By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading PA, fans were treated to a little bit of oddities as Kings Promotions put on a challenging six bout card (along with a twelve bouts of amateur MMA intertwined throughout the night) which included a no contest, a controversial decision and a fighter who clowned around on his way to a unanimous decision loss. However, the main event was not one of those oddities as Reading PA cruiserweight Julio Caesar Mathews (9-0, 5 KOs) proved he is one to reckoned with, by scoring an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Adrian, Michigan’s Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (10-12, 5KOs).
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The original main event was to feature the comeback Travis Kauffman, but he had to pull out due to a hip injury and a bout with the flue. Promoter Marshall Kauffman knew he had a solid card to put together and immediately elevated the bout between undefeated sensation, Julio Caesar Mathews and the upset minded Harvey Jolly to the main event.
Mathews took his first opportunity in the spotlight nicely as he calmly sent Jolly into the corner in round one with heavy four punch combination. Jolly slid out of the corner and boxed his way out of trouble. Julio had to be calm and cautious as Harvey Jolly came in as a live opponent, having recently stopped the formerly undefeated Nicholas Iannuzzi (13-1, 8KO’s).
Rounds two and three were close, but Mathews began to assert his control in round four, with several well placed right hands over the top which connected right on the left side of Jolly’s face. The only time that Julio was ever in trouble was when he rushed in and was caught with a counter. Jolly appeared to be hurt late, but Mathews followed his game plan and didn’t rush in again.
Harvey tried to again turn the tides in the final round when he landed one of his best shots. Even with the more precise shots Julio Caesar Mathews was able to turn back the tide with a few counters that forced Jolly to back off.
The final round was give and take but Julio was clearly landing the telling shots as Jolly fought while on the retreat eight up until the final bell.
There was an exchange of several words between the fighters after the final bell sounded which could have erupted into a brawl if Julio Caesar Mathew’s corner had not pulled him back until he calmed down.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Julio Caesar Mathews by scores of 59-55 x 2 and 58-56 respectively for the unanimous decision victory.
“I showed I can job, go to the body and box,” said Mathews afterward. He was a tough fighter and my biggest opportunity yet and I looked good in capturing the victory.”
Cintron wins comeback!
Welterweight prospect Jason Cintron (11-1, 3KO’s) bounced back from the first loss of his career with a six round unanimous decision victory over late replacement Martinus Clay (13-23-4, 5KO’s).
Cintron who lost in his previous bout by unanimous decision to Philly prospect Henry Lundy, looked good in the opening round as he slowly mixed in a few tight combinations while stepping in and out of punching range. Late in the round, Clay backed up to the ropes, which allowed Jason Cintron to pound away in the closing seconds.
Clay who came in as a late replacement, seemed to finally find his range in the second round with a couple of nice counters and a big right hand on the button as the round came to a close.
The twenty-seven year old Cintron, was not hurt and went back to his game plan of boxing him with short combinations, while getting in and out with good footwork and head movement.
Though Martinus Clay landed several counters in the final four rounds, Cintron was in his fight plan and consistently connected with the better combinations to outwork him on his way to the victory.
All three judges saw the bout in favor of Jason Cintron by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 for the unanimous decision victory.
Tomlinson overcomes Palms
43 year old heavyweight Craig “C T” Tomlinson had to get off the canvas to capture the four round unanimous decision victory over the awkward and clownish Willie “Mr. P” Palms.
Tomlinson opened the fight with three good right hands on the button while on the inside. Palms claimed he was getting hit with a shoulder in the clinches and closed his left eye like it was bothering him. Palms, who had a forty two pound weight advantage, pressed forward even though Tomlinson caught him with a heavy straight right on the button. The aggressiveness did little as he Palms threw very little that actually caught Tomlinson
Palms began to clown and turned away hiding under his left shoulder, which negated many of Tomlinson’s powerful right hands. Willie “Mr. P” Palms tried to lure Craig where he would swung wildly and just miss with a wide and heavy right hands. Tomlinson landed a big right hand of his own and dropped his hands to go in for the kill. Palms seized the opportunity and uncorked a big right hand of his own on the button which sent Tomlinson sprawling face first onto the second rope. As a mixed martial art writer who was there for the amateur MMA portion said “If that were MMA, the bout would have been stopped because Craig looked to be out.” Surprisingly Craig got of the ropes and easily beat the eight count. Palms continued to taunt Tomlinson, and he was actually caught with a four punch combination as the round came to a close which sent the crowd into a frenzy.
It looked like the perfect opportunity for Palms to step up and take control as round three, but instead his went into clown mode, high stepping and doing a camel steps, while dropping his hands. Tomlinson was a bit worried of the antics of Palms and cautiously popped a couple of rights over the back of the neck of his opponent who turned away several times.
The fourth and final round began with both fighters looking tired, but Palms kept up his theatrics. Early in the round Tomlinson hit him with a jab and Palms wobbled to the corner like he was badly hurt. Tomlinson took his time and cautiously threw his left hands only in clinches so that he wouldn’t get caught with another big counter. Palms continued to clown and let a golden opportunity to slip away. Late in the round Palms was caught on the chin with two right hands which wobbled him and he lunged into the corner. Tomlinson tried to jump on him with two more big right hands as Palms turned away and went in between the ropes on the corner. It wasn’t clear if Palms was truly hurt, but Referee Gary Rosato made the right call, saying that the ropes kept him up and thus a technical knockdown and gave him the eight count. Palms looked tired but Craig was still dangerous and both clinched their way during the final second of the fight.
All judges saw it in favor of Craig Tomlinson for the unanimous decision victory by scores of 38-37, 38-36 and 39-36 respectively. Craig Tomlinson won the second fight in his comeback after a five year absence from the ring and ups his record to 25-15-1, 13KO’s). Willie Palm falls to a respectable 10-9-1, 5KO’s.
“He was a crafty fighter who has fought a lot of tough opponents,” said a satisfied Tomlinson afterward.
“I am forty three and fell like I am twenty five. I have outworked much younger guys in the gym. Having started my career late, I feel like I am just getting better.”
Collins and Taylor bout stopped on cuts
The return of hard hitting Reading PA junior middleweight Keenan Collins was derailed as his bout with Wiley veteran Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor was stopped due a cut over the left eye of Collins just a minute and twenty one seconds into the bout.
Both fighters were trying to gain ring supremacy early but as they dived in to throw punches on the inside, their heads clashed. Referee Gary Rosato stopped the action to take a look at the damage done. Keenan Collins had a deep cut over the left eye from the clash of heads. The ringside Physician took a look and declared it was too dangerous to continue and the bout was immediately declared a no contest.
Keenan Collins slides to 12-5-2, 8KO’s while Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor moves to 14-23-4, 7KO’s.
Penovaroff draws with Palacios
2004 US Olympic Alternate Van Oscar Penovaroff (4-0-1 3KO’s) was handed his first non-victory of his pro career with a highly disputed draw on points against upset minded junior welterweight Francisco Palacios (4-9-1, 1KO).
It was battle of contrasting styles throughout as the more sound and defensive Van Penovaroff connected with the fewer, but the more telling blows throughout, while Palacios was the constant aggressor and non-stop puncher landing many arm punches that kept his opponent off balance.
Both fighters tried to slow each other down in the opening round, with short body shots on the inside.
Palacios stepped up his aggression in rounds two through four as he peppered the tight defense of Van Penovaroff with constant flurries. Van Penovaroff would step back a slow Palacios down with good clean counters that gained Francisco’s attention, slightly stunning him. However, like the Eveready Bunny, Palacios just kept on coming forward with flurries on the inside.
Van Penovaroff seemed to finally get the better of the exchanges on the inside in round five with chopping combinations, but they didn’t stop the pressure of Palacios.
With the fight in the balance, Van Penovaroff gained distance and stunned Palacios late in round six, but Palacios just kept coming until the final bell, throwing the flurries which kept Van Penovaroff from really opening up.
One judge scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Oscar Van Penovaroff. The second judge saw it differently, scoring the bout 59-56 in favor of Francisco Palacios. Both judges scores were for naught as the third judge saw it even at 57-57 for the Draw on points.
“I felt like I hurt him every single round and he did not hurt me once,” said a disappointed Oscar Van Penovaroff afterwards. “He is a good fighter and I respect him but I was landing the cleaner shots and covering up and blocking everything he threw at me.”
The lead corner man for Francisco Palacios saw it differently. “I thought we won. We clearly threw more punches and landed more.”