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
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
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
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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