February 19, 2000 |
Angel Manfredy stopped Sean Fletcher midway through the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round lightweight bout at Bally's Park Place Casino last night. Manfredy drove Fletcher into the ropes with a left, then followed with a right and a left before the referee stopped the fight at 1 minute, 26 seconds of the round. Manfredy had knocked down Fletcher in the second and staggered him just before the bell ending the third. Manfredy, from Gary, Ind., raised his record to 29-4-1.
May 1, 1991 |
Unbeaten North Philadelphia welterweight William "The Hammer" Jones picked up his 15th straight professional victory with a first-round technical knockout of New York City's Miguel Rojas last night at the Blue Horizon. Jones floored Rojas with a straight right to the chin for a mandatory eight-count midway into the first round. Shortly after Jones resumed his attack, referee Ray Paquette stopped the bout at 2 minutes, 16 seconds of the first round, and awarded Jones (15-0) his 13th knockout victory, seventh in the first round.
December 21, 2004
THREE NFC championship losses flashed before our eyes as we saw Terell Owens get yanked backward to the turf Sunday. Looks like that painful contortion could keep him out of post-season play until the Super Bowl if the Eagles can get there. It would take almost a medical miracle to literally screw the bones in his leg together and get him ready for even a reduced role by Super Sunday. Still, contrary to the broadcast whines we've been hearing since he hobbled off the field, T.O. was doing just what he was supposed to be doing - playing football.
December 19, 1994 |
It has been a long time since Tim Witherspoon surprised anyone with his quickness. But Witherspoon, a two-time former heavyweight champion from Philadelphia, caught Nathaniel Fitch off guard with a fairly fast-paced body attack en route to a sixth-round technical knockout victory Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Witherspoon (40-4, 26 knockouts) dropped Fitch (10-8, 6 KOs) four times in the bout, including three knockdowns in the sixth round. "I was a little intimidated," said Fitch, a journeyman from Spring Lake, N.C. "I didn't expect him to be that busy, that aggressive.
June 11, 2006 |
Rock Allen waited a full year to get his professional career started after fighting in the 2004 Olympics. His pro career has been a whirlwind since it began in August, the latest of his eight fights in 10 months ending last night in just one round. The North Philadelphian improved to 8-0, scoring a TKO over Ken Humphrey (2-2) of Ripley, Tenn., in a junior-welterweight preliminary before the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins fight. Allen, 24, reddened Humphrey's face early and moved in with hard rights over the top, then barrages of left and right uppercuts.
September 26, 1998 |
Little Zahir Raheem, the 118-pounder from Philadelphia's Germantown section who wept when he was eliminated from the 1996 Olympic Games, has grown up. Now 21 and muscled up to 130 pounds, the Z-Man hammered out a fifth-round technical knockout over Shawn Powell (11-12-1) of Schenectady, N.Y., last night before a full house of about 1,500 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. It was the 12th victory and sixth stoppage for Raheem, fighting on the undercard of the Terry Norris-Dana Rosenblatt middleweight bout for the International Boxing Association crown.
November 9, 1996 |
A little more than three months ago, Segundo Mercado backed out of his super-middleweight fight against Joseph Kiwanuka. Last night, we found out why. Without the "flu" as an excuse, Mercado stepped into the ring and lasted a little more than three rounds. Kiwanuka ended up beating him mercilessly before dropping him with a right hand at 2 minutes, 50 seconds of the fourth round and capturing the vacant North American Boxing Federation championship with a TKO at the Blue Horizon.
November 18, 1992 |
On a night of upsets, North Philadelphia's "Rockin' " Rodney Moore was determined that his name not be added to the list of fallen favorites. "Knowing what happened in some of the earlier fights pumped me up even more," Moore said of his scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout with Louie Lomeli last night at the Blue Horizon. "People were saying, 'Hammer (Jones) lost, (Alfred) Kotey lost, Rodney Moore's next,' " Moore said. "I wasn't about to let that happen. " Perhaps the knowledge that Jones and Kotey each lost for the first time contributed to Moore's second-round technical knockout of Lomeli (33-4, 25 KOs)
January 9, 1990 |
Last year was a disappointing one for local junior-lightweight Anthony Boyle, and he hoped to find better fortunes in 1990. On Thursday night, 1990 was less than a week old, but things couldn't have been much worse for Boyle, a Kensington resident and 1983 graduate of North Catholic. Boyle, whose nickname is TKO, suffered a TKO against Puerto Rico's Julian Solis without even being allowed to rise from his stool at the beginning of the seventh round. Referee Tommy Reed stopped the scheduled 10-round bout before the beginning of the round.
June 14, 2010
Aaron Pryor Jr. continued his winning ways with a sixth-round technical knockout of Willis Lockett in a super middleweight main event at the Hyatt Regency on Columbus Boulevard yesterday. Pryor, the son of Hall of Fame junior welterweight Aaron Pryor Sr., improved to 13-3 (10 KOs) in a six-bout event that featured three fighters from Philadelphia on the undercard. Kamarah Pasley earned a decision over Patrick Farrell in a cruiserweight contest; Garrett Wilson lost by decision to Julio Ceasar Matthews in a cruiserweight bout; and heavyweight Pedro Martinez suffered a second-round knockout to Andreas Gustafsson.