Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter, 17-3 (9), pushed Mike “Machine” Oliver, 26-5 (8), Hartford, CT, into the ropes causing Oliver to bounce off onto his knees. As he got to his feet referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., was moving in to wipe his gloves when an overanxious Hunter clocked Oliver with a left hook stretching him onto the canvas at 0:50 of the 1st round. This was Joey Eye Boxing Promotions main event at Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, PA, Friday night before a packed house.
It took commissioner Rudy Battle some time in talking to Esteves to determine the final decision. Hunter walked out of the ring at one point and was ushered back in by his corner before the decision was announced. Ring announcer Larry Tornambe decked out in a tuxedo with white “chucks” announced “the winner by disqualification and new NABA US featherweight champion Mike “Machine” Oliver. Security was brought into the ring to prevent any misgivings by the many Hunter fans but no problems erupted.
The semi-windup battle had Philly’s junior welterweight Hassan Young, 4-1-1 (2), stopping Julio DeJesus, 8-4-3 (4), of Chester due to a bad cut near the left eye after 5 rounds of action in a scheduled 8. Young was in command possibly only losing the 3rd round. “He kept coming forward so I was able to hit him with my right hand which caused the cut. He’s a good fighter,” said Young. Young had too much movement for the ever aggressive DeJesus.
Richard Irrazary, 0-0-1, of Philly, and Joshua Arocho, 3-7-4 (2), of Vineland, NJ, battled to a 4 round draw in the featherweight 4 rounder. Irrazary seemed to take the middle rounds damaging the left eye of Arocho who pulled out the draw in the 4th and final round. Judge Dave Greer had it 39-37 for Arocho while judges Dewey LaRosa and John Grabowski and dhb scored it 38-38. Hassan Hameed-El was in the corner for Arocho. He’s one of NJ’s better trainers and the brother of former title contender Richie Kates.
Josue Rivera, 2-2 (2), pulled off his second straight stoppage withstanding a furious body assault from Jesus Barbosa, 4-4 (3)to land 7 consecutive punches to the head of Barbosa who was in a shell on the ropes until referee Hurley McCall stepped in and waved it off at 1:48 of the 1st round. Barbosa who hadn’t fought in 4 years complained of the stoppage to no avail. This was a welter 4 rounder.
In the opening bout Anthony Prescott, 2-2-1 (1), of Cherry Hill, NJ, won a lack luster 4 over debuting Carlos Moore, of Brooklyn, NY, in the welterweight division. Grabowski had it 39-37 while LaRosa and Greer and dhb scored it 40-36 for the winner.
Next show for Joey Eye will be November 15th.
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