Jason Sosa Scores Knockout over Michael Brooks at Bally’s in AC Saturday
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Jason Sosa Scores Knockout over Michael Brooks at Bally’s in AC Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (April 14, 2014)

Camden, NJ, Super featherweight Jason Sosa, 12-1-3 (8), unbeaten in his last 9 (7-0-2) fights knocked out Michael “Lefty” Brooks 10-2-1 (2), of Long Island, NY, in the 9th round at 2:27 of a 10 round main event Saturday at Bally’s Event Center In Atlantic City, NJ.

This was a Peltz Boxing Promotion with J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers matchmaking.

It was a really good card and the fans enjoyed it. Larry Tornambe did the ring announcing.

The opening round was a good one with Sosa landing a solid left uppercut to the body while Brooks seemed busier until Sosa landed a lead right to the chin. In the second a combination by Sosa had Brooks clinching. The second round was almost as close as the first with Sosa looking a bit better with more pin point punching. In the 3rd a solid right from Sosa to the chin dropped Brooks. By the end of the round Brooks head cleared and he was fighting back.

In the 4th Brooks walked into a straight right hand by Sosa to the chin stopping him in his racks. Brooks keeps walking Sosa to the ropes with Sosa landing right uppercuts to the body. In the 5th Sosa landed 4 straight punches having Brooks on the retreat. Brooks landed a solid left counter to the head of Sosa. By the end of the round Sosa was in control. Fans for both fighters are chanting their names. In the 6th Sosa drove Brooks to the ropes landing half a dozen punches. Brooks landed a good left to the chin of Sosa. Then in missing with a right hook Sosa countered him with a hard right to the head. Sosa put his chin out daring Brooks who was taunting him earlier. At the end of the round it was the second time Brooks was heading to the neutral corner instead of his own. In the 7th Brooks landed 3 straight punches until Sosa came back with a combination of his own. Sosa has a slight bloody nose from the head of Brooks coming in. Again Brooks goes to a neutral corner instead of his own.

In the 9th Brooks lands a solid left to the chin making Sosa come back even stronger with body shots of his own. Brooks continues to hold at times with Sosa working his way out of these clinches. Sosa’s body attack is taking its effect on Brooks. A straight right dropped Brooks where upon his head landed on the bottom strand out cold as referee Esteves immediately waved it off without a count. Sosa went to a neutral corner in prayer. No showboating. A real class act on Sosa’s part. The EMT’s came into the ring to administer to Brooks who was up on a stool.

“I want to give all the glory to God. There is nothing impossible with God. I am dangerous at 130,” said Sosa. It was great work on Sosa’s part and his trainer Rivas was quite pleased. “I knew when he went down he was out,” said Sosa. It was a terrific performance by Sosa and Brooks is as tough as they come.

Sosa is co-managed by Adrienne Soto and Chino Rivas with the latter also serving as the trainer of Sosa out of their Gut’s & Glory Gym in W. Berlin, NJ. Sosa is getting better with each fight.

Millville, NJ, Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna 14-0 (7), returns to action now under the Peltz Boxing banner and gave Ahsandi “Mr. Brixx” Gibbs, 10-4 (4), of Tampa, FL, a boxing lesson over 8 rounds.

In the 2nd round a left hook to the chin by Lamanna buckled the knees of Gibbs. In the 3rd Gibbs got inside not allowing the taller Lamanna room to box. In the 4th Lamanna regained control with his jab and left hooks to the head which continued in the 5th countering well.

The 6th and 7th were good exchanges with Gibbs pressing but taking counter combinations from Lamanna. In the 8th and final round Lamanna landed solid jabs and continued to control the fight landing good left hooks to the head. Referee was Brown. Carter had it 77-75, Pasquale 78-74 and Stewart 77-75. DHB had it 79-73.

In an “all Philly” super featherweight match Anthony “Bad Boy” Burgin, 6-0 (1) came off the canvas in the 3rd but defeated Frank “Nitty” Trader 10-2-1 (2) over 6 rounds good rounds. It was a really good one.

Burgin controlled the first 2 rounds. In the 3rd Trader started landing and dropped Burgin as he was pulling back with a long right to the chin. In the 4th Burgin came out with vengeance from the previous round knockdown and had Trader’s outside left eye brow cut but cut man Joey Eye worked on it.

In the 5th Burgin re-opened Trader’s cut but Trader landed a good right to the chin. Burgin applied more pressure and the cut was bothering Trader. Burgin drove combinations into the body of Trader and several rights on the cut. In the 6th and final round a Burgin left uppercut to the mid-section dropped Trader but referee Brown called it a slip. Then Burgin taking rabbit punches threw Trader to the canvas. Trader fought back waving Burgin in who got in battle with Trader who landed a good right to the chin but Burgin’s speed was evident as both exchanged punches at the bell. Referee was Brown. Carter had it 57-56, while Pasquale and Stewart had it 58-55 as did DHB.

In the swing bout after the main event Atlantic City’s super middleweight Antowyan “Ice Man” Aikens, 9-0 (1), scored a 6th and final round knockdown in defeating Sherman Artis, Jr., 2-1 (0), of Severn, MD, over 6 rounds.

Aikens controlled the fight with his jab. Artis was coming off 3 years of inactivity. He refused to sit between rounds and held his own for the most part but Aikens jab was too effective to counter. Esteves was the referee. Carter and Stewart had it 59-54 while Pasquale had it 60-53 as did DHB.

Middleweight Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, 2-0 (2) of Wilmington, DE, looked impressive when he stopped Rafael Machado, 0-1 of Philly at 1:16 of the 4th round.

In the opening round Davis rocked Machado several times with a left hook and then with a straight right. It was more of the same from Davis in the 2nd round. In the 3rd round a left hook to the chin dropped Machado. Upon rising Davis rocked Machado with another left hook to the chin but Machado was able to survive.

In the 4th and final round a lead right hand by Davis on the chin dropped Machado. A flurry of punches had Machado defenseless when referee Esteves waved it off. “I was too anxious in the beginning rounds. My corner said to calm down and let it happen and I hurt him with an overhand right. I felt good in there and was glad to get the rounds after my first fight ending so fast,” said Davis. He is trained by Doug Pettiford and Breadman

Heavyweight southpaw Daniel Pasciolla, 3-1 (0), of Brick, NJ, won by majority decision over David Williams 7-8-2 (5), of Philly over 4 rounds.

Pasciolla outboxed Williams in the first 2 rounds. In the 3rd Williams led with a straight right to the mid-section but rand into chopping lefts to the head in a close round.

In the final round Williams buckled the knees of Pasciolla with a left hook to the head. Referee was Earl Brown. Carter and Stewart had it 39-37 as did DHB while Pasquale had it 38-38.

In the opening bout super lightweight David “Two Gun” Gonzales, 4-0 (1), of Philly stopped Dominic Goode, 0-3, of Bridgeton, NJ, at 2:16 of the second round. Gonzales. Gonzales scored knockdowns in the 1st and 2nd round before the corner called it off while referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. was counting. Good threatened to knockout Gonzales at the weigh-in earlier. Gonzales now with Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods.

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