Philadelphia’s USBA heavyweight
champion Bryant “By By” Jennings, 16-0 (8), kept unbeaten with a
5th round TKO at 1:53 dropping Bowie Tupou, 22-3 (16), of
Los Angeles, CA, with a right uppercut followed by a short left hand.
Tupou was on his back until 8 and got to his feet as referee Blair
Talmadge waved it off! It was Jennings first defense and fifth win
of 2012. Tupou outweighed Jennings 253 to 225¼.
This was a Main Events, Peltz Boxing,
Goossen Tutor Boxing, BAM Boxing and Temple University promotion! It
was held at Temple’s McGonigle Hall on N. Broad Street and carried
by NBC Sports Network. Two long delays had the fans restless when
both ambulances were off to the hospital with a boxer and a fan until
one got back.
“I’m a slow starter and he was very
strong,” said Jennings. Immediately upon winning he jumped from
the ring to his grandmother and No. 1 fan sitting in the first row.
Trainer Fred Jenkins has another heavyweight winner here. Back in
2000 he had Malik Scott who defeated Tupou in his last fight under
current HOF trainer Jesse Reid.
In the semi-windup Philly’s Eric “The
Outlaw” Hunter, 17-2 (9), took the fight on short notice replacing
Teon Kennedy and used a left hook to breakdown previously unbeaten
Jerry “Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes, 17-1 (5), of Corpus
In the second round a Hunter left hook
countered a missed right hand by Belmontes and down went Belmontes.
He couldn’t avoid the punch through all 10 rounds. He tried to man
handle Hunter and gave him no room for the hook but it was futile.
In the third and fourth Belmontes seemed to be giving Carter some
problems but it was down hill from the fifth round. By the eighth
Hunter started showboating with hands to side and shaking his
shoulders. The last 2 rounds saw little action with Belmontes
failing to go for broke though knowing he was way behind.
All 3 judges had it for Hunter. John
Condon 99-91, Alan Rubenstein 99-90 and George Hill 97-92 as did dhb.
Gary Rosato served as the referee. Hunter started doing what looked
like a touchdown dance after the decision despite his new corner
trying to calm him down. This writer was surprised having seen
Belmontes in his last fight unable to handle Carter throughout. He
showed his sportsmanship upon hearing the decision by applauding
Carter. This shouldn’t discourage Belmontes who should still have
a bright future under the Main Events banner.
They’ve met 2 times and battled to
draws on both occasions. Philly’s Angel Luis Ocasio, 7-0-2 (2) and
Camden’s Jason Sosa, 7-1-3 (3) scored back to back stoppages
highlighting the show as the Network went on live to the delight of
their many fans.
Ocasio proved tonight he is a
“finisher” and came back from a 10-month inactive period to score
a first round knockdown with a straight right to the chin of Esteban
Rodriguez, 6-4-1 (1) out of Lebanon, PA. In the second round Ocasio
countered with a lead right to the chin knocking down Rodriguez
again. After an Ocasio left hook to the body for a third knockdown
referee Shawn Clark had seen enough at 0:38 of the 2nd round. Ocasio never looked better as a professional. This was a
scheduled 6 in the lightweight division. This former amateur star
seems to be on his way to making a statement.
Sosa was pitted against one time top
amateur Isaac Suarez, 7-2 (3), of Lancaster, PA, who was coming off a
3-year lay-off since his first defeat. Sosa showed good work inside
and rocked Suarez with about 10 seconds left in the opening round
after a close fight up until then. He landed a dozen unanswered
punches in the second round causing referee Talmadge to call a halt
at the 2:10 mark! Suarez was overwhelmed after the first round. It
was too tough of a fight to take after the lay-off. “I did great
huh?” That was a smiling Sosa reacting to this writer who after
one of the Ocasio draw’s rubbed him and his corner the wrong way.
I’ve been a fan since as Sosa has won
3 straight. Seems this 6 round super featherweight match will keep
Sosa too light for a rubber match with Ocasio in the future which is
fine with this writer who does not like to see locals matched against
one another especially when he likes both fighters.
The show opened up with 3 lopsided
bouts that is uncommon for matchmaker J Russell Peltz. In the opener
prospect Hasan Young, 2-1-1 (1) proved to have too many guns for
debuting Josue Rivera 0-2, in an all Philly welter 4 rounder that was
stopped at 1:52 of the opening round by referee Clark after 3
Another Philly prospect Anthony “Bad
Boy” Burgin, 2-0 (1), won all 4 rounds on the judges (Rubenstein,
LaRosa and Condon) scorecards easily defeated survivor also from
Philly Kenneth Brown, 0-1, making his debut with vicious body work.
This was a 4 round super featherweight bout. Referee was Rosato.
2012 National champion Jesse “Hard
Work” Hart, 5-0 (4), was finally taken the distance by Steven
Tyner, 3-9-2 (2), of Akron, OH, who refused to mix it up with the
“can’t Miss” Philly future champion. Scores were 40-35
(Rubenstein and Condon) and 40-34 (George Hill). It was good to see
Hart get some needed work and just as good to seen Fred Jenkins back
in the Hart corner joining Eugene “Cyclone” Hart and young Fred
Jr. whose foot injury kept him off the card. Hart complained that “I
hurt my right hand early”.
In an opening shocker Taneal Goyco,
4-5-1 (2), pulled an Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor racing from his
corner and landing the first punch an overhand right and down went
Todd Unthank-May, 6-0 (2), in an all Philly light heavyweight 4
rounder. “I didn’t even realize I was knocked down,” said
Unthank-May afterwards. He held on until his head cleared and
clearly won the next 2 rounds and a close final round to take a 38-37
on the cards of Rubenstein, LaRosa and Hill along with dhb. This
was a re-match and don’t be surprised to see them do it again.
“Trainer David Feldman had the opening punch planned”, said Joey
Eye. The all well known cut-man was in the Goyco corner. Clark was
the referee. Goyco was very upset with the decision but let his foe
off the hook.
Temple grad Alex “Macho” Barbosa,
4-1 (1), suffered his first loss in front of the home crowd when much
improving Joshua Arocho, 3-6-2 (2), of Vineland, NJ, scored his
second straight win after stopping the grandson of Larry “Peanut
Head” Holmes in August. Arocho won by scores of 40-36 by LaRosa
and Hill while Condon had it 39-37. It looked like a shutout from
here. The referee was Rosato.
Prior to the first bout NBC broadcaster
BJ Flores and former 2-time IBF cruiser champ Steve “USS”
Cunningham were playing it up for the cameras with some slow motion
sparring. Cunningham’s manager/wife Livvy was taking it all in at
ringside. Flores has never been able to get a title fight while
Cunningham is preparing for his rematch of 4 years ago with
2-division champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek but this time in the
heavyweight division. Both Cunningham and Adamek posed with shirts
off in the ring for their December 22nd rematch at
Bethlehem, PA’s, Sands Casino show promoted by Main Events and
Peltz Boxing over NBC Sports Network. Both fighters are well liked
by the fans for their showings and how they are friendly to their
The youngest female promoter in the
country, Brittany “BAM” Rogers continues to co-promote with Peltz
and assist him with the matchmaking. Her 2 biggest fans, mom and dad
who were at ringside. Mike Rogers was a once promising amateur who
steered his only daughter from inside the ring to outside as a