Carney “Beeper” Bowman Wins in York - Boxing
By Ken Hissner at ringside for DoghouseBoxing (Nov 10, 2008)  
York super lightweight Carney “Beeper” Bowman, 12-0 (5), had the hometown fans thrilled Saturday night as he put on a clinic in stopping Castulo Gonzalez, 9-8 (3), at 1:11 of the 4th round. This former National 2003 Golden Glove champion continues to impress his many fans who cheered him on at the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pennsylvania.

It is the second time TKO Boxing Promotions brought back the native son and have scheduled to bring back 4
more shows in 2009. Their July promotion went over so well they came back and the future looks bright for Bowman who in his first 8 rounder showed all the tools that brought him 5 Pennsylvania Golden Glove titles before winning the Nationals. The promotion is first class and has spotlighted some of the best young talent in the country to the delight of fans and writers at ringside.

Bowman possesses a double jab that is so quick he’s back on defense before his opponents know what hit them. Gonzalez made a solid effort but just couldn’t keep pace with Bowman. He is originally from Guatemala, now living in Lynn, Massachusetts. After sweeping the first 3 rounds bowman delivered 8 straight punches before dropping Gonzalez in his own corner. Bowman raced across the ring upon Gonzalez rising and landed a hard right hand riving Gonzalez into the ropes forcing referee Gary Rosato to stop the onslaught to the delight of the many fans who came to support Bowman.

Another local favorite from York, Stevie Weimer, 3-0 (2), had his hands full with Omaha’s Trenton Titsworth, 2-5-1 (2), who looked like a miniature Manute Bol. Weimer would continually rush the much taller Titsworth and sometimes pay the price along with being wrestled to the canvas several times earning a point deduction from referee Art Baylis, which proved to be the winning margin in this 4 round junior welterweight fight. Judges Bernard Bruni and Jack Castellani both had it 38-37 while Tony Wolfe had it 39-36 all for Weimer. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win for the local boxer.

2008 Olympian Bastie “The Beast” Samir, 1-0 (1), of Ghana, made his debut a smashing success as he stopped Marvin Blair, 2-2-1 (1), of St. Petersburg, Florida, at 2:55 of the 1st round. A right hand drove Blair into the ropes forcing referee Baylis to give a standing count. Samir moved in quickly and delivered a right to the rib cage followed by a combination that again sent his opponent into the ropes forcing Baylis to call a halt to this one sided bout. Samir looks like the real deal and along with Bowman, James Countryman and Terrence Crawford are all part of Cameron Duncan’s stable of fighters that include world champions, Middleweight Kelly Pavlik, Flyweight Nonito Donaire and Featherweight Steve Luevano.

Detroit’s James “Crowd Pleaser” Countryman, 13-1 (8), walked into a straight right hand from Anthony Cannon, 4-10 (6), of Saginaw, Michigan at the start of the 1st round and found himself on the canvas. He bounced right back up and looked more embarrassed than hurt taking it to Cannon for the remainder of this 4 round super middleweight match earning all the judge’s scores by 39-37. Vic deWysocki refereed.

Terrance Crawford, 5-0 (3), of Omaha, seemed to have bad intentions on every punch as he easily stopped Michael Williams, 4-8 (5), Tuscaloosa, Alabama at 1:14 of the 2nd round. After scoring a standing count, followed by another barrage of punches, dropping Williams, referee Baylis stopped this one sided fight. Crawford is a highly touted prospect with a very good amateur background that had earned him an Olympic trial birth, also in the lightweight division.

Johnstown’s Andres Taylor “Made”, 3-0-1 (1), was looking up at his much taller opponent Kelsey Arnold, 1-1-1, of Hurron, Tennessee, but did a workmanlike job on cutting him down to size delivering an overhand right in the 1st round that had Arnold out on his feet, before following up with a right hand to drop him for an 8 count. In the 3rd round a devastating left hook caught Arnold in the solar plexus, dropping him like a tree face forward. Referee Rosato immediately stopped the match. Taylor was just 10 pounds over the cruiserweight limit and would be smart to campaign in that division.

In the show opener the veteran Damon “Mailman” Antoine, 9-27-1 (4), of Akron, Ohio scored a mild upset in winning a split decision over Raul Tovar, 5-1 (2), of Mission, Texas, in a 4 round welterweight match. Judge’s Wolfe and Castellani saw it 39-37 for Antoine with judge Bruni scoring it the same for Tovar. This writer had Tovar ahead but a draw by most of the press at ringside. Tovar had stunned Antoine in the 2nd round knocking out his mouthpiece, but seemed to continually let Antoine back in the fight.

The venture at Valencias is a beautiful ballroom that gives the York fans something to support since their local minor league baseball team’s season is over. TKO Boxing Promotions deserves to pack them in with future matches like this one.

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