Greg Jackson, Ismael Garcia, Ramesis Gil, Scott Kelleher, LeShawn Rodriguez, Jerome Conquest, Isaiah Wise All Victorious in Great Night of Boxing from Philadelphia PA, Including 5 Spectacular Finishes.
Junior welterweights Mike Reed of Waldorf, MD, 18-0, 10 KOs, beat Baltimore’s Samuel Amoako, 17-9, 1; KOs, by six round unanimous decision scored 60-54.
Welterweights Greg Jackson, Southwest Philly, 6-2-1, 2 KOs, won a four round split decision over Gladwin Ortiz of the Bronx, 3-1, 3 KOs. In round three Jackson clocked Ortiz, just when Ortiz thought the bout was his to lose, and lose he did. Though Ortiz survived the round at the grace of Jackson, Jackson kept the momentum in his favor fro a split decision victory of 38-37, 38-37 and 37-38.
Junior middleweight Ismael Garcias, Vineland, NJ’s, 10-0-1, 4 KOs, edged Carlos Garcia of Puerto Rico, 10-15-1, 8 KOs, in a six round slit decision 58-56, 58-56 for Ismael Garcia and 58-56 for Carlos Garcia.
Dominican lightweight Ramesis Gil, 10-13-5, 6 KOs, stopped North Philly war horse Victor Vasquez, 19-11-1, 9 KOs, at 2:01 of round two. Vasquez was knocked down twice in round one, and the bout was stopped by the referee in round two after Gil hit Vasquez with a series of unanswered punches.
Northeast Philly’s Scott Kelleher, 4-0, 2 KOs, made short work of South Philly Kamikaze Josue Rivera, 2-7, 2 KOs. All it took was 1 round for Kelleher to end Rivera’s night. Kelleher pressed the action at the start of the round hurting Vasquez with a barrage of power shots. A body shot put Josue down, but he jumped to his feet just before referee Shawn Clark reached the count of ten. When the action resumed, Kelleher continued to throw and land hard shots. Finally a left hook dropped Rivera again. The moment he hit the canvas, the fight was stopped. The time was 0:59.
In a scheduled four round junior middleweight fight, LeShawn Rodriguez, Shirley, NY, 1-0, 1 KO, knocked out Jose Cortes, West Palm Beach, FL, 1-1, 1 KO, in round two. After winning the first round, Rodriguez took a nice right from Cortes, before immediately landing with a crushing left hook that put Cortes down and out. The time was 1:54 of the second round.
In a six round lightweight bout, North Philly’s Jerome Conquest, 5-1, 1 KO, thwarted the comeback of Phoenixville, PA’s Jules Blackwell, 8-5-2, 3 KOs. Conquest won an easy unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55 on the official cards. Blackwell hadn’t fought in nearly three years, but held up under Conquest’s hard right hooks and workmanlike effort in a battle of southpaws.
In the opening bout at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Isaiah Wise, North Philly, made a successful pro debut with a fourth round KO of fellow North Philadelphian Kareem Gladney, who was also making his first start. The bout was action packed and closely contested. Wise was aggressive throughout, while right hands from his opponent nearly closed his left eye. Gladney entered the final round with a slight lead. However Wise caught him with a hard right hand midway through the round that stunned him. A series of subsequent rights had Gkadney out on his feet before one final shot from the right side sent him crashing to the canvas. Referee Blair Talmadge halted the fight without a count at 1:42 of the fourth.