By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
The card on Friday night at the Plattduesche Restaurant in Franklin Square New York had many difficult circumstances, forcing two main events to be cancelled in the closing week. However Promoter Bob Duffy and Boxing 360 worked hard to put on a competitive four bout card. In the main event of the evening heavy handed cruiser Josh “Juice” Harris dropped Kamarah Pasley once en-route to a close eight round unanimous decision victory by score of 76-75, 76-75 and 78-73.
The original main event was cancelled when Lennox Allen suffered a death in the family and was not able to go on with the fight. In stepped the bout between undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ronson Frank and Philly’s Anthony Ferrante. That bout was also scratched when Ferrante came in three pounds overweight and an equitable agreement couldn’t be reached between the fighters. In stepped Cruiserweights Josh “Juice” Harris and Kamarah Pasley to fill the spotlight and they did so in good fashion.
Pasley of Philadelphia chose to fight the bout on the retreat in the early going, moving to his left and popping right jabs and left hands on his fellow southpaw. Josh Harris was definitely the stronger fighter and stunned Pasley on various occasions whenever he could plant his feet. Pasley was smart though and clinched before getting on the bicycle and boxing his way around the ring. Many of the early rounds were too close to call, depending on what the judges thought was more effective, Harris’s fewer but bigger left hands, or Pasley’s multiple but lighter pecking combinations.
That all changed as Pasley began to tire late and Harris bigger shots landed with more frequency. In the sixth round Pasley looked like a marathoner that had hit the wall and his movement had slowed. Harris seized the moment and caught him against the ropes with his hands down. A perfectly placed left hook sent Pasley down hard and his head bounced of the canvas. Surprisingly Pasley rose to his feet and survived the closing five seconds of the round without any further damage.
Pasley again went back to boxing on the bicycle in the seventh and eighth rounds as Harris tired also, forcing the bout to the scorecards.
Two judges saw it extremely close at 76-75 while the third scored the bout 78-73 in favor of Josh Harris who moves to 7-3-1, 5KO’s. Kamarah Pasley slides to a respectable 5-5, with 2KO’s.
Kinda dominates Garcia
Undefeated West African welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda Burkina Faso put in one his finest bouts to date with a dominant seven round bout against Springfield Massachusetts’s Noel “El Loco” Garcia which was stopped due to an accidental clash of heads.
Issouf Kinda controlled the bout right from the opening bell as he walked down Noel Garcia with heavy rights behind precision jabs . Garcia tried to turn the tide and traded series of punches with Kinda. It looked like the West African was going to end it but a short right appeared to shake him a bit and he went back to controlling the fight on the outside with his jabs and straight rights.
Garcia appeared to be run out of steam by round three and spent a lot of his time on retreat and his punches became wider. Kinda knew his time would come and he calmly continued to place his combinations well.
Garcia tried to fight on the retreat and on the inside, but Kinda’s defense was tight, which allowed him to land precision counters and control the middle rounds.
In round seven, Garcia resorted to diving in to get inside with looping combinations which Kinda Calmly blocked. Just when Kinda looked like he would corner Garcia, his opponent again dove in, which resulted in an accidental clash of heads. Noel Garcia suffered a bad cut over his left eye and the ringside Physician was summoned to take a look and immediately ruled he could not continue, forcing the bout the scorecards. All three judges saw every round in favor of Issouf Kinda by scores of 70-62 x 3.
Kinda ups his perfect record to 9-0, 5KO’s while Noel Garcia falls to 2-6-1, 1KO
Brooks out duels Pritchard
Freeport New York welterweight prospect, Mike Brooks moved to 2-0 with an impressive four round unanimous decision over Toledo Ohio’s Calvin “The Puncher Pritchard.
Pritchard tried to keep the shorter Brooks on the outside with counters and movement in the early going, but it would not stop the aggressive southpaw, who steadily worked the body while on the inside. By mid round two Brooks seemed in control as he placed heavy hooks whenever he caught the tiring Ohio native against the ropes and then followed with uppercuts.
Brooks tired a bit from his heavy output allowing the third to be close, but regained his form as he dropped under the taller Pritchard’s jabs and worked away to the exposed body of his opponent midway through the fourth and final round. The tiring Pritchard tried to stand his ground but Brook’s combinations were quicker and he went into survival mood, clinching until the final bell.
All three judges saw the bout 39-37 in favor of Mike Brooks who moved to 2-0. 1KO. Calvin Pritchard falls to 0-2-2.
Baldwin bombs Shelton
In the opening four round middleweight bout of the evening, Newark New Jersey’s Thomas Baldwin (2-0-1, 1KO)remained unbeaten with a surprising third round knockout of stoppage of Providence Rhode Island’s Romeil Shelton (0-2).
Both fighters appeared to be evenly matched and the opening two rounds were even as each took their turns landing brisk combinations in back and forth action. It all changed in the third when Baldwin began to find his mark and Shelton became frustrated. Halfway through the third Baldwin had Shelton backing away when he landed a hard right hand on the button which shook Baldwin. The shot made the crowd roar for the home Baldwin. In surprising fashion Shelton turned his head to the crowd and yelled at them that he was not hurt and Baldwin saw his moment and moved in and loaded up. Shelton turned his head back just a Baldwin was unwinding a big right hand which landed perfectly on his unprotected jaw. Shelton dropped to the canvas like a ton of bricks. He hit the ground hard and was unable to reach his feet before the ten count. The time of the knockout officially occurred at 1:50 of the third round.