J. R. Jowett reporting from Philadelphia: Russell Peltz reopened the multi-named venue in S. Philly now known as the 2300 Arena. Each promoter has given the place a new name, but club-style boxing has been an attraction here for decades. Peltz presented eight bouts with co-feature eights. All bouts were competitive and, amazingly, there were no bad decisions!
Naim Nelson, 139 1/2, Phila., 12-0 (1), and Jerome Rodriguez, 140 1/4, Allentown, 6-1-3 (2), put on a scrappy contest that was two bouts in one. The southpaw Rodriguez held Nelson at bay in the first with a busy jab. Naim got the lead right working in the second and brought the contest to closer quarters. Jerome began dropping the left behind the jab to come back in the third. Nelson caught him on the ropes late in the fourth to pull out a close round.
But the second half was all Nelson. Rodriguez was merely evasive in the fifth while Nelson controlled the action. Naim began working him on the ropes in a strong sixth and then jolted Rodriguez with potshots from long range in the seventh. Rodriguez tried to regain control in the eighth and cut Naim’s left eye. Nelson has had trouble with cuts but seems to fight through them. He came back in a fast-paced finish to pull out the round and gain the unanimous decision. Allen Rubenstein scored 77-75, Lynne Carter 79-73, and Pierre Benoist 80-72.
The contest between Joey Dawejko, 240 3/4, Phila., 10-3-2 (3), and Mark Rideout, 238, Phila., 4-1-2 (1), was also two in one. But this time the first half was a good fight while the second was a mauler. The roly-poly Dawejko has good technical skills despite his rotund appearance. In the first half, he faded back, slipped punches, and popped short left hook counters. In the third, he began teaming the hooks with rights over the top as Rideout tried to lean away, and won the round going big. In the fourth, he went back to carefully selected left hooks.