Philly’s Joey Dawejko Stops Yohon Banks in First at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday!
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Philly’s Joey Dawejko Stops Yohon Banks in First at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday!
By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 20, 2014)

Joey Dawejko
Joey Dawejko
Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko, 12-3-2 (5) scored 3 knockdowns stopping the much bigger Yohon Banks, 7-9-3 (5), of Redwood City, CA, at 1:34 of the 1st round with referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. calling a halt.

Under new management of Mark Cipparone’s 1957 Management Dawejklo electrified the crowd going through Banks like a hot knife thru butter. Dawejko has also changed trainers now with Billy Briscoe for the past 2 fights, both first round stoppages. XF Events, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing in association with Harrah’s Philadelphia returned to Harrah’s Friday night before a full house!

In an all Philly lightweight match Anthony “Bad Boy” Burgin, 8-0 (1) defeated Ramon Ellis, 4-13-2 (2), over 6 tough rounds. Anytime it’s Philly against Philly you have to expect a tough contested battle and this was no exception. Ellis was the aggressor and Burgin countering him through the first 4 rounds. In the 5th Burgin landed a combination to the chin of Ellis who came back stalking Burgin whose speed of hand and foot kept Ellis at bay but his determination kept him a threat at all times.

Judge Bernard Bruni scored 60-54, Alan Rubenstein 58-56 and Larry Hazzard, Jr. 59-55 as did DHB all for Burgin. Clark was the referee.

Philly welterweight David Gonzales, 5-0-1 (1), and Malik “The Freak” Jackson, 2-0-1 (1), of Newark, NJ, battled to a 6 round draw.

In a wild fight Gonzales came storming out controlling the first two rounds and later Jackson bull rushed Gonzales putting both fighters through the ropes. The next couple rounds were wild with Gonzales keeping the upper hand but Jackson wrestling both to the ground. Jackson fought back well as Gonzales tired losing the last two rounds.

All 3 judges scored it 57-57 with DHB 58-56 Gonzales. Esteves was ref.

Junior middleweight Nathaniel Rivas, 5-0 (2), of Berlin, NJ, stopped David Navarro, 1-6 (0) of Philly, whose corner wouldn’t let him out for the 3rd round.

Rivas dominated most of the fight but Navarro who was coming back after several years being inactive held his own but couldn’t deal with the much younger Rivas. Navarro wanted to continue but his trainer Fred Jenkins made a wise decision in stopping it.

In a barn burner Philly Junior middleweight Anthony Abbruzzese, 3-0 (2), of Philly stopped Jesus Barbosa, 4-5-1 (3), of Allentown, Pa, at 2:11 of the 3rd round when referee Esteves, Jr. halted the action.

In the opening round Abbruzzese hurt Barbosa who fights out of a crouch with uppercuts driving him into the ropes that prevented him hitting the canvas. Referee Esteves, Jr. ruled it a knockdown. In the 2nd round Barbosa came fighting back and it turned into a war until Barbosa landed a low punch while swarming Abbruzzese who was pinned to the corner with punches. In the 3rd round Barbosa was driving Abbruzzese toward the ropes when he got hit with a combination that froze Barbosa who was out on his feet causing referee Esteves, Jr., to wisely halt the fight.

In the opening bout Philly junior middleweight Johnson Jajoute, 2-0 (1), defeated Adrian Wilson, 0-2 (0), of Atlantic City, NJ, over 4 rounds. Judges Bernard Bruni and Larry Hazzard, Jr. scored it 40-36 while Alan Rubenstein scored 39-37 as did DHB all for Jajoute. Clark was the ref.

Sharing Ring Announcing duties Nino Del Buono and Alex Barbosa.

Matchmaker was J Russell Peltz. The next show will be November 14th.

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