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The North Jersey based promotional outfit KEA Boxing made their Philly debut on February 26, 2010 to the tune of a 9 fight card at the Arena on the corner of Swanson & Ritner in front of near sell out crowd. A new promoter was a welcome sight to many and this night was to be a bit of a test drive on possible things to come. While most fights on the under card resulted in convincing wins for the A-sides, the main event had some juice to it.
There weren’t many people in the building who thought Victor Vasquez lost his six round fight against Carlos Vinan. Unfortunately for Team Vasquez, two those people were ringside judges and the final result was North Jersey resident Vinan being named winner via split decision after six rounds were all said and done. Many have called and written in to say they feel this was a robbery. Scores were 60 – 54 for Vasquez but over ruled by tallies of 59- 54 & 58 – 56 for Vinan. The Philly Keith Sports scorecard read 58 – 56 for Vasquez. To everyone’s credit, the fight was competitive and some of rounds were pretty close. Vinan, true to his form, applied a lot of pressure but Vasquez clearly landed the better punches in almost every exchange in every round. The fight was fairly repetitive from rounds one through six. Vinan would come forward winging some shot, Vasquez would meet him in the center throw a few counters and get out of dodge before anything big could land. Vinan’s best work came when he could get Vasquez on the ropes which he was able to do a few times. To me it wasn’t enough.
On the under card locals Kareem Cooley, Angel Occasio, Bryant Jennings & Liz Sherman has little trouble racking up wins in their fights. Union City southpaw Juan Rodriguez showed flashes of a future prospect against a determined Dontre King in one of the more competitive battles of the evening. Rodriguez scored a solid third round knockdown and withstood an early 4th round rush from King to sweep the scorecards at the end of their 4 rounder.
Ardrick Butler’s fight was canceled due earlier in the day. Official word was that Butler was hit by a car jogging in the morning. This has not been verified by anyone on Butler’s team.