Majewski Wins NABF Title at Bally’s in Atlantic City
Majewski Wins NABF Title at Bally’s in Atlantic City
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (July 9, 2012) Doghouse Boxing Photo © Peltz Boxing
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Chris Fitzpatrick (L) - Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (R)
Patrick “The Machine” Majewski, 19-1 (13), of Atlantic City won the vacant NABF middleweight title Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, when Chris Fitzpatrick, 15-2 (6), of Cleveland, OH, wasn’t permitted to continue due to a deep cut on his left eye brow halted by the ring physician at the end of the 5th round.

The corners and fans were not too happy at the Peltz Promotion when the fight was stopped. Majewski’s corner seemed cheated and surprised at the stoppage when Fitzpatrick walked over to congratulate Majewski even though he wanted to go on. Fitzpatrick’s cornerman made quite a scene at the stoppage. It seems it was caused by an accidental clash of heads in the second round.

Referee Earl Morton pointed to the head but nothing was announced. If this the case they should have gone to the score cards at the end of the 5th. Majewski seemed to have won 4 out of the 5 rounds if not all 5 rounds and was in complete command of the fight. It was probably Fitzpatrick’s best round in the 5th. “I knew I started slow but was coming on and wanted to continue. This is a fight and shouldn’t be stopped for a mere cut,” said Fitzpatrick.

“I want to thank my fans for coming out and supporting me. I’m sorry the fight was stopped this way but am happy to have won the title,” said Majewski. Born in Radom, POL, Majewski is a fan favorite in his now hometown of Atlantic City. He was the No. 12 contender defeating the No. 9 contender in Fitzpatrick. The win should put Majewski in the WBC’s top 40.

The best fight on the undercard pitted Atlantic City’s Osnel “Prince” Charles, 9-3-1 (1), formerly of Haiti, fighting to a split draw with Raphael, Luna, 4-5-2 (1) of Albany, NY, over 6 rounds of lightweight action. Charles started with a strong body attack but was caught by an over hand right just prior to the bell ending the second round. In the 4th and 5th rounds both fighters mixed it up well with each scoring half a dozen punches at one point without return in the 5th.

Luna gained the draw by winning the last 2 rounds on this writers score card agreeing with judge Joe Pasquale 57-57. John McKaie had it 58-56 for Luna and George Hill 58-56 for Charles. The referee was Alan Huggins. Both fighters called for a rematch each wanting it for 8 rounds next time. Matchmakers J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers have a good one here to put on again.

Naim “The Dream” Nelson, 7-0 (1), of Philadelphia, remained unbeaten defeating Esteban Rodriguez, 5-2-1 (1), now out of Lebanon, PA, formerly of Puerto Rico. The scores were lopsided for Nelson with Pasquale calling it 60-54, while Hill and McKaie had it 59-55 all for Nelson. Though Nelson was a clear winner Rodriguez was in there all the way every round.

Nelson had a perfect first round mixing it up well with body and head punches. Rodriguez was much stiffer with his posture and wasn’t able to land the more effective punches that Nelson was able to. Nelson is a solid prospect managed by Jim Williams (also cut man) and Doc Nowicki. “This was my toughest fight,” said Nelson. It was the first time Marshall Kauffman worked the corner of Rodriguez who was making a return to the ring after 3 years. He will be back. Higgins was the referee.

The show started off with an explosive knockout by Anthony Prescott, 1-0 (1), of Cherry Hill, NJ, knocking out DeAndre Phillips, 0-1, of Philadelphia at 0:21 of the second round. Prescott had Phillips out on the way down and hit him again as Phillips knee may have been touching the canvas. It took about 10 minutes to revive Phillips. It was the debut for both fighters in the welterweight division. Referee Higgins immediately waved it off.

Super Middleweight former Olympic alternate Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 2-0 (2), of Philadelphia continued his winning ways with another 1st round knockout when the corner of Steven Chadwick, 0-4, of Jacksonville, FL, threw in the towel after 2 knockdowns at 2:38 of the round when Hart was about to score another knockdown.

Randy Neumann was the referee. Dave Price and Doc Nowicki have a real prospect here for their D&D Management team. Hart is now being trained by his father Eugene “Cyclone” Hart who scored knockouts in his first 21 fights before having a no contest when he and Denny Moyer fell out of the ring. Young Hart has a ways to go if that knockout string is on his mind but is a talent to be watched in the future.

Atlantic City light heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell, 12-0 (7), had an easy time of it stopping Mojeed Okedara, 9-6 (8), formerly of Nigeria, now out of Silver Spring, MD, at 2:27 of the 1st round. Harvell scored a knockdown and drove Okedara into the bottom strand of the ropes for a second knockdown as referee Neumann wisely halted the match. It was Okedara’s US debut. Okedara was a former Nigerian 2-division champ.

Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle, 9-2 (5), of Hockessin, DE, and Pedro Martinez, 6-6 (4), of Philadelphia, slugged it out for 6 rounds in a heavyweight match. Martinez rocked Biddle in the 3rd with a left uppercut to the chin. In the 4th they had the crowd on their feet when Biddle had Martinez out on his feet at the bell.

In the 6th and final round Biddle countered well until Martinez took over in what looked like it may have earned him a draw 57-57 on this writer’s card. Judge Pasquale had it 57-57 while McKaie and Hill had it 58-56 for Biddle. Higgins was the referee.

Former heavyweight PA GG champ Mark Rideout, 1-0, of Philadelphia won a majority decision over Randy Easton, 0-1-1, of Williamsport, PA, over 4 rounds. Rideout easily won the first 2 rounds boxing but went inside with Easton splitting the last 2 rounds. This writer had it 39-37 For Rideout as did judge’s Pasquale and Hill while McKaie had it 38-38. Neumann was the referee.

Peltz will come back on September 21st at the Sands Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, PA, with Bethlehem’s unbeaten Ronald Cruz on top .

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