Beltran Bust’s Lundy’s Bubble for NABF Title; Farah Ennis’ Lopsided Win Over Pierson
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
Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran
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 lose.

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 money.

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 official bout.

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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