By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Kamarah Pasley and Chuck Berry stepped up to create an all-Philadelphia cruiserweight main event after the original main event fell through last night at the Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom last night in Atlantic City, NJ. Pasley rose to the occasion by winning his fourth straight fight, stopping Berry with a vicious left uppercut at 1:38 of the sixth and final round. The seven bout card produced a full night of boxing that featured some crowd-pleasing knockouts, and showcased the talent of two outstanding young Atlantic City prospects. No one complained when promoter Diane Fischer, of Dee Lee Promotions, announced to the crowd that the main event between Derek Ennis and Ishmail Arvin collapsed, after Ennis could not come close to making weight for their scheduled 154-pound USBA junior middleweight title bout.
The show must go on, and in the end, it was matchmaker Sonny Mistretta’s savvy that saved the show, because the card was solid enough to stand on its own. Among those in the audience were former world champions, Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, Virgil Hill, and Bruce Seldon.
Kamarah Pasley (4-3, 2 KOs) was once an overly cautious southpaw who used his well conditioned legs to move a bit too much, and didn’t fire his potent straight left hand nearly enough. As a result, Pasley dropped his first three pro fights. Then he made some changes. Pasley still has movement, but now it is aggressive, and he still has that potent left, but now he uses an active right jab to set it up. The result was his fourth straight win.
The first round was a feeling-out round, with Berry (4-10, 2 KOs) looking to land his clubbing right, and Pasley probing to find an opening for his left. The second round was close, as well. Berry landed some right hands that were partially blocked, while Pasley jabbed and tested his straight left to the body. Kamarah countered a Berry right with a nice left to the head at the bell.
In round three, two solid lefts from Pasley ripped open a gash over Berry’s left eye. The blood was noticeable on Pasley’s white trunks, as it ran down Berry’s face and onto his chest. Berry came out desperate in the fourth, and landed several overhand rights to the head. Pasley calmly worked around the bombs, and found the solution: his left uppercut. The doctor inspected Berry’s cut as Chuck pleaded for “one more round”. Classy cut man Joey Eye was able to patch things up between rounds.
Berry came out in round five with his main weapon, the overhand right, and Pasley promptly countered with a straight left to Berry’s left eye. Pasley punctuated the round with another big left uppercut. Midway through round six, Pasley unloaded another huge left uppercut that staggered Berry, and a follow-up straight left brought referee Lindsey Paige in to close the show at the 1:38 mark.
Soto blanks Richardson
Former amateur star Eugene Soto took a four round unanimous decision over Vernon Richardson in a four round middleweight bout in which both fighters made their pro debuts. Soto is a local product, and entered the ring to huge applause. Soto’s fistic background was evident immediately, as he allowed Richardson to come forward, while peppering him with an assortment of combinations. Soto decided to practice defense in round two, and deftly slipped everything that came his way, even with his back to the ropes. Soto (1-0) began loading up in round three, and tried to take Richardson out. Richardson (0-1) is a tough customer, and withstood the hard left hooks and right from Soto. Richardson clipped Soto on the chin with a nice left hook in the opening sequence of round four. Soto was momentarily stunned, but either Richardson didn’t notice it, or didn’t have anything left to follow up with. The moment passed, and Soto was soon on the attack again until the final bell. The scores were all 40-36 in favor of Eugene Soto.
Harvell decisions Todd
Lavarn Harvell (3-0) is another local prospect with promise. He showed maturity beyond his record in taking a four round unanimous decision over a very tough Michael Todd (0-1) in a four round light heavyweight bout. What impressed most about Harvell was his dedication to hammering the body, and the fluidity with which he moves his hands. He worked both hands to Todd’s body in every round. By all rights, Todd should have been out of there, but he never stopped trying. Todd landed some decent punches in every round, and might be a good prospect in his own right if he is moved properly. The scores were all 40-36 in favor of Lavarn Harvell.
Torres defeats Blocker
Eliud Torres won a technical decision over the debuting Siddel Blocker in a four round lightweight bout, after a clash of heads early in the fourth round cut both men. Torres was cut on his forehead, and when the bleeding could not be stopped, the bout was halted 36-seconds into the final round. Under New Jersey boxing commission rules, if more than half the scheduled rounds were completed, the bout goes to the scorecards. In this case, the first three rounds were scored, and Torres clearly won every round. All three judges ruled 30-27 in his favor. Torres improves to 2-0-1, while Blocker starts out 0-1.
Hall KOs Porter
Marcus “The Beast” Hall scored a brutal one-punch knockout over debuting William Porter at 2:46 of the second round of a four round welterweight bout. Hall (2-0, 1 KO), a southpaw, delivered a straight left hand to a retreating Porter, dropping him near his own corner for referee Lindsey Paige’s full count. As a precaution, Williams was removed from the ring stabilized and on a stretcher. Word came back later that Porter was OK.
Green stops Valdez
Bryne Green scored an impressive first round stoppage over Edward Valdez in a four round junior lightweight bout. Green (5-1, 3 KOs) countered the wild opening rushes of Valdez (3-7, 2 KOs) with two pinpoint right hands, followed by a left hook that dropped Valdez in his tracks. He was up unsteadily at referee Alan Huggen’s count of “nine”, but a hard right hand follow-up from Green prompted Huggens to make a timely stoppage at 1:39 of the opening round.
Resnick outworks Lewis
In the opening bout of the night, Jayme Resnick took a majority decision over Luquan Lewis in a four round lightweight bout. The opening round seemed to be the swing round, with Lewis winning the early part, and Resnick the latter. Resnick took the next two rounds with some nice right hands and a bit more activity, while Lewis clearly won the fourth round. The final scores were 39-37 (twice) for Resnick, and even at 38-38. Resnick improves to 1-1, while Lewis slips to 0-1, with 1 no contest.
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Dee Lee’s next promotion will come on May 9 at the Trump Taj Mahal, and will feature an interesting bout between Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. and Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas! More information on this show will be available soon.