By Rick Scharmberg at Ringside
Photographs: Courtney Gale Pictures
Dante “The Comet” Cox (9-2, 6 KOs) gained the ABF light-weight title with a damaging second spherical TKO over recreation however outgunned Raekwon Butler (5-3, 3 KOs) within the scheduled eight spherical important occasion on Saturday night time on the Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE.
Within the co-feature, Jessica “The Cobra” Camara (10-3, 2 KOs) additionally had an early night time, stopping Maria Vega (9-5, 4 KOs) 20 seconds into the opening spherical of a scheduled six spherical light-weight bout. A brutal left hook from Camara dropped Vega on her again, and the bout was stopped with no rely.
The entertaining seven bout card was promoted by Dee Lee Promotions in affiliation with Household Legacy Best. This was the primary struggle card held in Delaware since 2018.
It was a battle of lefties, with Raekwon Butler having a top benefit. Dante Cox used his shorter stature to his benefit, burrowing beneath Butler’s longer pictures, and landed counter proper fingers, which began touchdown flush because the opening spherical progressed.
Butler was busy, and landed a number of two and three punch mixtures. Butler greater than held his personal, and took the shut spherical.
Spherical two noticed Butler firing to the physique, however Cox wound up his proper hook, and began placing his punches collectively. A 4 punch mixture shook Butler, and his observe up assault put him down for a brief rely. It was the start of the tip, as Butler gamely fired again, however Cox was zeroed in. He fired quick energy pictures, which included straight lefts, uppercuts and massive proper hooks that left Butler a bloody mess. A proper hook visibly staggered Butler, and referee Eric Dali made a well timed cease at 2:58 of the second spherical.
Camara stops Vega
World ranked Jessica Camara struck in cobra-like trend. After a brief feeling out course of, Camara uncoiled an enormous left hook that left the shorter Vega on her again. She gamely pulled herself up, however the bout was stopped instantly.
Camara, of Canada, is making some noise in her division. She misplaced by break up determination to secure mate Kali Reis in a title problem, and owns a win over Heather Hardy, who was 26-1 on the time.
Owusu will get by Williams
Eslih Owusu (8-1, 4 KOs) gained the ABF middleweight belt with a slender unanimous determination over Philly’s Dewayne Williams (3-5, 1 KO) in an thrilling six spherical battle which contained good two means motion. After a detailed first spherical, narrowly gained by Williams, Owusu, a southpaw, started working his left in spherical two. He landed left uppercuts and straight lefts to the pinnacle and physique. Williams went down early within the spherical, which was dominated a slip. A straight left, adopted by a proper hook pressured Williams to carry. Owusu landed a booming proper hook on the bell, however Williams absorbed it properly.
Owusu went to work in spherical three, persevering with to work his left to the pinnacle and physique. Identical to it seemed like Owusu was taking on, Williams responded with an enormous left-right mixture on the bell. Williams went to work on the physique to begin the fourth, however an enormous proper hook adopted by a left from Owusu dropped Williams for a brief rely. This knockdown would show to be the distinction within the struggle.
Figuring out he was down on the playing cards, Williams roared again and outworked Owusu to take the ultimate two rounds. The scores have been 57-56 (twice) and 58-55, all in favor of Owusu.
Gerula colleges Holler
Forty-one struggle veteran Olivia “The Predator” Gerula (19-19-3, 3 KOs) had one thing to show in opposition to Logan “Golden Lady” Holler (9-2-1, 3 KOs) in a 4 spherical middleweight contest. Gerula has fought everybody from Amanda Serrano to corridor of famers Brooke Dierdorf and Kathy Collins (twice) and virtually everybody in between.
Initially scheduled for eight rounds, the struggle was decreased to 6 after which 4 rounds. Usually a gradual starter, Gerula knew she needed to get busy straight away. Logan Holler had the flashier report and the fashionable outfit, however Gerula had the grit. She stood proper in entrance of Holler from the start, countering Holler’s jabs with quick, chopping proper fingers proper out of the gate.
The second spherical noticed Holler jabbing and feinting, however Gerula didn’t blink. This spherical was very shut, with the sting going to Gerula. Spherical three was enormous for Gerula. Along with steady proper fingers, each to the pinnacle and physique, Gerula launched her left hook, which brought on a swelling over Holler’s proper eye. The spherical closed with Gerula touchdown an enormous mixture of energy pictures on the bell.
The lesson continued in spherical 4, the place an enormous proper hand bloodied Holler’s nostril. Gerula continued the onslaught till the ultimate bell. The choice was by no means doubtful. Gerula took the struggle by the scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
The Pennsylvania boxing fee takes a tough have a look at fighters over the age of 40, each female and male, and Olivia Gerula is not any exception.
“The struggle was initially for eight rounds, and was decreased to 6,” said Gerula afterwards. “Then it was decreased to 4 rounds due to my age. I needed to show myself to the fee. This was a heavier weight for me, however I felt stronger and had extra energy. If I had two extra rounds, I might have stopped her.”
Holden dominates Clark
Native favourite Jalique Holden (2-0, 1 KO) happy the group with a one-sided determination over slippery veteran Charles Clark (3-13-1, 1 KO) in a 4 spherical junior light-weight bout.
After dropping his mouthpiece early within the opening spherical, Holden started firing a quick jab to the pinnacle and physique of Clark. He additionally labored Clark’s physique with proper fingers. Clark was in survival mode as early because the second spherical. He was in a position to make Holden miss with proper fingers, and rode with the punches that landed to attenuate any harm.
Clark remained elusive within the third, however was reluctant to punch. Holden loaded up and dominated the ultimate spherical with a physique assault in a closing try to complete it, however Clark remained cagey to the tip and survived. All three judges favored Holden by the scores of 40-36.
Gonzales destroys Lucaine
Carlos Gonzales (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Antonio Lucaine (0-6) at 21 seconds of the opening spherical of a scheduled 4 spherical feather weight bout. It was protection be damned for Lucaine. He charged out and commenced buying and selling with Gonzales from the opening bell. He was wailing away. Gonzales took full benefit, dropping him with a 3 punch mixture. He dropped Lucaine once more seconds later with an enormous proper hand, and the bout was stopped instantly.
Inexperienced choices Rezene
Within the opener, Philly favourite Tariq Inexperienced (2-1) took a unanimous determination over debuting Yohannes Rezene (0-1) in a 4 spherical gentle heavyweight contest. Inexperienced displayed methodical boxing with good ring motion, and handily gained the primary two rounds. Some trash speaking to open the third appeared to fireplace Rezene up. Inexperienced appeared to tire, however nonetheless gained the spherical. Inexperienced opened the final spherical with a sequence of jabs, after which labored on Rezene’s physique. Inexperienced took this spherical additionally, in addition to the struggle, by three 40-36 scores.