By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the historic Valencia Ballroom in York, PA late replacement Ramesis Gil (8-4-5, 5 KOs) silenced the large and raucous crowd with a split decision victory over York PA’s own lightweight Carney “Beeper” Bowman (16-1, 7 KOs) in the six round main event. The fight fans would not go home unsatisfied though as A & D Promotions put together a very entertaining Pro-AM Card featuring some of the hot local prospects in tough fights.
The main event was to be the successful return of Carney “Beeper” Bowman who seemed ready to break soon into the ranks of the elite in the lightweight division. In his way stood experienced veteran in Ramesis Gil, who at 7-4-5, 5 KOs looked to be a perfect opponent for his comeback. However, sometimes things just don’t go as planned. The normally slow starting Gil came out aggressive in the opening round with a few big right hands over the top. Bowman was calm though while jabbing and moving, as he looked for defensive holes to exploit.
Gill continued to gain confidence though and once again came out strong in the second with wide hard shots that found their mark. Bowman finally began to find his mark also, while on the inside with uppercuts, which seemed to slow the aggressive Gil. Bowman got lazy with the jab though and Gill countered with a big axe handle right on the side of the York natives jaw. Bowman, though stunned, would not give in and sent Gil on the retreat late in the third with his pinpoint combinations
The fourth round was give and take in the early going as both fighters had their moments. Gill uncorked a big right hand that knocked out Bowman’s mouthpiece. Gil appeared to stun “Beeper” again late in the fourth with a good uppercut to steal the round. The crowd knew the fight was close chanted “Beeper, Beeper, Beeper,” in an effort to jump start the hometown hero. Gil stopped the chants and got a break by going south of the border with a right. Bowman complained as he bent to a knee, but referee Gary Rosato did not call it low and the fight continued. The experienced Gil knew it was close and his confidence grew as he stunned Bowmen in the closing thirty seconds of the round with an overhand right to the temple.
Both traded away in the fifth. Gil went to single shots, by fighting defensively to rest a bit. Bowman tried to desperately change the tide in the sixth and final round, but Gil fought defensively again. The frustrated Bowman wanted to land a powerful hook up top to regain the momentum, but he shook his hand while in the clinch, as if it was bothering him. Neither fighter would completely let loose as Bowman went back to the jab. The final bell sounded, sending the bout to the scorecards
There were several anxious moments as the crowd awaited the decision. The first score was read 59-55 in favor of Ramesis Gil, which sent the crowd into all stunned silence. The second score went the opposite way 58-56 for Bowman. After several anxious moments the ring announcer read the final score 58-56 in favor of Ramesis Gil giving him the split decision victory.
The satisfied Gill spoke on his fight and the results “I went in there looking to counterpunch. If he would land one, I would land one. If he wanted to land tow shots, I would land two. I was just going to outwork him.”
“I was preparing for eight and ten round fights. I was just getting warmed up in the later rounds,” stated Gil. I wish it was eight or ten where I really could let go. At the end of the sixth, I still hadn’t reach my peak, but I am satisfied with the victory.”
Bowman also spoke on the fight and why he didn’t look sharp. “I had several problems going on in my life outside the ring and I just wasn’t focused in there like I should. It was just one of those days.”
Saucedo outworks Manukyan
Undefeated featherweight Jesus Saucedo of York, PA overcame a very tough Alberto Manukyan to score a hard earned four round unanimous decision victory in the co-feature of the evening. Saucedo was put to the test in the early going as the debuting Manukyan caught him flush with a few well timed counters. Saucedo would not let the hard flurries faze him as he countered with hard combinations of his own. Early in the second, two hard rights from Saucedo sent Vaseline and Alberto’s mouthpiece flying across the ring, eliciting loud ooh’s from the crowd. Saucedo would not get careless and backed away so he could pick his spots to attack. Manukyan pressed forward and did well when Saucedo had his back to the ropes with good inside work. However Saucedo slip out and boxed well off the ropes.
The experience and ring generalship from the local favorite continued to wear down Manukyan and by the beginning of the fourth and final round he was constantly on the retreat. Jesus knew that Manukyan still had some power in his punches when he threw them, so he remained cautious. By mid round, Saucedo appeared frustrated at the chase and dropped his hands, inviting Manukyan to come in and trade. Manukyan would not get off the bicycle, so Saucedo calmly boxed his way to the final bell. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Jesus Saucedo by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 respectively.
Bowles overpowers Arrocho
In the opening professional bout of the evening, undefeated Harrisburg PA super bantamweight prospect Josh Bowles raised his record to 5-0 with a solid four round unanimous decision victory over Vineland, New Jersey’s Joshua Arocho (1-6, 1KO). Bowles took control of the fight in the second round with well timed two-punch combinations and strong uppercuts that slowed the aggressive Joshua Arocho. Bowles worked the body late in the second which as Arocho withered. Arocho kept the fight honest in the third, but the great footwork and hand speed from the Harrisburg native helped to capture the round and put him safely in front. The fight changed in the fourth and final round, as Bowles went on the bicycle, boxing on the outside to secure the win. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Josh Bowles by scores of 40-36 x2 and 39-37 respectively, giving him the well deserved unanimous decision victory.