King’s Promotions in Association with Al Haymon headlined with Frankie De Alba at the Econo Lodge, in Allentown, PA, Saturday! In spite of snow hitting the area there was a good loyal crowd that showed up.
Super featherweight southpaw Frankie Santos De Alba, 15-1-2 (5), of Reading, PA, scored a knockdown and defeated Jose Bustos, 7-3-3 (4), of Mexico, over 8 rounds in defending his UBF Junior Lightweight title. “I believe in defending titles no matter what they are and did that tonight. Every champ should defend their title. I caught him in the seventh with a right uppercut to the body for the knockdown,” said De Alba.
It seemed to wake Bustos up as he came back strong in the next and last round strong.
It was De Alba’s seventeenth straight fight without a loss which includes a pair of draws without defeat.
Judges scores were 80-71 twice which was same as DHB and a 79-72. Shawn Clark was the referee.
Super featherweight Dominican Juan “Baby Tito” Dominquez, 18-0 (12), of Brooklyn, NY, scored a methodical fifth round stoppage at 2:25 of the fifth round. He scored 4 knockdowns in the second round and for some reason referee Hurley Mc Call didn’t stop it as Carlos Santana Rodriguez, 23-17-3 (11), of Los Mochis, MEX, took a beating but with plenty of heart in a scheduled 6.
In the co-feature Super middleweight southpaw John Magda, 9-0 (6), of Rutherford, NJ, scored 3 knockdowns and easily defeated southpaw Jay “JD” Williams, 3-5 (0), of W. Monroe, La., over 6 rounds. He scored a knockdown in the fifth and 2 in the sixth.
“He was the first southpaw I faced as a professional. I wanted to get him out but he took a good punch,” said Magda.
He has Al Haymon as his advisor and was 70-15 in the amateurs and at one time ranked No. 2 at #178. Mc Call was the referee.
Heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly, 7-1-1 (6), of DC, stopped Kevin Franklin, 6-11 (3), of Charleston, WV, at 2:11 of the first round. Twice they clashed heads. A left hook landed on the right eye of Franklin dropping him to the canvas on his knees and being counted out by referee Clark. “It was a short night,” said Danny Kelly.
Super welterweight southpaw Ivan “The Volk, 6-0 (4), of the Ukraine now out of Brooklyn, NY, pitched a shutout over game southpaw David Lopez, 4-12-3 (1), of Caldwell, ID, over 6 rounds with scores of 60-54. Clark was the referee.
In the opening bout Super middleweight Christopher Booker, 1-0 (1), of Philadelphia dealt out a terrific beating to Andrew Sosa, 0-5-1 (0), of Farmers Branch, TX, before referee Mc Call finally called a halt at 2:26 of the first round.
Featherweight Benjamin Burgos, 2-11-1 (0), of Mt. Pocono, PA, now out of NY, lost in a rematch to Roberto Irizarry, 3-0-1 (0), of Camden, NJ, over 4 action rounds.
Judges scores were 38-37 and twice 39-36 as was DHB.
Referee Mc Call deducted a point from Burgos in the second round. Burgos in spite of his record always gives a good showing and tonight was no exception.
Fan favorite Super featherweight southpaw Christian Molina, 4-0 (3), of Allentown, Pa, scored a pair of knockdowns knocking out Stacey Anderson, 0-1 (0), of DC, at 2:38 of the first round. Mc Call was the ref.
Heavyweight Paul “Machine” Koon, 3-0 (1), of Philadelphia, PA, won all 4 rounds over “T” Rex Harris, 1-1-2 (0), of Wilkes-Barre. “I didn’t go for the KO knowing he was a good MMA fighter,” said Koon. His trainer Sloan Anderson said, “I was very happy and pleased with his performance.” Koon was in the World Series of Boxing as an amateur fighting out of India under famed trainer Joe Clough and Koon is another Al Haymon boxer.
All in all it was a good night of boxing. Alex Barbosa did the ring announcing and Ed Kunkle did his usual good job handling the commission work under Rudy Battle the commissioner.
In attendance Mark Cipparone had his Club 57 boxers, Joey Dawejko and Jason Sosa who will headline March 6th in Philadelphia along with Ray “Tito” Serrano who will be on ESPN2 Friday. Tevin “American Idol” Farmer the original member of the team will be fighting in April. Also in attendance was unbeaten Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna who will do battle March 13th against unbeaten Antoine “Action” Douglas in NY. Plus both Philly boxers Steve Upsher Chambers and Dhafir “No Fear” Smith were there.
King’s Promotions under Marshall Kauffman will be running at Bally’s Casino in Bethlehem April 10th, Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia April 18th and Harrah’s Philadelphia (Chester) April 25th!
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