Cintron Beats Robinson at The Blue!
By Ken Hissner at ringside for DoghouseBoxing (Oct 20, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
Reading, Pennsylvania has produced another Cintron, 9-0 (2). in Jason, brother of Kermit, the former IBF welterweight champion who upset Philly’s Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson, 9-3-1 (2). at the Blue Horizon Friday night. A near packed house was shocked in the very 1st round as junior welterweight Cintron rocked Robinson with a right hand to the jaw that spun him into the ropes. Before the round was over a left hook rocked Robinson again into the ropes. It looked like it was going to be all over in the 1st round. “I thought I had him in the first round but it was my first eight round bout so I didn’t
go for the knockout,” said Cintron. Visibly marked on the forehead from a clash of heads halfway through this scheduled bout, he was overwhelmed with joy in his Blue Horizon debut. “I’m back in Reading to stay having just signed a contact with Marshall (Kauffman),” added Cintron. He was referring to Marshall Kauffman who had guided his brother Kermit to the top earlier in his career.

The promoter was Sport Xtreme Productions, in association with Cintron Beverage Group (no relation to main event fighter), with Ty McNeil serving as the matchmaker.

Philly’s Robinson tried to get back into the fight in the 2nd round by staying off the ropes and moving. Whenever he stayed stationery Cintron blasted him with both hands. Not only was he stronger, but faster than Robinson who never seemed to recover from that 1st round right hand. “We thought he (Cintron) was not much of a puncher having only two knockouts and limited opposition,” said his uncle, Greg Robinson, who has guided his fighter. “He (Tyric) only had two amateur fights so we’ve tried to bring him along slowly, and tonight he came out flat,” said Robinson. His nephew has an eye pleasing style that probably would not be appreciated in the amateurs, but certainly one that looks as if he has had years of experience. “We only took this fight on 10 days notice,” said Kauffman. Besides the trainer of former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and cruiserweight contender Rob Calloway, he has two exciting prospects in his son Travis, Julio Cesar Matthews and Lucian Gonzalez.

The decision was a formality as the gutsy Robinson did his best to get off first but the power punching of Cintron was too much even when he switched to southpaw. Judges scores were 80-72 (twice) and 80-73. It was the first time in his career of a little over two years that Cintron came in under 140, at 139. Kauffman had him in the gym a little more than a month, since Cintron’s return from the Kronk Gym under the watchful eye of Emmanuel Steward, who at the time was training his brother Kermit. The referee in charge was Gary Rosato.

The semi-windup 6 round cruiserweight fight looked like a remake at the same Blue Horizon of Rocky. Philly’s Simon “One Punch” Carr, 4-3-1 (3), entered the ring in red, white and blue stripes with a top hat to match and a mask of Barack Obama to the mostly boos of the crowd. To the cheers came Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante of North Philly, 4-0 (1), with red, green and white trunks for the latest Italian Stallion. It seems the well-liked Carr had been challenging Ferrante from the time of his debut. “This guy for some reason comes up to me, even in the ring and calls me out every time I win. I put on eight pounds over my normal light heavyweight limit just to fight him,“ said Ferrante, a pound heavier.

Carr started out fast at the opening bell trying to overpower Ferrante who hadn’t fought in six months. The fight kept going back and forth to the delight of the fans as Ferrante used his reach advantage with a good jab and mostly landing the chopping right as Carr tied him up throughout the bout. The referee Vic de Wysocki would warn Carr about head butting and hitting on the back but never took away any points. This seemed to frustrate the inexperienced Ferrante who was fighting his first six round fight. With most writers at ringside except this one, voting for Ferrante, the decision was split. Both Pierre Benoist and Dave Greer gave it to Ferrante 58-56 while Rose Vargas had it 59-55 for Carr. “I’d like a rematch if I can get it,” said the disappointed Carr. I advised him that the Ferrante camp had just told me they are going back to light heavyweight.

Philly cruiserweights Garrett Wilson, 3-0 (1), and Reshawn Scott, 1-2, gave the fans something to cheer about in a majority four round fight. Benoist and Vargas had it 39-37 for Wilson while Greer had it even at 38-38. The busier Wilson deserved the win as the taller Scott used an effective jab but didn’t land his solid right enough for the judges.

Philly featherweight Coy Evans, 3-0-1, did enough to shut out Brooklyn’s luckless Elias Castillo, 0-6, in a four round bout. Castillo tried, but was usually beaten to the punch.

A lop sided welterweight fight had Detroit’s southpaw Ishmir Ra, 1-1 (1), easily stopping Columbus, Ohio’s William Armstead, 2-8 (1), at 2:28 of the 1st round, following 3 knockdowns. Referee Rosato had seen enough. It was the 6th straight loss for Armstead, five by knockout, and he should be looking for another line of work.

In a hard fought opening exhibition between Philly’s Louie Rodriguez and Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz. The fighter’s opponents did not show and with an eight pound weight difference it was decided to fight a three round bout. It was non-stop action throughout that had the fans screaming. Both fighters will be on the next show by this promotion at Cisco Arena, in nearby Oaks, on November 7th. Phoenixville’s Jules Blackwell will headline.

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