In yet another scoring travesty in Pennsylvania, Vivain Harris won a split decision much to the surprise of the sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia over Danny O’Connor. O’Connor, (23-2, 7 KOs) pressed the action throughout, working behind a jab and showed outstanding defense, picking off or slipping the single shots thrown by Harris, (31-9, 19 KOs). Although O’Connor was never able to hurt Harris, his effective aggression and accuracy appeared to be enough to win easily. Once again, very odd scoring was the case with one judge giving O’Connor the fight by a 100-90 shutout, a second 99-91 for Harris with the deciding vote 96-94 for the jubilant Harris, who entered the bout with a 1-6-1 record in his last eight.
Earlier in the evening, Irish prospect of the year Anthony “Anto” Cacace, 138, improved to 8-0 (3 ko’s) in a one-sided 4 round decision over Osnel Charles, 137, of Atlantic City. Cacace was far too clever for Charles, who drops to 9-7-1, easily outboxing him to win 40-16 across the board.
Belfast light-heavyweight Ray Ginley, 176, moved his undefeated record to 5-0 over a game Marlon Washington, 174, of South Carolina overpowering Washington form the first round. Two right hands put Washington down in his own corner prompting referee extrordinaire Steve “SS” Smoger to call a halt to the action at 2:02 of the third round.
Tyrone McKenna, 143, completed the sweep for the Belfast fighters, outboxing Korey Sloan, 142, over 4 rounds to improve to 2-0.
In the evening’s opening bout, Philadelphia’s Blair Cobbs, 136, improved to 2-0 (2ko’s) with a one-round demolition of Tyshae Ferguson,134, now 0-2. Cobbs.
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