Eastern Regional Report - May 31, 2011
By Alec Kohut, MaxBoxing (May 31, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing
Tony Thomspon
Thompson Throttles Harris, Fight Card in Chester, PA, Salka Cleared to Fight  

This is a vacation week for me but I wanted to give you all a brief update on a couple things before a week of fishing and relaxing.

  Tony Thompson Overwhelms an Unfit Harris

  It’s hard to know what was on Maurice Harris’ mind the weeks leading into and including the night of his fight with Tony Thompson last Friday but it’s easy to know what wasn’t on his mind: preparing for and working to beat Tony Thompson. Thompson had no trouble dispatching Harris in three rounds on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” setting himself up for a title elimination bout with Philadelphia’s Eddie Chambers.

  After a sluggish first round, Thompson sensed he could just stand in front of Harris and land punches with little or no resistance from his opponent. A right hook found its mark on the side of Harris’ head and sent him to the canvas; the rout was on. The third round offered no respite for Harris as he again was felled by Thompson and forced the referee the halt things at 1:51 of the third round.  

Harris had turned some heads in his four-bout winning streak after a two-year absence from the ring but that was fool’s gold, as it is clear that Harris has no real future in the fight game.  

Thompson, at 39, desperately wants another crack at one of the Klitschkos after being knocked out by Wladimir in July 2008. He is riding a five-bout winning streak, all by knockout, since that fight. I give him a great shot at beating Chambers and getting his opportunity at one of the Klitschkos.  

  Victor Vasquez Headlines Joey Eye Boxing Card in Chester, PA, Friday Night  

Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA, just south of Philadelphia, plays host to another promotion by Joey Eye Boxing this Friday night as barber/boxer Victor Vasquez of Philadelphia headlines against Gustavo Dailey in a rematch of January 2010 bout, in which Vasquez stopped Dailey in five.  

The card also features 4-0 (1) lightweight prospect Angel Ocasio and fan favorite light heavyweight Anthony Ferrante. The fight cards put together by Joey Eye, a longtime fixture in the Philadelphia fight scene, are always entertaining and Joey works hard to provide action fights that are evenly matched.  

Unlike cards that feature up-and-coming prospects pummeling weak opposition, these cards usually provide good old-fashioned local brawls.  

Rod Salka Cleared to Resume Career  

Last month, lightweight Rod Salka was held out of a bout with Youngstown’s Jake Giuriceo due to concerns from a blood test. Last week, Brian Gorman of steelcityfighters.com reported that Salka’s full test came back negative and the 12-1 (3) prospect is cleared to fight again.  

While there are no definite plans for the bout with Giuriceo to be rescheduled, don’t be surprised to see this match remade in late summer at an outdoor arena in the Youngstown area.

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