Carney ‘Beeper’ Bowman wows then in York, PA!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (July 28, 2008)  
It was a great homecoming for Carney ‘Beeper’ Bowman 11-0 (4) before the hometown crowd as he won every round of a six round main event over veteran Alexis Perez 23-30-4 (18) of Miami. TKO Boxing Promotions put on a good show as matchmaker Chris Middendorf treated the fans to 5 bouts at the beautiful Valencia Ballroom in York, Pennsylvania. Gary Rosato was the referee.

Bowman is a former Pennsylvania four-time Golden Glove champ who just missed making the 2004 Olympic team. He fought for Top Rank in 2004-5 posting six wins before taking two years off and returning with five wins in the last 14 months under TKO Boxing. The packed house will probably get a return show in October.

Perez played the villain sticking out his tongue, shaking his legs, and doing whatever it took to stir up the crowd. Bowman’s quick hand speed mainly with a jab and right uppercut had Perez’s right eye lid cut in the 5th round of this lightweight bout. Each round was a duplicate to the one before it. Bowman will certainly be ready for eight rounds.

Another six round bout had Bayan Jargal 6-0-1 (3), a Mongolian fighting out of Arlington, winning almost every round over a sluggish Manuel Guzman 6-6-1 (2), of nearby Lancaster in a welterweight match-up. Jargal had a fierce body attack that Guzman could not handle. He was better at a distance but rarely fought that way. Guzman had a three fight win streak snapped coming off a win over previously unbeaten Tommy Rainone (11-1). Vic deWysocki was the referee.

The show opened with Nigerian Inka ‘The Prodigy’ Laleye 3-1-1 (1) looking like he would box his way to victory until the second round when Julius Kennedy 2-1 (1), of Windsor Mill, Maryland, started landing over hand rights to the head of Laleye. By the 4th and final round of this middleweight match most fans at ringside including this writer were saying “stop the fight” as Laleye was taking a terrific beating. Referee Rosato and Laleye’s corner should have shown some mercy. It was at least 10 minutes before Laleye could get up from his stool before leaving the ring.

Olympic alternate Terrance Crawford 3-0 (2), of Omaha, Nebraska, showed why he earned that spot by taking a workmanlike four round decision over veteran Damon Antoine 8-25-1 (4), of Akron, Ohio, who was determined to go the distance in a junior welter match-up. Antoine was coming off a knockout win after losing to 10 straight unbeaten boxers. He just couldn’t overcome Crawford’s power and ringmanship. Crawford is one of the top prospects in the country.

The other local boxer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Weimer made his debut stopping Spencer Harsley, 1-7-2, of Washington, DC, at 0:32 of the third round. Harsley took two counts on his own before referee Rosato called a halt to the bout. Harsley suffered a left arm injury.

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