Russian based outfit No Limit Promotions made their debut on Philadelphia soil with a rare mid-week boxing card which was held at the Arena in South Philly. This Wednesday night special was an international affair that featured promising talent from different corners of the globe – most coming with decorated amateur backgrounds. The foreign promoters worked in association with Don Elbaum & Joey Eye to produce a seven fight card that was very evenly matched but carried little local intrigue which resulted in some good action fights but a poor turnout at the gate.
In the main event, 204 lb Cruiserweight Ran Nakash of Haifia Israel had a tougher than expected time with game California journeyman Victor Barragan (11-6, 3ko’s) during the course of his 10 round unanimous decision win. Not a lot of movement in this one as both fighters only knew one direction – forward. While it lacked in style it did have its moments of good exchange on the inside. Nakash landed a lot of heavy shots to the head while Baragan fought in spots, mixing in a touch of body work though mostly headhunting. No knockdowns or moments of serious trouble for either fighter. All rounds were closely contested. It went to the scorecards with Nakash winning across the board by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and an absurd 99-91. While the judges score was unanimous – the fight fans and media were split. There was no disputing the fact that Nakash won this fight. The severance was in their opinion of whether or not Nakash has what it takes to succeed at the next level. His supporters say that he is world champ material, the detractors say he should have blown a fighter of this caliber out of the water. It is worth noting that Nakash was preparing to take on veteran southpaw Lou Del Valle up until 10 days before this bout. Regardless of your opinion, the Israeli hand-to-hand combat soldier improves to 25-0 with 18ko’s and will improve on his #13 rating in the WBC. Next fight looks to be against former world title challenger Bobby Gunn in September. Stay tuned for more info…
on the under card…
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz (6-0, 4 KO’s) 146 ½ lbs of Santo Domingo, scored a TKO 8 (:35) over a very worthy Broderick Antoine (10-11-1) 145 ½ lbs of Troy, NY. Diaz looked explosive in the first round, then got outboxed for three rounds as he looked tired from his early onslaught. He rebounded and closed the gap somewhere near round five and by the end of the bout a bloodied Antoine was saved from himself as referee Shawn Clark halted the bout at the :35 mark of round 8 due to a nasty cut over Antoine’s left eye.
When you sport a mullet like Russian Super Middleweight Maks Liminov (13-0) does, you better be able to fight. While the 165 ½ lber from Prokopyevsk looked like a young Keith Partridge – he fought like a prospect to keep your eye on in the future. He and Julius Fogle (15-6) 169 lbs of Cary, NC had the fight of the night in a very good two-way action bout that was non-stop from beginning to end. Liminov is an attacker and kept the pressure on high, Fogel did a good job of using that aggression against his man and found lots of countering opportunities. A lot of ebb and flow in this one. It went to the cards with scores 58-56 for Fogle; 59-55 & 59-55 for Liminov
Heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov (6-0, 4 KO’s) 219 lbs of Lugansk, Ukraine withstood a grimy first round to score a very impressive TKO at the 2:41 mark of round 3 over Mark “Oaktree” Brown (15-4) 223 ½ lbs of Salem, NJ
Super Flyweights Alejandro Solorio (4-2) 112 ½ lbs of Huntington Park, CA pulled a mini upset over Rutam Nabeev (5-1) 113 ½ lbs of Tobolsk, Russia winning their four round swing bout. Solorio scored a knockdown in round two and won on all cards by scores of 40-35, 39-36, 39-36
Former Penn State lineman Imani Bell (1-0, 1 KO) 282 lbs of Philadelphia, PA withstood the early bull rush of Lee Thomas, 283 ½ lbs of Saginaw, MI as Bell was knocked to the canvas in the opening round of his pro debut. To his credit, he got up and put the pancakes on Thomas in round two – so much so that a bloodied Thomas did not come out of his corner for round three.
In the opener Jr. Lightweight Oz Goldenberg (2-0) 129 ½ lbs of Israel won a majority decision over Marcos Garcia (0-3) 132 lbs of Camden, NJ.. Scores were 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38