Boxing Result

Bailey tames the Bionic Bull!

By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg

Photo: Rick Scharmberg
Photo: Rick Scharmberg

Approximately nine hundred Philly boxing fans battled through sub-freezing temperatures to witness the return of Brian “The Bionic Bull” Cohen to his hometown at South Philadelphia High School on Saturday night in the ten round main event of the evening. However, it was his home town fans that would leave disappointed as late replacement Bill Bailey spoiled their evening, dropping Cohen three times, en-route to a commanding second round knockout. The card promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions had six undercard fights featured some nice local prospects.

Cohen 168.5 looked imposing as he entered the ring, sporting a physique that MR. America would be proud of. His opponent Bailey 175 looked intimidated early in the opening round as Cohen dove in and attacked the body with several hooks. Bailey of Bakersfield, California weathered the early storm and began land some straight counters over the wide hooks from “The Bionic Bull”

The bodybuilder physique appeared to hinder Cohen as his punches came in very wide looping varieties, which Bailey continued to block and counter. Cohen appeared to tire in round two and began to punch and grab. Bailey took advantage of his opportunity, with a beautiful five-punch combination up top which forced Cohen to take a knee. Cohen rose to his feet, but just moments later, was sent back to the canvas with a straight right up top from Bailey. Cohen was badly hurt and tried to hold and clinch, but Bill Bailey would not have it and unleashed a big straight right that collapsed “The Bionic Bull” in the corner for the third and final time. There were a few anxious moments afterward, but Cohen was able rise to his feet and walk out of the ring under his own recognizance while wearing oxygen tank. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Bailey jumps to 8-3, 1KO, while Cohen falls to 11-2, 10KOs.-Kurt Wolfheimer

Hasson rains down on Rayner

Undefeated super middleweight prospect Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (6-0, 2KOs) of Kensington, PA remained undefeated, dropping Lumberton North Carolinas Michael Rayner (6-11, 5Kos) three times en-route to a one sided unanimous decision. Faced with the most experienced fighter that he has faced in his professional career as well as being a southpaw, Hasson cautiously placed his punches behind a light jab in the opening moments of the fight. Hasson landed big right hands more consistently as the round progressed on the muscular Rayner. Hasson picked up the pace in round two, dropping Rayner to the canvas with big overhand right and then methodically pummelling him throughout the round. Rayner bleed profusely from the nose throughout the round. Rayner once again felt the canvas in round three, this time by two big overhand rights which put him on his back. Rayner used all his experience to successfully dodge and return just enough fire to survive the rounds through five. Hasson remained wary of the counters from Raynor but continued to land some nice combinations when the opportunity presented itself, all the way until the final bell. He was also credited with a knockdown in the opening moments of the final round which appeared to be more of a slip. All three judges scored the bout 60-51 in favor of Dennis Hasson.-Kurt Wolfheimer

Pasley overcomes Martinez

Cruiserweight Kamarah Pasley, fresh off his first victory of his professional career after three defeats, appears to have regained his confidence and vigor by dropping fellow Philadelphian Pedro Martinez once in the opening round en-route to the four round unanimous decision victory. Pedro Martinez went after Pasley early in round one with some nice body shots. Pasley turned the tide with a straight left which sent a shocked Martinez to the canvas late in the round. Martinez rose to his feet and tried to regain control, but a straight left on the button stunned him as the bell sound to end the round. Pasley seemed more confident and continued to land three punch combinations in the second and third rounds which the game but befuddled Martinez just had no answer for. Needing a knockout to win, Martinez pressed the attack in the fourth and final round. Pasley was slick though and slowed the attack with some nice counters forcing the fight to the scorecards. All three judges had the fight in favor of Pasley by scores of 40-35 x2 and 38-36 respectively. Kamarah Pasley ups his record to 2-3, while Pedro Martinez falls to 3-2, 2KOs.-Kurt Wolfheimer

Ferrante destroys Stackhouse

Undefeated light heavyweight Tony “Boom Boom Ferrante (5-0,2Kos) of Philadelphia, PA put together the best fight of his young career, scoring a explosive fourth round knockout of 36 year-old journeymen Mickey Stackhouse. Ferrante controlled the fight throughout with a wide array of combinations and effective body punching. Stackhouse tried to fight back, but he just did not have the arsenal to keep Ferrante off him. The end came in the fourth as Ferrante caught Stackhouse against the ropes and unleashed a picture perfect right hand up top. Stackhouse dropped to the canvas like a ton of bricks. Surprisingly he rose to his feet, but fell into the ropes and then into the referee’s arms. Blair Talmadge had no choice but to wave the bout off at 2:27 of the fourth and final round. The TKO victory could set the ever improving Ferrante with several interesting bouts in the near future. -Kurt Wolfheimer

Mercurio bombs Bennett

South Philadelphian fan favorite “Big” John Mercurio made his professional debut a successful one, with a convincing first round knockout of Kokomo Indiana’s Brandon Bennett. Mercurio 261, owning a forty-one pound weight advantage, methodically broke down his smaller opponent with left jabs and a few right hands. Bennett 220 tried to fight on the inside, but Mercurio seemed impervious to his lighter shots and continued stalk him around the ring. The heavy handed Mercurio finally caught Bennett in the corner and unleashed massive right hand on the button and followed it up with a left hook which sent his opponent hurtling across the ring and onto his back for the ten count at1:51 of the opening round.-Kurt Wolfheimer

Tiberi chops down Colvin

“Mighty” Mike Tiberi, of New Castle, Delaware used a vicious body attack to wear down and stop John “Jaw Breaker” Colvin, of Pennsboro, West Virginia at 1:16 of the fourth and final round of a middleweight bout. Tiberi (7-1, 4 KOs) came out aggressively behind the left jab, which he used to get inside and work the body of Colvin. The first two body shots seemed to surprise Colvin, who grimaced after they landed. Tiberi continued to pound the body before switching upstairs with a right uppercut-left hook combo, followed by two more left hooks to the head. Colvin (2-4, 2 KOs) landed a counter right at the bell. It was all Tiberi in round two, as Tiberi focused on the body, while mixing in nice two and three-punch combinations to the head. Colvin had a hard time getting his offense in gear, as “Mighty Mike” continued to hammer away with both hands. Colvin opened the third round with a nice right-left combination that forced Tiberi to momentarily tie Colvin up. Mike came back to win the round with his left hook. Tiberi continued to work both hands to the body of a wilting Colvin in round four. A left to the body followed by a right to the head had Colvin covering up and defenseless in a corner, where referee Hurley McCall halted the action. – Rick Scharmberg

Dulin stops Brown

Karen Dulin, of Mystic, Connecticut spoiled the pro debut of Nasia Brown, of Philadelphia, stopping her at 1:39 of the second round of a scheduled four round women’s featherweight contest. After feeling out Brown with the jab, Dulin (1-2, 1 KO) tested the waters with some right hands. When those hit their mark, Dulin put some left hooks behind the right, and Dulin won the opening round big. Brown tried to press the attack behind two lefts in round two, but she was sent back by a right-left-right combination from the superbly conditioned Dulin. A big right-left combination on the temple sent Brown down along the ropes, and referee Blair Talmadge stopped the fight. – Rick Scharmberg

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