Dawejko & Serrano Score KO’s at Harrah’s Philly - Friday Action from Ringside
By Ken Hissner and Dave Ruff at ringside for Dog House Boxing (Nov 15, 2014)
Philly heavyweight Joey “Tank” Dawejko, 13-3-2 (6)
Joe Eye Boxing and King Promotions returned to Harrah’s Philadelphia (Chester) Friday! Matchmaker was Marshall Kauffman.
In the main event Philly heavyweight Joey “Tank” Dawejko, 13-3-2 (6), scored a pair of knockdowns stopping Rayford, Johnson, 10-16 (6), of Longview, TX, at 2:28 of the 1st round. It was the third straight first round knockout for Dawejko. Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. stopped it.
“I thought he was a tough opponent but my left hook got him. I would like to fight Amir Mansour next. He’s a good guy but I want his spot,” said Dawejko. He was interviewed by Mark Abrams of Go-Fight Live!
In the opening round Dawejko dropped Johnson with a left hook to the chin. Another left hook to the chin almost dropped Johnson. A devistating left hook to the side of Johnson’s head and down he went. As he managed to get to his feet referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., wisely stopped it at 2:28 of the 1st round.
Light welterweight Ray “Tito” Serrano, 19-2 (9), of Philly returned to action after several years stopping southpaw Wilfredo Acuna, 15-16 (12), of Nicaragua, on a cut at the end of the 4th round on the advice of the ring physician. Referee was Shawn Clark.
In the 2nd round a right hand from Serrano drove Acuna into the ropes. Later in the round Serrano pinned Acuna in a neutral corner at the bell. In the 3rd round a lead right from Serrano got Acuna’s attention. In the 4th round Serrano landed a solid combination to the body of Acuna. On a miss of an Acuna right hook Serrano caught him on the chin with a right uppercut. Off the ropes Serrano countered Acuna opening a cut outside of his right eye. The ring physician wouldn’t allow Acuna out for the 5th round due to the cut.
Philly super bantamweight southpaw Alex “Macho” Barbosa, 4-2-1 (1), lost a disputed majority decision to Benjy Burgos, 2-9-1 of Mt. Pocono, PA, over 4 rounds.
Burgos came storming out at the bell landing solid body shots. Just prior to the bell Barbosa rocked Burgos. In the 2nd round Burgos turned southpaw with both boxers fighting to a stand still. In the 3rd round both were fighting southpaw at the start before Burgos returned to orthodox. Barbosa landed a right hook to the body knocking Burgos off balance and seemed to take the round.
In the 4th and final round referee Clark twice warned Burgos for hitting behind the head.
Burgos landed a lead right to the chin while Barbosa countered with a left of his own to the head of Burgos. For the third time Burgos was warned this time for hitting behind the back of Barbosa while leaning on him. Barbosa finished the stronger of the two. “I make no excuses. The judges scored it like they scored it. You take the good with the bad and I’ll be back in the gym Monday,” said Barbosa.
Judge Hazzard had it 38-38, Daly and Somma 39-37 for Burgos. The fans were not happy with that decision. DHB had it 39-37 Barbosa.
Super middleweight Immanuwel “The Chosen One” Aleem, 11-0 (6), of Richmond, VA, stayed unbeaten stopping Angel “Blanco” Martinez, 6-9-3 (1), of Chicago, IL., at 2:44 of round 5 after scoring a knockdown. Referee Esteves, Jr. wisely stopped it. It was scheduled for 6.
Aleem controlled the first 3 rounds rocking Martinez just prior to the bell ending the 3rd round. In the 4th round Martinez hung tough but took too many punches. In the 5th round Aleem knocked Martinez down with a combination to the head. Upon rising referee Esteves waved it off.
Randy Easton 2-5-1 (2), of Williamsport, PA, lost a hotly disputed split decision to Dan Bolden, 3-3 (1), of Louisiana. The fans let the judges know they didn’t agree!
In the first 2 rounds Easton had Bolden up against the ropes. In the 3rd round Bolden fought back a bit better but he couldn’t keep Easton off of him. In the 4th and final round Easton had Bolden on the ropes. “When judges make poor decisions it kills the sport of boxing. Fans come to see good fights and fair fights. I thought I won every round,” said Easton.
Shawn Clark was the referee.
Judges Larry Hazzard, Jr. had it 39-37 Easton while judge’s Daly and Somma 39-37 for Bolden. DHB had it 40-36 Easton.
In attendance were 23-0 Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, Garrett “Ultimate Warrior” Wilson, former IBF light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines, Anthony Caputo Smith, “Rockin” Robin Belasco Jason Sosa, Anthony Dubose and “One Punch” Simon Carr. Ring announcer was Nino DelBuno.
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