By Kurt Wolfheimer
Junior middleweight prospect Robert “Black Gold” Sockwell (7-2-1, 5 KOs) sent the standing room only crowd at the Scranton Hilton, home satisfied with a one round blowout of Ramiro Bueno Jr (2-5-1, 1 KO) in the scheduled six round main event of the evening. The Pro-Am card promoted by Chris Coyne’s North East boxing had the locals on their feet throughout with mine explosive amateur bouts to compliment four good professional fights. In the co-feature of the evening, junior middleweight Stephon Burgette 3-1-1, 1 KO had top survive an early onslaught before battering a withering Tommy Ayers (2-3, 2 KOs) on his way to an impressive third round TKO victory. The professional portion of the card was matched well by “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken.
Junior middleweight prospect Robert Sockwell (7-2-1, 5 KOs) looked primed and ready as he entered the ring after a six month layoff. His opponent Ramiro Bueno Jr looked tentative right from the opening moments as Sockwell countered his jab with a count left up top. Bueno jr went on the defensive. Sockwell calmly worked his in and dropped Bueno in the corner with a strong left hand in the corner. Bueno Jr. escaped the corner a the corner as Sockwell continued to pepper him. Finally Sockwell caught him in the and slipped a jab before landing a picture perfect left hand up top. Bueno Jr. collapsed to the canvas, but was able to reach his feet at the count of nine. Referee Gary Rosato saw he was in no shape to continue and waived the fight off at 2:47 of the opening round.
I felt great to get in there tonight” said a satisfied Sockwell afterward. “I knew I was going to get him out of there after I dropped him the first time. I had to be wary of him lunging in because he was awkward and getting caught with a head butt, so I took my time and you saw what happened. Now I am ready to fight again and would fight tomorrow if I could.”
The co-feature of the evening was an explosive crowd pleaser, as local middleweight Stephon Burgette of Dunmore, PA survived an early onslaught to get an impressive third round stoppage of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Tommy Ayers.
Burgette came out boxing came out boxing carefully. Ayers would not have it, as he swung away with reckless abandon. A wild right found its mark as Burgette covered against the ropes. The wild swings appeared to be doing their damage as Burgette barely was able to clinch. Ayers continued to attack which forced another clinch. This time Burgette landed an uppercut as Rosato broke the clinch, which slowed Ayers and he started to run out of gas from solid hooks underneath as the round came to a close.
Burgette took over the fight with blistering combinations in the second round as Ayers wobbled around the ring with his mouth wide open. The overflow crowd went wild as the big shots continued to sway the dead tired Ayers, when they reached their mark. Ayers would not go down as he swung away with a few good counters, while on unsteady legs. Ayers looked done as he reached the corner. Referee Gary Rosato and the ringside Physician took a real get look at the Cincinnati native, before letting him sit in the corner which resulted in a delay in getting his corner men out before the start of the third round.
Ayers should not have been allowed to continue as he was completely spent and had no chance of winning the fight. All he could do was try to survive as Bugette continued to pound away, much to the delight of the raucous crowd. Finally Burgette trapped him in the corner and bent him over sideways with a right hook up top. Referee Gary Rosato had seen enough and stepped in and called a halt to the fight at 2:35 of the third round, giving Stephon Burgette the well -deserved TKO victory.
Stephon Burgette ups his record to 3-1-1, 1KO, while the game Tommy Ayers drops below the five hundred mark at 2-3, 2 KOs.
Local light heavyweight Rex “T-Rex” Harris had to settle for draw with heavy handed Tracey Johnson in a slow moving four round contest. Harris seemed to get the opening two rounds with a solid mixture of strong combinations. Johnson pressed forward most of the fight with single wild haymakers. In the end, one official saw it 40-36 in favor of Johnson, but was negated as a score went the opposite way in favor of Harris by a score of 39-37. The third official saw it 38-38 as did Fight News, for the split draw.
In the opening bout of the evening, cruiserweight Lamont “Too smooth” Capers (2-3) jumped back into the winning column with a four round unanimous decision victory over rugged Brian “Wildman” Donahue (2-8-2). Capers started the bout using his superior reach to keep the advancing Donahue at bay with hard jabs and counters. Donahue appeared to take the third, finally finding his range with hard hooks that were splitting the guard. Capers had regained his composure in the corner and seemed to be boxing his way to a close victory in the final round, when Donahue almost turned the bout upside down. A Donahue left hook sent the fading cruiserweights mouthpiece into the first row. Capers wobbled and desperately tried to hold on as the bout hit the ten second nark. Referee Gary Rosado broke the two combatants but pushed Donahue twice to his corner, which allowed the time to run out before another telling blow could be landed. All Three judges saw the bout 40-36 across the board in favor of Lamont Capers for the unanimous decision victory.
The legendary Harold Lederman was in attendance to watch the exciting evening of boxing action.