By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA won an eight round unanimous decision over Reading, PA’s Lucian Gonzalez in the super bantamweight main event last night at jam-packed Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. In a scorcher, Patrick “The Machine” Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ won a battle of unbeaten prospects, taking a unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s Latif Mundy in the eight-round middleweight co-feature. The seven-bout card was promoted by Peltz Boxing.
The Teon Kennedy and Lucian Gonzalez bout was elevated to the main event several weeks ago, after world-ranked Mike Jones (WBA/IBF #10) was forced out of his scheduled bout with Larry Mosely with a training injury.
Kennedy (13-0, 5 KOs) and Gonzalez (9-6-1, 1 KO) met in ring center and started banging at the opening bell. Kennedy went right to work on the body of Gonzalez, hammering away with both hands. The lanky Gonzalez fired back with left-rights, but Kennedy countered with a hard right near the end of the round.
Kennedy opened round two with a left hook to the head, and then went back to the body as they continued to fight inside. Kennedy was loading up on everything in an effort to take Gonzalez out. He won round three big, but Gonzalez hung tough
After a close fourth round, Kennedy landed a hard right-left to the head, followed by a left to the body that visibly shook Lucian in round five. By this point, Kennedy had won every round, with the possible exception of the fourth.
In the sixth, Gonzalez finally changed up and moved to the outside. By circling the ring and darting in to punch, he was able to minimize the damage. Still, Kennedy was able to chase Gonzalez down and corner him enough to win two of the final three rounds.
The scores were 80-72, 78-74, and 77-75 in favor of Kennedy.
Majewski upsets Mundy in a thriller
Middleweights Patrick Majewski and Latif Mundy stepped up and put their undefeated records on the line and ended up putting on the fight of the night.
There wasn’t much to separate the two in the feeling-out opening round. Majewski (11-0, 7 KOs) opened with a flurry of shots, before exchanging jabs with Mundy (8-1-1, 3 KOs) for the remainder of the round.
Round two was also close, as the fighters began opening up more. Majewski, with a 5-inch height advantage, was the aggressor, while Mundy displayed excellent head movement to slip punches. Latif took the round, winning the first two minutes, while Patrick opened up with two right-left combinations near the end of the round.
The fireworks started in round three. Mundy landed a nice left to the body – left hook to the head combination. Majewski then countered a Mundy right with a big left hook. Undaunted, Mundy continued to take it to Majewski with power shots. He landed a nice left hook and then a right hand – left uppercut combo. Majewski came right back with a classic one – two, a jab with a booming right hand behind it. Both shots landed, and Mundy went down. Majewski tried to take advantage, but Mundy was able to slip out of danger for the last 30 seconds as the round ended.
Round four was a better one for Mundy, but Majewski continued to march forward behind a true power jab. Majewski fired mostly jabs and left hooks, and Mundy landed a nice right – left – left hook combination to the head to close out the round.
The fifth round was a big one for Majewski. Using jabs that had the force of hooks, Majewski had Mundy on the defensive again. After landing a hook off the jab, Majewski landed a powerful overhand right midway through. He continued to land his jab for the remainder of the round.
After trading right hands in round six, Majewski emerged with a cut on the corner of his left eye. This round was close, but at the end, Majewski had another cut on his hairline from a possible clash of heads.
By the seventh round, it was clear that Mundy needed a knockout to win, and he had his window of opportunity in this round. Mundy opened with jabs that had Majewski’s cuts bleeding freely. Mundy then landed a big left hook that shook Majewski, and followed it with a right hand – left hook combo that had Majewski on the defensive, and everyone else thinking about a miracle comeback. Mundy continued to land, but saw the window close with the bell.
Majewski was in marvelous condition, and it showed in the eighth and final round. Mundy had his moments in this round, but it was Majewski who closed the show by firing a steady stream of jabs and right hands for the entire three minutes. At the end, both fighters received a well deserved standing ovation.
The final scores were 78-73, 77-74, and an outrageous 80-71 in favor of Majewski.
Poore punishes Barnes
“Big” John Poore, of Upper Darby, PA shook off nearly a year’s worth of ring rust with a hard fought unanimous decision over trial horse Jermell Barnes, of Rochester, NY in a six round heavyweight bout.
It was an old-fashioned heavyweight slugfest, albeit void of any knockdowns, as both guys stood in front of each other and traded punches without clinching. Poore (21-3, 18 KOs) fought a disciplined fight, not loading up on everything, and as a result had enough left in the tank to out-punch his more experienced opponent.
Having been previously stopped by world-class fighters Brian Minto and Robert Hawkins, and also by journeyman Cerrone Fox, people were questioning Big John’s chin coming into the bout. After Poore took the first two rounds, Barnes (18-21-2, 4 KOs) rocked Poore with a straight right hand early in round three. It was enough to earn Barnes the round, but Poore passed the chin test, and was able to trade evenly with Barnes the rest of the round.
Poore came back to win round four in a big way, landing some big right hands along with a nice variety of punches. Most impressive in this round was Poore’s combination punching.
Round five was an excellent one, with both fighters landing many hard shots. Poore out-landed Barnes, however, and took the round. Barnes came on strong in the final round, landing hard overhand rights, including two in the final seconds that stunned Poore while on the ropes.
The final scores were all 58-56 in favor of Poore.
Guzman splits Torres
Jose Guzman, of the Bronx, NY took a split decision over Eliud Torres, of Allentown, PA in a four round lightweight match. It was a good action fight in this battle of southpaws, and as a result, it was a difficult bout to score.
Torres (2-1-1, 1 KO) went to the body early, as Guzman (5-4-1) sought to counter. Torres appeared to do enough body punching to take the first round. He continued to assault the taller Guzman’s body in round two, and had enough success to convince Guzman to briefly turn righty. Torres had the advantage in this round also.
Guzman went to work with his right hook in round three, and drew blood from the nose of Torres, who landed a nice hook of his own to cut Guzman under his left eye. This round was close. Guzman finished strong in the final round with some hard counter right hooks, and a right – left combination that stunned Torres at the two-minute mark.
The scores were a generous 40-36, and 39-37 for Guzman, and 39-37 in favor of Torres.
Wilson takes out Robinson
It was North Philly versus West Philly, as Louis Robinson and Garrett Wilson took their turf battle to the AC boardwalk. Built like a tank and spotting Robinson four inches in height, Wilson tucked his chin and won the battle of contrasting styles with a spectacular one-punch knockout at 2:06 of the third round of a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout.
Wilson (4-2, 2 KOs) took the opening round with aggression, while Robinson remained in counter-punching mode. Robinson (2-3-1, 1 KO) changed tactics in round two, and won the round with jabs and right uppercuts against the charging Wilson.
The end came suddenly. Urged on by his corner to “put something on those punches”, Wilson delivered. Robinson was on his way to winning the round using the same tactics he used in round two, before Wilson unloaded an overhand right over a jab that sent Robinson down hard. Referee Sammy Viruet stopped the bout without a count.
Charles wins pro debut
Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, NJ made his pro debut, and won a unanimous decision over Luquan Lewis, of Wyandanch, NY in a four round lightweight bout. Charles (1-0) popped his jab and then hurt Lewis (0-2-1) at the end of the first with a four-punch combination.
Round two was closer, as Lewis opened with a big flurry of punches that used a lot of energy. He traded right hands with Charles, and appeared to have a slight edge in the round.
Charles abandoned the jab in the third, and began landing his power shots to the head and body of Lewis. Just when it looked like Lewis would fold, he would come back with a combination that kept Charles honest.
Lewis surprised Charles with a big left hook to open the final round, but Charles regrouped to land some left hooks and left-right combos to dominate the remainder of the round.
The scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) in favor of Charles.
Butler decisions Bogar
Ardrick Butler, of Philadelphia, PA won a unanimous decision over Rashad Bogar, of Newark, NJ in a four round welterweight bout to open the show. Butler (3-1) started strong, pressing Bogar (2-2, 1 KO), and advancing behind the jab. Halfway through the round, Bogar hurt Butler with a big overhand right that backed him off and earned Bogar the round.
Bogar landed several sneaky right uppercuts in round two, before getting countered with a huge straight right from Butler. Bogar came right back with a left hook – overhand right combo that forced Butler to hold. A three-punch combination followed by a left hook in the final seconds gave Bogar this round as well.
The tide turned in round three, as Bogar started showing fatigue. Both fighters were warned by referee Sam Viruet for holding. A big right hand from Butler hurt Bogar, and a right uppercut on the chin sent him down. The much-needed 10-8 round evened things up for Butler.
Butler focused on Bogar’s body in the final round, and mixed in some rights to the head to the suddenly dormant Bogar. Butler sealed the victory with this final effort.
The scores were 39-36 and 38-37 (twice) for Butler.