By Kurt Wolfheimer
Unbeaten lightweight contender Teon “The Technician Kennedy (14-0-1, 6 KOs) went to battle on Friday night at the Legendary Blue Horizon and came away with the biggest victory of his professional career, capturing the USBA Lightweight title, with a tenth round TKO of Francisco Rodriquez (14-3-1, 8 KOs). In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Saint Petersburg Florida’s Jason Barnett(11-10,5KO’s) scored quite an upset with a third round knockout of Philly clubber, Big John Poore in their scheduled six round heavyweight scrap.
The unbeaten lightweight Kennedy seemed poised right from the get go and almost had Rodriquez out in the opening round, with a two punch combination up top. Referee Benjy Estevez separated them as. Rodriquez stumbled near the ropes. He actually touched the ropes and wobbled forward and Estevez ruled that the ropes saved him from going down and gave him an eight count. Kennedy tried to capitalize on his hurt opponent, but Rodriquez stayed low and avoided everything during the final sixteen-seconds of the opening round.
Rodriquez gathered his composure and stormed out of the corner in round two with a wild combination. Kennedy coolly weathered the storm as both fighters took their turns with short one two’s.
The Technician seemed to have tired from the heavy punch output from the previous two rounds as his punches seemed to have lost their steam in round three.
Round four was a war as both fighters spent most of the time fighting toe to toe on the inside. Rodriquez targeted the body before going to the head, while Kennedy focused more up top. However the punches from Rodriquez seemed to do more physical damage as a swelling occurred around the right eye of Kennedy.
Rounds five and six were close but Kennedy seemed to be the harder puncher as he gained his second wind. Still the left hooks from Rodriquez continued to find the mark and the swelling around Kennedy’s eye worsened and looked like it could give him vision trouble in the later rounds,
Kennedy came out smoking in round seven and hit Rodriquez with four punch combination. Francisco Rodriquez like a warrior, would not be denied and backed Kennedy up with a counter left. Rodriquez continued to push forward as both fighters exchanged heavy shots until the bell sounded. Rodriquez seemed to get the better of most of the battle on the inside.
The fight changed in the eighth and ninth as Kennedy seemed to find his groove with sharp combinations from in the pocket that Rodriquez just couldn’t elude.
Rodriquez just wouldn’t quit and continued to fight back in the tenth round. Kennedy returned fire and had his Rodriquez hurt with two four punch combinations. Rodriquez tried desperately to hold on and clinch. Both times though Kennedy actually pushed him down to the canvas. Rodriquez rose to his feet, but just moment later, a left hook right hand had him wobbling against the ropes. Benjy Estevez did the right thing and stepped in and called a halt to the bout at 1:52 of the tenth round.
What should have been a terrific moment for Kennedy, turned into a terrible situation as Rodriquez lost consciousness while on the stool just moments later. Rodriquez was immediately taken out on a stretcher and rushed to Hahnamen Hospital. He is presently listed in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Francisco Rodriquez and his family in this dire time.
Barnett stuns Poore
The co-feature of the evening produced a stunner as Philly fan favorite heavyweight Big John Poore was stopped in the third round by Jason Barnett.
Poore may have taken his opponent lightly and did not look in the great shape as he entered the ring. Barnett seemed to be the faster boxer and constantly had Poore befuddled with the left jab.
Poore who is normally a slow starter tried to find his range with his big right hand, but it just didn’t have the snap that it previously had. This allowed Barnett to stay more on the inside and land counter lefts through the gloves of the normally heavy handed Philadelphian. “Big” John did find the mark in the final seconds of round two with a short right hand, but Jason Barnett dodged a few shots and stayed out of danger as the round came to a close.
Poore tried to capitalize on the previous rounds ending success by swinging some wide combinations in the opening moments of the third round. The wide punches also opened up his defensive holes. Like a seasoned pro, Jason Barnett saw his moment and floored Poore with a big left hook. Referee Hurley McCall immediately waved the bout of without a count as Poore laid on his back. The time of the knockout occurred at 38 seconds of round three.
“I was glad that I was given six weeks to train for this fight and it showed,” said Barnett afterward. I usually take fights on short notice and those are most of the losses on my record.”
This just wasn’t John Poore’s night as he falls to (21-4, 18 KOs), while Jason Barnett moves (11-10, 5 KOs).
Hasson pummels Pinarreta.
Unbeaten super middleweight prospect Dennis Hasson shook off over seven months of ring rust with a fifth round stoppage of a game, but out gunned Eric Pinarreta.
Hasson looked sharp throughout as he mixed pinpoint combinations right from the opening bell. Pinarreta style looked like a better looking version of Rocky Balboa in Rocky as he moved he upper torso around looking for openings looking like the an authentic version “Italian Tank.”
The pace stepped up in round two as Hasson dropped Pinarreta with four successive body shots. However just like Rocky, Eric Pinarreta rose to his feet and fought back.
The unbeaten Hasson, stuck to his game-plan and continually picked Pinarreta apart beautiful array of combinations.
In round five, the fight became one sided affair as Hasson continually battered Pinarreta with a wide array of combinations which he had no answers for. Eric’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel at the towel at the at the 1:56 mark of the fifth round.
Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson ups his unblemished record to (9-0, 3 KOs) while Eric Pinarreta falls to (2-3, 1 KO).
Butler Bounces Rodriquez.
In a four round welterweight contest, West Philadelphia’s Ardrick Butler needed just two minutes and twenty five seconds to stop Lancaster, Pa’s Epi Cosme Rodriquez.
Ardrick Butler immediately solved the defense of Rodriquez and floored him with left hook-right hand combination on the chin. Rodriquez was tough though and rose to his feet and tried to fight back, but just moments later he was deposited to the canvas again. This time he was floored a big right hand. Rodriquez rose to his feet again but wobbled backwards into the corner. Referee Hurley McCall had no choice but to wave the fight off at the 2:25 mark of the opening round.
Ardrick Butler seems to gain more confidence with each fight as a pro as his record jumps to (4-1, 1 KO). Epi Cosme Rodriquez slides to (1-1).
Davis outpoints Onyango.
Jamaal “DA Truth” Davis (11-5, 6 KOs) continued to resurrect his career with an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous journeyman, Joshua Onyango (14-18-1, 11 KOs).
Davis had Onyango wobbled at various times throughout the fight, but Onyango would unleash a dangerous shot that kept him from really going after the knockout. Onyango continually tried to push the fight, but Davis settled in and used effective combinations with movement to box his way to the six round unanimous decision victory. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Jamaal Davis by scores of 59-54 x 2 and 58-55 respectively.
Corsino drops Davis
There was nary a jab landed as Camden New Jersey’s Miguel Corsino and North Philadelphia PA’s Keane Davis went at it knockdown filled four round junior middleweight brawl that had the fans in a frenzy while it lasted.
Both fighters went at it right from the opening bell. The debuting Corsino was the first one to hit the canvas as Keane Davis dropped him immediately with a heavy counter left on the button. Just moments later Corsino returned the favor and downed Davis with a left-right combination in the center of the ring.
The action continued where it left off in round two as Miguel Corsino put the more defensive minded Davis on the seat of his pants with a left hook. Keane Davis was a warrior and immediately rose to his feet and tried to fight back while still hurt. Corsino was on his game though and dropped him to his hands and knees in the corner with a straight left, right hand combo. Davis rose to his feet again but was sent to the canvas for the third and final time with one two combination for the knockout victory at 2:33 of the second round.
Miguel Corsino showed he will be tough to handle if he can just improve on his jabs in the near future. Keane Davis evens his record at (1-1).
Sosa Stops Ocasio!
Camden, New Jersey welterweight Jason Sosa looked extremely sharp in his professional debut in scoring a third round technical knockout of winless Jonathon Ocasio (0-6) of North Philadelphia, PA.
Sosa was the sharper puncher throughout and floored Ocasio in the third round with a lunging left hook. Ocasio rose to his feet, but he was on unsteady legs and retreated to a corner. Jason Sosa put the final touches on with a precise one two combination. Ocasio was nearly defenseless and almost went to a knee. Referee Gary Rosato stepped in to prevent any further carnage at the 1:13 mark of the third round.
Due to the emergency circumstances cause by the main event, a four round lightweight bout between Burlington, New Jersey’s Marcus Smith (0-1) and North Philadelphia, PA’s Angel Ocasio (1-0) had to be canceled.