1 (2), and Brian Donahue, 189, Phila., 2-5-2, headlined a modest but enjoyable card in a six promoted by Damon and Marty Feldman. The rangy southpaw Pasley moved away and countered. The rugged Donahue trudged forward. Pasley tried to box; Donahue tried to make it a street fight. Well, isn’t the name of the sport “boxing”? Pasley was too conservative with his punches, indicating that you have to virtually beat your opponent’s brains out to be assured of the decision. Kamarah didn’t, but he landed clean, straight punches when he elected to throw. Meanwhile, the tough and tattooed Donahue landed few clean shots but did enough physical bullying to keep the crowd entertained. The judges should have known better. Brian tried to corral Kamarah on the ropes, where Pasley largely smothered the shots, but his rolling with punches evidently caused the judges to consider them jolting blows. Brian tried some body shots, many of which were barely legal or caught on the arms. Pasley had strong rounds in the first and fifth, and outpointed Donahue with counters in the third and fourth. In the second and sixth, Brian’s persistence made for close rounds. Then came the decision, which unless it’s a slaughter, often produces more tension than the fight. As soon as it was announced that Dave Greer scored 58-56 for Pasley, it became obvious that we were in trouble. Why weren’t all three scores read and then announced for Kamarah? Because Dewey LaRosa and the normally reliable Joe Pasquale both had 57-57, giving Donahue a majority draw. Damon wants to promote a rematch.
The card was presented at the Roxy Night Club on Philly’s by turns hot and cold riverfront. The tiny venue barely had room for maybe 75 or so seats, but they managed to shoehorn in some 200 or so, mostly standing at the bars. The atmosphere was good in the cozy site, up until the final debacle. Mirror balls hung precipitously close to the corners, and one had to be tied away. Good thing it didn’t snap loose and swing into the ring!
Lonnie Jackson, Jr., 138, Phila., 3-0-1 (1), had no easy time gaining the unanimous decision over well-worn Josh Beeman, 140, Schenectady, 5-14-4 (2), in a scrambling four. Josh hurt his own cause by deliberately going down in round two in protest of a rabbit punch. Referee Shawn Clark (all bouts) gave him a count. The southpaw Jackson was too busy and too brisk, but near the end of the third, Lonnie lunged awkwardly into a right that buckled his knees. He was at least skillful enough to grab and hold to the bell, then made a ghost appearance to get through the fourth. Pasquale scored 38-37, the others 39-36.
Fred Jenkins, Jr., 164, Phila., 6-2 (2), likewise had his hands full gaining a majority call over pesky Ruben Ortiz, 159, Providence, 0-2, in a wild and loose four. The long-armed underdog with a herky-jerk style confused Jenkins, son of the famed trainer, in round one. The second may have been pivotal, as Jenkins tried to walk him down but had trouble pinning Ortiz until finally landing a jolting left late in the session. The last two were all Jenkins, as Ortiz had largely given up under the pressure and was fighting a rear guard action. Greer scored 38-38, LaRosa 39-37, and Pasquale 40-36.
In a ho-hum four, Dan Pasciolla, 237, Toms River, 2-1, won a unanimous decision over Lonnie Kornegay, 275, Balto., 1-10-2. After dropping a tame first fought at long range, Pasciolla stood inside and kept his hands moving as the blubbery Kornegay just flopped his body on him.
A scheduled four between debutees produced a crowd-pleaser as David Murray, 190, Wilmington, TKO’d Mike Moore, 194, Bristol, in 1:01 of round three. The rugged and persistent Moore tried to make it a free-swinging shootout. The slender, standup Murray was able to reach him with rights that jolted him in round one, opened a severe cut to the left eye and rocked Mike in round two, and buried him in the third. Moore gamely struggled up from the knockdown but Clark justly stopped it.
October 23, 2013