Gavern defeats Sconiers at the Beach
By Ken Hissner at ringside (May 19, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
TNT Boxing continued their First State Boxing Series at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware on Saturday night with heavyweights on top. Promoter Dave Tiberi and matchmaker Mark Kondrath put on a good mix of competitive boxing.

In the main event, with both fighters fighting out of Florida, Jason Gavern 14-4-2 (7), Kissimmee, won a workmanlike 8 round decision over Harold Sconiers 15-18-2 (10), Tampa, with all three judges scoring it 79-73.

Gavern, originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and a two-time state Golden Gloves champ was filling in for John Poore, who was cut in training. Gavern had just returned from Germany where he had been sparring with several of the Russian fighters. Between jetlag and flu-like conditions he was able to muster enough combinations to keep Sconiers on the defense most of the time. “I had to work through this illness the best I could. I am self managed and will be fighting in Scranton next month on ESPN2,” said Gavern. His parents had come down from Scranton to support him. Of his four losses, two were split and one by majority. He has a draw with WBO #9 contender Travis Walker (27-1-1) and claims, “only Malcolm Tann (12-1) was a true loss.”

Matchmaker Kondrath was the manager of Tiberi when he suffered one of the most outrageous decisions in recent boxing history at the hands of James Toney in an IBF middleweight title bout. “The two main event boxers were the most co-operative pair I have ever done business with,” said Kondrath.

The show started off with a barnburner that had Atlantic City’s Linwood Hurd, 2-0-3, counter punching the always aggressive Mike Denby, 1-1-2, of Felton, throughout the four round junior welterweight match. In spite of his right eye near closed at the end, Denby kept going for the haymaker and to the body in the latter part of the fight to earn a majority draw. One judge had it for Hurd. Neither one deserved to lose.

Garrett Wilson, 2-0 (1), Philadelphia, earned his second win in two weeks, this time over Youngstown, Ohio’s southpaw Josh Harris, 1-1-1 (1), in a cruiserweight four rounder. Wilson’s combinations kept the posing Harris on the defense throughout. Harris made a very good debut last year in Delaware but never got untracked in this one. Wilson took two of the judge’s scorecards 40-36, and one somehow came up 38-38.

African born Ikem Orji, 3-0 (1), Laurel, Maryland, pressed the local Newark, junior welterweight Juan Vasquez (1-1) for 4 rounds. Vasquez did not get offensive minded until the last round in losing a majority decision. Judge’s scored 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38.

In the semi-six rounder well known local out of Wilmington, Clarence ‘Sonny Bono’ Taylor, 13-15-2 (6) was the busier, in spite of a hand injury, over trial horse John Michael Terry, 2-11-3 (1), Portsmouth, Virginia, who seems to do just enough not to win. In this super middleweight match Taylor scored with combinations while Terry would go hard to the body and land an occasional overhand right. He seemed to give the last two rounds away and the fight, 58-56 (twice) and 59-55 on the scorecards. It seemed Terry may have been accidentally thumbed in the second round by Taylor. Despite the urging of his corner, Jack ‘The Snake’ Riley he would fight only in spurts.

Pedro Martinez 1-1 (1) of Philadelphia was to meet Kevin Hood, 5-8, from Coatesville in a cruiserweight match. Hood was a no show causing a 45 day suspension. It seems the promotion found out at the day of the fight Hood has done this in New Jersey on several occasions. Vic deWysocki was the referee for all bouts.

Tiberi has single-handedly resurrected boxing in Delaware ever since small clubs such as Kahunaville in Wilmington closed their doors. The PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware Park racetrack in Stanton and Dover Downs Casino were sites of past promotions. One good location in the Wilmington area is being looked into. The return of the Tiberi-Kondrath combination seemed to work well since Tiber’s boxing exile in 1992. Tiberi’s video company filmed the event for possible future use. That along with the continued popularity that he has gained throughout his boxing career have helped with a fan based following here in Delaware.

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