By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Wednesday night at the Bamboo Bar in Club Roxxy in Philadelphia, PA, Marty Feldman’s “Champions of Tomorrow” series had a successful third installment of its series with a competitive five bout card. The main event of the evening was an entertaining six round cruiserweight contest between Kamarah Pasley (6-6-1, 2KOs) and Brian Donahue (2-5-2), which ended in a controversial draw when the dust was settled.
The main event pitted two Philly cruiserweights in a crossroads battle of wills, as Kamarah Pasley (6-6-1, 2 KOs) and Brian Donahue (2-5-2) tangled for the X-streme cruiserweight title over six solid rounds of action.
Donahue came out strong right from the opening bell with a solid four punch combination. The taller Pasley turned Donahue around and wobbled him with a hard left on the button. Donahue changed his game plan as he worked the body throughout the opening round.
Pasley found some success early in the second as he caught Donahue diving in with hard jabs and straight lefts. Donahue appeared to steal the round with two good left hands that had Pasley clinching at the bell
It was clear Pasley was the better boxer and seemed to take control in the third as he boxed his way around the ring in the final three rounds of the fight. Donahue was game though and pressed forward most of the contest, winging with heavy single shots, while trying to get through Pasley’s stiff jabs and long reach. Pasley caught Donahue several times with his hands down and his punches did damage. Donahue’s left cheek puffed up and a cut opened up in round five. Donahue would not give in and made one last push in the closing moments of the sixth and final round with hard hooks up top but Pasley was able to escape and box his way to the final bell.
The bout went to the scorecards with one official seeing it correctly at 58-56, but was overruled by the other two officials, who saw it 57-57 even for the majority draw. The crowd was disappointed with the decision, but when asked if they would like see a rematch in Valley Forge in November, they erupted in cheers. It looks like unfinished business needs to be settled and it could be at Valley Forge Casino and Hotel in a month.
In the four round co-feature of evening, rising Philly junior welterweight Lonnie Jackson Jr. (3-0-1, 1 Ko) dropped game veteran Josh Beeman (5-14-4, 2 KOs) once on his way to an impressive unanimous decision victory by scores of 39-36 and 38-37 respectively.
Cruiserweight David Murray made an impressive splash in his entry into the pro ranks with an explosive third round stoppage of fellow debutant Mike Moore. Murphy appeared to be the stronger boxer, as he moved well and snapped hard shots in the face of Moore early in the opening round. Moore was tough though and tried to press forward, but was wobbled by a left right combination in mid round. Murphy let his hands go and landed several good shots from various angles in the closing moments of the opening round.
Moore finally weathered the storm and began to find his mark with a few heavy hooks in the second as Murphy tired and stayed in punching range too long.
Murphy seemed to have regained his composure between rounds and went back to banging from distance as the third stanza opened. Moore valiantly tried to press forward, but Murphy was sharp and connected with a picture perfect overhand right. Mike Moore collapsed to the canvas like a sack of potatoes. Moore wobbled to his feet at the eight count, but was in no shape to continue as referee Shawn Clark waived the fight off at 1:01 of the third round, giving David Murphy the explosive TKO victory.
Super middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr. (6-1, 2 KOs) rebounded from the first loss of his professional career by capturing a razor thin four majority decision victory over fellow Philadelphian Ruben Ortiz (0-2).
Ortiz controlled most of the opening two rounds with constant flurries, while lunging in and out of punching range. Jenkins finally found his rhythm in the final seconds of the second round with a hard four punch combination to make the round close.
Ortiz was game, but seemed to tire in the final two rounds, as Jenkins Jr., walked him down with heavy single shots. Jenkins Jr., also tired and Ortiz was able to fend him off with jabs and movement much of the time.
One judge saw the bout like this fight news writer at 38-38 even, but was overruled by the other two officials, who saw it 39-37 and a preposterous 40-36 in favor of Fred Jenkins Jr., giving him the razor thin four round majority decision victory.
In the opening heavyweight bout of the evening, Dan Pasciolla (2-1) of Brick City New Jersey easily out-boxed an out of shape Lonnie Kornegay (1-10-2) of Baltimore, Maryland over four rounds to capture a one sided unanimous decision victory by scores of 40-36 x 2, and 39-37 respectively.