By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Pound for Pound Promotions had to improvise after a tough situation on Thursday night in which the original scheduled main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey was cancelled due to the excessive weight difference between Mike Arnaoutas and llido Julio. Everything turned out okay though as light heavyweight prospect, Bobby Rooney stepped up and put on a masterful performance in capturing an eight round unanimous decision victory over Toris Brewer in the new main event. The card also included several exciting bouts, including an all out, four round junior middleweight war between Chris Murphy and Abraham Torres.
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Bobby Rooney, the local crowd favorite from Bayonne, New Jersey, was in control early, as he pressed Toris “The Bull” Brewer with a few snapping jabs, followed by right hands. Brewer tried to fight on the inside, but Rooney, Jr. would have none of it and clinched, negating any attack. In the closing seconds of the round, Rooney appeared to make Brewer’s legs buckle with a short right on the button.
As the middle rounds progressed, Rooney looked to be gaining strength as he banged away at the body of Toris Brewer. It was clear that although Brewer was aggressive a times, he just didn’t have the power to back up Rooney, Jr.
In round four, a Toris Brewer right hand got Rooney’s attention, but he just continued to steadily break down the bull. By the middle of round four Bobby’s overhand rights were beginning to find their mark.
Rooney finally found his mark in round six with a left right combination followed by a hook to the body which dropped Toris Brewer to his hands and knees. Brewer rose to his feet and Rooney, Jr. continued his attack with body shots which forced a clinch. Rooney, though in complete control, just landed a finishing blow in seconds to finish off the job.
Toris opened up the seventh trying to keep him off with left jabs. Rooney continued to steadily break Brewer down with several small combinations.
Brewer was a survivor though and Rooney knew it as he boxed his way throughout the eighth and final round, forcing the fight to go to the scorecards. All three judges gave Bobby Rooney every round by scores of 80-71 x 3.
“My game plan was to work the jab and follow up with some left hooks to the body early,” said Rooney Jr. “It was the first time I went the complete eight, so I definitely needed the rounds. Now I am round to go for ten round bouts.”
The 37 year old Bobby Rooney Jr. jumps to an impressive (11-2-1, 6 KOs) while Toris Brewer drops to (14-4, 6 KOs).
The most complete performance of Bobby Rooney Jr’s career was dedicated to his brother Sean Rooney who recently passed.
Escalara outpoints Espeut.
Undefeated Union City, New Jersey super middleweight prospect Jason “Monstruo” Escalara passed the toughest test of his young seven fight career with a four round unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Andre Espeut of Morristown, New Jersey.
Jason Escalara tried to make it an early night as he banged away from the outside in the opening round. Espeut was crafty and found his mark with short punches on the inside as the round progressed.
It was an inside battle from the second round on and Escalara began to spend more time against the ropes. Even with his back to the ropes Escalara was the busier and more precise fighter.
Both fighters banged away on the inside in the final round, but neither was able to connect with anything of significance and the bout went to the scorecards.
All three judges saw the bout in favor of Jason Escalara by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37 for the unanimous decision victory.
“My game plan was to take him out in the third round, but it just didn’t happen,” said Escalara afterwards. “He did a lot of leaning and grabbing which took me out of my game plan. It is a good thing I went the distance so that I could see just how far I can go. You don’t really learn anything by knocking people out. You learn when you go the distance.”
Escalara up his unblemished record to (7-0, 6 KOs) while Andre Espeut drops his first fight, falling to (2-1, 1 KO).
Farrell slaughters Schnakenberg.
Popular Jersey City, New Jersey cruiserweight Patrick Farrell scored his third knockout in his four fight career, dropping Independence, Missouri’s Dustin Schnakenberg three times en-route to a second round knockout of the scheduled four rounder.
Farrell buckled the knees of Schnakenberg in the early moments of the bout and even went down from an apparent right hand moments later but it was ruled a slip. Farrell did have to work a little cautiously though as Schnakenberg would occasion swing a wild right hand. It was to no avail though as Farrell continued to stalk and land when necessary in the opening round.
It was clear as round two began, that Dustin Schnakenberg was completely overmatched. He immediately went on the retreat with hopes of surviving the fight. Ferrell stepped it up in the early moments and Schnakenberg looked scared with each punch Patrick threw. Finally Farrell connected with a left hook-right hand combination up top which sent Schnakenberg to the canvas. Dustin rose to his feet and went on the retreat. It was to no avail as just moment later a four punch combination put him to the canvas a second time. Once again Schnakenberg rose from the canvas and retreated to the ropes. Farrell unleashed a beautiful counter left which put Dustin Schnakenberg on his back. Referee David Franciosi had seen enough and waved the bout off at 2:18 of the second round.
Martinez masterful in debut.
Three time New York Golden Gloves champion Steven Martinez of the Bronx New York put together a nearly flawless performance in his professional debut, scoring a first round TKO over Saint Joseph Missouri’s Keith Collins.
Martinez showed his vast amateur experience as he sat down on his shots right from the opening bell. He seemed at ease a he effectively mixed various combinations to both the head and body, which had Collins on the retreat.
Collins just had no answer for the quickness and power of Martinez and began to languish against the ropes. Steven seized the opportunity and uncorked two massive uppercuts and had Collins dazed. Referee Lindsey Page had seen enough, and stepped in, preventing any more damage. The time of the stoppage occurred at 2:15 of the second round.
Murphy and Torrez slug it out in an all out classic.
It was a junior middleweight bout that could have been fought in a phone booth as Sparta, New Jersey’s Chris Murphy and Abraham Torres of Jersey City, New Jersey waged a toe-to-toe four round slugfest that had the fans cheering throughout.
Murphy was the aggressor from the opening bell, and tried to insert his will on Abraham Torres, who had to shake off almost three years of ring rust. Forced to trade, Torres immediately regained his form and connected with the straighter shots in a furious exchange that lasted about twenty seconds as the opening round came to a close.
The slugfest didn’t stop in round one, as both fighters went toe to toe in the center of the ring throughout round two. Torres seemed to fight more under control and his shots continued to redden the face of the overly aggressive Chris Murphy.
The bout changed in round three as Chris Murphy’s right hands continually found their mark and it showed on the face of Abraham who now sported a cut and some swelling on the left cheekbone.
The constant heavy exchanges took their toll as both fighters looked extremely tired as round four opened. Each fighter knew the bout was on the line and they continued to slug it out and hold in a back and forth final round. The crowd rose to their feet in appreciation of both fighters efforts as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The bout went to the scorecards with one judge tallying the bout 39-37 in favor of Abraham Torrez. He was overruled though as the other two judges saw the bout 38-38 for the majority draw.
Abraham Torrez slides to (1-3-2).
Could a rematch be in order? The fans certainly hope so.
Chris Murphy moves to (3-0-1, 3 KOs).
Green outboxes Lewis.
Asbury Park, New Jersey lightweight prospect Chris “Smooth Operator” Green rebounded from the only loss of his professional career in the opening bout of the evening as he out boxed a very game Luquan Lewis of Wyandanch, New York en-route to a four round unanimous decision victory.
Green, showed his ring generalship early on, by controlling the center of the ring with precise counters and movement which seemed to have Lewis befuddled.
Lewis took some chance in round three by trying to trade with Green. Unfortunately, it left him more open to return shots and the smooth operator took advantage by dropping Lewis with short left on the button. Lewis rose to his feet but Green did not want to take the chance to get careless himself and boxed well throughout the rest of the round.
Lewis at the request of his corner, turned up the heat in round four and banged a way with some good body shots in an effort to slow down his opponent, but it was to no avail as Green went back on the bicycle and boxed well from a distance.
The hand speed of Green was just too much for the game Lewis as Green peppered him with various combinations to capture the final two rounds and make the decision a no doubter. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Chris Green by scores of 60-53 x 3.
Chris Green moves to a respectable (3-1, 1 KO) while Luquan Lewis remains winless at (0-4-1).