J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: Julio Alvarez and Jim DeLisio (A&D Prom’ns) put on a fine pro-am card Dec. 21, 2012, at their usual site, the Valencia Ballroom in York, PA. Unfortunately, running so close to Christmas appeared to be a bad idea, as only a little over 100 showed up for what was a good card. Three professional bouts by matchmaker Chuck Bayley topped the show.
Promoted to the main event, Steve Weimer, 144 ½, York, 9-0 (2), got an all-action, close and competitive fight from Hector Orozco, 145, Hopkins, MN, 6-13, over six rounds. The local favorite made it two fights in one, and both of them crowd pleasers. Normally a controlled-pace artist, Weimer came out full-tilt from first bell, using slick body movement rather than footwork to weave in and out, side-to-side. He got the better of hectic action in the first couple rounds, but the determined visitor only increased his work ethic and came out applying pressure in the third. Midway through the round, the rangy favorite began circling wider and using his reach advantage. Fewer punches were landed, but the tense tactical battle, with Weimer moving and popping while Orozco applied relentless pressure, kept the fans in high excitement. The final rounds were edged to Weimer by the slimmest of margins, as at no time did anyone take command of the constantly-shifting action. Hector tended to start fast, and Steve to come on and close the rounds with just enough to win. John Gradowski scored it 57-57, Dave Greer 58-56, and Bernard Bruni 59-55, giving Weimer the majority verdict.
The combatants presented an interesting contrast of viewpoints. “It was a good effort by both of us, but I thought I won,” observed the underdog. “I kept him missing and I kept countering him, and I’m the one who kept the pressure on the whole time…He caught me a few times. It didn’t hurt me. The only reason it was a big deal, because it is his home town and every time he caught me, everybody cheered. Every time I caught him, nobody’s gonna cheer.”
Offered the winner, “I hit you and I don’t get hit. That’s what I do good. He didn’t hit me with nothing that hurt…I was boxing him here and there. I was trying to mix it up a little bit, box with him, make him miss me, and then stand there and try to bang with him and push him around…I was just in there having fun and showing for my fans. ..I left it a little close. I shoulda just boxed him.” The fact that he did more than that, however, made it a good fight.
The fact that locals don’t get any gifts, however, was much in evidence in a furious four between Jesus Saucedo, 138, York,4-2-1 (1), and David Warren Huffman, 138, Cincinnati, 4-11-1 (1). In brisk action from first bell, the bigger, stronger favorite got off fast with better hands and a body attack. But Huffman would not be deterred and began landing counters in a close second. The underdog came out furiously for the third, pinning Saucedo on the ropes and wailing away with crude but relentless punches. By the final round, Jesus was spent and taking a sound beating on the ropes. Two rounds close and two rounds solid for the visitor. Saucedo was a beaten fighter at the end, and while Gradowski scored it 38-38, Greer had it 39-37 and Bruni 38-37, giving Huffman the majority win.
Debuting Terrance Williams, 167 ½, Hanover, PA, got a TKO over Gavin Hume, 170, Akron, OH, 0-2, after two of a scheduled four. The two southpaws boxed on even terms and all scores were 19-19 when Hume complained of an injured right hand and did not come out for round three. The injury didn’t prevent him from signing for his pay, however.
112 Novice – Bryquan Sweeney, Lincolnway (York) dec. Maurice Morales, Kings Gym (Reading), 3 rds, 2-1.
152 Nov. – Shawn Woolford, Main St. Gym (Salisbury, MD) dec. Ramses Brown, Combat Gym (Bellmawr, NJ) 3 rds, 3-0.
165 Open – Ryan Watson, Main St., dec. Babar Shah, Lincolnway, 3 rds, 2-1.
151 Nov. – Denzel Fludd, Combat, dec. Anthony Aguilar, Capital Punishment (Harrisburg), 3 rds, 2-1.
163 Open – Jerome Featherstone, Baltimore Boxing, RSCH3 Bakula Simpson, Harrisburg BC.
125 Open – Antonio Conigliaro, Xtreme Fitness (St. Clair, PA), dec. Josue Alfaro, Lincolway, 3-0.
December 22, 2012