At the 2300 Arena in South Philly Saturday night Prichard “Digget” Colon, 13-0 (10), brought fans in from Puerto Rico where he lives and Florida where he left at 13 as he dished out a terrible beating to Hector “Hurricane” Munoz, 23-14-1 (15), of Albuquereque, NM, who showed the heart of a lion in this 6 round main event.
With a left eye almost closed and blood flowing down the side of his face Munoz never stopped trying even when Colon pushed him to the canvas in rounds 5 and 6. Colon used excellent uppercuts in the opening round to drop Munoz. It looked like a short night but Munoz hung in there with his trainer the 3x former world champion Danny “Kid Dynamite” Romero encouraging him on.
The judges saw it 60-53 from Bernard Bruni and John Poturaj as did DHB while Alan Rubenstein scored it 60-51 all for Colon. The referee was Shawn Clark.
This was a King’s Promotion (Marshall Kauffman) and XFE Promotions (David Feldman) with help from Al Haymon who had 7 of the 8 winners on the card.
Middleweight Kyrone “Shut it Down” Davis, 6-0 (3), of Wilmington, DE, entered the ring with a fur coat and sunglasses which seemed out of character for him. He pounded on Jonathan Garcia, of Aguada, PR, 4-12 (1), for all 6 rounds and as hard as he tried he could not drop him. One boxer who stopped Garcia in his career was the main event winner Colon. Almost 3 years ago Garcia was a lightweight and lost by decision to the “other” unbeaten DE boxer Omar “Super O” Douglas who was in the crowd cheering on Davis along with his father and former trainer Doug Pettiford and Omar’s brother. Douglas is scheduled March 6th in the state of WA. All 3 judges and DHB scored it 60-54 for Davis. “It was a good experience going 6 rounds,” said Davis. There were times when Davis landed as many as 6 punches without return. He nailed Garcia on the chin many times with a straight right hand.
Opening the show was one of the 5 Russell brothers from Capitol Heights, MD, in bantamweight Gary “Another” Russell, 1-0 (1), making his debut and had the most outstanding performance of the night with a clean knockout in the 2nd round with an overhand left to the chin of Harold Reyes, 1-2 (0), of PR. Russell came in at 116 while Reyes was a late substitute in at 120. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. didn’t even bother to count as he immediately called for the ring physician. It took about 5 minutes to get Reyes up and on a stool.
The only Philadelphia boxer on the card Stephen “Scooter” Fulton, 4-0 (1), tried his best for a knockout trying to follow Russell who happened to have the only knockout on the card. His opponent Eric Gotay, of San Juan, PR, did his best and took the 3rd round and made it tough for Fulton to shine while taking 59-55 scores from Bruni and Poturaj along with DHB while Rubenstein had it 60-54 for Fulton. The referee was Clark. “Making no mistake is what I established for certain victory,” said Fulton.
Lightweight 2008 Olympian and southpaw Raynell Williams, 6-0 (3), of Cleveland, OH, came off the canvas in the 4th round to win every other round from Ryan Picou, 2-5 (0), of Las Vegas, NV, over 6 rounds. Williams was “whipping” his punches, especially with the right hand to the body of Picou who hung in there tough.
Bruni and Adam Friscia had it 59-55 while Poturaj and DHB scored it 58-55 for Williams. Esteves, Jr. was the referee. It was a good fight and my first 6 rounder. I believe my feet got tangled but I can’t take it away from Picou scoring it a knockdown,” said Williams.
In the only non-Haymon fighter in it welterweight Grayson Blake, 6-3 (2), of State College, PA, stopped his 3 fight losing streak to edge out Anthony Prescott, 5-5-2 (2), of Cherry Hill, NJ, over 6 rounds.
Prescott seemed to take the early round with Blake using a very educated jab to work his way back into the fight and pull out the win. Prescott seemed to tire in the 5th but had enough in the last round to make it one of the best with both boxers punching at the bell.
All 3 judges had it 58-56 while DHB had it 57-57. The referee was Esteves, Jr. This was the bout prior to the main event.
Tall southpaw welterweight Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark, 4-0 (3), of Cinn., OH, did what he could especially in the 4th and final round to drop Dominique Foster, 2-7-1 (0), of Las Vegas, NV, but had to settle for a workman like decision over the tough and durable Foster. “He was a survivor,” said Clark.
Cruiserweight Earl “Flash” Newman, 4-0 (3), of Brooklyn, NY, scored a 3rd round knockdown and defeated Yuwshua Zadok 2-3-1 (0), of Atlanta, GA, over 4 rounds. As hard as he tried Newman could not follow up on that knockdown. Judges Bruni, Rubenstein and Poturaj scored it 40-35 as did DHB.
May all our prayers go out to Caleb Hunter “Sweet Hands” Plant, 5-0 (4), of Ashland City, TN, and his wife who lost their young daughter on Thursday taking him off the card. He won at Harrah’s in Chester in December and proved to be a real nice young man in and out of the ring.
It could have been a more well attended event but due to the freezing cold weather and the eve of Super Bowl 49 along with a lack of local talent it wasn’t the kind of crowd Philadelphia is known for.
The Ring Announcer was Nino Del Buono and head of Security was the manager of former IBF light middleweight champion Buster Drayton Ivan Cohen. Drayton was chief of the guards tonight.
Kings Promotions & Big Stuff Promotions will be returning to the Econo Lodge & Conference Center in Allentown, PA, on February 21st with Reading’s Frank De Alba in the main event who was in attendance tonight. Go Fight Live with Marc Abrams handling the blow by blow covered the show.
Super bantamweight Stephen “Scooter” Fulton, 3-0 (1), of Philly Eric Gotay, 3-2 (1), of DR.
Super welterweight Grayson Blake, 5-3 (2), of State College, PA, Anthony Prescott, 5-4-2 (2), of Cherry Hill, NJ.
Cruiserweight Earl Newman, 3-0 (3), of Brooklyn, NY, Yuwshua Zadok, 2-2-1 (2), of Atlanta, GA.
Welterweight Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark, 3-0 (3), of Cinn., OH Dominique Foster, 2-6-1 (0), of Hilliard, OH out of Las Vegas, NV.
Bantamweight National GG champion Antonio Russell, 0-0 (0), of DC Harold Reyes, 1-1 (0), of PR.
Ring Announcer Nino Del Buono. Ivan Cohen Head of Security.
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