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21 OCTOBER 2018

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Sparrow & Wise Score Philly Wins


J. R Jowett reporting from ringside: J. Russell Peltz, along with BAM Boxing, Joe Hand Prom’ns and Raging Babe (whoever THAT is) ran an action-packed local club show on 9/8/17 and once again packed the 2300 Arena. Competition was heated but produced no upsets. Steve Mittman did the ring announcing.



As is both a Philly and Peltz tradition, Russell put on a rip-roaring crowd pleaser and local showdown to highlight the lengthy card. Fred Jenkins, Jr, 155 ¾, 10-5 (3), faced Isaiah Wise, 156 ½, 6-1 (3), over six rounds of face-to-face rumbling with no letup! Philly boxing has always included a large dose of bragging rights, and this one didn’t fall shy of the tradition. The stocky Jenkins and the mobile Wise were a good match for action. And although Isaiah dominated, Fred was never more than a step behind. That was in evidence in the very first round, when the two immediately began battling away at close range, with Wise holding the edge on quicker hands and aggression. Late in the round, trading in each other’s chests, Isaiah brought up a short right to the ear. Jenkins dropped. Wise went all out for the easy night, hammered a stricken Jenkins along the ropes, and dropped him again with a right. But Fred hung in, refused to yield, got out of the round, and gave Isaiah five more rounds of hectic battling.



In the third, with Jenkins being driven back but always punching, he put together a series of short uppercuts that jolted Wise and brought up the already excited crowd. Instead of falling back and regrouping, Isaiah upped what was already a torrid pace, let his hands go full tilt, and rumbled to the bell with the arena going crazy. In the fourth, the two took a breather, but still fought harder than many contests at their peak. In the fifth, action see-sawed, sometimes outside, sometimes inside, with Fred having a good round and Isaiah bleeding from the mouth. But in the final round, it was Wise in control of brutal battling, Jenkins showing signs of wear and giving ground, and having his knees buckled as the fired-up Wise surged to the final bell while the weary Fred was in there trading to the last. The verdict was unanimous to Wise, but the spread shows how combative it was. While Allen Rubenstein had 60-52, Dave Braslow scored 57-55, and Anthony Lundy split the difference at 59-53. Ronald Bashir refereed.



The top bout came next, and was an about face in terms of action. Sleeper Avery Sparrow, 127 ¼, Phila., 8-1 (3), didn’t do much to enhance his dossier with a ho-hum win over Joey Laviolette, 127, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6-1 (4), eight. However, the crowd was riveted with expectation and it became an interesting contest in a different way. The smaller local favorite bicycled endlessly, slipping punches and pecking away. The tall, standup Canadian trudged forward all night, but only threw long punches with no snap. Sparrow was able to roll away from most of these with a defensive acumen not seen much anymore. But instead of making the opponent pay with blazing counter combinations, Avery was content to score one at a time whenever an opening presented itself. In the fourth, the Canadian tried to apply more pressure, largely ineffectively, but enough to provoke a bit of inside trading late in the round. Starting the seventh, Laviolette at last landed a clean, jolting right that forced Sparrow into trading, but Avery was able to outfight him for the rest of the round. Braslow scored 76-76, but Jimmy Kinney and Lundy awarded the majority verdict to Sparrow, 79-73 and 80-72, respectively. Not a bad fight, but lacking in fireworks while compensating for those who appreciate tactics. Benjy Esteves refereed.



The other six was a competitive contest despite lopsided scoring, as the underdog refused to play patsy. Julian Rodriguez, 143 ¼, Hasbrouck Hgts, NJ, 16-0 (10), met Dario Ferman, 142 ½, Juarez, MX, 14-3 (11). The tall, lanky Mexican boxed defensively to start, but became pesky once he realized the hero was having trouble moving into range. The third started with a crackling exchange in a neutral corner which the favorite eventually won and forced Ferman to give ground. Later in the round, Rodriguez stepped in with a left hook and staggered Dario. Open trading continued in the fourth, with Rodriguez landing the harder blows. Through a hard-fought fifth, the contest entered the final round. Ferman stung Rodriguez with a long right behind the ear, but stepped back apologetically as if he’d landed an illegal blow. Then Dario took up the cudgel and outfought the fading favorite in a brisk round. Kinney, Rubenstein, and Braslow all scored 59-55 for Rodriguez, while Ferman exited to cheers.



The fours sparkled with spectacular kayos, none more so than in the bout between hardluck Osnel Charles, 143 ¾, Atlantic City, 11-18-1 (1), and popular Marcel Rivers, 144 ½, Phila., 3-0 (2). No barnburner, this was a mildly tedious contest into the final round, when the roof fell in! Razzle-dazzle footwork and a slapdash attack was keeping Charles in the fight and making the touted Rivers look less than a sensation. Making up for a slow start, Rivers exploded out and worked Charles over. But he lost steam and began circling away as Osnel tried to take up the slack. Then in an eye blink, Rivers launched a Hail Mary right that caught Osnel perfectly and crashed him to canvas like a rag doll, out cold. The KO came at 1:41 and Charles took several minutes to leave under his own power.



Equally spectacular was Victor Padilla, 138 ¾, Vieques, PR, 4-0 (4), bombing out Javier Garcia, 142 ½, San Juan, 8-16-2 (3). The two traded briskly, with Garcia switching southpaw to try to match Padilla’s lefty attack. But after the sharp-punching favorite stung him a few times, Javier began to box defensively and action tamed. Timekeeper Jimmy Mina tapped the warning, round one seemed to be playing out, when Padilla decided to play Yogi, “ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Moving left he cuffed a right hook, then snapped back with a crushing right cross that ricocheted Garcia off the ropes and sprawled him at center ring for the KO, just as the bell rang.



Brandon Robinson, 166 ½, Upper Darby, 6-1 (5), impressed, blasting Brandon Clark, 165, Columbus, OH, 2-1 (1), in 2:07 of the first. The tall standup Clark tried to mix, but couldn’t hold off the resolutely aggressive favorite. Robinson attacked fearlessly behind the left hook, then dropped Clark straight down as from a gallows with a screaming right. Clark hung in gamely under heavy punishment but finally succumbed, going down to a left hook where Benjy called a TKO.



Elijah Vines, 154 ¾, Germantown (Phila.), 5-0 (5), beat the tar out of brave Ishmael Altman, 151, Arapahoe, NC, 0-1-1, in a rugged contest. The tall, standup Altman boxed behind the jab while Vines measured him for left hook counters. Then a nice combo, left hook to body, right to head, floored the underdog. He went down again on shaky legs, referee Bashir ruling no knockdown. Then a second knockdown occurred when Altman stumbled drunkenly past Vines and got clipped a glancing right. Ishmael then took a terrible beating but gamely tried to rally to close the first. The doctors stopped it between rounds.



In a record-builder, LeShawn Rodriguez, 161 ¼, Shirley, LI, 6-0 (5), got rid of Fadoul Louis, 159 ½, Melbourne, FL, 3-4-2 (1), in 2:02. After a little sparring, a left hook – right cross combo sent Fadoul down, and he elected to stay there. Ref Bashir instead of counting him out waved it over for a TKO. Rodriguez, a Kathy Duva prospect, picks punches well and bears watching.

Two fours late on the card were scrappy contests but went the distance. Vinnie DeNierio, 135, Elmira, NY, evened his record at 2-2 with a majority decision against Jae Ho Kim, 136, Phila., 6-5-1 (2). The contest had constant action but was a mad scramble that lacked clean, sharp punching. Kim applied pressure throughout but constantly walked into poking fall-away counters from the long-limbed southpaw DeNierio. Kinney scored it 38-38; Braslow had the best core at 39-37 and Rubenstein 40-36.



Two debutees closed the long show as Omar Kabary Salem, 163 ¾, Bklyn, gained a unanimous 40-35 shutout of Leon DeShields, 161 ½, Phila. Despite a slip-slide attack, the stocky DeShields couldn’t deal with the southpaw stance and long reach of the tall son of The Egyptian Magician, a leading contender in the ‘80s. Kabary was the only one fighting in the first, pushed the lurching DeShields down in the second and then scored a knockdown with a left behind the head. Leon fought harder in the last two but still couldn’t get within range.

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