By Kurt Wolfheimer
On Saturday night, Bionic Bull Promotions again brought pro boxing to South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, PA. The seven bout card featured the return of hard-punching junior middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (11-3, 7 KOs) and he did not disappoint, scoring a fifth round stoppage of Ariel Espinal (6-8-2, 2 KOs). Also on the card undefeated super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (8-0, 2 KOs) dropped Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Johnny Hayes (6-5-1, 2 KOs) once en-route to a one side six round unanimous decision victory.
“King” Gabriel Rosado knew he needed a victory to rebound from a tough loss to Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11KOs) and he looked to be in great shape as he entered the ring to face the hard punching Ariel Espinal.
Rosado fed Espinal a series of tight combinations early in the opening round, which forced Espinal to be more defensive than usual. Rosado unleashed a big right hand late that had Espinal stumbling across the ring, but he miss timed a right hand and lost his balance and fell to the canvas, which gave Espinal time to recover and finish the round on his feet.
Rosado steadily wore down Espinal with a series of short combinations and movement that had Espinal on the retreat throughout rounds two and round three. By the end of round four, the pressure and heavy hands of Rosado had Espinal on the defensive, only landing the occasional overhand right to keep Rosado honest.
The pressure of Rosado did its’ job as he stunned a fading Espinal with a big right on the chin late in the fifth round. Espinal staggered to the ropes and over to the opposite corner as Rosado continued the attack with a series of heavy combinations before Ariel dropped to the canvas. Espinal rose to his feet and even landed a hard uppercut, but Rosado walked right through it and continued the onslaught with three straight right hands and two big left uppercuts. Espinal could only cover as Rosado rained down several unanswered blows as the bell sounded to end the round. The ringside physician took a look at Ariel Espinal between rounds and told referee Blair Talmadge that he was in no shape to continue and the bout was waved off at three minutes of the fifth round.
“I told myself I was not going to be satisfied unless I knocked him out,” said a satisfied Gabriel Rosado afterward. “Even though I had the fight won, I didn’t want him to go the distance and I attacked and finished well. I kept landing the right hands, but he was so short that I had to bend over for the left uppercuts that I felt really hurt him.
“In my last fight against Guerrero, not to make excuses, but I had the flu and just didn’t have the energy that night. I was a hundred percent tonight and I felt good. I am ready now to take on anybody out there in the junior middleweight division,” said a confident Rosado.
Hasson looks impressive in unanimous decision victory over Hayes
Undefeated super middleweight Dennis Hasson (8-0, 2KOs) of the Kensington section of Philadelphia, stepped up his competition and came away with a convincing six round unanimous decision victory over Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Johnny Hayes (6-5-1, 4KOs).
The thirty five year old Hayes had lost to undefeated Caleb Truex in his last bout and was by far the most experience fighter that Hasson had fought in his professional career and looked to put a stern test in front of him.
Hasson looked to come out early, but was caught dry in the opening seconds with two quick left hands and had to go on the defensive during the first minute of the fight. Hasson however regained his composure and started to land his right hands to the body and head.
Hasson continued to break down Hayes throughout rounds three and four with extensive head and body work that tired Hayes.
Hayes was forced to fight back in round five, but Hasson stayed on the attack and floored him with a left hook. Hayes rose to his feet and was able to survive the round, even though Hasson connected with a big right hand as the bell sounded to end the round.
Hayes showed his experience and slickness in the sixth and final round to stay on his feet and actually land some nice counters of his own. Hasson was careful though and continued his steady attack to the body and head throughout to capture the final round and the victory
All three judges scored the bout 60-53 in favor of Dennis Hasson who raises his record to a sparkling 8-0, with two knockouts.
Jackson captures wild split decision victory
“Lightning” Lonnie Jackson, Jr. may have thought he would get an easy one in his professional debut when he looked on paper at winless lightweight (0-4) Soumana Nandou Abdoulaye. It was not to be as he was put to the test as both fighters tasted the canvas three times, before Lonnie Jackson was able to pull out the split decision victory.
Jackson controlled most of the opening round with his hand speed, landing combinations at will from the southpaw stance on Abdoulaye. With each combination Allen got cockier and began to drop his hands, punching from his waist. Abdoulaye found his range and caught Jackson Junior with a right hand on the chin that forced him to start stepping in potholes and into the ropes before falling forward unto the canvas. Abdoulaye ended up falling on top of him as he went to finish him. It was ruled that Jackson Jr. had slipped to the canvas as his foot slipped off the ring apron and not a knockdown. He rose to his feet and his gloves were wiped off, allowing him time to recover and capture the opening round.
From that point on it was a wild contest. Abdoulaye immediately put Jackson Jr. to the canvas with a left right combination to open the second round. Jackson rose to his feet and caught Abdoulaye with a left that appeared to send him to the canvas which was also called a slip. Near the end of the round, both fighters traded furious combinations. Allen got the better of it and a right upper cut sent Abdoulaye to the canvas.
Round three was more of the same as a big left hand followed by a combination again put a tired Abdoulaye to the canvas for the second time. Abdoulaye got up and returned the favor in mid-round with a right hand on the button that put Jackson, Jr. down.
Lightning Lonnie Jackson Jr., though on unsteady legs, kept winging wild punches in round four and dropped the tiring Abdoulaye with a right hook-left hand early in the fourth and final round. Knowing he was ahead on points, he began to box well, backing up as he tried to stay out of danger. Abdoulaye knew his only chance was to attack and he landed two combinations at the two minute mark of the round as Jackson Jr. went to his knee more out of exhaustion. Both fighters were exhausted which allowed Jackson Jr. to actually land a couple short combinations and survive until the final bell.
The scores were all over the place as one judge had it 37-35 for Soumana Nandou Abdoulaye, but she was overruled as the other two judges scored it 38-37 and 39-36 in favor of Lonnie Jackson Junior for the split decision victory.
Mercurio overcomes Allen
South Philadelphia’s own heavyweight “Big” John Mercurio remained undefeated with a come from behind second round stoppage of Wilson, North Carolina’s Derrick Allen (1-5) in their scheduled four rounder.
Giving up fifty two pounds, Allen 205 stunned the bigger Mercurio late in the opening round with a big right hand on the chin. Mercurio took a deep breath and continued to press forward, but Allen continued to land the tight one-two combinations to take the opening round. “Big” John Mercurio banged a heavy left right combination which stunned Derrick Allen as the bell sounded to end the round
The power of Mercurio began to show as he landed several heavy right hands early in round two. Allen backed up as he mixed light shots to the body and the head. Mercurio unleashed a right hand on the button which stunned Allen. The power of Mercurio then went into effect as he pounded away with five successive shots which opened up a big cut over the left eye of Allen who went into a clinch on the ropes. After coming out of the clinch, referee Blair Talmadge took a look at the deep cut over the left eye and decided Allen could not continue, calling a halt to the action at 1:10 of round two.
Barnes blasts Albino
In a battle of Philly heavyweights, Lamont Barnes was able to drop Zeferino Albino three times en-route to a second round stoppage of their schedule four round affair.
The shorter Albino opened the fight pressing the attack with a series of shots as Barnes went on the retreat. However it appeared that he did not want to overdo it and backed off allowing Barnes to box behind his right jabs and long reach. Albino captured the opening round late with two right hands as the round came to a close.
Barnes immediately sent Albino to the canvas with a big left hook as round two began. Zeferino Albino rose to his feet and went on the attack for about twenty seconds, but was returned to the canvas with a powerful right hook on the button. Albino rose once again, but a left right combination put him down for the third and final time. Referee Hurley McCall called a halt to the proceedings without a count at 2:09 seconds of round two.
Lamont Barnes evens his record at 2-2, 2KOs, while Zeferino Albino slips to 3-9-2, 1KO.
Dailey outslugs Thompson
The opening bout of the evening featured two local club fighters, who have faced up and coming prospects, fought them tough and came out on the short end of the stick. Saturday night’s bout between Pottstown, PA’s Travis Thompson and Philly’s own, Gustavo Dailey did not disappoint.
Dailey, who normally is a counter puncher early in fights, attacked with everything he had early, throwing caution to the wind with a fury of punches. Thompson weathered the storm and caught him with a counter left on the chin as the crowd roared, but three successive Dailey right hands back up Thompson.
Dailey opened the second round of the scheduled four round clash with a counter right uppercut that shook Thompson. He tried to fight back while against the ropes, but Dailey just overwhelmed him with a barrage of punches, which forced Referee Blair Talmadge to call a halt to the bout a 34 seconds of the second round.
Gustavo Dailey ups his record to 3-5,2KOs, while Travis Thompson falls to 3-5-1, 2KOs).