Jay Newman’s Vip Fighting Events returned boxing to the Econo Lodge, formerly Roadway Inn and several other names which started back in 1982, in Allentown, PA, per Mike Mittman who was handling the TV work along with former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes.
In the main event junior lightweight southpaw Tevin “American Idol” Farmer, 14-4-1 (3), of Philly forced Carlos Vinan, 10-12 (3), of Ecuador out of Newark, NJ, to stay on his stool after 6 rounds. It was an outstanding performance by Farmer who stayed in from of his opponent instead of his usual moving and sticking. “That was the game plan,” said his trainer Chino who was assisted by Rashiem Jefferson. Manager Mark Cipparone was quite pleased with his fighter.
The opening round was close with Farmer landing a bit more. In the 2nd round Vinan had a slight cut on the top of his forehead. Farmer was using a good jab and left uppercut to the mid-section. In the 3rd Farmer made Vinan miss with 3 straight right hands. His feinting though standing in front of Vinan made Vinan miss. Normally Farmer moves much more but tonight decided to stay in front of his opponent. In the 4th Vinan landed a hard straight right to the head of Farmer who countered with a good combination.
In the 5th Vinan felt Farmer landed a low blow like earlier in the fight and why standing there looking for referee Clark to say something Farmer jumped on him and Vinan fought back hard. In the 6th Farmer was too quick for Vinan who has been in much tougher though Farmer hasn’t had any easy fights. It was a big round for Farmer who may be looking for a stoppage. No sooner said than done Vinan’s corner stopped it after 6 rounds. “He was taking too many punches.” Farmer looked good. “I planned to stay in front of him. I don’t think anyone has stopped him like that. I felt good,” said Farmer.
Former IBF light middle champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, 28-8-1 (17) of Uganda out of Palm Springs, FL, won a 6 round decision over Rahman Yusubov, 9-13 (7), of Azerbaijan out of Dallas, TX. Ouma returning to the ring after 2 years appeared rusty in the opening round though taking a close round. In the 2nd Yusubov landed 3 straight left hooks to the head of Ouma. In a lively 3rd round Ouma landed a double left hook knocking Yusubov off balance.
Though Ouma looked not like the Ouma of old he did enough to take 4 of the first 5 rounds. Yusubov landed the harder punches with his left hook but too few of them. In the 6th and final round Ouma was clearly winning but a hard right from Yusubov landed on the side of Ouma’s left cheek. He took too many punches but again took the round. All 3 judges had it 59-55 as did DHB. “I plan on continuing. I’m back. I needed the work and didn’t go for a knockout,” said Ouma. He has moved up to middleweight. Ouma is trained by Yoel Judah. Clark was the referee.
Heavyweight John “Breed” Lennox, 13-2 (5), of Cateret, NJ, won a split decision over Kevin Franklin, 4-9 (1), of Charleston, WV In the 1st round Lennox landed a hard right to the chin of Franklin knocking his head back. He also took the 3rd round. In a close 2nd round Franklin used an affective jab to win it.
In the 4th it could have gone either way with both fighters rocking each other. In the 5th it was another close round with Lennox getting the edge. In the 6th and final round Lennox wanted it more and outhustled Franklin. Former IBF junior welter champion was in the corner of Lennox. Judges Benoist had it 58-56 and Sommas 59-55 for Lennox while Bruni had it 58-56 for Franklin. Clark was the referee.
In the opening bout welterweight southpaw Tyrone McKenna 3-0 (0), of IRE out of Philly, (0), easily outboxed and out punched Jeffrey Combs, 1-7 (0), of St. Louis, MO. over the entire 4 rounds. Judges Bernard Bruni and Pierre Benoist had it 40-36 as did DHB and Michael Somma had it 39-37 all for McKenna. Clark was the referee.
Philly’s Antonio Dubose 3-0 (1), scored 3 knockdowns in the 1st round stopping southpaw Jesus Gonzalez, 1-4 (1), of Allentown, at 2:16 of the 1st round in a scheduled 4 featherweight bout. It started with Gonzalez who landed first and Dubose countered with a left hook and dropped Gonzalez. Within seconds Dubose dropped him again. The third looked more like a slip but Gonzalez knee hit the canvas and referee Clark waved it off as a third knockdown. Former IBF light middle champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines worked the corner of Dubose.
Ring announcer Steve Mittman did his usual good job. His father Mike and former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes cover the show for Sharp Electric’s channel 69. “I plan to come back in January,” said Jay Newman.