Results: Keenan Collins's Stops George Rivera in King's Promotions - Doghouse Boxing News
Boxing Results: Collins's Stops Rivera in King’s Promotions
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 11, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Keenan Collins
In the fight of the night at the “Rumble at the Rodeway Inn” in Allentown, PA, Saturday night junior middleweight Keenan Collins, 15-7-3 (10), of Reading, PA, stopped George Rivera, 13-8-1 (4), of Charlottesville, VA, in the eighth and final round scoring 2 knockdowns before referee Gary Rosato wisely stopped the fight at 1:59. It was the main event on Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions pro-am at the Rodeway Inn, in Allentown, PA.

This was a rematch between Collins and Rivera when they fought to a previous draw in April of 2012. “My corner don’t lie. They said I needed a knockout going out for the final round,” said Collins. It was a close fight all the way until the fifth when a right started the action followed by 4 more punches to halt Rivera in his tracks. In the seventh and overhand right hurt Rivera who covered up against the ropes until the bell.

In the final round Collins landed a leady right to the left ear of Rivera scoring a knockdown. An overhand right dropped Rivera again. He got up on unsteady legs. Referee Rosato asked him to take a step forward and wisely waved it off. There was no argument from Rivera. Judge George Hill had the fight even going into the last round. Marshall Kauffman trains Collins.

John “The Apollo Kidd” Thompson kept his unbeaten record, 11-0 (4), of Newark, NJ, after giving a out pounding from the opening bell to Grayson Blake, 5-2 (2), of State College, PA. It was a tough fight for Blake to take after coming off his first loss in November of 2012.
Ending the second round a Thompson right rocked Blake. In the third Blake was cut on the left eyebrow. Thompson was landing at will with “bad intensions”. Inside of the final 10 seconds of the fifth round of the scheduled 6 middleweight bout Thompson landed several right hands to which Blake had no answer for. The ringside physician called it a halt after that fifth round in favor of Thompson. Rosato was the referee.

Popular southpaw Frank DeAlba, 6-1-2 (2), Reading, PA, easily won a 6 round junior lightweight match over Isaac Suarez, 7-3 (3), of Lancaster, PA. Suarez suffered a small cut on the right eyebrow. Rosato was the referee and all 3 judges had it 60-54 for DeAlba.
Mark Rideout, 3-0 (0), of Philadelphia, won a split decision over Eric Newell, 4-2-1 (2), of Bethlehem, PA, over 4 rounds in the super heavyweight division. Newell tried keeping Rideout close the whole fight not giving him any room for his jab. It caused the fight to be on the boring side with all the clinching giving referee Rosato fits. George Hill had it 39-37 for Newell while Rose Vargus and Bernard Bruni agreed with this writer 39-37 for Rideout. He is part of the D&D Management team.

In the opener Sammy Quinones, 1-1 (1), of York, PA, was much too strong for Charles Mack, 0-1-1 (0), of Philadelphia stopping him in 1:42 of the third round. In the second round Quinones landed a left hook that buckled the knees of Mack. In the final round of the scheduled 4 round junior welterweight match a right upper cut hurt James and another right to the ribcage dropped him. He took the count on a knee.

In the final match of the night Aaron “Animal” Kinch, 5-1-1 (1), gave Will Miranda, 6-6-2 (0), of Allentown, PA, his usual war. Miranda has never seen an easy fight yet. In the third round Miranda received a nasty cut over the left eye that flowed the rest of the way. There is no quit in Miranda though it should be taken in consideration in the future. He is too nice a kid with too big a heart and too small of a punch. The fans were yelling “Will, Will,” as late as the sixth and final round of this super heavyweight fight. Kinch gave Miranda a real body beating throughout. All 3 judges had it 60-54 for Kinch as did this writer. Rosato was the referee.

King’s Promotion’s is scheduled to put their next show on at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA, on March 16th featuring Harry Joe Yorgey and PA lightweight champ Niam Nelson in separate 8 rounder’s. Nelson was at ringside tonight as well was Angel Ocasio of Philadelphia and Travis Thompson of Pottstown, all PA lightweights. Jeremy Stauffer and Elvin Sanchez fought a draw in November and will be in a re-match on this card. Camden’s Jason Sosa and Philly’s Tim Witherspoon, Jr. will also be in separate bouts along with debut of Philly’s Sulhtan Staton. Looks to be a good night of boxing!

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