Jones Shuts Out Venegas in Philly!
By Ken Hissner at ringside (May 13, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., & Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. put on a good night of boxing for the paying customer’s including this writer at the New Alhambra in South Philly Friday night.

Top Philly prospect Mike ‘Machine Gun’ Jones 14-0 (12) put on a boxing clinic with a masterful performance over tough Gilbert Venegas 10-6-3 (7), Chicago, scoring a shutout on
all three judges scorecards over 8 rounds in this welterweight match-up. “This guy was one tough customer,” Jones commented after his win. Jones brought flashbacks of the old days in Philly with his combinations. Gary Rosado was the referee.

Co-managers Doc Nowicki and Jim Williams are allowing Jones to step up against more durable opponents after Jones started his career with 12 straight knockouts. Jones put a mouse under Venegas right eye as early as the 3rd round. Venegas to his credit never stopped coming forward. Jones’ hand speed never diminished throughout the fight.

It was a night where 3 local favorites were beaten starting with Hartford’s Tommy Garcia 2-1-1 (1) boxing his way to a majority decision over Pottstown’s Travis ‘The Animal’ Thompson 2-2 (2) in a 4 round lightweight bout. Thompson kept coming forward but couldn’t offset Garcia’s jab.

Next, heavyweight Pedro ‘El Toro’ Martinez 1-1 (1) of North Philly found himself on the canvas twice in the opening round when New York City’s Ahmed Samir 2-0 scored with straight right hands. Martinez fought back in the 2nd round and may have even taken the last 2 rounds as Samir was fading, but couldn’t overcome the knockdowns in losing the decision. This fight has all the earmarks for a rematch.

Wilmington’s Ryan Belasco 7-2-3 (2) upset the popular Victor Vasquez 7-2 (4) of North Philly in a shoot-out six round junior welter bout being stopped after the 5th round. By the 3rd round Vasquez left eye was starting to swell up. After the 4th round his eye was closed and he pleaded to the doctor not to stop it. The doctor allowed him one more round. Vasquez came out firing but couldn’t put Belasco away. At the time of stoppage the judges scores were 49-46 and two 48-47’s in favor of Belasco.

It looked like another Philly fighter was going to lose when Chesapeake, Virginia’s William ‘The Storm’ Bailey 8-14-2 (5) put South Philly’s Larry Robinson 9-3 (7) on the deck in the 1st round in a cruiser 6 rounder. Robinson came back in the next round and scored a pair of knockdowns of his own forcing referee Shawn Clark to stop it at 2:33 of the 2nd round. This was the walk on bout.

North Philly’s Anthony Flores 2-0 (1) had his way in the opener pounding Baltimore’s Darrell Martin 2-3 in a 4 round junior lightweight bout. An occasional left hook by the defensive minded Martin was the only thing that prevented a knockout. Flores worked the body well with uppercuts. He is a very likeable and crowd pleasing boxer that the fans will want to see more of.

Kensington’s Dennis Hasson 2-0 (1) put aside his boxing ability that won him his debut match and took it to North Philly’s Charles Kirby 1-4 with a good body assault in a super middleweight 4 rounder. Hasson proved he could take a punch when Kirby landed a hard right to the jaw. This only made Hasson fight that much harder in landing body and head shots that had Kirby rocked and almost out at the bell. Kirby’s corner felt he had taken enough punishment and refused to let him come out for the next round causing referee Shawn Clark to wave it off. Hasson is scheduled in July for a 3rd straight appearance at the New Alhambra. Trainers Wade and Randy Hinnant have seen both sides of their fighter’s offense and plan to put it all together in his next fight. “Stay ready, you don’t have to get ready,” said Hasson. Co-manager Buddy Osborn said, “I am pleased with Dennis’ performance tonight. I kept him out of an Atlantic City bout last month due to a head butt he took at the end of his 1st fight. In spite of his willingness to fight I felt it better to wait another month.”

The semi-six was a return match between Gabriel Rosado 9-2 (6) of North Philly and Mustafah Johnson 5-4-1 (2) of Indianapolis, in a 6 rounder. Maybe it was due to a matter of styles or that they knew each other too well, but the lack of action had the fans booing throughout this junior middleweight match. Rosado got the decision.

Peltz-Hand’s next show will be July 18th at the New Alhambra featuring Chuck Mussachio, originally from South Philly, now living in Wildwood, New Jersey, against Delaware’s Richard Stewart in an 8 round light heavyweight match.

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