J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside: If anything can come of a bad decision, at least it shows out-of-state boxers that in Pennsylvania the judges screw the LOCAL fighters. They’re not homers; they just fail to distinguish between boxing and street fighting. After several years of break-even shows that kept area boxing alive, promoters Julio Alvarez and Jim DeLisio (A&D Prom’ns) packed the Valencia Ballroom in York on Aug. 10 with close to a thousand excited fans. Matchmaker Chuck Bayley had three pro bouts on top of a pro-am card. The main event featured York’s Carney “Li’l Beep” Bowman, 134, 16-1 (7), against Ramesis Gil, 134 ½, Santo Domingo, 8-4-5 (5). The five draws would warn the savvy that this guy is hard to score, and two of the three judges lived up to the threat.
Despite screaming fans on their feet through most of the contest, it was actually poorly executed, with lots of mauling and relatively few clean blows. The muscular invader attacked immediately by going to the body and shoving Bowman around. Ref Gary Rosato did his best to control the manhandling, and Gil would say afterward that he felt he was fighting the referee.
Unfortunately, two judges never got the message. Late in the first, the sharper Bowman began to get the range and pop Gil as he came in, making the round at least close. Gil started round two with a vigorous rush, but then petered out and Carney was again reaching him from long range. Excitement reached a peak in the third, when Bowman got an early lead before Gil erupted with a mid-round series of solid shots, with Carney losing his mouthpiece for the second time. But the attack wasn’t wasn’t sustained and Carney came back to take the round. More mayhem in the fourth, with Bowman complaining of a low blow and Ramesis outworking him in a close round.
In the fifth, action slowed to mostly mauling, and Carney suffered a bad cut to the right eye. You cut your opponent, you win the round, right? Apparently so. Even though Bowman appeared distressed, he was the only one landing any clean blows, as Ramesis went southpaw and ceased attacking. Even though the bout was on the line, the final round was a mish-mosh with a lot of smoke and no fire. Close contest; Gil was clearly the stronger and pushed Bowman around. But this is not wrestling. Carney landed more clean shots, but the judges looked at body language and the vigorous, charging displays of aggression. John Gradowski got it right, 58-56 Bowman. Jack Castellani had it the same score the other way, and Dave Braslow 59-55 Gil.
MMA is taking a big bite out of professional boxing, and if they’re going to score bouts on this basis, they might as well merge.
Jesus Saucedo, 140, York, 4-0-1 (1), beat Alberto Manukyan, 138 ½, WNY, NJ, by unanimous decision in a good four. The two exchanged solid combinations at mid-range, with flying globs of Vaseline in the second round accenting the blows and bringing up the crowd. The taller Saucedo was getting the better of it. Manukyan’s right eye was cut in the third and he began giving ground. In the final round, Alberto circled away and Jesus challenged him to stand and fight.
Promising Josh Bowles, 124 ½, Harrisburg, 5-0, scored a unanimous verdict over Joshua Arocho, 124, Vineland, NJ, who is tougher than his 1-6-2 (1) indicates. A good contest was fought with medium-range and inside trading, while Bowles’ sharper hands prevailed over the willing Arocho.
Amateur results: Chase McGowan, Lincolnway Gym (York) RSC2 Jose Curet, unattached, at 201+ Novice; Terrence Williams, Harrisburg BC, dec. Babar Shah, Lincolnway, 3-0 at 165 Open; Stephen Morris, Baltimore Boxing, dec. Mitchell Witmer, Capital BC (Harrisburg), 2-1, at 201 Nov.; Jerome Featherstone, Balto. Bxg, dec. Shakeem Hodge, East Reading BC, 3-0, at 165 Nov.; Benjamin Carter, Lincolnway, dec. Joel Rodriguez, Capital BC, 2-1 (bad dec.), at 123 Nov.; Kodee Gordon, Lincolnway, dec. Katongo Mutengo, Capital BC, 3-0, at 165 Open.