Nelson and Belasco Draw; DeAlba Wins at Valley Forge Casino - Ringside Report
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Nelson and Belasco Draw; DeAlba Wins at Valley Forge Casino - Ringside Report
By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 5, 2014)

Frankie Santos DeAlba
Frankie Santos DeAlba
King’s Promotion (Marshall Kauffman) and Peltz Boxing Promotion (J Russell Peltz) presented “War at the Forge” at Valley Forge Casino and Resort, in King of Prussia, PA, Saturday night. In the main event super lightweight from Philadelphia Naim “The Dream” Nelson, 12-0-1 (1), drew with “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 18-6-4 (3), of Wilmington, DE, over 8 rounds of action.

In the opening round a right hand by Belasco knocked Nelson back a couple of steps but it had no effect. In the second half of the round Nelson started landing some body shots in a close round. In the 2nd round Nelson countered with a straight right hand to the chin of Belasco. In the 3rd round both fighters got their licks in with the fans really getting into it. In the 4th round Nelson landed a hard right t the head of Belasco as they were in close quarters. Nelson showed more body movement ducking Belasco’s punches. Belasco has a new corner in trainer Dougie Pettiford who is assisted by Lou Douglas and cut-man Joey Eye. Belasco landed a good combination with Nelson landing low but the referee Dave Franciosi didn’t call it.

In the 5th round Belasco continues using his jab as Nelson counters him. In the 6th round both fighters had an edge at times in a very competitive match between two light punching but busy fighters. In the 7th round Belasco seemed to be the busier of the two in a competitive round. In the 8th and final round Belasco went more to the body with right hands as Nelson used an effective left hook with one going low half-way through the round drawing a warning from the referee. Belasco landed a good combination just prior to the bell.

Judge Daly had it 77-75 Belasco, Rubenstein and La Rosa 76-76 draw. DHB had it 76-76 draw. Referee was Dave Franciosi.

In the co-feature super featherweight southpaw from Reading, PA, Frankie Santos DeAlba, 14-1-2 (5), won his 12th in a row defeating Jesse Carradine, 8-4-2 (4), of Las Vegas, NV, over 8 good rounds, in his first UBF All America title defense .

The opening round was a toss-up with the taller Carradine boxing well and DeAlba going to the body. In the 2nd round DeAlba may have had an edge in another closely fought round. In the 3rd round a straight left by DeAlba to the chin of Carradine had him hurt and holding on. Carradine came back after his head cleared and was boxing well at the bell.

In the 5th round a counter right by DeAlba knocked Carradine backwards and down. He managed to get through the round boxing DeAlba. In the 6the round a straight right hand to the chin of DeAlba stunned him but Carradine didn’t follow-up. In the 7th round DeAlba’s right eye was swelling on the side from the jabs of Carradine in an action packed round. In the 8th and final round DeAlba hurt Carradine with a right hook to the chin forcing him to hold on. The fans seemed to enjoy this one with the knockdown being a major factor in a close fight.

“I want to thank God and my many fans that showed up tonight. He (Carradine) was a tough opponent,” said DeAlba.

Judge Rubenstein had it 76-75, Daly 78-73 and LaRosa 79-72 all in favor of DeAlba. DHB had it 77-74 DeAlba. Referee was Rosato.

Lightweight Travis “The Animal” Thompson, 6-11-3 (3), of Pottstown, PA, won a close majority decision over Benjamin “The Shadow” Burgos, 1-9-1 (1), Mt. Pocono, PA, over 4 rounds.

In the first round, Thompson chased and Burgos countered. In the 2nd round Thompson landed several overhand rights to the head of Burgos who continued to counter in a close round. In the 3rd round it was more of the same with Thompson landing more in the round but Burgos was using his jab to keep Thompson at bay as much as he could. In the 4th and final round Thompson had his best round of the fight.

Judge Rubenstein had it 38-38, while Daly and LaRosa 39-37 for Thompson. The referee was Franciosi. DHB had it 38-38.

In the opening bout, super lightweight southpaw Christian “Gold Star” Molina, 3-0 (2), Allentown, PA, stopped Josue “El Guerrero” Rivera, 2-6 (2), of Philadelphia, in 0:50 of the 1st round. A vicious body attack dropped Rivera who tried to get up but dropped to a knee forcing referee Rosato to halt the fight.

Welterweight Anthony Prescott, 4-3-2 (2), of Cherry Hill, NJ, scored 3 knockdowns in stopping Shawn Sutton, 0-2-1 (0), of Norristown, PA, at 2:19 of the 3rd round.

In the opening round Prescott dropped Sutton with a right hand to the head. Sutton just beat the count as referee Rosato got to 9. In the 2nd round a right hand by Prescott knocked Sutton off balance with his right glove touching the canvas causing referee Rosato to rule a knockdown just prior to the bell. In the 3rd round a right hand by Prescott to the side of the neck dropped Sutton forcing referee Rosato to wisely stop the bout.

Matchmakers were Marshall Kauffman, J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers. Ring Announcer Alex Barbosa. Next show is November 22nd.

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