By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
The “New” Ray Robinson (14-2, 6 KOs) captured the vacant PA welterweight title in resounding fashion at the Newtown Athletic Club in New PA on Saturday night scoring a second round knockout of former US Olympian and fellow southpaw Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (36-8, 9 KOs) in the scheduled ten round main event of the evening. The lightweight co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Brittany Rogers’ BAM Boxing Promotions saw Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (5-3-1, 1 KO) outwork Kareem “Cool Breeze” Cooley (2-2, 1 KO) over six round rounds to capture the well deserved unanimous decision victory.
The main event featured a pair of southpaws as Terrace “The Heat” Cauthen and “The New” Ray Robinson squared off for the PA state welterweight title. Each fighter had come from very different paths but both new this would put them back into the world title mix. Cauthen the 1996 Olympian had been inactive for almost fifteen months since defeating Phillips McCants and looked to show he still has what it takes to be one of the best in the business. The 26 year old Ray Robinson entered the show on a two fight winning streak since signing with BAM Promotions and looked to pick up his first title belt of his career.
The importance of the fight showed in the early moments of as each fighter fought a tactical battle circling the ring. Robinson looked the sharper boxer and shot single shots while stepping in and out of the pocket. Cauthen appeared a bit rusty and was caught with a good body shot in mid round that had him retreating to the ropes but he began to settle down as the round came to a close hitting and clinching throughout the final minute of the round.
The bout took a wild and crazy turn in the second round. Robinson had taken control and looked to be wearing Cauthen down with the sharper shots and tight defense. All of a sudden a Terrance Cauthen shot up top caught him off balance and his gloves touched the canvas. Referee Gary Rosato ruled it a slip but seemed a touch late in stepping in to wipe off the gloves so Cauthen shot a hard right on the button of the unprepared Robinson. As Rosado quickly wiped the gloves and tried to separate the two combatants Robinson threw a shot over Rosato’s shoulder which sent Cauthen to the canvas. Rosado immediately ruled the shot was illegal and took a point from Robinson for hitting on the break. Cauthen rose to his feet and was rubbing his right eye while squinting as Rosato gave him a minute to recover. It wouldn’t matter though as moments later the catlike quick hands of Robinson had Cauthen hurt and reeling toward the ropes. Robinson jumped on him like a hungry lion attacking his prey with a huge five punch combination. Cauthen slumped to the second rope forcing Referee Gary Rosato to call it a knockdown. Cauthen rose to his feet and tried to fight on the retreat while sliding to his left along the ropes. Robinson saw the perfect opportunity and ended the show as Cauthen walked into a picture perfect right hook. The blow sent Cauthen crashing to the canvas and on his back. Referee Gary Rosato knew that Cauthen was finished and waved the bout off without a count at the 2:06 mark of the second round giving the jubilant Robinson the vacant PA State welterweight title.
The overjoyed Robinson spoke on capturing the title afterwards: “It feels great!!! I hear these titles are like tattoos. Once you get one they are addictive and you can’t get enough” said Robinson.
“We had been working on the right hook in camp. We were not looking for the early knockout but for a long fight,” said Robinson on his thoughts about the finishing blows. “All of my friends family and fans were here to see me capture my first title tonight and it just feels so great.”
The future looks very bright for “The New” Ray Robinson as he captured the PA State title in his third bout since signing with Brittany Rogers and BAM Boxing Promotions. “Brittany is great soul and she really cares for me and looks out for my career” said Robinson. “I think she is hungry as I am and when you get two people like that in the same corner great things happen.”
The victory raises Ray Robinson’s record to a sparkling 14-2 with six coming by way of knockout. Terrance Cauthen falls to a respectable 36-8 9 KOs.
Look out welterweight contenders!!! Here comes “The New Ray Robinson.
In the co-feature of the evening lightweight Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (5-3-1, 1 KO) used constant pressure to capture a clear cut unanimous decision victory over Kareem “Cool Breeze” Cooley.
Farmer stepped in and out of the pocket with wide right hands and good body work throughout the opening three rounds to establish a nice lead on the scorecards. Cooley appeared to bounce back as Farmer tired a bit in the late in the fourth and stole the round in the closing moments with a big flurry of punches that found their mark. The fifth round was close with each fighter having their moments in a back and forth round. Cooley just appeared to have a few cleaner shots to take the round.
The fight looked to be on the line in the sixth and final round. Farmer seemed to know it and stepped up the attack. Late in the round a big right hand stunned Cooley and he got a little defensive which allowed Farmer to shoot some single shots along with good movement to take the final minute and the round. All three judges saw the fight in favor of Tevin Farmer by scores of 59-55 x 2 and 58-56 respectively.
Farmer ups his record to a deceiving 5-3-1, 1 KO. The 21-year-old Philadelphian has faced a virtual who’s who of prospects which has lead to the less than perfect record. Kareem “Cool Breeze” Cooley slips to the .500 mark at 2-2.
Philly junior welterweight Hassan “The Hitman” Young looked impressive in his debut as he battered a much taller Cassius Clay around the ring throughout their four round contest. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 in favor of Hassan Young. Young has great foot movement and a vast array of combinations that make him look like fighter far more advanced than a person in his professional debut. Cassius Clay remains winless at 0-3
Atlantic City New Jersey’s Decarlo “3mendo” Perez outworked a very slick Lenwood “Mister Composure” Dozier over six rounds to capture a one sided unanimous decision victory by scores of 59-55 x 2 and 60-54 respectively in a crossroads bout between two talented junior middleweights looking to bounce back from losses in their last contests. Perez used jabs and constant pressure to keep Dozier at bay throughout the fight. Dozier would catch many of Perez’s flurries on his arms and avoid many others but rarely ever made him pay missing. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Decarlo Perez who moves to 7-2-1, 2 KOs. Lenwood Dozier drops his record to 7-5-1, 3 KOs.
In the opening bout of the evening featuring a pair of debuting junior middleweights Ben Lovett of Philadelphia PA just out-willed Camden New Jersey’s Oscar Pagan to win a hard fought majority decision victory. Pagan was the sharper puncher and he bloodied Lovett’s nose in the early going. It would not deter Lovett who just constantly pressured Pagan around the ring with multiple flurries causing him to cover and retreat. One judge scored the bout 38-38 even but was overruled by the other two officials who had it 39-37 and 40-36 for the majority decision victory in favor of Ben Lovett.