Ennis Dazzles Browning and Mack KO’s Pittman!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 29, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
Germantown’s Derek “Poo” Ennis 16-2-1 (12) dazzled Willingboro, New Jersey’s Troy Browning 20-3-1 (8) Friday night over 10 rounds to win the Pennsylvania State & USBA regional junior middleweight titles at the National Guard Armory in North East Philadelphia. This was a Joe Eye Promotions, along with Don Elbaum serving as the matchmaker.

This was the co-feature bout that had Ennis winning by 98-92 on Lynne Carters scorecard and 100-90 on
George Hill and Robert Grasso’s. The only thing that marred Ennis’ victory was an accidental head butt in the final round opening a cut over the right eye. “I was in the best shape of my life,” said Ennis. “I could have gone another 10 rounds,” he added. “I told him just to box him and not go for the knockout,” said “Bozy” Ennis, father and trainer of the winner. Gary Rosato served as the referee.

“I knew about him from others that he was fast and a good boxer with a questionable chin,” said Browning. “He was too fast for me to ever find out. The only time I was able to hit him with a good right hook was in the 9th,” added the southpaw Browning. The 40 year old Browning made notoriety in June of 2007 upsetting the then 50-2 Julio “Baby Face” Garcia on ESPN2. Since then he dropped back-to-back decisions to top prospects Delvin Rodriguez, 21-2-1, and Pawel Wolak, 20-0.

The main event featured NABA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack, 26-2-2 (16) in a cat and mouse fight stopping Omar “Pit Bull” Pittman at 2:59 of the 6th round with referee Blair Talmadge waving it off in an all Philadelphia match. Mack is the former USBA super middleweight champion who has been campaigning in the light heavyweight division since losing that title. To his credit, Pittman was only 1 1/2 pounds over the super middleweight limit taking on the taller and heavier (4 pounds) Mack. Pittman started fast taking the 1st round before Mack started using his long snapping and effective jab in the 2nd and 3rd rounds with Pittman tagging him at the bell ending the 3rd round. The 4th round was close with Mack using the jab and Pittman landing 2 overhand rights again at the bell. Give Pittman the edge. In the 5th round it was all Mack until just before the bell getting caught again by an overhand right, but winning the round. In the 6th round with Mack showboating for the fans, Pittman who had never previously been stopped, was dropping his hands dangerously to his side (warned by his trainer Dwight Triplett about this). Mack, who had landed his right hand only sparingly, dropped Pittman with that exact punch near the end of the round. Pittman was able to beat the count but was walking around on uneasy legs causing referee Talmadge to wave it off. It was a good stoppage.

The flamboyant Mack claimed “I knocked him so hard across the ring with that right I thought he was going to the water cooler for a drink.” Mack, never lost for words, has suffered knockout defeats in May of 2006 to Alejandro Berrio in an elimination bout and to Librado Andrade in October of 2007, but that still hasn’t quieted him. The 8th ranked WBA contender, said “maybe they will move me up to #7 and I can get the winner of (Hugo) Garay and (Jurgen) Brahmer (November 22nd in Germany).”

In a bout that started the people getting into the mood of the fights was when Jonathan Felton 5-12 (5) of Stafford, Virginia dropped Anthony Gatt 7-1-1 (4) of West Chester, Pennsylvania in the 2nd round with a left hook in a 4 round bout, between heavyweights. Talmadge administered the count as a stunned Gatt got to this feet and was able to come back before the round was over. In the 3rd round Gatt had Felton out on his feet with uppercuts to the body and head as Felton tried to cover up. The 4th and last round was more of the same. Carter had it 39-37 while Hill and Grasso scored it 38-37 all for Gatt who earned the win. This writer had it 38-36 Gatt.

Jules Blackwell, 8-1-2 (3) of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania stopped overmatched Javair Dennis, 1-2 from North Carolina in a super bantam 4 rounder at 2:33 of the 1st round. The referee, Rosato, stopped it as Dennis was looking for a way out.

The opener was a complete mismatch with Joel Dela Paz, 2-0 (1) of Atlantic City, stopping Ryan Hord, 0-3 from West Plains, Missouri in 0:25 of the 1st round of a super middleweight match. Referee Rosato was looking to stop this one early as Hord was wincing from each body shot. A right hand to the head knocked Hord out as his head hit the canvas with a thud. It took about 10 minutes of medical assistance before he could leave the ring. Hord should not be licensed to fight again for his own sake.

In talking with the former IBF light middleweight champion Buster Drayton and former title challenger and New Jersey Hall of Fame (why not Pennsylvania?) lightweight Tyrone “Butterfly” Crawley after the Ennis-Browning fight, they were both impressed by Ennis’ showing. IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham and his family were also in attendance. Cunningham is a regular supporter of his fellow boxers.

Ken at: kenhissner@yahoo.com

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