By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Professional boxing returned to the city of Harrisburg, PA on Friday night with outdoors show at the Dauphin District Courthouse grounds. A & D Promotions scrambled due to several fallouts, but were able to put together a five bout show which featured local fighters against regional competition . In the four round main event of the evening, Harrisburg, PA’s own Danny Lugo (2-4, 1 KO) needed just two minutes and thirty five seconds to finish off Ohio junior middleweight, Anthony Walls (0-6).
It was an important fight in the career of Danny Lugo who looked to rebound from three consecutive losses against undefeated competition and with several fall outs on the card, he was raised to the main event. As with any outdoor show, there is always the threat of delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. This show fit that role to a tee. It was supposed to be an oppressive evening as the east coast was hit with humid heat wave, with several ninety plus degree days. However, a strong thunderstorm in the late afternoon cooled off the area a bit, much to the delight of the local fans. The same weather that helped the cool the heat, almost hurt the main event, as a spotty rain began to start as it was about to begin.
Lugo looked composed as the opening bell sounded, looking to close the distance with short jabs. The winless Anthony Walls was on the defensive and only lunged occasionally and clinched. The rain began to come down strong as the opening round went on and it looked like it might have to be delayed if the bout continued. Lugo made sure it wouldn’t be a factor as he backed his opponent to the corner and unleashed a picture perfect overhand right that landed flush on the jaw. Walls fell to the canvas and looked bad as he reached his feet at the five count, before dropping back to the canvas. Esteemed referee Gary Rosato immediately waived the bout off, giving Danny Lugo his much needed victory. The official time of the stoppage was 2:35 of the opening round.
In the super middleweight co-feature of the evening, Terrance Williams moved to 2-0, 1 KO with a hard fought four round unanimous decision victory over Southgate, Michigan’s Drew Morias (1-3) by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37. William used his superior reach and hand speed to outbox a game Morias over the first three rounds and then safely boxed his way in the fourth to capture the unanimous decision victory.
Lancaster, PA welterweight Evincii “Prize Fighter” Dixon (1-1) was just too quick and strong for the debuting Malik Jackson in gaining a solid unanimous decision victory their four round contest. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Dixon by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37 respectively.
York, PA’s James Robinson was successful in his debut with a workman-like unanimous decision victory over Delvery Wofford (0-8) of Dallas, Texas by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37 in their four round super middleweight contest .
In the opening bout of the evening, Rolando Chinea (4-0-1, 2 KOs) of Lancaster, PA put together his best performance as a professional, capturing a solid four round unanimous decision over the far more experienced Damon Antoine (11-48-2, 5 KOs) Chinea seemed to be more relaxed as he calmly pushed the pace of the fight, keeping the Akron, Ohio native off balance throughout. All three judges gave every round to Rolando Chinea (40-36 x 3) for a one sided unanimous decision victory.