By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Gary Purfield
Friday night at the Harrah’s Philly Casino in Chester PA, heavy handed Kennett Square light heavyweight Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith (14-1, 10 KOs) defied the odds and upset the much more experienced Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (26-24-7, 4 KOs) in capturing the PA State light heavyweight by a razor thin majority decision. In the co-feature of the card promoted by Joey Intrieri’s Joe Eye Boxing in association with David Feldman, Atlantic City, New Jersey, junior middleweight DeCarlo “3Mundo” Perez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) continued his winning ways with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Windsor Hill, Maryland’s Julius Kennedy (7-5-1, 3 KOs).
It was the classic boxer versus the rugged puncher in the main event of the evening as Dhafir Smith took on Anthony Caputo Smith which looked like an interesting match on paper.
Dhafir “No fear Smith who entered the ring as the PA state lightweight champion, was known to have one of the best jabs in the business and he used it with good body movement in to keep Anthony “The Bull” Smith off balance in the opening two rounds.
When round three opened, Smith had taken enough jabs to bloody his nose, but he would not quit moving forward. When Anthony would get inside Dhafir tried to hold and counter, but he just could not keep him off. The pro Anthony Smith crowd began to erupt as he landed on the clinches with hooks to the body and head of the champion.
Anthony Smith continued to stalk Dhafir and make it rough in the sixth, but Dhafir moved and shot combinations that continued to land on Anthony’s face. The shots from Dhafir had developed a hug swelling over Anthony’s right eye. Both fighters went at it in the closing moments of the round and had to be separated and warned.
Dhafir tired in rounds seven through nine and Anthony Smith looked determined as he banged away whenever he could, even though many missed their mark. Anthony began to win the battle of jabs and he looked like he wasn’t bothered by anything Dhafir threw.
Dhafir still appeared to be ahead on the scorecards and boxed and moved while Anthony Smith kept doing everything he could to land a big shot. Dhafir just rolled with many of the punches that landed, lessoning their power.
When the final bell sounded, the Anthony Caputo Smith crowd erupted and Anthony was raised into the air. Dhafir Smith went back to his corner and it looked like he should get the victory.
The first scorecard was read 95-95 even, but was overruled by the other two officials, who had it 58-56 in favor of Anthony Caputo Smith and the crowd erupted in celebration.
“He hurt me once in the early going, but after that, he couldn’t hurt me at all, ” said a joyous Anthony Caputo Smith afterwards. “From that point on, I was walking right through his punches. I give all the credit in the world to Dhafir. He is a true warrior, but I was taking the fight to him and that is what won the fight.”
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In the six round co-feature of the evening, rugged Atlantic City native, DeCarlo “3mundo” Perez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) won his fourth straight contest with a hard fought fifth round stoppage of “Relentless” Julius Kennedy (7-5-1, 3 KOs). Perez entered the ring coming off victories over Shamone Alvarez (21-6, 12 KOs), Dante Moore (8-1-2, 4 KOs) and Lenwood Dozier (7-5-1, 3 KOs) and knew a victory over Kennedy would put him in line for even more lucrative paydays.
Julius Kennedy of Windsor Mill, Maryland looked strong and determined as he entered the ring coming off a razor thin split decision loss to formerly world rated junior middleweight contender “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and knew a win put his name right back in the mix with the better junior middleweights in the area.
Perez did not want to give Kennedy any ideas that he would be able to push him around in the early going as he unleashed heavy flurries throughout the opening two rounds. Kennedy connected with three big shots that gained Perez’s attention as the round came to close.
Kennedy began to find his rhythm in the third as he pushed Perez back with heavy right hands. DeCarlo would not back down as he spun off the ropes with three and four punch combinations. Perez unleashed a brutal four punch combination as the 3rd round came to a close.
The constant heavy shots from Perez had done their damage as Kennedy’s right eye was closing fast and he could barely see out of it. However, Kennedy was game and continued to Push Perez to the ropes where he could unleash the bigger shots. Both fighters traded as the round came to a close. Each fighter landed after the bell and they had to be separated.
Perez showed his will as he continually fought his way off the ropes. Finally it all came to an end in the fifth. Perez had just taken two good shots from a tiring Kennedy on the ropes. This time Decarlo spun off the ropes and unleashed five unanswered shots as Kennedy covered and turned his head away. Shawn Clark had seen enough and called a halt to the action at 1:49 of the fifth round. The win ups Decarlo Perez’s record to a respectable 10-2-1, 4 KOs.
Dejesus edges Duran
Veteran Philly fan favorite Julio Dejesus (8-3-3, 4 KOs) of Chester, PA squeezed out a razor thin four round majority decision against wily New York junior welterweight Ariel Duran (7-5-1) in a back and forth six round contest. The heavy handed Dejesus appeared to gain the advantage in the opening two rounds with heavy hooks up top. Duran was the slicker fighter and landed nice counters while ducking underneath many of the rugged Philadelphian’s wide telegraphed hooks in rounds three through five. The fight came down to the sixth and final round. Both fighters had their moments, but it was Julio Dejesus who had landed the fewer, but bigger shots. Duran had his moments too, which made the round, like many others, too close to call. One judge saw it 57-57 even, but was overruled by the other two officials who scored it 58-56 in favor of Julio Dejesus for the Majority decision victory.
Aguilar batters Parker
Cherry Hill, New Jersey featherweight Drew Aguilar dropped slick “King” Arthur Parker (1-9-1) once on his way to a one-sided four round unanimous decision victory in his professional debut. Aguilar was on the more experienced Parker throughout the opening round, with hard left hands up to force him on the retreat. Parker tried to keep the advancing southpaw off but had very little success and was caught in the corners often. It looked like Aguilar would get him out in the second as he battered Parker right from the opening bell. Parker was forced to retreat to a corner, and Aguilar unleashed a heavy flurry. Parker was able to survive the onslaught, but could not mount enough attack to slow the heavier handed Aguilar who continued to outwork him in the third. Drew Aquilar knew the victory was in his hands but still kept on the attack, finally dropping Parker with a left uppercut right hand combination. Parker beat the count and used his experience to survive until the final bell. All three judges saw the bout 40-35 in favor of Drew Aguilar, giving him the much deserved, one sided four round unanimous decision victory.
Allen, Jr. impresses in debut
In the opening bout of the evening, highly touted former amateur star lightweight Damon “Baby Dame” Allen Jr. looked impressive in his professional debut scoring a fourth round stoppage of fellow Philly pro debutant Joseph Ahaamid. It was clear right from the opening round that the hand speed and superior boxing ability would be the difference as Allen Jr. continually landed combinations at will. Ahaamid spent much of the fight with his gloves covering his face as Allen mixed his combinations up. The constant flurries had finally done their damage and in the middle of the fourth and final round Damon Allen Jr had Joey Ahaamid pinned to the ropes where he unleashed five unanswered punches. Ahaamid turned his head away from the barrage. Referee Shawn Clark had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at 1:24 of the fourth round giving Damon Allen Jr the TKO victory.