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Cintron-Grayton draw, Cunningham wins

By John DiSanto at ringside

In the co-feature bout scheduled for 10 rounds, Kermit Cintron, Reading, 39-5-3, 30 KOs, and David Grayton, 15-1-1, 11 KOs, fought to a majority draw in a fight cut short by an accidental head butt. In round five, Grayton dropped Cintron. Kermit got up, but moments later, an accidental head butt send Cintron into a tizzy. The former champ refused to continue. So referee Gary Rosato pulled him to neutral corner and had the doctor take a look. The doctor determined that Cintron could not continue due to the butt. Therefore after round five, the fight was sent to the cards. One official had it 49-46 for Cintron, but the other two scored the fight even, 37-37.

In the first televised bout of the night (Bounce TV), Brooklyn’s Chordale Booker, 6-0, 3 KOs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Moshea Aleem of Richmond, VA, 4-1-1, 2 KOs. The official scores were 60-54, and 59-55 twice.

Former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, 29-8-1, 13 KOs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Mexican Felipe Romero,19-12-1, 13 KOs, in an over-the-weight cruiserweight bout. Cunningham controlled the action throughout and won by three landslide scores of 60-54. The fight was cut from eight rounds to make way for the televised portion of the card.

In a 4-round junior featherweight bout, Reading’s Jesus Perez, 2-0, 1 KO, won by unanimous decision over Titos Matthew Gonsalves, 0-1, Lancaster, PA. All three scores were 39-36.

In a junior lightweight 6-rounder, Brooklyn southpaw Chris Colbert, 6-0, 2 KOs, pitched a shutout over Wilfredo Garriga of Puerto Rico, 3-5-1, 2 KOs. All three official scores were 60-54.

Reading junior middleweight Eric Spring, 9-1-2, 1 KO, beat Jeremiah Wiggins, Newport News, VA, 10-6-1, 5 KOs, by wide-margin unanimous decision over six rounds. The scores were 60-53 and 59-54 twice.

Junior welterweight Darius Ervin of Los Angeles, 4-1, won a 4-round majority decision over Reading’s Kashon Hutchinson, 2-2, 1 KO. One judge saw it even, 38-38, but he was overruled by two scores of 39-37 for Ervin.

In the opening bout at the Santander Arena in Reading. PA, junior lightweight Matt Quirindongo, made a successful pro debut against Weusi Johnson of Wilmington, DE, 2-3. Quirindongo, Reading, dropped Johnson with a left hook in round two, and went on to win by scores of 39-36 and 40-35 twice.

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