by Ken Hissner
Tuesday night boxing as Kings Promotions put on one terrific show at the Sands Casino & Hotel in their Event Center, in Bethlehem, PA, over Fox Sports 1.
In the main event super lightweight southpaw Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach, 19-1-1 (15) of UKR and L.A. and Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, 22-4-1 (16), PR, battled to a split decision draw. It was a very good fight.
In the opening round Redkach seemed to have the edge. In the second round Cruz dropped Redkach with a straight right to the chin. Redkach came back well still being the aggressor. In the third round Cruz became more aggressive until near the end of the round when Redkach drove him into the corner with a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Cruz landed several combinations moving Redkach back a few steps. Redkach continued to be the aggressor coming back well enough to take the round.
In the fifth round Cruz landed a 3-punch combination and followed with another combination. By the end of the round it was Redkach chasing him down with a flurry of punches. In the sixth round Cruz used his hand speed to keep Redkach on the defense at times. In the seventh round it continued to be a slugfest with Redkach the hunter and Cruz the hunted who countered Redkach well enough to win the round. In the eighth round an overhand left from Redkach put Cruz on the canvas. When he got up being near the end of the round Redkach was all over him until the bell sounded.
Continue reading Ivan Redkach and Luis Cruz Battle to a Draw at the Sands Casino
June 20, 2015 marked the last day of the Spring season and the City of Philadelphia was offering great entertainment all across town. On the Northwest end, one had the option of spending the day at the Manayunk Arts Festival which shut down a two-mile stretch of Main street, replacing traffic with food trucks and art exhibits. Drive a little bit further up the road and one would have run into the Gorgas Park Solstice Festival hosted by my friends at the Roxborough Development Corporation. In South Philly, the Point Breeze pop-up carried on for another weekend just off of 22nd & Tasker while over in West Philly, Clark Park was throwing a party with free live local music.
On the East side of town, a big crowd was expected along the Delaware River with Spruce Street Harbor Park in full swing showcasing a Visit Philly beer garden and one of my guiltiest pleasures, Third Eye Blind, performing two blocks away at Festival Pier for an outdoor waterfront concert.
Even with all of these choices at my disposal, there was no doubt in my mind on how I was spending my Saturday night. I was taking the ride up I-76 West for a night of local boxing with the possibility of some light gambling and poolside beach drinks at the areas hottest new casino resort in Valley Forge. Now that the event is over, I can say that it was well worth the trip.
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