|Beltran Bust’s Lundy’s Bubble for NABF Title; Farah Ennis’ Lopsided Win Over Pierson
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (July 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing. -
Mexico’s Raymundo “Sugar”
Beltran, 26-6 (17), busted the bubble of Philadelphia’s “Hammerin”
Hank Lundy, 22-2-1 (11) on ESPN2 to win the NABF lightweight title at
Resorts Hotel Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ, Friday! Lundy is the No.
1 contender in the WBC. WBC and WBA Super light welterweight Danny
“Swift” Garcia joined the entourage of Lundy to the ring in
support of his fellow Philly fighter. Lundy would soon find out he
needed more than Garcia’s support from outside the ring.
Lundy took 4 times to make the 135
weight and it showed for the first 4 rounds as his timing was way
off. There was no snap to his jab. In the 3rd round
Beltran suffered a small cut over his left eye that was never an
obstacle and seemed to make him more aggressive the rest of the way.
Beltran worked the body of Lundy in that round but was caught by an
overhand right just prior to the bell.
Lundy would win his first and possibly
last battle off the ropes in the 5th round. In the 6th Lundy turned southpaw and Beltran had obvious problems with it.
Lundy would take most of the 7th but start to lose control
near the end though it was his round. Beltran took control back in
the 8th but seemed to lose the 9th by a small
margin. Lundy came out in the 10th like he was ahead and
went on the defense allowing Beltran to take the round and the fight.
Ring announcer Joe Antonacci read the
scores of Barbara Perez at 95-95 while Ron McNair and John Poturaji
both had it 96-94 as did this writer for Beltran. The crowd seemed
to accept the decision as Beltran was carried on the shoulders of one
of his corner people around the ring. Sammy Viruet was he referee.
This was a fight Beltran had nothing to lose and Lundy everything to
The promoter of the fight Jimmy
Burchfield of CES and Lundy were able to survive a New York court
room decision on Thursday to have Lundy able to stay on Fridays card.
Lundy signed a promotional contract with Boxing 360’s Mario Yagobi
in December of 2011 with manager Ivan Cohen present. Lundy has a
manager’s contract with the PA commission with Cohen dating back to
July of 2010. Cohen was never present as required when Lundy signed
contracts with Birchfield. Both Yagobi and Cohen were set against
Lundy taking this fight with Beltran risking a future bout for bigger
Philadelphia’s Farah “Quiet Storm”
Ennis, 20-1 (12), from the Germantown section of the city easily
dominated Paterson, NJ, super middleweight Richard Pierson, 11-3 (8),
in all but a round or 2 of this 10 round bout. Pierson seemed to be
in over his head from the start with hands held high and rarely
letting them loose to the distress of his corner.
On the other hand Ennis opened up
especially to the body of Pierson throughout. “He was strong but
I was able to work my jab (Pierson had a mouse under his right eye)
and go to the body,” said Ennis. Shafeeq Rashada had it 99-91 as
did this writer while Tony Perez and Louis Rivera had it 98-92 all
for Ennis. Top referee Steve “Double SS” Smoger officiated.
Former IBF light middle champion Buster Drayton actually from the
stage went to Ennis during one of the rounds to encourage him to open
up more. It seems the Philly fighters are very supportive of one
another unless they are in the same ring. That goes for the gym or an
Josh “No Limits” Mercado, 6-1 (2),
of Cape May, NJ, had his hands full with Korey Sloane, 2-5-1 (0) of
Philadelphia in a welter 4, and seemed lucky to be awarded the
decision 39-37 and 37-36 twice. This writer had it 38-38. Sloan’s
awkward style and long reach gave Mercado fits while landing chopping
rights to the jaw of Mercado. This was an exciting fight from the
fan’s view point. Sparkle Lee was the referee.
In the opening bout light middleweight
Ismael “Tito” Garcia, 4-0 (1), of Vineland, NJ, returned to the
ring after a 19 month absence to land a left to the right eye of
outgunned Kenneth Moody, Jr., 2-4-2 (1) of Virginia Beach, VA, that
caused Moody to turn away as if he was thumbed. Garcia went after
him and landed 3 or 4 more punches before referee Lee finally stopped
the fight. She was slow to react and it cost Moody some unnecessary
blows. The stoppage came at 1:09 of the 1st round.
Anthony “Juice” Young, 5-0 (2), of
Atlantic City, NJ, and Richie Andrews, 3-2-3 (1), of Stuarts Draft,
VA, gave the fans something to cheer about in their 4 round bout.
Young seemed to take the first 3 rounds with Andrews out hustling
Young in the 4th. Tony Perez had it 38-38 while Rivera
and Rashada had it 39-37 as did this writer for Young. Andrews is
one game fighter and never stopped trying. Smoger was the referee
in this one.
The last fight of the night was
supposed to be between Miguel Cartegena, 5-0 (3), of Philadelphia and
Jose “Chilli” Rivera of Florence, SC, scheduled in a 6 round
bantamweight bout. When the ring announcer said “4 rounds of
boxing” one of Rivera’s handlers went nuts proclaiming they will
only fight a 6. He told Rivera to leave the ring after a shouting
match with Javier Varela who trains Cartagena. Cartagena even went
to the corner of Rivera trying to persuade Rivera back into the ring
to no avail. Action should be taken against Rivera and his handlers.
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