The date is November 10, 2009 and it seems like the city is taking a lot of tough losses these days. Earlier this month, the main focus of the entire sports world was on the MLB World Series.
The end result saw the Bronx Bombers claiming the championship in six games. This marks the Yankees 27th overall World Series Championship.
It was a good season but the Fightins fell short in their quest to become back-to-back World Champions for the first time in franchise history.
Also this week, a piece of Philly boxing history was lost as The Spectrum closed it’s doors for good. The rock band Pearl Jam closed down the venue in style – playing four consecutive nights with the buildings last official event being held on October 31, 2009. The final four shows were all sold out crowd.
To top things off, SEPTA is on strike. Earlier this week, Local 234 president Willie Brown ordered the men and women of The Transport Workers Union off the job and to the picket lines. It is time for a new contract and the union boss says that his workers and SEPTA are “as far apart as California and Pennsylvania” at the negotiating table.
The citizens of Philadelphia are catching the worst of this stalemate as the strike has stopped all buses and trolleys, leaving many people stranded in their tracks – making routine travels to work and school a nightmare.
Most employers and bosses do not want to hear the strike as an excuse for missing or being late for work.
There is a lot going on around town – and it all seems to be giving me a headache. As the week finally ended, it was time to get out of dodge for a few days. I wanted to see a winner. The brightest hope for a Philly based champion these days rests on the shoulders of Mt. Airy native Mike Jones, who was fighting in Atlantic City on November 7, 2009.
It was a Peltz Boxing production at Bally’s Casino in the center of the AC Boardwalk. The show revolved around Jones, who continues to make in-ring statements saying that he is a young welterweight to be reckoned with.
On this evening he was set to defend his regional NABA Welterweight title against journeyman Raul Pinzon of Columbia. Pinzon has been handed some old fashioned butt-kickings by high level fighters in recent outings.
I guess the goal here was to see how fast MJ could dispatch the fighter who has been knocked out in three of his last four outings.
In the ring, things went exactly as planned as Jones scored a 5th round knockout courtesy of single vicious body shot that left Pinzon on the canvas in agony, making no attempt to beat the 10 count.
With the win, Jones improves to 19 wins against 0 losses – 16 of those wins coming by knockout. He also keeps his regional title and his spot in the world ratings by illustrating that the journeyman type of fighter is no match for him.
Network executive should take notice because MJ would make an excellent choice of opponent for any young 147 lber in the world….
In the co main event, the up-and-down career of North Philly native “King” Gabriel Rosado is trending upward once again as he bounces back from a tough loss in his previous fight to score a a 7th round TKO win over fellow Philadelphian Latif Mundy during a battle of local Junior Middleweights.
This was by far the best fight of the night. Many spots where fighters had good fistic exchanges with the rounds see-sawing.
That see-saw was stopped by a big surge from Rosado who hurt Mundy midway through the 7th. Rosado was like a wolf in the wild when he smelled blood and continued his assault until the referee was left with no option but to call a halt to the battle.
Rosado upgrades to 13 -4, 8 ko’s as Mundy falls to 8 wins and 2 losses.
One hell of a fight – both men should be proud of their efforts. I’m not sure why this wasn’t held in Philadelphia as this could have been a classic local main event. Maybe we will see a rematch down the road.
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