Carney “Beeper” Bowman Stops Delvin Placencia in Battle of York 4!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 4, 2009)    
Former National Golden Gloves champion Carney “Beeper” Bowman, 14-0 (6) remained unbeaten when he knocked out Dominican Delvin Placencia, 15-2 (6) at 1:50 of the 3rd round at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, in York, Pennsylvania Saturday night!

TKO Boxing Promotions put on their 4th show in a year in Bowman’s hometown. The three previous were at the beautiful Valencia Ballrom seating about 1800. This production called “The Battle of York 4” produced over 3100 in attendance at the Sovereign. After 5 amateur fights started the show the rains came. The ground crew covered the ring nicely and within an hour the pro bouts started. TKO President Chet Koerner seemed pleased with the turn out. They have been producing shows on the average of every four months in the city famous for the York barbells and peppermint patties. Chris Middendorf served as matchmaker.

The place goes wild when Bowman fights. He talks to the crowd and is what you call a “real character”. His hand speed as usual dominated the fight. Placencia hadn’t been stopped in his previous 17 fights and was no match for Bowman. After out boxing his opponent, Bowman opened up in the 3rd round dropping him with a straight right hand. Upon rising Bowman jumped on him as both were throwing left hooks at the same time. I don’t have to tell you who landed first. Placencia hit the canvas and sat there stunned. He attempted to beat the count of referee Gary Rosato but didn’t make it. The fight was scheduled for 8 rounds in the super featherweight division.

Another local York fighter Eric Nemo, 8-1-1 (3), easily won every round as he chased Jairo Delgado, 3-3 (3), of Denver, Colorado, all over the ring. After the final bell you could hear Nemo say “frustrating”. Delgado was not an easy target and only had survival in mind. All three judges scored it 60-54 in this featherweight 6.

Johnstown’s Andres Taylor “Made”, 9-1-1 (5), got back on the winning side stopping the much lighter Roy Ashworth, 5-5 (1), of Lake Charles, Louisiana, at 2:35 of the 5th round. Ashworth showed a lot of good footwork with an occasional straight right hand, but he didn’t have the power to make Taylor flinch. The muscular Taylor, who was at the cruiserweight limit, had a14 pound weight advantage and it showed. Ashworth was slick but simply outgunned when referee Rosato called a halt in a scheduled 6. Seems Taylor is asking for a rematch with Leo Bercier to whom he lost a decision to in June. He wants to erase his only defeat.

Dominican Rafael Lora, 11-0 (5), made his US debut in defeating a stubborn Carlos Diaz, 10-20-4 (7), of Dorado, Puerto Rico, by majority decision in a featherweight 6. Lora’s style may not be crowd pleasing but his hand speed is. In the 3rd round Diaz started trying to rough up Lora and it worked enough in his favor to make it an interesting match. Bernard Bruni saw it even at 57-57 while judges Jackie Castellani and John Gradowski had it 59-55 and 58-56 for Lora. This writer had it 59-55 Lora.

Another local York favorite, Stevie Weimer, 4-0 (2), had his hands full with Melcor Guillen, Jr., 1-2 (0), of Irvington, New Jersey, winning a majority decision over 4 rounds in the light welterweight division. Weimer started fast and finished fast while Guillen seemed to win the in between rounds. Gradowski had it even at 38-38 as did this writer. He was overruled by Castellani at 38-37 and Bruni at 40-36.

Lancaster’s southpaw Johnny DeJesus, 2-0 (1), opened the show returning from a 30 month absence, on the slow side as Troy Nelson, 0-5 (0), of Columbus, Ohio, seemed to take advantage of it. DeJesus started finding the range in the 2nd and 3rd round until a straight right hand dropped him. He tried blaming it on the damp canvas but to no avail. Though he seemed to come back and take the last round easily it looked like Nelson was finally going to get his first win. Then the decision was announced Gradowski 39-37, Bruni and Castellani 38-37 all for DeJesus. This writer had it 38-37 Nelson. These were middleweights.

Lancaster’s Naziyr “Nabi” Bell, 1-0 (0),was fortunate to have a blown up middleweight in Ariel Espinal, 6-9-2 (3), coming in at 181, giving away height and reach, while losing every round on the judges cards, for his 7th straight loss.

Gary Rosato was the lone referee for all seven bouts and did his usual workmanlike job. The fans seemed to enjoy the change of venue despite the rain. TKO will be forced to return to the Valencia Ballroom before the years out if they continue every four months but I’m sure will return to the ball park next spring after this kind of turnout. TKO’s next show will be August 22nd, called “The Braw for it All”, in Pala, California with their Anthony “the Messenger” Thompson in a rematch with “The Contender” champion Grady Brewer for the vacant IBO International Boxing Organization light middleweight title.

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