Results are starting to coming in from Saturday's bouts featuring Beltway Boxers around the country. Here's what we have so far.
At the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, PA, Landover, MD super middleweight "The Real Deal" Phil Jackson Benson was stopped in the sixth round tonight by Darnell "Deezol" Boone of Atlanta, GA.
Benson was in control of the contest and had a real effective fifth round. Then came the sixth and Benson made one mistake that cost him -- he didn't have his left hand up for defense. Boone threw a left jab to the body and then came up from the floor with an overhead right that dropped Benson hard to the canvas. Benson beat the count but was in no condition to continue. The time of the stoppage was 1:27. Benson suffers his second loss of his career and is now 15-2, 14 KO's. Boone evens his record at 21-21-4, 10 KO's.
In one of the co-features in Valley Forge, junior middleweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD stopped Vero Beach, FL's Eric "Murder" Mitchell at 2:07 of the third round. Hurd remains undefeated at 15-0, nine KO's. Mitchell drops to 23-12-2, 11 KO's.
Also on that card, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton remains undefeated with an eight-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake of State College, PA. Grayton won by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75. Grayton is now 11-0, eight KO's while Blake falls to 6-4, two KO's.
Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem stopped Emmanuel Sanchez of Laredo, TX at 2:15 of the second round. Aleem scores his fifth straight knockout and remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO's. Sanchez drops to 6-3, one KO.
At the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, Lamont Roach, Jr of Upper Marlboro, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Castro of Puerto Rico. The bout was on the undercard of the Lucas Matthysse-Ruslan Provodnikov bout.
Tracy Morin of Fightnews.com describes the action of the contest.
The competitive opening round found both fighters trading jabs and landing clean hooks on the inside. Back-and-forth action continued in the second as Castro landed a jolting right counter and uppercut, then Roach scored three monster rights in a row. After a back-and-forth start, Roach started to show his class in the third, solidifying his defense and finding success with hard left hooks. By the fourth, Castro, who began the fight coming forward, was in perpetual retreat, popping out mostly jabs, as Roach relied on power shots and teed off combinations; in the fifth, a one-two set off a flurry that staggered Castro and led to a tangle that ended in both fighters on the canvas. Despite a dominating sixth for Roach, he was unable to score a knockdown and settled for a shutout (60-54) on all three scorecards. “He was pretty tough, but I tried to get him out of there,” said Roach. “I think I could have knocked him down if I’d come out harder in the beginning. I wanted the knockout at the end, but I didn’t get it.”
Roach is now 7-0, three KO's while Castro drops to 4-3, two KO's.
Meanwhile at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, Fernando Guerrero got a much-needed win with a 10-round split decision over Abraham "Abie" Han of El Paso, TX.
Guerrero got the win despite being dropped in the first round. Han suffered a cut near his left eye in the fifth round. Guerrero won by scores of 96-93 and 95-94. Han won on one judge's scorecard 96-93.
Guerrero has gone 2-2 in his last four bouts and is now 27-3, 19 KO's while Han is 23-3, 14 KO's.