Frank Luca’s Crown Boxing overcame a rain delay in debuting at the Meadows & Racetrack Casino in Washington, PA, Saturday night.
In the main event southpaw Jason Bergman, 23-11-2 (16), of Aldan, PA, was knocked out by Ahror “Aha” Muralimov, 16-0 (13), from Uzbekistan residing in Houston, TX, for the vacant NABA USA heavyweight title at 2:39 of round 2. After a competitive 1st round Bergman got dropped and got to his feet but didn’t seem to know where he was. Referee Rick Steigerwald allowed it to continue after questioning Bergman to see if he was able to continue though it looked like Boxing Director Greg Sirb wanted the fight stopped. Steigerwald questioned Bergman again and allowed him to continue. Muralimov immediately jumped on Bergman again dropping him to the canvas forcing referee Steigerwald to halt the action. It looked like the Director and the referee had words after the fight. Muralimov took the fight on 3 days notice when the original opponent Justin Jones dropped out.
In the co-feature southpaw Tommy Karpency, 23-4-1 (14), of Aldan, PA, easily won the vacant PA State and vacant NABA USA light heavyweight titles over Dhafir “No Fear” Smith, 27-25-7 (4), of Philadelphia, after 10 lack luster rounds.
The opening round was Karpency outworking Smith. It was more of the same in the 2nd round with Karpency being the busier of the two. In the 3rd round Karpency countered well with a 4-punch combination being the highlight of the round. In the 4th round Karpency kept his jab in the face of Smith and when he opened up Smith covered up. Just prior to the bell Smith landed his best punch a right to the chin of Karpency. Smith generally known for an excellent jab didn’t seem to be himself. Karpency continued to win another round as Smith seems to just be going through the motions.
In the 6th and 7th rounds Karpency continued out working Smith and the crowd yelling “boring, boring.” Smith’s trainer, Buster Custus can be seen in the corner trying to encourage Smith to open up. In the 8th round it was more of the same until the last 10 seconds when Smith landed a good right to the chin of Karpency and they both exchanged punches at the bell. Karpency suffered a small cut on the right eye brow. In the 9th round Smith landed some good combinations but would go on the defense whenever Karpency opened up.
In the 10th and final round Smith did not fight like he needed a knockout to win and continued to let Karpency out work him. Ernie Schafee was the referee. “I was flat tonight and you know I don’t like fighting southpaws,” said Smith.
Judges scores were 100-90 twice and 98-92 as well was DHB having it 98-92 all for Karpency.
Light heavyweight Cian “The Celtic” Dalton, 4-0-1 (2), of Pittsburgh, PA, defeated southpaw Lawrence Blakey, 1-1 (0), of PA, over 4 rounds. The fighters gave the fans an honest night’s work. All 3 judges had it 39-37. DHB had it 40-36 all for Dalton.
Light middleweight Dan Karpency, 3-0 (1), of Aldan, PA, stopped Rick Morias, 1-1 (0), of OH, at 2:29 of the 3rd round. After a pair of knockdowns or push-downs Moria refused to go on forcing referee Steigerwald to signal the end.
Welterweight Amonte Everhart, 1-0 (1), of Wilkinsburg, PA, stopped Glen Walls, 0-3 (0), of WV at the end of the 2nd round due cut over left eye of Walls per ring physician. It was a spirited 2 rounds and Walls was willing to continue. Referee was Schaffe.
Ring Announcer Amy Hayes did a splendid job. Her father and manager Morris Hayes was able to obtain press credentials for the DHB press of Dave Ruff and Ken Hissner. It was a first time out at the Casino and the rain and lightning didn’t help. The show was outdoors and it looked like every seat was taken.