My first two boxing assignments couldn’t have gone better. I broke in at Lagoon Night Club on the waterfront of the Philadelphia suburbs. Next trip was Atlantic City to see a world title fight.
Now it was time to roll up the sleeves and see if I’m really cut out for this racket. Saddoboxing.com was sending me inside of city limits – and the assignment took me across the street from “Needle”Park in the notorious Kensington section of Philadelphia. They could film a horror movie in place officially known as McPherson Park.
Despite the obvious potential hazards that could happen in this part of town, I watched a very good night of professional boxing put together by Joey Eye Boxing & N.I.T. Management. The venue was called “The Diablo Fight Club” yet there were no signs outside and information on the internet was non-existent. It looked like a closed down roller skating shop.
Just the type of setting to host a bunch of fights! On this night I was introduced to some local talent who probably made just enough money from these fights to buy a sandwich and a pack of smokes.
Regardless of pay scale, I want to see Jose Medina, Clarence Taylor, Joe Christy, & Carlos Vinas fight again. These guys wasted no time winning over the tough crowd in attendance. Later, Joey Eye would say this was the greatest night of fights that nobody ever saw. There were about 200 people in the crown.
The fights go as follows:
Doel Carrasquillo (3-2) vs. Ivan Korotkovich (0-0-1)
Lancaster, PA …………………..Russia
The night kicked off with international welterweight action putting PA native Doel Carrasquillo against Russian attacker Ivan Korotkovich.
It was 4 rounds of pushing and counter punching by both men. When Korotkovich stayed on the attack and Carrasquillo showed off a nice left which was usually followed by hard overhand rights. Korotkovich was able to land the off balance punch.
Both were a bit wild at times and both most effective when working the body. Carrasquillo uses his strength to fend off the on coming Russian and consistently split his opponent’s gloves with his left.
Fight was scored a draw
Fight Roundup: Same style, same speed. Both displayed talent but need different style opponents.
Darrell Crenshaw (1-4-1) vs Carlos Vinas (2-0)
Philadelphia, PA ……………………….Jersey City, NJ
Round 1 – Darrell Crenshaw walked to the ring the guy quite a few people came to see but Carlos Vinas wasted no time stealing his thunder with a display of speed and power. The action started off fast and Vinas gets the best early connecting with 3 big rights to the head which sent Crenshaw reeling into the corner. Crenshaw stands strong and decided to trade punch which turned out to be a big mistake. Vinas connects with a huge right that did damage followed by and right uppercut and straight left which sent Crenshaw to the canvas. Crenshaw beats the 10 count and manages to survive the round.
Philly Keith score: 10-8 Vinas
Round 2 – Vinas comes out firing and connecting, it looks like this one is going to end early. Vinas again forces the action to the corner where he lands a few well placed uppercuts. Crenshaw escapes but Vinas catches him on the ropes and lands big power shots at will. Crenshaw hangs tough and shows a chin but can’t mount much offense. His supporters in the crowd shouted out words of encouragement.
Philly Keith score: 10-9 Vinas
Round 3 – Crenshaw changes up and avoids any action as it nears the ropes. He keeps the fight in the middle of the ring and starts to work the body of Vinas with success. Vinas tries to bully Crenshaw back to the ropes. The action ends up in the corner where both fighters land solid shots in a good exchange. Crenshaw wisely backs out and makes Vinas meet him in the middle of the ring. Crenshaw gets back to business and puts a few more welts in Vinas ribs as the bell sounds. Smart round by Durrell Crenshaw.
Philly Keith score: 10-9 Crenshaw
Round 4 – Crenshaw goes right back to the body and this method proves to be effective as Vinas can not use his weight to pin his opponent into the corner. Crenshaw starts to showboat and eats a jab which sparks off a nice exchange. The action slows down as Crenshaw works the jab but Vinas counters with an overhand right just before time runs out.
Philly Keith score: 10-9
Winner: Carols Vinas – Unanimous decision.
Fight Roundup: Vinas came out with Pacquiao type fire in the beginning. Crenshaw’s corner deserves a lot of credit. This could have very easily been a 1st round KO, yet it went the distance and in my opinion should have been scored a little closer.
Judge Rubenstein 38 -37
Judge LaRosa 39 -36
Judge Dorsey 39 -36
Philly Keith: 38- 37
Terrance Miller (2-1) vs. Jon Gaddis (3-4 2 KO’s)
Trenton, NJ …………………….Lancaster, PA
In the opening frame Terrance Miller displayed a snapping left which set the tone for the rest of the bout. The action was slow.
More feeling out in round 2, Miller is the only one throwing and shows good footwork avoiding the little pressure Gaddis tried to apply. Miller uses the technique of back peddling, baiting Gaddis in, and then lunging forward with sharp lefts. Round 3 starts out like a wrestling match but Miller goes back to the jab which puts a cap on any offense Gaddis tries to mount.
Between rounds Gaddis looks dejected in his corner. He comes out and is the recipient of more left jabs. With time winding down Gaddis goes for broke and tries to turn it into a brawl with the same result, more jabs to the chin.
Winner: Terrance Miller – Unanimous decision
Fight Roundup – Miller displayed some pop with the left and excellent footwork in limited action from his opponent. The kid needs stiffer competition. Looked more of a re actor than an initiator but could have been playing it safe for the decision. A fight with a puncher and/or a fight against someone with speed would be interesting.
Official Scorecard –
Judge LaRosa 40 -36
Judge Dorsey 40 -36
Judge Rubenstein 40 -36
Philly Keith 40- 36
Next up were the pee-wee’s where “South Side” Vinny Intrieri went toe-to-toe with Ali Abuhumoud in a miniature South Philly style scrap. Both kids were great and the fans voiced their support. …. And then the rough kids came out to play.
Jose Medina (12-4 10 KO’s) vs. John Vaughn (5-10 3 KO’s)
Philadelphia, PA………………………… Topeka, KS
North Philly native Jose “El Macho” Medina entered the ring to a heroes welcome and wasted no time getting those who had his back on their feet knocking out his opponent with a thunderous right at 2:01 in the first round.
Vaughn came out of his corner in the first fast connecting with a series of 1-2 punches in the middle of the ring. Medina would have no more of that as he muscled Vaughn to the ropes and connected with a series of rights and lefts to the head and body. Vaughn staggered around the ring and Medina followed up with a thunderous right that sent Vaughn dreaming about the cornfields of Kansas.
Fight Roundup: You knew from the minute he walked down the isle he meant business. Throws BIG punches, didn’t throw many. Everyone one he threw was well placed. Seemed to have come in with a strategy. Fight lasted: 59, for the first: 30 he moved and didn’t throw. Took less than: 10 to go from defense to finishing the fight.
Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (9-6-2 4 KO’s) vs. Joe Christy (4-8-1 1 KO)
Wilmington, DE ………………………………….Philadelphia, PA
The Main Event was a rematch of a 2002 fight Christy won by unanimous decision. The encore was no disappointment as the action was stiff for all 6 rounds.
Round 1 – Taylor looks like he wants to end it early and is throwing big power punches and landing a crisp right upstairs. Christy gets right back in his face and connects with a hard left of his own. Both men tussle around the ring until the end of the round and Christy shows he is the stronger of the two.
Round 2 – Christy starts the action throwing hard shots to the head and body but Taylor counters. Christy decides to stay inside, landing stiff body blows but Taylor always seems to finish these exchanges with clean combinations. Taylor hits with another left right combo causing Christy to force the action back to the ropes where he is doing his best work. More physical battling ensues along the ropes and in the corner and Taylor finishes the round connecting with a big left to Christy’s head.
Round 3 – More action in the corner but this time it is Taylor giving the punishment hitting Christy face with a 3 punch combo. Christy starts to throw haymakers that miss the mark but soon after lands a big uppercut followed by a 3 piece that stuns Taylor. Taylor comes back with an uppercut of his own but Christy keeps coming at him hard throwing more hard overhand rights that barley miss the mark. Taylor slips in 2 more shots upstairs but eventually ends up on the ropes where Christy hits him with thunderous body blows.
Round 4 – More rope action which leads to a nice exchange by both fighters. Taylor follows up with a few good body shots of his own and 2 crisp uppercuts. There is no quit in Christy as he overpowers Taylor back to the ropes and puts another thumping on his ribs. Taylor sucks it up and responds with more uppercuts and shows his counter punching skills.
Round 5 – More stiff boxing along the ropes. Christy pounds the ribs and Taylor is countering everything coming at him. The round ends with Christy mixing the uppercut with his impact shots downstairs.
Round 6 – Both fighters come out punching, this time in the middle of the ring. Taylor hits with a right, left, right which busts Christy’s nose open. Wearing the Crimson mask Christy takes it back to where he works best and unloads a barrage of very hard body shots which leads to a slugfest causing the Philly crowd to burst into a roar. Taylor puts a move on Christy leaving him wide open for 4 big head shots that send Christy to the mat. Christy rises to his feet but Taylor goes for the kill and fires off a plethora of lefts and rights with everything he has attached. He comes close but can’t put Christy on the canvas a second time.
Winner: Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor – Split Decision.
Fight Roundup – Taylor got the victory but those ribs will be screaming at him tomorrow. I hope to see a 3rd match sometime in the future. Very good fight, kept the crowd in it from beginning to end. I would like to watch a tape of the first match.
Judge Rubenstein 58 -55 Christy
Judge LaRosa 59 -54 Taylor
Judge Dorsey 59 – 54 Taylor
Philly Keith 58-55 Taylor
Joey Eye Boxing Top 5 of the night
1) Jose Medina
2) Clarence Taylor
3) Joe Christy
4) Carlos Vinas
5) Terrance Miller
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