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25 JUNE 2018

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Full Report: Farmer decisions Perez

J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: After lying dormant for most of the year, the once mighty fight town of Philadelphia revived with the second card in three days, on Friday(Oct 25). Greg Robinson’s Power Promotions, with Renee Aiken matchmaking, returned to their long-established venue at the Northeast National Guard Armory. Despite a change in the main event, a decent crowd of about 1200 turned out for a good card. Kurt “The Heimer” Wolfheimer did the PR, and Larry Tornambe, a/k/a “Torma”, was announcer. The original main event was a bang-up local battle between Frankie Trader and Tevin Farmer. A better pairing could hardly be asked, but in too-good-to-be-true fashion, Trader fell out.


Instead of bringing in a useful stepping stone, the promotion went ahead with a competitive eight. Farmer, 131, Phila., 13-4-1 (2), faced Camilo Perez, 127 ½, Carolina, PR, 9-1 (4). It wasn’t a good fight and it wasn’t a bad fight, but it was an earnest contest. Two factors were immediately apparent: Tevin is a southpaw and looked a whole division bigger. Camilo put up a solid effort throughout, but Tevin was too rangy on the outside and too strong on the inside. Tevin edged a cautious first with a long jab. The next three rounds were the best of the fight as the two mixed it up. Camilo landed some swiping shots and roused the many Puerto Rican fans in round two, but was still outgunned overall. Action moved to closer range in the third and Farmer showed a good mix of shots over and under. He also got the better of several brisk exchanges in the fourth.


The quality of the contest took a downturn in the next two rounds as they tried to mix at mid-range but mostly tied each other up. Perez had his best round in the seventh, reviving the crowd with a persistent attack. Although the smaller man, Camilo was the one pressing the action all night, and in the seventh he was getting to the retreating Famer with some good shots. But Tevin regrouped for the final session, stood his ground and beat Camilo to the punch with sharper blows to close it out. Dave Braslow scored 77-75, Dave Greer 78-74, and Dewey LaRosa 79-73, unanimous for Farmer.


Famed trainer “Panama” Roca confirmed the suspicion that size was a major factor. “But we fight!” he proclaimed. “”He tried hard, but I think the weight [was the difference] in the fight. My kid fight three divisions off,” he continued in reference to the size difference. “I very happy because he got, like, eight months not fighting, he’s out of the gym for awhile…so I very happy. He come back. He come back,” Roca confirmed. Asked why he took such a risky chance, Roca explained bluntly, “He had to get a fight! We had to start and break the ice.”


Beating Julius Kennedy is one thing; looking good against him is quite another. That neat trick was managed by Denis Douglin, 163, Marlboro Township, NJ, 15-3 (9), in a six with Kennedy, 161 ¼, Windsor Mill, MD, 7-7-1(3). It was a no-frills, no-nonsense slam-banger, the southpaw Douglin taking the high ground early with a punishing body attack as Kennedy tried to move in and muscle him. Julius almost succeeded in round two when he hammered Douglin on the ropes and buckled his knees with a double right. Denis had to hold and then circle away to regroup. But after hectic exchanging in the third, Douglin froze him with a left and brought up a right uppercut that bounced Kennedy on his seat. Furious battering followed until Julius was against the ropes, taking stick but still punching back and trying to extricate himself. Referee Blair Talmadge moved possibly a bit too quickly and stopped it, at 1:47 of the fourth. Kennedy protested.


Miguel Cartagena, 115 ½, Phila., 9-0 (3), wowed his fans on way to a unanimous win over Jhon Alberto Molina, 121, Cartagena, Col., 32-26-3 (20), in a brisk four. Now what is a guy with 60 fights doing in a four-rounder with a local kid? Might make one think he was just going to go through the motions and pick up his check, but Molina came out winging and fought hard throughout. Cartagena was just too poised and too sharp with his hands. Miguel kept up his guard and blocked Molina’s hooks over the top, then paid him back with sharp punches that scored cleanly. In the fourth, the local favorite put on a razzle-dazzle performance of footwork and hand craft to the pleasure of his fans.



Less heralded than Cartagena, Emmanuel Folly, 118 ¼, Phila., 2-0 (1), certainly got the attention with a sterling effort against game Jesus Gonzalez, 120 ½, Bethlehem, 1-3, (1), four. The southpaw Gonzalez was on the attack throughout, but Emmanuel saved his punches, waited for Jesus to commit, and then zinged him with fast, straight shots that repeatedly snapped his head back. “His jawbone be hurtin’”, yelled a comedic fan in the third, so obvious were the shots. Gonzalez was not discouraged by the ambushes, however, and in the fourth got nailed with a beauty of a double left hook followed by a right that sent him sprawling on the canvas. It was late in the round and Jesus had to cling desperately, but referee Shawn Clark let him finish on his feet. Folly, of course, got the unanimous decision.


The only bad fight was the opening four between Robert Sweeney, 157 ½ Sicklerville, NJ, 2-0, and Nycholas Ellerbe, 160, Manassas, VA, 0-2. It wasn’t the southpaw Sweeney’s fault, though. He fought a good fight. But Ellerbe wanted none of it after he got cracked with a left in the second and had to hold on. He decided that was the best tactic, to the extent that Talmadge penalized him two points in the third. Sweeney, of course, got a unanimous shutout, all 40-34.


Let’s hope they can make Farmer-Trader on their next show.

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