It was the second co-promotion that Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon, 32-3 (24), of Woodbury, NJ, did in the last six months as he thrilled a packed house at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, NJ, Saturday night stopping Cory “The Cobra” Phelps, 16-8-1 (8), of Catlettsburg, TN, in the 2nd round after scoring a pair of knockdowns over Phelps. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. saw enough as Phelps got up and waved it off. There was no complaint from fighter or corner. Witherspoon came in at 236 and Phelps 235.
CMIS Enterprises, LLC with Melissa Hansen and Chris Cappella along with Silver Spoon Promotions with Chazz Witherspoon were co-promoters. Marc Abrams was matchmaker and did the broadcast along with Harry “Lightning” Yorgey over GFL-TV.
“I was beating him with a jab and he was slowing down as I kept the pressure on him. I plan to fight again in late March or early April,” said Witherspoon. He used a steady jab in the first round that sometimes was as many as five in a row. His trainers the Hinnant Brothers, Wade and Randy were trying to get him to move to his right where Phelps was moving to his left. A combination just prior to the bell rocked Phelps. It was just a matter of time.
In the second round Witherspoon landed three rights and as Phelps stepped back he was caught with a fourth right, this time a vicious right uppercut to the chin dropping him. He was up at eight as referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. counted. Within seconds Witherspoon was on Phelps with another right upper cut to the chin and down he went again. As he got up the referee was looking into his eyes and waved it off. The fans were cheering so much that when the result was announced by announcer Nino Del Buno none of the writers or fans could hear the time. Witherspoon was lead to the ring by three small little Witherspoon’s and other family members including his father who stayed outside of the ring while their hero entered with his trainers. Soloist Sonny Day did a great rendition of the “Stars Spangled Banner!”
In the semi-windup amateur sensation Vidal Rivera, 1-0 (1), of Camden, NJ, a super bantamweight, made his long awaited professional debut scoring three knockdowns automatically stopping Jose Garcia, 0-3, of Philadelphia at 2:01 of the opening round. Referee Rickey Gonzalez waved the fight off. “Never be afraid to be great,” said Rivera. He plans to fight from 118 to 126 having come in at 120 tonight. He is trained by Chris Williams at the Camden Boxing Gym. Rivera’s grandmother came over and gave him a big hug afterwards. His entourage was carrying the many belts he won in the amateurs.
Light middleweight southpaw Nick “Quick” Valliere, 4-0 (0), of Forked River, NJ, stayed unbeaten with another decision victory this time over debuting Francisco Cruz, of South Philadelphia. All three judges Al Bennett, Don Gibbons and James Kinney scored it 40-36. DHB had it 39-37 Valliere. Gonzalez was the referee. Cruz went to the body in the third but tried going back to the head in the fourth. If he had started to the body from the beginning it may have been a different ending.
Light middleweight southpaw Erik Spring, 5-0 (1), of Reading, PA, was impressive in defeating game Travis McClaren, 1-6 (0), of Danville, VA, over four rounds. The tall southpaw hammered home hooks from both sides along with a fine jab. He stunned McClaren just prior to the bell ending the third round with a straight left to the chin. In the fourth and final round Spring landed a right uppercut that knocked the head of McClaren back. If it were a six instead of a four Spring would probably have stopped McClaren.
Judge Bennett had it 39-37 while Gibbons and Kinney had it 40-36 as did DHB. The referee was Gonzalez. In the corner of Spring was Junior Washington, Andrea Acuna and Mike Melendez.
Tall middleweight Matthew Gonzalez, 2-0 (0), of Vineland, NJ, won a hard fought four rounder over debuting Emmanuel Lipscomb, 0-1, of Philadelphia. In the first round Lipscomb landed a solid left hook to the chin of Gonzalez who countered with a right uppercut that could be heard throughout the arena. In the third round Gonzalez landed a combination to the head as Lipscomb was in a crouch. In the corner of Lipscomb was James Ali Bashir of Precision Craft Boxing.
Judges Bennett, Gibbons and DHB had it 39-37 while judge Kinney scored it 40-36 all for Gonzalez. The referee was Esteves, Jr.
In the opening bout super lightweight Courtney Blocker, 4-0 (4), of Pensacola, FL, scored a vicious second round knockout over tall Dominic Goode, 0-4, of Bridgeton, NJ, with a right hand that had Goode hitting the canvas with his neck and head hitting the bottom strand. He was out cold. Referee Gonzalez didn’t bother to count. The ring physician, EMT’s and top cut man Joey Eye revived Goode after minutes to get him up on a stool. Time of the stoppage was 0:31 of the second round. Goode was taken to a local hospital per promoter Cappella and discharged. NJ Commissioner Larry Hazzard, Sr., was at ringside.
“It’s always been a pleasure to work with Chazz and the entire Witherspoon family. Otherwise I don’t know if we would be doing this,” said Hansen. They did their first show back in 2008 with Witherspoon. Her grandfather Charles Brothman boxed for the Marines in the 1920’s. I wonder if “Missy” Hansen’s one-year old granddaughter Isabella Joy will follow in her grandmother’s footsteps making it 100 years since her great grandfather started boxing? All in all it was a good night of boxing with a loud and lively audience!
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