On October 30, 2015 – Garrett Wilson GQ won an 8 round unanimous decision over a game Pedro Martinez to cap off a solid 6 fight debut for Hard Hitting Promotions at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall.
The main event was a fight that never was supposed to be, but out of the ring circumstances caused a last minute shuffle which brought about a rematch of a 2012 bout that originally took place at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
The original plan called for a Philly Dream Card bout between Wilson and North East Philly’s Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante – the areas two highest rated Cruiserweights.
This is a fight that some have been wanting to see for over seven years. It could have been a classic…
With about a week to go before bell time, Ferrante had to drop off of the show for undisclosed medical reasons. Fortunately, Ferrante’s trainer Mike Cassell had Martinez in camps as Tony’s chief sparring partner.
If Wilson were willing to jump up a few pounds to heavyweight – the main event could be salvaged as Martinez was already in the gym and familiar with the game plan that the old North East Philly sharp eye was cooking up at Rocco’s MMA.
On Friday 10/8/10 at The Arena, a single Danny Garcia (19-0, 13ko’s) left hook all but ended the career of one time world title contender Mike Arnoutis, scoring an explosive 4th round knockout in the Golden Boy Promotions main event.
The action was competitive for two rounds but in round 3 Garcia stepped it up, scoring a late knockdown as the bell sounded. Arnaoutis rose to his feet but was not let off the hook in the following round as Garcia patiently found his spot to seal with deal, with a perfectly placed hook square to the chin. Referee Gary Rosado wisely called a halt to the battle as Arnaoutis tried to return to a vertical base.
Even though everyone knew Garcia was going to win coming in – it was how he won which was the impressive part. Arnoutis has taken a long list of world class contenders the distance but only once before has he gone out on his back. The way he responded to these knockdowns – he should think long and hard about making another trip into the ring.
Garcia on the other hand showed that there is no doubt he is ready for a top 10 guy in the 140 lb division.
In other action – Canada’s Arash Usmanee won a surprisingly sound unanimous decision over Anthony Flores. Usmanee was a strong man who took some good shots but would not stop coming forward. Flores was down three times in the contest.
Victor Vasquez won a close and arguable split decision over Bryne Green of Vineland. Vasquez looked to be the Vic of old in the early going score a no non-sense knockdown late in the opening frame. To Green’s credit – he shook it off and fought hard for the remainder of the night.
He buzzed Vasquez pretty good late in round 5 but followed with a low blow that gave the boxing barber time to recoup. The sixth was dead even and finished of what was the most competitive bout of the evening.
All scorecards read 57-56, two in favor of Vasquez, the other in favor of Green.
Bastie Samir scored a 2nd round KO over a big hearted Joe Dunn.
Kareem Cooley stayed on the outside for four rounds en route to unanimous a decision win over a spirited Eluid Torres.
Aaron Anderson dropped to a lowly 1-8 but at the end of the night he was the guy people were running to take pictures with as he played to the crowd while absorbing four rounds of punishment from Wanzell Ellison. Anderson wasn’t very skilled – but he did put on a good show and has some tricks that this rookie Ellison wasn’t prepared for. With that said – Ellison clearly won every round.