Philly’s Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter, 18-3 (9), took a close decision over Dominican Yenifel Vicente, 25-3-2 (17), of Miami, FL, over 10 rounds for the vacant USBA featherweight title at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday night! It was an outstanding fight and worthy of a rematch.
This was a Joey Eye Boxing Promotion with David Feldman’s XFE and standing room only. The people certainly got their monies worth! They will return May 9th per ring announcer Larry Tornambe.
The first round was all inside with Vicente getting the best of it until referee Hurley McCall stepped in with seconds to go warning Hunter for low blows. In the second round Hunter turned southpaw and came back with a good body attack to win the round. In the third Vicente decided to box keeping Carter at bay to take the round.
In the fourth Vicente went back inside for some reason and Hunter landed quite a few belt line punches if not low. Vicente backed off in the second half of the round knowing he wasn’t winning an inside battle. In the fifth Hunter went from southpaw back to orthodox and was getting beat until he finally went back to southpaw. At the bell they both landed solid punches to the chin.
In the sixth now orthodox Hunter was tearing up Vicente giving him a brutal body beating. The Vicente came back taking control until the bell. In the seventh it was nip and tuck until the end when Vicente continues to end strong possibly stealing rounds.
In the eighth Hunter hurt Vicente with a body shot putting Vicente on the retreat back to boxing. A solid right by Hunter knocked Vicente back several steps. In the ninth in another close round once again Hunter stopped fighting the last 10 seconds.
In the tenth and final round Vicente came out boxing and landed a good right o the haw. Hunter came back southpaw landing a solid left to the jaw. Hunter got the best of it slippingjust prior to the bell.
Somehow George Hill had it 99-91 while both Dave Braslow and Pierre Benoist had it 97-93 all for Hunter. DHB had it 95-95 a draw.
Philly super flyweight Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena, 12-0 (5), dropped Miguel Robles twice in the third round before finishing him off at 2:31 of the round.
After Robles took the first round landing right hands Cartagena came back in the second until in a clinch Robles kept rabbit punching him and refusing to stop in spite of referee Esteves trying to pull him off of Cartagena. When he finally did he took points away from both fighters though it was Robles who refused to stop.
Furious Cartagena came back and dropped Robles with a delayed knockdown. Up at 8 Robles was hurt but came back off the ropes in a “war” with Cartagena until a right hand floored Robles who tried to beat the count as referee Esteves called the fight over.
Robles came in 3 pounds over. Cartagena’s manager Mark Cipparone and trainer Raul “Chino” Rivas made him come back and decided to go ahead with the fight.
In the first main event by Joey Eye Promotions in 2011 at this location Philly’s lightweight Victor Vasquez lost a majority decision to Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City. Tonight was the rematch as Vasquez, 16-10-1 (7) and Charles, 10-8-1 (1), from Haiti, battled it out for 8 furious rounds with Charles taking a split decision.
Vasquez used an effective jab controlling the first round. In the second Charles used a right hand body shot putting Vasquez through the ropes only saved by referee Esteves. In the third and fourth rounds Vasquez came back strong nailing Charles with straight rights to the head. In the fifth both boxers mixed in up well with Charles turning southpaw and gaining an edge.
In the sixth the fans were cheering both fighters as the action picked up at an even higher level with Vasquez coming forward driving Charles back. The final two rounds were brutal as the two put on an even better fight than they did the first time.
Benoist had it 78-74 for Vasquez while Hill and Braslow had it 77-74 for the winner Charles. DHB had it 76-75 for Vasquez.
Philly heavyweights battled it out as Pedro Martinez, 7-7 (3) defeated Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante, 12-6 (7), over 6rounds.
In the first round Ferrante was too quick for Martinez. In the second Martinez poured it on while Ferrante covered up. Both fighters were warned for fouls by referee McCall. In the third and fourth it was close with Ferrante having an abrasion under his left eye at the end of the third round.
The fifth was Martinez in the first half with Ferrante complaining about rabbit punches. It made him mad enough to come back with short rights to the chin of Martinez. In the sixth and final round it was the best round of the fight as Martinez tried to pull it out.
Judge Benoist 60-54, Braslow 59-55 and Hill 58-56 all for the winner Martinez. DHB had it 57-57. New trainer Ivan Robinson and manager Chuck Diesel are the new Martinez team.
In the opening bout light middleweight Anthony Prescott, 3-3-1 (1), of Cherry Hill, NJ, won a majority decision over DE southpaw Anthony Miller, 1-1 (1), scoring a first round knockdown.
Prescott landing lead rights to chin of Miller then dropped him with a left hook as the timekeepers gavel banged the 10 seconds left in the round warning. He was shaky going back to the corner. In the second Prescott was leaning on Miller’s back when Miller picked Prescott up and body slammed him. Referee Esteves deducted a point from Miller.
A wide swinging right by Prescott stunned Miller in the third round. In the fourth and final round Miller seemed to have an edge but got nailed again by a right hand just prior to the bell.
Judges Braslow and Hill had it 39-35 while Benoist had it 37-37 giving Prescott the majority win. DHB had it 39-34 Prescott.