Greg Robnson returned with his Power Productions to the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly Friday night (Oct. 25) with Philly southpaw Tevin “American Idol” Farmer, 13-4-1 (2), putting on a show giving PR now out of NY Camilo Perez, 9-1 (4), his first defeat over 8 rounds in the super featherweight division.
Farmer holds minor titles at 140 and 135 winning his 9th bout in his last 10 switching from southpaw to orthodox and giving the young Perez a boxing lesson. Perez was moving up in weight for this one and tried his best to get the big punch in on the elusive Farmer who pitched a shutout on this writers score card. The officials saw it a little different with Dave Braslow scoring it 77-75, Dave Greer 78-74 and Dewey LaRosa 79-73 all for Farmer. Shawn Clark was the referee.
Fighting under the Rocco Collision banner Farmer made manager Mark Cipparone and the entourage that entered the ring with him proud. Farmer was to fight another Philly boxer in Frank Trader, 10-1 who pulled out a week ago with an injury. It was the 6th straight win for Farmer whose relatively new trainer Chino Rivas has helped the winner sharpen up his tools with former Philly amateur and professional star Rashiem Jefferson assisting.
Perez showed defensive skills at the beginning picking off and blocking most of Farmer’s jabs but as the fight went on he tired by the 6th round. It was in that round Perez’s punches were going south of the border when warned by referee Shawn Clark. Farmer has many tricks and the fans love it. “I felt good in there and he was a good opponent,” said Farmer.
Another southpaw Denis “Mama’s Boy” Doughlin, 15-3 (9), of Marlboro, NJ, returned east countering well against the on rushing hands held high Julius Kennedy, 7-7-1 (3), of Windsor Mill, MD, who was dangerous until the end when referee Blair Talmadge waved it off at 1:04 of the 4th in a middleweight 6. A lead left hand dropped Kennedy in the final round and Doughlin jumped on him driving him to the ropes in a defensive mode as Doughlin landed close to 20 punches with only a couple of returns from Kennedy who was upset by the stoppage but was losing all rounds up to that point.
One of Philly’s top prospects Emmanuel “Manny” Folly, 2-0 (1), defeated his second southpaw in 2 fights, both at the NGA under Robinson. His opponent Jesus Gonzales, 1-3 (1), of Bethlehem, PA, was coming off a knockout win last week in Bethlehem and came to fight. Folly is trained by Buddy Osborn out of the Rock Ministry gym in Kensington and while Folly’s many fans were cheering him on as he won all 4 rounds on this writer’s card.
He is the whole package and with more activity this bantamweight will be making noise in the division.
Braslow had it 40-35, Greer and Joe Pasquale 39-36 all for Folly. Folly dropped Gonzales in the 4th and final round with half a minute to go and tried desperately to end it but Gonzales held on until the bell as referee Clark came to his rescue at the bell. “I wasn’t surprised when he went down. He was getting tired and I knew I could counter punch him,” said Folly.
Another top amateur like Folly, Philly’s Miguel Cartagena, 9-0 (3), turned it on in the 4th and final round over the heavier veteran Jhon alberto Molina, 32-26-3 (20), who happens to be from the same namesake as Miguel in Cartagena, COL. Braslow and Greer had it 40-36 as Pasquale and this writer had it 39-37 all for Cartagena who started slow and really picked it up in the 2nd. Molina was a solid opponent who came to fight.
The winner coming in at super flyweight has many skills and is also under the Rocco Collision banner for the first time. It’s been some time since Philly had a top fighter in former world champion “Joltin” Jeff Chandler at bantamweight. Talmadge was the referee. “He had over 60 fights. I wasn’t trying for a knockout in the final round,” said Cartagena.
“The opening bout saw southpaw Robert Sweeney, 2-0 (0), out of Sicklersville, NJ, dominate Nycholas Ellerbe, 0-2 out of Manassas, VA, over 4 rounds. The latter lost 2 points in the 3rd for holding by referee Talmadge. He was no match for Sweeney. Braslow and Greer like this writer had it 40-36 and Pasquale 39-37.
Fan favorite announcer Larry Tornambe said Power Productions will be back on January 31st.