|Hunter Find Another Victim
By Ken Hissner at ringside (Aug 4, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
The night of the Hunter! Greg Robinson’s Sports Xtreme Productions, Inc. headlined with Philadelphia’s Eric ‘The Outlaw’ Hunter 10-1 (4) Friday night at the Cisco Arena in Oaks, Pennsylvania. For the better part of 7 rounds Hunter countered the ever aggressive Robert DaLuz 11-13-2 (9) from Providence as he saw fit. DaLuz has been in with tougher opposition including a win over Allen Litzau, brother of Jason.
In the 2nd round Hunter scored a flash knockdown with a left hook to the body over the granite chinned DaLuz who has only been stopped once in 26 fights. Hunter was coming off a knockout win over the local area’s Jules Blackwell, from Phoenixville. Hunter seemed to be showing only flashes of hand speed in combinations during the fight. When the bell sounded in this super bantamweight match for the 8th and final round, Hunter was like a man possessed. They both threw left hooks while Hunters got there first dropping DaLuz. This put DaLuz on the defense as Hunter would again score another knockdown with a left hook, right hand to the head of DaLuz. The fans came alive expecting the knockout. DaLuz survived the round but lost the decision in a big way. Robert Grasso and Alan Rubenstin as did this writer scored it 80-69 for Hunter, while Dewey LaRosa had it 79-70 for Hunter. Hunter said “he had a real hard chin.” Talk of Hunter and another Philadelphia fighter, unbeaten Teon Kennedy (9-0) started to fill the arena. It would be a battle longed for in the city where rivalries once thrived.
In a 6 round bout New Castle, Delaware’s Ryan Belasco 8-2-3 (2) ran his unbeaten streak to 4 (including a draw) with a lopsided win over Justin Danforth 5-13-1 (1) of Milwaukee. Danforth who had a previous majority decision loss to the promoters nephew, Tyric Robinson, never seemed to mount any offense in this one. Judges scored it 60-53, as this writer did and 59-54 twice. In leaving the ring Danforth challenged Robinson to a rematch. Robinson responded with “I’m really scared” to the delight of those nearby. Robinson had to pick himself up from the canvas in that junior welterweight fight.
In the other 6 round bout Jamaica/Queens, New York via Guyana southpaw Ronson Frank 12-0 (6) kept his unbeaten record clean in stopping Earl Doe 4-4 (3) of Wheeling, West Virginia in 1:54 of the 5th round in a cruiserweight fight. It was the first time Doe has been stopped. Frank had given Doe a bloody nose in the 4th round while knocking out his mouthpiece. A right uppercut to the solar plexus ended the bout. Shawn Clark was the referee who counted Doe out while on his knees.
Joselito Collado 4-0 (2) of Jamaica/Queens, New York, opened the show with a quick stoppage of Philadelphia’s Emmanuel Roses 0-4 in 2:07 of the 1st round in a super featherweight 4 rounder. Clark served as the referee.
Corey McCants 2-10-1 (1) of Brooklyn, tried to use his height to advantage against Travis ‘The Animal’ Thompson 3-2-1 (2), of nearby Pottstown, who was always coming forward. This former high school wrestler ran across the ring at the opening bell and lifted McCants up off the canvas showing his strength if nothing else. In this 4 round lightweight match it was a matter of wills to determine the winner. All three judges registered different scores as did the three writers at ringside. LaRosa had it 39-37 McCant, while Rubenstein had it 39-37 Thompson, and Grasso 38-38, as did this writer.
In what had been anticipated as a shoot out in the lone ladies match of the night, it didn’t quite live up to its expectations. The local Philadelphia super bantamweight Tina ‘C.T. Lebets’ Leadbeater 1-1 was on the wrong end of the decision against Island Park, New York’s, Tracy Hutt 1-1 as she looked flat from what this writer had seen of her gym sparring. The well conditioned Hutt was too quick for the hard hitting Leadbeater for the most part. To the disappointment of a rather large following, Leadbeater, who never stopped trying to land the big punch, lost on all three judge’s scores by 40-36 and 39-37 on by two of the judges. I’m sure her trainer Joe Jesus will re-group and be back soon.
In what turned out to be the most interesting match of the night Philadelphia junior welterweights Jesus Barbosa 4-0 (2) with a Tyson-like style and Kywayne Hill 1-2 (1), who hadn’t fought since 2002, showing nice boxing skills kept the crowd’s interest throughout this 4 rounder. Once again the scoring was mixed with Grasso scoring it 38-38, as did this writer, while LaRosa 40-36 and Rubenstein 39-37 both for the winner Barbosa by majority decision.
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