Eric Spring Stays Unbeaten defeating Tommy Ayers in Wyomissing, PA, Friday
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Erik Spring Stays Unbeaten defeating Tommy Ayers in Wyomissing, PA, Friday
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 26, 2014)

Light middleweight southpaw Erik Spring, 4-0 (1), Reading, PA
Light middleweight southpaw Erik Spring, 4-0 (1), Reading, PA
Andre Acuna’s Lion Heart Promotions came back with their second show in 3 months in Wyomissing, PA, this time at the Inn of Reading, Friday night. It was their 3rd annual Boxtoberfest. The East Reading Boxing Club sponsored the amateur part of the event. Mike Melendez was matchmaker and ring announcer. Joe Pastore trains most of the amateurs at East Reading and is partner with Acuna.

In the main event light middleweight southpaw Erik Spring, 4-0 (1), Reading, PA, defeated Tommy Ayers, 2-4 (2), Cincinnati, OH, over 4 rounds.

In the opening round Spring countered Ayers with a solid left to the chin. Ayers came back pinning Spring to the ropes. Spring came fighting back landing a solid lead left to the head of Ayers. Spring landed 5 consecutive punches hurting Ayers just prior to the bell. In the 2nd round a lead right by Ayers caught Spring off balance knocking him back several steps. Spring came roaring back driving Ayers to the ropes. It turned into a war with both taking turns scoring punches. Spring landed a lead left hurting Ayers driving him into a neutral corner. At the end of the round it was Ayers driving Spring into the other neutral corner.

In the 3rd round a right hook by Spring hurt Ayers. Both boxers exchanged punches at the same time. The fans were standing and cheering their local favorite Spring. Again at the bell both landed at the same time. In the 4th and final round an overhand left by Spring rocked Ayers who was on unsteady legs but firing back until a right hook hurt Ayers again. Spring was all over Ayers who tied him up. A right uppercut by Spring knocked the head of Ayers back. Both warriors battled to the end with Spring getting the better of the two.

All 3 judges Bernard Bruni, Dave Greer and Adam Friscia scored it 39-37 for Spring. DHB had it 40-36 Spring. Referee was Gary Rosato. “It was a tough fight. I kept my composure and punched a straight left to the body and a right to the head as my corner told me,” said Spring. Joe Pastore and Harry Yorgey worked the corner.

Cruiserweight Dan Bolden, 2-3 (1), Lakeland, FL, stopped southpaw Jeremy Stauffer, 7-4-2 (6), Reading, PA, at 2:53 of the 1st round with Stauffer out on his feet as referee Rosato wisely halted the action.

In the opening round both fighters let it all hang out when a right uppercut by Bolden put Stauffer head through the ropes out on his feet. As he stood upright referee Rosato wisely called a halt at 2:53 of the 1st round.

In the opening bout lightweight Travis “The Animal” Thompson, 7-11-3 (3) won a split decision over Greg “Too Sweet” Coverson, Jr., 3-11-3 (2), Detroit, MI, over 4 rounds. Thompson is 3-0-1 in his last 4 fights.

In the 1st round Thompson mauled Coverson giving him little room to punch. Both switched from orthodox to southpaw. In the 2nd round Thompson picked up where he left off with a solid body attack. Coverson used an effective jab from southpaw but Thompson outworked him.

In the 3rd round Thompson kept stayed inside outworking Coverson. In the 4th and final round Thompson pinned Coverson against the ropes giving Coverson no breathing room. His body attack won him the fight.

Judge Bruni had it 39-37 Coverson while Greer and Friscia had it 39-37 for Thompson. DHB scored it 40-36 Thompson. Rosato was the referee. “I used my usual body attack and switched to southpaw on occasion landing an overhand left,” said Thompson.

Late substitute light middleweight Dominique Foster, 2-5-1 (0), of Hilliard, OH, scored a 3rd round knockdown in defeating southpaw Nicholas “Living the Dream” Hernandez, 0-1, Lebanon, PA, over 4 rounds.

Foster took the fight on 24 hour notice. In the opening round there was little action for the first 2 minutes until Hernandez landed a lead left to the chest of Foster who countered with a right to the chin of Hernandez. With about 15 seconds to go in the round Hernandez landed a solid right hook to the head of Foster. In the 2nd round Foster landed a solid right lead to the chin of Hernandez who acknowledged it was a good shot. There was more posing than fighting in this round.

In the 3rd round Hernandez was the aggressor but was getting countered by Foster after he landed a jab to the mid-section. A right hand by Foster to the chin of Hernandez dropped him. He was up quickly and not hurt. In the 4th and final round Hernandez was mostly using the jab though he landed a solid right hook to the head of Foster. Both fighters were still throwing punches after the bell when referee Rosato pulled Foster away and chief official Ed Kunkle jumped into the ring grabbing Hernandez.

Judge Bruni and Greer had it 38-37 and Friscia 40-35 for Foster. DHB also had it 38-37 Foster. Referee was Gary Rosato.

Well known and popular trainer and cut-man Rich Ormsbee won the 50-50 raffle and donated it back to the East Reading Club.

There were 10 exciting amateur bouts prior to the professional part of the show. Johnny Rivera of Rock Ministry (Phila) scored the only stoppage of the bouts as referee Bernard Bruni waved it off when Yorube Moreu, of New Mexico couldn’t continue at 0:40 of the 3rd round. Xavian Ramirez of E. Reading Club won the best fighter belt given to him by former world welterweight champion Kermit Cintron. Ramirez defeated Marquel Bradford, of Toledo, OH. Israel Flores of Lebanon easily defeated Garcia Ramos, of Dover, DE, with an outstanding performance. Otha Jones, of Toledo, OH, also was outstanding in defeating Joseph Adorno, of Allentown Boxing in the best fight of the show. Eric Martinez of E. Reading defeated Nick O’Neil of Rock Ministry. Michael Crockett of Toledo, OH, won a close decision over Marquan Dix of Rock Ministry. Felix Alvarado of Lancaster defeated David Lopez of Lebanon. Zhane Crockett of Toledo, OH, won a questionable decision over Sharhya Moreu, of New Mexico in the lone female bout. Dontrey Gibson of E. Reading won a questionable decision over Jorge Diaz Jr. of Washington Academy. Jawaanza Dillard of Tobyhanna also won a questionable decision over Nick Rummer, of Washington Academy.

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