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Nelson and Dawejko Win As Peltz Reopens Arena

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.



But beginning with the fifth, Dawejko started to lose his sharpness while the disinterested Rideout did little to turn the fight around. It became punch-and-grab, with little action beyond one at a time in the second half of the contest. Fans were happy anyway, and a "Joey! Joey!" chant regularly burst forth. Mark did a lot of talking in the seventh, but wasn’t doing much else. Evidently Dawejko’s surprisingly slippery style for a guy who’s built like a beach ball was too much for Rideout to deal with and he looked bemused at the unanimous verdict in Joey’s favor. Carter scored 78-74 and Benoist and Eric Dali both 79-73.


All the results

Light welterweight Naim Nelson w pts 8 Jerome Rodriguez

Heavyweight Joey Dawejko w pts 8 Mark Rideout

Lightweight Anthony Burgin w pts 6 Ramon Ellis

Light welterweight Milton Santiago w pts 6 Josh Beeman

Welterweight Nathaniel Rivas w pts 4 Jovan Sosa

hwavyweight Hector Perez w tko 3 Aaron Leonard

Middleweight Vincent Floyd w pts 4 Sharif Jones

Light welterweight David Gonzales w pts 4 Omar Brito


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