By Gary Sarti
The “Flood City Winter Rumble” returned professional boxing to the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, PA on Saturday night. In the main event, hometown favorite Andres “Taylor-Made” Taylor (5-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a TKO victory over Phillip Jewel (4-5-1 3KOs) to capture the vacant WBF Americas cruiserweight title. Taylor floored Jewel with a series of overhand rights, his “Taylor-Made” punch. Referee Ernie Shariff stopped the fight at 2:29 of round one.
“It feels good to bring it home to Johnstown. We’re bring boxing back,” Taylor said after the fight.
In the co-feature, welterweight prospect Jesse Lubash (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a devastating TKO victory over William Wilson (4-5, 3 KOs). Referee Rick Steigerwald stopped the fight at 2:27 of round one.
Junior middleweight Durrelle Richardson (11-2, 4KOs) won a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Thomas (6-1-2, 5KOs) Scorecards read 58-56, 58-56, 60-55.
Heavyweight Jabir Basit (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round TKO victory over Damian Clements (0-1).
Junior middleweight James Denson (4-3, 2KOs) won a unanimous decision over Rakeen Carter (0-6-3). All three scorecards read 39-37.
Middleweight Dante Moore (3-0, 2KOs) won a unanimous decision over Troy Nelson (0-2). All three judges scored the bout 40-36.