By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten junior welterweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer continued his winning ways in impressive fashion on Friday night at the Fairgrounds in York, PA, capturing a well earned six round unanimous decision victory over Justin Johnson. In the co-feature of the highly entertaining six bout card promoted by A & D Promotions, lightweight prospect Danny Aquino (9-1, 4KO’s) used his superior punching power and hand speed to drop the always dangerous Jason Rorie (6-15-2, 3KO’s) once on his way to a convincing four round unanimous decision victory.
It was a big night for unbeaten and hometown favorite junior middleweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (8-0, 2 KO’s) who stepped up into his first main event as a professional, in a six round scrap against Pittsburgh PA’s Justin Johnson. Weimer, had quickly become a local favorite in the York area as a boxer who also was willing to trade when challenged, which made for exciting fights throughout his career as a pro.
Weimer looked good in the early going as he boxed well throughout the opening round, but he got cute in the second and dropped his hands, which allowed Butler t land a quick three punch combination.
Justin Johnson tried to establish his jab and box on the inside in the third, but Weimer was the more talented fighter and he even began to win the inside battle as well.
Late in the fourth, Weimer hurt Johnson with a big right hand and then battered him from ring post to ring post. Johnson was a survivor though and avoided enough big shots, so Weimer backed off and as he didn’t want to punch himself out.
It looked like Stevie Weimer was looking for his second wind in the fifth by using movement and not trading with Johnson, but a left hook late in the round stunned the Pittsburgh native. Weimer saw the opportunity went for broke, banging with away seven unanswered shots, but the bell sounded just in time to save Johnson.
Weimer appeared ahead on the cards and could have boxed his way to another victory but he wanted the knockout and continued to trade away in throughout the sixth and final round. Neither fighter could land the telling combination, sending the bout to the scorecards. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Stevie Weimer by scores of 59-54 x 2 and 60-53 respectively, for the unanimous decision victory.
Stone Stevie Weimer appears to have all the ability to take his game to the next level as his record jumps to 8-0, 2KO’s) His punching power appears to be on the increase, as he is setting down on his combinations more. Pittsburgh’s PA’s Justin Johnson falls to a respectable 2-3-3.
In the Co feature, featherweight prospect Danny Aquino immediately showed he was the stronger puncher than Jason Rorie and it showed in the early going as both exchanged throughout the opening round.
Rorie landed several good combinations during the exchanges in the second, but Aqiono began to wear him do with good bodywork. Rorie started to swing wildly and was caught off balance an overhand right from Aquino and fell to the canvas. Since it came from came from a punch, It was ruled a knockdown. Rorie immediately rose to his feet and was able to box his way out of trouble, but his punches had lost their steam allowing Aquino outwork him throughout the rest of fight. All three judges saw the fight 40-35 in favor of Aquino.
Highly touted lightweight prospect, Rolando Chinea moved to 2-0, 2KO’s with a third round stoppage of debuting Deandre Walker. Chinea had to overcome a lot of choppy work on the inside as Walker was warned several times for holding and hitting. Chinea remained composed though and hurt his opponent with short one two’s on the inside. Walker constantly bent over to avoid several of the flurries of Chinea., but he eventually turned away from the constant pressure, forcing referee Gary Rosato to call a halt to the contest at the 2:38 mark of the third.
Junior welterweights, Jesus Saucedo and Clifford Gregory waged war in a fight that could have been fought in a phone booth as they traded away right from the opening bell to the final minute of their four round contest. Saucedo appeared to be the stronger puncher and took the opening two rounds as both traded away in the center of the ring.
Saucedo hurt his hand in the third and had to slow his pace a little, allowing Gregory to outwork him. Saucedo knew the bout was close and finished strong as he rocked Gregory in the closing seconds of the fight. All three judges saw the bout in favor of York PA’s Jesus Saucedo by scores 40-36 and 39-37 x 2 giving him the unanimous decision victory. Saucedo remains unbeaten at 4-0-1, while Buffalo, New York’s Clifford Gregory slips to 1-8-4.
Debuting cruiserweights Dave Belykeo and Greg Brady waged war over four solid rounds. Brady owned a several inch reach advantage and controlled the opening round behind solid jabs and long combinations. Belykeo started to turn the tide late in round two as he found his mark on the inside with heavy hooks up top. The heavy handed Belykeo stepped up the pressure throughout the third round with good bodywork and a few nice uppercuts. Both fighters tired in the fourth, but Belykeo controlled the final round with short combinations late and a nice uppercut. One judge had the bout even at 38-38, but was overruled by the other two officials who both had it 39-37 in favor of Dave Belykeo, giving him the hard earned four round majority decision victory.
Robert “R. J.”Sockwell (3-2, 3KO’s) needed only two minutes and twenty four seconds to finish off winless junior middleweight Andrew Jones (0-10-1) in the opening four round contest. Sockwell found his way on the inside in the early going and floored Jones with a left. Jones rose to his feet, but looked stunned, so Sockwell unleashed seven unanswered shots before referee Vic de Wysocki stepped in and rightfully called a halt to the contest. It was the first time that Jones had been stopped in his career.